NPR: Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro is an NPR international correspondent based in London. An award-winning journalist, his reporting covers a wide range of topics and can be heard on all of NPR's national news programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Prior to his current post, Shapiro reported from the NPR Washington Desk as White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms, as Justice Correspondent during the George W. Bush administration and as a regular guest host on NPR's newsmagazines. He is also a frequent analyst on CNN, PBS, NBC and other television news outlets.

Shapiro's reporting has consistently won national accolades. The Columbia Journalism Review recognized him with a laurel for his investigation into disability benefits for injured American veterans. The American Bar Association awarded him the Silver Gavel for exposing the failures of Louisiana's detention system after Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of the American Judges' Association American gavel Award, recognizing a body of work on U.S. courts and the American justice system. And at age 25, Shapiro won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for an investigation of methamphetamine use and HIV transmission.

An occasional singer, Shapiro makes guest appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, whose recent albums feature several of his contributions. Since his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live at many of the world's most storied venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, L'Olympia in Paris, and Mount Lycabettus in Athens.

Shapiro graduated from Yale University magna cum laude and began his journalism career in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.



Fri July 15, 2011

Obama Warned Not To Diss Democrats On Debt Deal

Originally published on Fri July 15, 2011 12:29 pm



Yesterday on this program, we heard about the hell-no caucus of the Republican Party. Those are conservative lawmakers who say they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling under any circumstances.


Today, we turn our attention to the other side of the aisle. Some Democrats fear the White House is going so far to please Republicans that President Obama is undermining his own party.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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Thu July 14, 2011

The Man Behind The GOP's Tax Pledge

One person with outsize influence in the debate over raising the debt ceiling is not at the negotiating table. Instead, he sits in downtown Washington at the offices of Americans for Tax Reform, a group that he has run for a quarter century. From there, Grover Norquist fields phone calls and emails from some of the people who are at the negotiating table, and he holds them to their pledge.

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Mon July 11, 2011

Bipartisan Debt Talks To Resume Monday

President Barack Obama meets with bipartisan congressional leaders on the debt.

As the deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling creeps steadily closer, a deal to cut the size of government in exchange for raising that debt limit seems as far away as ever. If a White House meeting Sunday night resulted in progress, neither side said so publicly.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Obama Scrambles To Respond To Bleak Jobs Report

Obama discusses the new monthly jobs report in a cloudy Rose Garden on July 8.
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After a terrible unemployment report in May, people hoped for a change of direction in the latest numbers. But the jobs report that came out Friday morning shows that the situation is even worse today. The economy created only 18,000 jobs in June. Unemployment rose for the second month in a row, hitting 9.2 percent. The Obama White House tried to put the best face on a dismal situation as the stalling recovery provided an opportunity for Republicans to continue hammering the president's economic policies.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Gun Control Advocates Chide Obama For Inaction

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seen in May, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Gun control advocates are demanding tighter policies following the January shooting in Tucson.
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Six months after Jared Loughner allegedly fired a fusillade of shots into a crowd of people in Tucson, Ariz., gun control advocates are asking why there has been no change to the policies that let him buy and carry a semi-automatic weapon without a permit.

Even the staunchest gun control activists suppressed their disappointment when President Obama skirted the issue during his speech in Tucson four days after the shooting, which left six people dead and more than a dozen wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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Tue June 21, 2011

Obama's Awkward Dance On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 1:54 pm

President Obama after signing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law on Dec. 22, 2010.
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President Obama's self-described evolution on same-sex marriage is not happening fast enough for some gay and lesbian activists. His belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that the legalization of gay marriage should be left up to the states, puts him in an awkward position this week as he heads to New York for a re-election fundraiser with the gay and lesbian community.

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Sat June 18, 2011

Among The Games Presidents Play, There's Also Golf

President Obama will be joined by House Speaker John Boehner for 18 holes on Saturday, in a much anticipated "golf summit."
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If it's a sunny weekend in Washington, chances are a motorcade will be leaving the White House for the golf course. President Obama typically golfs with the same small circle of friends and aides. One of his rules for a day on the course: No talking politics.

That changes Saturday. House Speaker John Boehner is joining the president for 18 holes. Vice President Biden and Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio are also coming along, turning this particular game into a much anticipated "golf summit."

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Tue June 14, 2011

GOP Hopefuls Target Obama, Not Each Other, In Debate

The field of GOP presidential contenders appeared onstage for their first major debate in New Hampshire, taking aim at President Obama, criticizing his handling of the economy and vowing to repeal his health care overhaul.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner, set the tone for Monday night's debate by explaining that any of the Republican contenders present "would be a better president than President Obama."

