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

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.