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:

Democrats Try To Build A Case Against Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Democrats say Trump's nominee puts health care and abortion protections and state gun control laws at risk.


Town Hall Turns Up The Heat On Schumer Ahead Of Supreme Court Fight

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Schumer's top priority is getting 49 Democrats to stick together — and then, finding a Republican defector.


Turnout Is Up In New York Congressional Primaries, But Still Trails Other States

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New York voting laws make it more difficult to cast a ballot, and it shows.

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Progressive Activist Defeats Longtime Democrat In New York Primary

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The 28-year-old activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, defeated a longtime New York representative in Tuesday's primary election.


With Crowley's Defeat, New York Voters Send a Big Message

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The progressive wing of the party hadn't won much this cycle. That changed on Tuesday, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset the ten-term Congressman and Queens Democratic Party boss.

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Congressional Primaries

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Voters voice their support on the day they cast their ballots.

This Week in Politics: Democratic Primaries in Red New York

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dems are eager to unseat GOP incumbents in November. But first, they need survive Tuesday's primaries.

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In Hudson Valley Swing District, Democrats Say Their Primary Concern Is The General Election

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New York's 19th district is almost as big as New Jersey. Undecided voters have seven Democrats to choose from, and they're most interested in which one can win.

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New York Congressional Primary Preview

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A look at head at next Tuesday's Congressional Primary Elections.


Gateway Project Is Short on Funding, But There's Enough Money to Get it Started

Thursday, June 07, 2018

As Congress approves funding piece-by-piece, the project is being built in baby steps.

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Democrats Want Investigation Of Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Members of Congress say the Trump Administration has not been transparent about federal recovery efforts.

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Long Island Republican Wants Justice Department Investigated

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rep. Lee Zeldin's 12-page resolution outlines what he says are problems with federal investigations of President Trump and Hillary Clinton.


Rebel Republicans Push for Votes on Immigration Bills

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Long-stalled immigration reforms are causing job shortages at home.


Menendez Votes Against Trump Pick To Lead Federal Transit Administration

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Menendez said he couldn't get an answer whether politics will determine which transit project the agency will support.

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This Week in Politics: GOP Primary Slugfest on Staten Island

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Republican Representative Dan Donovan faces a challenge from his predecessor – and convicted tax cheat – Michael Grimm.


With Control of the House at Stake, National Democrats Tangle with Locals

Monday, May 07, 2018

Some New York and New Jersey candidates say national Democrats put their thumbs on the scale before the campaigns had a chance to play out.

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Facebook CEO Acknowledges Discrimination Is Still a Problem on Social Network

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker prods Zuckerberg on how technology can be used against low-income and working-class people.

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What The Congressional Budget Deal Means For Us

Thursday, March 22, 2018

“This spending agreement brings the era of austerity to an unceremonious end," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaimed.

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After Trump Veto Threat, Congress Sets Aside Less Money For Hudson River Tunnel

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lawmakers say Amtrak won't need the approval of the federal transportation department to start work.

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With Funding Deadline Near, Local Lawmakers Say They'll Seek A Tunnel Deal With Trump

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lawmakers say House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he won't block the money — but the president is another question.

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