NPR: Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered six presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history.

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4:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Politics

Obama, GOP Candidates Address Veteran Groups

President Obama spoke to the 93rd annual convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis Tuesday. The president laid the groundwork for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and for his speech next week on jobs and the deficit. GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry addressed the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio, Texas.

12:01am

Tue August 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast

In Irene, Politicians Navigate Tides Of Public Opinion

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:28 am

On Saturday, President Obama and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate attended a video teleconference led by FEMA as Irene made its way up the Eastern Seaboard.
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The effects of Hurricane Irene are still being felt and their costs being measured — from billion-dollar damages in New Jersey to ongoing flooding in New England.

For local and national leaders, natural disasters can sometimes be political disasters — or opportunities.

The lessons of Hurricane Katrina are seared into the memory of President Obama and every other politician in America. The president made sure that his emergency team was prepared and competent. He showed up at FEMA headquarters over the weekend, and Monday he gave an update from the Rose Garden.

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4:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Politics

Debt Impasse Continues In Washington

Both Republicans and Democrats have their own plan to end the debt standoff. But neither party thinks a grand deal is in their interest.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney To Make GOP Presidential Run Official

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.

12:01am

Tue May 24, 2011
Politics

GOP Field Takes Shape, And Some Don't Like It

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces in Des Moines, Iowa, that he's running for president on Monday.
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The Republicans have another presidential candidate — former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. His formal campaign launch Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, comes after lots of possible GOP candidates decided not to go for it — and that has many in the party grousing about their choices.

Pawlenty's announcement was no surprise. While other potential candidates have been coy or ambivalent, Pawlenty's been all-in for months, visiting the early states to lay the groundwork for a campaign.

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5:04am

Fri May 20, 2011
Politics

Gingrich Backpedals Medicare Comments In Iowa

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12:01am

Wed May 18, 2011
Politics

In Medicare Debate, Both Sides Claim An Edge

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), shown with Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA, left) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), speaks at a news conference last month on Capitol Hill. Pelosi says the Republicans' Medicare plan is a political boon to her party.
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One thing Republicans and Democrats have learned in recent years is how to use Medicare to attack the other party. Republicans say Democrats will ruin the program by letting it go bankrupt, while Democrats say the GOP wants to abolish the program altogether.

It's hard for voters to sort out who's telling the truth, and even harder to tell which party will have an advantage on the issue in 2012.

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4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Obama To Lay Out Plan For Immigration Overhaul

President Obama on Tuesday travels to El Paso, Texas, where he's expected to talk about immigration and his goals for legislation this year. The president is trying to push a plan that would include a path to legalizing undocumented workers.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Politics

Ind. Gov. Daniels Takes Time To Consider Presidential Run

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to make an announcement soon on whether he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Daniels was in Washington D.C. Wednesday, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute about his record on overhauling education in Indiana. But he gave no indication if he will run for president.

6:08pm

Mon May 2, 2011
The Spark

Mitch Daniels: A Behind-The-Scenes Player Emerges

Originally published on Tue May 3, 2011 6:42 pm

There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. As part of a series, NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.

When asked how he got started in politics, Mitch Daniels has to stop and think.

"Hard to tell," he says. "I did not come from a political family. [But] I did go to Boys State ... so maybe that was one of the starting points."

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4:00am

Fri April 29, 2011
Politics

Debt Crisis Hangs Over Washington Politics

Vice President Joe Biden will begin negotiations next week with House and Senate leaders on a deficit reduction plan that the White House hopes will persuade Congress to raise the ceiling on the federal debt.

If the debt limit isn't raised by early July, the U.S. will default for the first time in history on its financial obligations — an event that could be catastrophic.

Pressure From The Right

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4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
Economy

Obama Takes Deficit-Reduction Plan On The Road

President Obama plans to control the deficit by cutting some spending on medicare and raising taxes on the rich. He holds a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif, Wednesday. On Tuesday, he was in Annandale, Va., where he answered questions from voters.

4:00am

Fri April 15, 2011
Politics

Budget Roundup

Renee Montagne talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the latest news involving federal spending.

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