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John O'Connor

Washington correspondent

John O'Connor is WNYC's Washington correspondent. He has previous covered education for Florida radio stations and politics for newspapers in South Carolina and Maryland.

John O'Connor appears in the following:

The '94 Crime Bill, Then and Now

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On the campaign trail, black activists blame the tough-on-crime '90s for the era of mass incarceration. Back then, it made sense to members of Congress of all races.

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Trump's Congressional Support Comes With An Asterisk

Thursday, April 14, 2016

With no real leadership, New York's congressional Republicans are walking a tightrope between wanting to be with a winner and not wanting to alienate everybody else.

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Cory Booker Readies for Bigger Moves In the Senate

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Cory Booker says his days of keeping a low profile in the Senate are over.

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De Blasio Asks Congress to Protect Homeland Security Money

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The mayor says cuts could weaken New York City's anti-terror efforts.

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Newark Schools Say They Began Tackling Lead in 2004

Monday, March 14, 2016

But the district hasn't said whether its drinking water was polluted. 

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Schumer On The Front Lines Of Battle Over Courts

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New York's Senator has contributed to "tit for tat" between Democrats and Republicans picking judges.

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The Online Tool That Gives Democrats A Fundraising Edge

Monday, February 08, 2016

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is raising money nationwide for other women running for office.

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Why Northeast Priorities Take a Backseat in Congress

Monday, December 21, 2015

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lawmakers often have to fight for local needs — even popular ones.

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Sandy Hook Families Demand Congress Pass Gun Control

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three years later, relatives of victims of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. are angry nothing has changed.

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Fired Chicago Police Chief Had Controversial Tenure in Newark

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy arrived in Chicago after nearly five years leading Newark's police department.

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Are High School Exit Exams An Unnecessary Barrier To Graduation?

Monday, June 08, 2015

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening

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To Cut Student Debt, Florida College Cuts Off Some Student Borrowing

Sunday, October 12, 2014

One of Florida's largest community colleges is trying to reduce the amount of debt its students take on. As part of a federal experiment, it has barred them from taking out any unsubsidized loans.

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The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It's ...

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Florida's Education Chief Resigns Over Grading Scandal

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In education circles, Tony Bennett is widely known as a hard-charging Republican reformer associated with Jeb Bush's prescriptions for fixing public schools: charter schools, private school vouchers, tying teacher pay to student test scores and grading schools on a A through F scale.

Bennett resigned from his post as Florida's ...

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Election Day Call-In: Voting After Sandy, and Voting in the Swing States

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day! We talk to reporters, look at the important story lines, and more importantly take your calls. With:

  • WNYC's Richard Hake and New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst with the latest news on voting and the Sandy recovery, with NJPR's Nancy Solomon and WNYC's Beth Fertig and Bob Hennelly

  • Your calls for our Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: How is post-Sandy voting going? What does voting today mean to you? Call 646-829-3980 or post below!

Plus, reporters from crucial swing states discuss the latest polls and how their states are shaping up on Election Day:

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