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.

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12:01am

Thu September 1, 2011
Politics

Labor's Criticism Of Obama Grows Louder

Organized labor is traditionally one of the strongest sources of money and organizing power for Democrats, but lately union leaders have strongly criticized President Obama.

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3:05pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Politics

Libya Offers Obama Vindication, But Not Doctrine

President Barack Obama addresses the 93rd American Legion National Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday.
Cory Ryan Getty Images

While Libya's ultimate fate is still unclear, the past week has marked a decisive change. In a speech to the American Legion in Minneapolis Tuesday, President Obama praised "our brave forces who helped the Libyan people finally break free from the grip of Moammar Gadhafi."

The last five months brought a great deal of controversy and criticism to the White House's handling of Libya. Now the administration is claiming some vindication.

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Race

One Man's Moment With Martin Luther King Jr.

The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., opened on the National Mall this week. NPR's Ari Shapiro introduces us to one man for whom this moment caps a long family story.

3:24pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Politics

Memorial Will Offer Obama Occasion To Address Race

President Obama delivers remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
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President Obama is getting criticized from all sides lately, and the African-American community is no exception. In an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, Princeton professor Cornel West condemned the president for ignoring homeowners, workers and poor people and, instead, giving "us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable."

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3:00pm

Tue August 23, 2011
Governing

White House Rolls Back Regulations

Under fire from Republicans for a heavy-handed regulatory environment, the Obama administration Tuesday announced a roll back of hundreds of federal regulations.

2:11pm

Fri August 19, 2011
Politics

Perry Makes Texas-Size Waves In Presidential Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the GOP presidential race, speaks Thursday with patrons at Popovers in Portsmouth, N.H.
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Gov. Rick Perry made a splash the size of Texas into the Republican presidential field this week. He plunged in with events in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, demonstrating each step of the way that he's not shying away from controversy, or attention.

On Monday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Perry showed he is more than happy to attack even the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

"If this guy prints more money between now and the election," Perry said, "I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.

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12:01am

Fri August 19, 2011
Politics

For Supporters, Ron Paul's Message Strikes A Chord

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 10:54 am

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, reacts after seeing several hundred people show up to see him Wednesday in Concord, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

On a balmy August evening in Concord, N.H., the smells of summer float through the air: cooking meat, freshly cut grass and bug spray. A few hundred Ron Paul supporters have gathered under a white tent to hear their candidate speak at the opening of his state campaign headquarters.

They're excited about the Texas congressman's close second-place finish at the Republican presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa. They're also a little frustrated that it hasn't been getting more attention.

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4:37pm

Mon August 15, 2011
It's All Politics

A Different Kind Of Party Bus For Obama

"The Beast" has a new big brother.

"The Beast" is the nickname for the hulking limousine that carries the leader of the free world. Next to the new bus that the Secret Service debuted today for President Obama's Midwestern tour, though, the Beast looks downright puny.

When Air Force One arrived in Saint Paul, Minn., the vehicle was waiting at the bottom of the stairs. It has pitch black windows, Washington, D.C. tags, and communications equipment sprouting off the top like weeds.

Call it "Beast Bus,"or perhaps, "Mega-Beast."

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4:10pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

Obama Seeks To Rekindle Campaign Passion In 2012

President Obama likes to say that the American economy is facing headwinds: turmoil in Europe, the Arab spring and the tsunami in Japan. His reelection campaign is facing headwinds too: 9 percent unemployment, a U.S. credit downgrade, and a presidential approval rating slipping toward 40 percent.

Despite those daunting numbers, the President plans to convince Americans that he deserves another four years.

During the 2010 midterm campaign, Obama often told audiences that Republicans drove the economy into a ditch, and now they want the keys to the car back.

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12:01am

Thu August 11, 2011
Politics

President Gets Big Megaphone, But May Be Tuned Out

President Obama walks away from the podium Monday after speaking about the debt downgrade in the State Dining Room of the White House.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

On Monday morning, U.S. markets opened for the first time since Standard & Poor's downgraded America's credit rating. Stocks went over the edge like an Olympic diver.

