Perry Bacon Jr. is a longtime political journalist, currently serving as a senior political reporter at NBC News. He was previously a national political writer at Time Magazine and the Washington Post. Perry specializes in pieces that use data, story-telling and political science to illustrate the intersection of politics and policy.
Recent Articles for NBC
The Surprising and Deep Successes of Black Lives Matter
The Two Obamacares: One Plank of Law Succeeds, While Other Limps
The Death of the Death Penalty
Why The Bipartisanship Around Criminal Justice Reform Died
2016: Obama v. Trump
Clinton Won the Black Vote In Part Because It Was Full of Older People
Clinton Finds A Defining Rationale: Saving the World From Trump
The Trump-Ryan Summit
Why Republicans on Capitol Hill Are So Wary of Trump
Paul Ryan Is Running A Campaign–Just Not For President
In a First for an American Presidential Candidate, Clinton Promises a Cabinet with Gender Parity
For Trump, Tubman on $20 Bill Illustrates Broader American Problem
Clinton Faces a A Liberal War on the 1990’s
Ted Cruz’s Super Saturday
A Signature Moment of the 2016 Campaign: Mitt Romney’s Denunciation of Donald Trump
On Super Tuesday, White, Working-Class Republicans and Black Democrats Were the Difference
Trump and Clinton Understand America Is Not Post-Racial And Their Blunt Uses of Racial Issues Are Helping Them Win
The New Civil Rights Movement Gets More Professional, Hosting Town Halls and Meeting with the President
The Black Academics Are Wrong. Obama Did Everything He Could For African-Americans.
The New Swing Vote: Young Black Voters Face Choice of Clinton vs. Sanders
A Historic Night: The European-Style Candidates Win the New Hampshire Primary
When Obama Essentially Endorsed Clinton and Admitted She Was Right About Most of Their 2008 Arguments
New Hampshire Debate Illustrates Marco Rubio’s Obama Problem
The Clintons Helped Create the Democrats’ “Progressive” Movement. That’s Why They Are Mad Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Redefine the Term and Control the Movement
Myth-Busting: The Iowa Voters Show a Lot of the Conventional Wisdom About 2016 Is Wrong
The Establishment Is Far From Dead. Iowa Voters Pick the Familiar: A Clinton and a Christian Conservative
Meet the Voters: In Iowa, More Frustration and Weariness Than Anger
In Final Debate Before Iowa, GOP Candidates Opt Not to Bash Absent Trump. Were They Savvy or Stupid?
The Number of People of Color in America Is Growing Rapidly. Here’s Why the Democrats Should Not Be Confident That Will Push American Politics Left
Hillary, not Bernie, Is the Obama-Approved Candidate.
Trump And Sanders Are Proposing Very Far-Fetched Ideas. That Is Intentional.
Let Bernie Be Bernie.
African-Americans Are the Swing Vote in Clinton v. Sanders
Are Trump’s Opponents Going Too Easy On Him?
Bernie v. Hillary is the Dreamers vs. The Doers
The Return of The Gun Control Party
Obama’s Final State of the Union
Tamir Rice Decision Shows Power and Limits of Black Lives Movement
How Arne Duncan Reshaped American Education
How Cruz Became the Candidate of Christian Conservative Leaders
Why The GOP Establishment Is Not Fully Behind Rubio
How the Tea Party Helped Lead to Trump
How Paul Ryan Wrestled Control of the House From Boehner and the Freedom Caucus
John Boehner Was An Effective GOP Leader. He Was Pushed Out Because Obama Kept Winning Too
Clinton’s Great Political Achievement: Blocking a Sitting Vice President From Running
Why Hillary Became Obama’s Biggest Fan
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Running For President. She Is Running to Set the President’s Agenda.