Michael Scherer

Washington, D.C.

National political reporter covering campaigns, Congress and the White House

Education: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS in journalism; University of California at Santa Cruz, BA in literature

Michael Scherer is a national political reporter at The Washington Post. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, where he also served as the White House correspondent. Before joining Time, he was the Washington correspondent for Salon.com.
Latest from Michael Scherer

A weakened Trump? As some voters edge away, he battles parts of the Republican Party he once ran.

The former president and some candidates he has endorsed are warring with Republican officials and donors, who prefer winning candidates over those most interested in Trump's grievance campaigns. Polls show ebbing popularity.

February 13, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis scrambles Florida’s redistricting debate, with an eye to 2022 and perhaps 2024 elections

The Republican governor, under pressure from a former Trump adviser, incited a redistricting battle with his own party, roping the state’s two legislative chambers into the fray and asking the state’s highest court to pick sides.

February 11, 2022

Peter Thiel to exit Facebook’s board to focus on 2022 midterms

Peter Thiel, who supported Trump in his 2016 bid for the presidency, will leave Facebook’s board to support two associates running for the Senate.

February 7, 2022

Human Rights Campaign hit with racial bias suit by former president fired in Andrew M. Cuomo scandal

Alphonso David was fired after it became known that he had advised the New York governor's office in its response to accusations against him of sexual harassment.

February 3, 2022

Republicans lead 2022 money race as both parties hit record levels of cash on hand

In a reversal of the last two election cycles, Republican Party and allied groups have more cash on hand than Democrats.

January 31, 2022

Tim Ryan’s plea to Ohio’s White working class: Trust Democrats again

The congressman from Ohio, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat, is trying to reverse huge Republican gains in what used to be a Democratic state — an effort that makes him a test case for whether the party can succeed again in much of the Midwest.

January 30, 2022

Books, speeches, hats for sale: Post-presidency, the Trumps try to make money the pre-presidency way

The former president and his family have embarked on the same direct-to-consumer appeals that they used to use, except this time marketed to political supporters.

January 28, 2022

Democrats rejoice, Republicans cast any new Supreme Court nominee as radical as election-year fight begins

Democrats said a new Supreme Court fight will help them as Republicans sought to preemptively cast Biden's unannounced nominee as radical.

January 26, 2022

GOP House candidate Monica De La Cruz will be allowed to return to her Texas home in April amid legal fight with her estranged husband

The Republican candidate, backed by party leader Kevin McCarthy, is embroiled in a messy marital dispute that has included accusations that she mistreated her husband’s daughter. She denies the accusations.

January 12, 2022

Biden condemns Trump and his allies as a danger to democracy on the anniversary of the Capitol insurrection

The president’s denunciation of Trump’s “web of lies” came as Democrats commemorated the assault on the Capitol and Republicans largely stayed silent.

January 6, 2022