A few hours later, President Obama stepped in front of a microphone at the White House to proclaim his confidence in the U.S.

"No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a AAA country," he said.

He left the podium, and the financial plunge continued.

So, does having the biggest megaphone in the country do the president any good?

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3:00pm

Tue August 9, 2011
U.S.

Fallen Troops Arrive In Dover, Attended By Obama

President Obama added a trip to Dover Air Force Base to his schedule Tuesday. He was on hand — with top military leaders — for the return of the remains of U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

10:17am

Sat August 6, 2011
Politics

All In All, A Woeful Week For The White House

On Friday, President Obama spoke about the economy and jobs for military veterans at the Washington Navy Yard. A new jobs report released that day wasn't as bad as expected — but not great.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

There's no such thing as an uneventful week at the White House. Yet even by the climactic standards of this presidency, the past week has been a big one.

President Obama might have hoped the biggest news story of the week would be his 50th birthday. Not even close.

When Monday dawned, it was still unclear whether the U.S. would run out of money to pay its bills. With hours to go until the deadline Tuesday, Congress finally passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Obama announced the resolution in the White House Rose Garden.

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3:17pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Politics

Despite Business Ties, Daley Struggled In Debt Talks

William Daley with President Obama when he was named White House chief of staff in January.
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When White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley joined President Obama's team at the beginning of the year, he was expected to bring stability and a centrist approach to managing a sometimes chaotic White House.

His close connection to the business world was one of the strongest selling points as chief of staff. Daley built close friendships with business leaders during his years at JP Morgan Chase, and the White House hoped he could undo some of the bad blood that developed between Obama and business leaders during the first two years of the term.

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1:22pm

Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

Debate Continues As Debt-Ceiling Deadline Looms

For the latest developments in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

4:00am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

As Deadline Looms, Debt Deal Eludes Congress

When the clock ticked closer to a scheduled House vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling last night, Boehner realized he did not have enough support from the Republican Party's right wing. He stalled, went into closed-door meetings, then called it a night. The votes that were supposed to happen are expected Friday instead — one day closer to default.

4:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
Politics

Obama, Boehner Trade Blame For Debt Impasse

The deadline for raising the debt ceiling is one week from today, and political leaders are still mapping out divergent solutions.

4:48am

Mon July 25, 2011
Politics

Obama Steps Up Campaign To Win Over Latino Voters

Last month, President Obama became the first sitting president since Kennedy to visit Puerto Rico — one of many recent events to reach out to Latinos.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Virtually any time President Obama has opened his mouth in public this month, it has been to talk about the debt ceiling. On Monday, he shifts his focus — at least for an hour — to address the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the country.

It's the latest effort in the president's intense campaign to win the hearts and minds of Latinos. In the White House, he has met with Hispanic celebrities, activists and policy groups for summits, lunches and parties.

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12:01am

Fri July 22, 2011
Politics

Obama's Many Acts Command Debt-Ceiling Stage

President Obama walks away from the Brady Press Briefing Room earlier this week, after a brief statement on ongoing debt ceiling negotiations with congressional leaders.
Win McNamee Getty Images

When President Obama's motorcade leaves the White House on Friday, it will be his first public event outside of Washington in three weeks. And even then, he's only going to the D.C. suburb of College Park, Md.

The town hall meeting is likely to focus on the same theme that has captured almost all of the president's attention this month — the debt ceiling. It's just one more tool the White House is trying to use to get a deal.

All The World's A Stage

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4:00am

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Warned Not To Diss Democrats On Debt Deal

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

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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4:30pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Politics

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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12:01am

Mon July 11, 2011
News

Bipartisan Debt Talks To Resume Monday

President Barack Obama meets with bipartisan congressional leaders on the debt.
Carolyn Kaster ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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3:52pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Politics

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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12:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Politics

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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12:55pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Politics

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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7:47am

Sat June 18, 2011
Politics

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."
Cory Lum Getty Images

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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1:56am

Tue June 14, 2011
Politics

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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12:01am

Mon June 13, 2011
Economy

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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7:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
Politics

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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4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Politics

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.

3:02pm

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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