Ron Elving

Ron Elving is the NPR News' Senior Washington Editor directing coverage of the nation's capital and national politics and providing on-air political analysis for many NPR programs.

Elving can regularly be heard on Talk of the Nation providing analysis of the latest in politics. He is also heard on the "It's All Politics" weekly podcast along with NPR's Ken Rudin.

Under Elving's leadership, NPR has been awarded the industry's top honors for political coverage including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a 2002 duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism, the Merriman Smith Award for White House reporting from the White House Correspondents Association and the Barone Award from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. In 2008, the American Political Science Association awarded NPR the Carey McWilliams Award "in recognition of a major contribution to the understanding of political science."

Before joining NPR in 1999, Elving served as political editor for USA Today and for Congressional Quarterly. He came to Washington in 1984 as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association and worked for two years as a staff member in the House and Senate. Previously, Elving served as a reporter and state capital bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was a media fellow at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Over his career, Elving has written articles published by The Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, Columbia Journalism Review, Media Studies Journal, and the American Political Science Association. He was a contributor and editor for eight reference works published by Congressional Quarterly Books from 1990 to 2003. His book, Conflict and Compromise: How Congress Makes the Law, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. Recently, Elving contributed the chapter, "Fall of the Favorite: Obama and the Media," to James Thurber's Obama in Office: The First Two Years.

Elving teaches public policy in the school of Public Administration at George Mason University and has also taught at Georgetown University, American University and Marquette University.

With an bachelor's degree from Stanford, Elving went on to earn master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley.

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12:49am

Sun January 22, 2012
It's All Politics

This Time, South Carolina GOP Bets Its Winning Streak On A Long Shot

Newt Gingrich along with his wife, Callista, addresses supporters at the Hilton Hotel in Columbia, S.C. following his primary victory. South Carolina voters have chosen the GOP nominee since 1980.
JEFF SINER MCT /Landov

By embracing Newt Gingrich in its primary, the South Carolina GOP has risked its remarkable record of success at picking the party's eventual nominee for president.

It's been quite a run. Beginning with its primary in 1980, when it chose Ronald Reagan, South Carolina has voted first among Southern states. And the Palmetto State's choice has gone on to dominate the other Southern states and lock up the nomination in short order. That happened eight times in a row, counting incumbent renominations.

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6:16pm

Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Republicans To The GOP: Please Don't Ask Us Who Won

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 12:56 am

Iowa caucusgoers deposit their ballots on Jan. 3 at a school in Des Moines. On Thursday, the state GOP said it could not account for all votes from the caucuses.
Jewel Samad Getty Images

How embarrassing for Iowa GOP officials. How embarrassing for Iowa Republicans as a party. How embarrassing for Iowa.

But on the other hand, who told the world to hold its breath earlier this month, awaiting the latest word on who had edged ahead in the Iowa caucuses?

That would have been us. The news folks. Up all night to bring you the latest information — or misinformation, as it turns out.

And who told the world to care about these homey little midwinter Midwestern klatches in the first place?

That, too, would have been us.

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7:02am

Tue January 17, 2012
It's All Politics

The Huntsman Saga: Another Media Favorite Takes The Fall

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:36 am

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was surrounded by members of the media during a campaign stop earlier this month in Dover, N.H.
Alex Wong Getty Images

There could not have been more apt an epitaph. The once-promising campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman came to an end within hours of his being endorsed by The Columbia State, South Carolina's largest and most influential newspaper, within days of that state's Republican primary.

The woman who wrote the State's endorsing editorial said she felt as if she'd been wooed and won and abandoned by her newly betrothed. Indeed, over the course of his campaign, Huntsman left more than a few journalists feeling jilted.

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7:15am

Sun January 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Aiming To Show Strength, Evangelicals May Achieve Opposite

Originally published on Sun January 15, 2012 5:56 pm

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters after announcing that he was endorsed Saturday by the evangelical Christian leaders group.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The gathering of more than 100 evangelical Christian leaders and activists in rural Texas this weekend was an 11th-hour effort to unite "movement conservatives" behind a rival to Mitt Romney and demonstrate their own power within the Republican Party.

Instead, it may well be a revelation of their weakness as a force within the GOP. Because if Romney still wins the South Carolina primary next weekend, this final flailing attempt to stop him will make his victory all the more important — and his eventual nomination all the more inevitable.

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7:51am

Wed January 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Bain Attacks On Romney Recall Notorious 'Willie Horton' Ads

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:12 am

Mitt Romney greets supporters in Manchester, N.H., after seizing a second victory in his fight to be the party's presidential nominee.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The satisfying victory Mitt Romney harvested in New Hampshire's primary this week was marred by the late eruption of a blemish. It could be a passing cloud in the otherwise blue Romney sky, or it could be the sign of storms ahead.

