Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He was a fixture on the campaign trail throughout 2008, traveling extensively with Senator John McCain to cover the Arizona senator's bid for the presidency.

Horsley comes to the White House beat from the west coast, where he covered the economy and energy as NPR's San Diego-based business correspondent. He also helped cover the 2004 presidential campaign, and reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis. He also worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. He began his professional career in 1987 as a production assistant for NPR in Washington.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Horsley received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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8:10am

Sun March 8, 2015
Race

Obama In Selma: 'The Race Is Not Yet Won'

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 1:08 pm

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6:22pm

Fri March 6, 2015
Politics

Clinton, White House Play Delicate Dance As Emails Await Release

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:35 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone in March 2012 after her address to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters. While she's asked the State Department to quickly release her emails from her tenure as secretary, the process likely will take months — dragging out media coverage and critical questions.
Richard Drew AP

The State Department says it will work as quickly as possible to review the emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton turned over in 2014, but combing through all 55,000 pages could take months.

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7:28am

Tue March 3, 2015
Politics

Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:56 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Cliff Owen AP

Israel's Prime Minister is expected to deliver a stern warning when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday morning. Benjamin Netanyahu says the nuclear deal that the U.S. and other countries are pursuing with Iran could threaten Israel's survival.

That's not a new message from Netanyahu, but it's drawing extra attention because of the way the speech came about: Republican congressional leaders invited the prime minister with no involvement from the White House.

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4:05am

Wed February 18, 2015
National Security

U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 1:35 pm

The Obama administration says it will take more than air strikes in Syria or friendly troops in Iraq to defeat the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL. The White House says it will also take community outreach in places like Boston and Minneapolis.

Preventing homegrown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. President Obama will address the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Wednesday afternoon.

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4:29pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Politics

A Look At What's Inside Obama's Budget Proposal

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:30 pm

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6:00am

Mon February 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 12:14 pm

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families.
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Updated at 12:03 p.m. ET

President Obama says he wants to work with Congress to "replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America," in remarks that came hours after the release of his $3.99 trillion budget proposal, which is already drawing criticism from Republicans.

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10:13am

Tue January 27, 2015
Middle East

Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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4:32pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Politics

Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:32 pm

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4:51pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Technology

Obama Spotlights High-Speed Internet Success In Iowa

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

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4:18pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Politics

Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:02 pm

The president spoke about one measure aimed at the data collected in schools, through increasingly popular educational software. "Michelle and I are like parents everywhere," Obama said. "We want to be sure our children are being smart and safe online."
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama said Monday he wants the federal government to do more to prevent cyber attacks. He outlined a series of proposals designed to safeguard personal data — steps he'll talk more about in next week's State of the Union address.

The same day, the government itself became a target.

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4:36pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Politics

Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:02 pm

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5:11pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Economy

Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:17 pm

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New cars, and plenty of them, are driving off the sales lot - 16.5 million in the last year, in fact. It's the best performance for the U.S. auto industry since 2006.

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4:54pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Politics

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:39 pm

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5:29pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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5:11am

Tue December 9, 2014
Politics

Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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10:54am

Fri November 21, 2014
Politics

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:46 pm

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6:22pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Politics

Obama To Extend Temporary Deportation Relief

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:17 pm

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5:14pm

Thu November 20, 2014
The Two-Way

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:52 pm

One-year-old Lavon Massey holds a sign as part of a protest outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New Orleans on Wednesday. Organizers were drawing attention to the possibility that many undocumented immigrants may not be shielded by the president's executive order.
Gerald Herbert AP

This post was updated on Dec. 1, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.

President Obama is set to announce executive action tonight, granting temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what we know so far:

1. What kind of relief is the president offering?

Obama's move lifts the threat of deportation — at least temporarily. But it does not provide the full path to citizenship as envisioned under a comprehensive immigration bill.

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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Asia

Obama Hopes Myanmar Visit Will Give Fledgling Democracy A Boost

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4:30pm

Mon November 10, 2014
Asia

China Trip A Chance For Obama To Distance Himself From Midterm Losses

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 7:08 pm

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4:31am

Mon November 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:49 am

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
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It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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5:11pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Health

Ebola Seems To Stay Two Steps Ahead Of Government Response

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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5:01am

Wed October 15, 2014
Politics

Fractures Within Alliance May Hamper U.S. Campaign Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:18 pm

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6:13pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Business

Obama Proposal Could Extend Overtime Benefits To More Workers

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

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3:26am

Mon September 22, 2014
Politics

All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:21 pm

Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March on Sunday.
Jason DeCrow AP

The forecast calls for picture-perfect weather Tuesday in New York City as world leaders gather to discuss the challenge of a changing climate.

More than 120 leaders, including President Obama, are expected to attend the one-day climate summit, sponsored by the United Nations. They've been instructed to arrive with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures.

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2:00am

Tue September 16, 2014
Goats and Soda

Obama To Announce Buildup In U.S. Efforts To Fight Ebola

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 9:43 am

Workers unload medical supplies to fight the Ebola epidemic from a USAID cargo flight in Harbel, Liberia, in August.
John Moore Getty Images

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already the deadliest on record, having killed more than 2,400 people. Health experts warn it could get much worse, if the spread of the disease isn't contained quickly.

That alarm has President Obama meeting today with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama is expected to announce a major buildup in U.S. efforts to address the threat of Ebola.

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6:45pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Governing

Do Americans Support President Obama's ISIS Plan?

Millions watched President Obama's prime-time address this week, like these patrons of a San Francisco nail salon. But whether Americans will support his plan remains unclear.
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More than 34 million people tuned in this week to hear President Obama outline plans to degrade, and ultimately destroy, the militant group known as the Islamic State.

Polls show widespread support for using American air power against the militants, even though many people remain wary about getting dragged into another open-ended conflict in the Middle East.

The fight represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the president, whose handling of foreign policy has been widely criticized in the past year.

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3:49am

Wed September 10, 2014
Middle East

Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 8:01 am

President Obama delivers a rare, primetime address Wednesday.

Taking over the TV networks during the crucial 9:00 p.m. ET programming slot is not something any White House does lightly.

This time, it's for Obama to spell out his plan to combat militants from the Islamic State, and spokesman Josh Earnest calls the timing a signal of the high national security priority at stake.

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4:54pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Politics

Wisconsin Voters Divided On Whether Job Growth Is Enough

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:51 pm

Gov. Scott Walker answers questions while celebrating the growth of local software company Forte Research Systems. He announced the company is adding 55 jobs with the help of a state loan.
Scott Bauer AP

In the hotly contested Wisconsin governor's race, incumbent Republican Scott Walker is touting an economic turnaround. But his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, argues that the state's recovery is falling flat.

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5:02am

Thu August 28, 2014
Politics

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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