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:

President Vetoes Bill Allowing 9/11 Families To Take Saudi Arabia To Court

Friday, September 23, 2016

Congressional leaders think they have the votes to overturn their first Obama veto. For the tri-state delegation, it's a no-brainer.


Can Criminal Justice Reform Still Pass Congress?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The bill is likely to linger until after the November election, when the chances of passing it are even more uncertain.


North Jersey Republican Is a Top Target for Democrats Wanting to Reclaim US House

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Democrats say Republican Scott Garrett is out of touch with his district. But Garrett keeps proving them wrong.

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National Democrat Rallies Local Support To Win Back House

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A top-ranking House Democrat says the White House isn't enough — the party needs to get fired up about winning Congress.


House Panel Takes On Racial Concerns About Policing

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are teaming up with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after high-profile shootings by police.


An Exit Poll for Congressional Primary Voters

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Notable primaries include the seat being vacated by 46-year incumbent Charles Rangel in the uptown Manhattan neighborhoods of District 13.


This Week in Politics: Race to Replace Rangel Gets Real

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New York’s congressional primary on June 28 will likely decide Rangel's successor.

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Tuesday's Congressional Elections Could Affect Balance in the House

Friday, June 24, 2016

Voters in New York will have a chance Tuesday to help decide which party controls the House of Representatives after November’s elections.  


Local Democrats Filibuster to Force Vote on Gun Control

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lead by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, tri-state Senators want to ban sales to terror suspects.


Sen Schumer: Democratic Strategist, Mouthpiece and Potential Party Leader

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s role as the Democrat’s policy and communication strategist, and his hopeful ascent to replace Senator Harry Reid as the Party’s leader.


Schumer's Message to the GOP

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New York Senator Charles Schumer, first in line to become the next Democratic leader in January, is guiding how Democrats talk about Republicans this election cycle.


Senate Approves Bill Allowing 9/11 Victim Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U.S. families want to use courts to find out if Saudi Arabia had a role in terror attack.


Gridlock A Challenge to Booker, Schumer On Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, May 09, 2016

Two leading legislators are scrambling for support on reduced sentencing before Congress leaves town for the summer.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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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