Does anyone remember Willie Horton? Does anyone remember the tragic trajectory of another Massachusetts governor, Michael Dukakis, in 1988?

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3:39pm

Mon January 9, 2012
It's All Politics

In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 7:00 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the press after speaking at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., on Jan. 9.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.

The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. He came out in favor of free enterprise and job creation and got really cross with the Chinese for currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.

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11:53am

Sun January 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Finally, Romney's Opponents Take Aim

The Republican presidential candidates duke it out at the NBC News-Facebook debate on Meet the Press on Sunday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

At last, the rivals who were supposed to savage front-runner Mitt Romney in the final weekend before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire got down to business.

In the opening minutes of their debate Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, several of those chasing Romney in the polls let fly the roundhouse punches they'd been pulling through weeks and months of TV debates.

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2:07am

Sun January 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Time Is Running Out To Knock Romney Down

Republican presidential candidates (from left) Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum participate in the ABC News, Yahoo! News and WMUR Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College on Saturday in Manchester, N.H.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Once more, the great media consensus was confounded. Saturday night's debate at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H., produced another battle among half a dozen presidential contenders, much like a dozen before it. Front-runner Mitt Romney was neither knocked out nor even knocked down. He was scarcely even knocked around.

Once again, the evening ended with the bruises pretty equally distributed among the contestants. And with the New Hampshire primary bearing down on Tuesday, virtually no time remains for Romney's rivals to bring him down.

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3:56pm

Wed December 14, 2011
It's All Politics

Not So Fast, Newt: Gingrich As Polling Phenomenon

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 6:32 pm

Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich laugh at a presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in October.
Scott Eells AP

Poll after poll shows Newt Gingrich with a commanding lead for the Republican nomination for president.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is the gaudiest yet, giving the former speaker of the House 40 percent among Republicans across the country, nearly double the number for erstwhile front-runner Mitt Romney.

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7:46pm

Wed August 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Washington Partisans Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

Job creation may be the biggest issue facing the nation this fall, but it's not what set off the latest test of wills between the White House and Republican leaders of Congress today.

The president's promised speech on job creation could be a pivotal event in itself, but it's not what caused the latest outbreak of stunning childishness in Washington.

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6:14pm

Sat July 30, 2011
It's All Politics

Negotiations On Debt Crisis Run Aground, Again

Your plan is dead. No your plan is dead.

Those were the messages exchanged by the Senate and House over the past 24 hours, and the events of Saturday left the debt crisis no closer to resolution.

In fact, it appeared to be getting further away.

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6:30pm

Fri July 29, 2011
It's All Politics

Waiting Is Hardest Part: What To Look For From Congress Next

Waiting. Then more waiting. That's what Congress has in store for us this weekend, even as people across the country look to Washington for a solution on the debt ceiling deadlock.

Now that the House has done its work by passing Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) plan — and Senate Democratic leaders plan to table the bill, effectively killing it — we take a look at likely next steps.

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3:10pm

Wed June 22, 2011
It's All Politics

The Republican Presidential Field: Why Are They All Running?

Underwhelmed by Tuesday's formal announcement of candidacy by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., some may ask why he's running for president.

Those asking might include people who had not heard of Huntsman heretofore, or who read a glowing magazine profile of him and expected more from his Statue of Liberty speech on Tuesday. Note to future candidates: If you kick off your campaign from a spot famously used by Ronald Reagan, be prepared to be compared – and not favorably.

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9:51am

Tue June 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Anthony Weiner: The Audacity of the Dalliance

L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace.

Surely Napoleon found audacity a formula for success in war, politics and l'amour. It was also, ultimately, his undoing. What we see in the Anthony Weiner case is something similar on a pathetic scale.

What Dominque Strauss-Kahn is accused of doing to a hotel maid is terrible crime. What Weiner is wrestling with seems more a series of online dalliances. What he tried to get away with is, relatively speaking, rather lonely and small.

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3:34pm

Fri June 3, 2011
It's All Politics

Reactions to GOP Field Leave Much To Be Desired

If you are feeling a bit underwhelmed by the current field of Republican candidates for president, you need not feel alone.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that only one American in four has a good or excellent impression of the prospective challengers to President Obama – whose own poll numbers suggest he is vulnerable in 2012.

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6:48pm

Tue May 3, 2011
It's All Politics

Past Presidents' Military Successes Meant Brief Gains In Polls

Two new polls released today show President Obama's approval numbers getting a bump from the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Sunday by U.S. special forces.

Other presidents who made bold moves against targets around the world have seen their approval rating benefit – in the short term. But such events have rarely done much to bolster the president's long-term standing or ensure re-election.

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