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Mon June 13, 2011

Is Obama's Bet On Green Jobs Risky?

President Obama flies to North Carolina on Monday for the latest meeting of his jobs and competitiveness council. His administration is betting that green technologies — from wind and solar power to advanced batteries and biofuels — will create jobs of the future.

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Sat June 11, 2011

Weak Jobs Report Puts New Pressure on Obama

With job growth slowing and President Obama's poll numbers dropping, the White House is trying to stage an intervention.

All week long, the administration took pains to show that the economy remains the president's top concern and that he is doing everything possible to bring it back.

On Thursday, the White House gave the press corps about ten minutes' warning that members of the Cabinet would be coming out to speak on the White House driveway. Only three reporters made it in time.

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Mon May 23, 2011

Obama Defines 'Border' Comment For AIPAC

Before heading to Ireland at the start of his European tour, President Obama on Sunday spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest group of Israel supporters in the U.S. He reiterated his call for substantive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


Mon May 9, 2011
The Spark

Michele Bachmann: Evolution Of A 'Cultural Warrior'

NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of the profiles.

When TV news shows want somebody to enthusiastically rip into President Obama, Michele Bachmann is a reliable choice.

One of her favorite techniques: comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter.

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Thu May 5, 2011

After Bin Laden's death, Obama Visits NY

President Obama is going to ground zero in New York Thursday. Even though he's visiting in the emotional wake of the killing of Sept 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but the president isn't expected to change his low key demeanor.

During one of the most consequential weeks since he took office, the president has kept a decidedly low profile.

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Thu April 28, 2011

Obama Administration: Sugary Foods Not So Grrreat!

New advertising guidelines from the Obama administration could make Dig 'Em the frog an endangered species — along with Toucan Sam, Chester Cheetah and other junk-food mascots used to sell products to children that are high in sugar, fat and sodium.

"Your ability to recognize those characters is a function of how much money the food makers spend in trying to alter the behaviors of children in a non-healthful manner," says Stephen Teret, a public health professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Wed April 27, 2011

Facebook Has Powerful Friends; Will Users Suffer?

Originally published on Mon May 30, 2011 1:28 pm

President Obama, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaks during a town hall meeting April 20 at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
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President Obama has done pretty well on Facebook. He recently told an audience at a San Francisco fundraiser that he has 19 million friends on the website, "which only puts me half a million friends behind SpongeBob SquarePants."

The president's chummy relationship is not just with Facebook users — he's also friendly with Facebook executives.

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Sat April 23, 2011

Obama Raises Celebrity Cash, But Trip Goes Off Script

President Obama's re-election fundraising push is in full swing. After a trip to the West Coast, he returned to Washington with a few million dollars more in campaign's bank account.

But the 2012 presidential election is still a long way off. How long?

Well, when supporters started chanting, "Four more years," at a rally on the Sony movie lot this week, Obama responded: "Well, actually, technically, it's about five and a half."

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Thu April 21, 2011

Obama Kicks Off Social Media Campaign At Facebook

As part of a three-day visit to the West Coast, President Obama kicked off his social media campaign with an online town hall from the offices of Facebook. Obama is trying to sell his deficit-reduction plan. He also is trying to organize supporters and raise money as his reelection campaign gets underway.


Wed April 20, 2011
Digital Life

New Media Could Make Or Break Presidential Race

Sarah Palin has almost a half-million Twitter followers. Mitt Romney announced his presidential exploratory committee in a Web video. And on Wednesday, President Obama is visiting Facebook's California headquarters for a virtual town hall meeting.

Though Obama's Facebook visit isn't officially a campaign event, there's no denying that new media are going to have a huge impact on the 2012 presidential election — and not necessarily in the ways you would expect.

Something New — And Something Old

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Thu April 7, 2011

No Big Breakthroughs As Budget Deadline Looms

Talks at the White House on Wednesday night did not produce a budget agreement, and a government shutdown is still looming. President Obama, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican House Speaker John Boehner left the meeting saying they will continue to work toward a settlement.


Wed April 6, 2011

Budget Negotiations: A Study Of Game Theory

Originally published on Wed April 6, 2011 9:40 pm



The budget is, of course, not a game. It could have serious consequences for the economy, public health and people's jobs. But game theory is one way to understand what's happening. Game theory tries to find order in the chaos of something like a budget negotiation.

NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro reports on how the budget debate is a bit like a game of chess.

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