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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3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

Lawmakers Continue To Wrangle Over Debt Limit

The Obama administration Monday threatened to veto a Republican bill that would sharply reduce federal spending, both now and in the future. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday. Lawmakers and the president are also wrangling over how to increase the federal debt limit, so the government can keep paying its bills. President Obama met privately Sunday with the top House Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

8:00am

Sat July 16, 2011
Politics

Debt Deal Seems Far As Deadline Draws Near

The week in Washington began and ended with presidential news conferences. In between, there were daily meetings between President Obama and leaders of Congress over what to do about the federal deficit as the deadline nears for raising the federal debt limit.

But despite some dire warnings about defaulting on some of that debt, the government seems no closer to an agreement that could solve either its short- or long-term budget woes.

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3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Pressures Lawmakers To OK Deficit Deal

President Obama held his second news conference in five days in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to OK a large-scale deficit-cutting deal. But Republican members of Congress aren't budging on the issue of taxes.

3:00pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Politics

President Obama Discusses Debt Ceiling Talks

With time running out to raise the nation's debt ceiling, President Obama hosted another bargaining session with leaders of Congress Monday. He's trying to persuade both Republicans and Democrats to compromise on a plan to shave trillions of dollars from the federal deficit. "I'm prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done. And I expect the other side should be willing to do the same thing, if they mean what they say: that this is important," he said.

5:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Politics

Poor Jobs Numbers Add Urgency To Budget Talks

It turns out that was no bump in the road the economy hit this spring. It was more like a concrete jersey barrier.

Hiring came to a near standstill last month, with paltry gains in the private sector almost completely offset by layoffs in the government. A report from the Labor Department shows employers added just 18,000 jobs in June. That's even worse than the dismal numbers from the month before. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ratcheted up to 9.2 percent.

There wasn't a scrap of good news in the Labor Department's report for President Obama to seize on.

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4:45pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Politics

What A Debt Default Would Really Mean For The U.S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (from left), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair host the first meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council last October.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Washington lawmakers returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, with just four weeks left to raise the federal debt ceiling or run the risk of a government default.

Many lawmakers insist that they won't vote to raise the debt limit unless there's also a deal to cut the deficit.

That would leave the government, which now borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar, suddenly without a working credit card.

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3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

Obama Challenges GOP Lawmakers In Budget Debate

President Obama took questions from reporters Wednesday at his first news conference since March. He called out congressional Republicans for their refusal to consider any revenue increases as part of a budget deal. Mister Obama also took questions regarding his views on same-sex marriage.

6:24am

Mon June 27, 2011
Economy

Obama Turns His Attention To Deficit Reduction

After weeks of leaving deficit-reduction talks to Vice President Biden, President Obama will meet personally with Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. They're trying to work out a plan to stem the tide of red ink. But no matter what happens, the government will need to keep borrowing money. And that means lawmakers will need to raise the federal debt ceiling within the next five weeks.

8:00am

Sat June 25, 2011
Politics

The President's Week Ends On A Productive Note

President Obama says if America wants a strong, growing economy, it needs robust, growing factories. In Pittsburgh Friday, Obama launched a new partnership with businesses and universities. It's designed to give a boost to the manufacturing sector in hopes that factories will then offer more, good-paying jobs. The announcement capped a week in which Obama also began winding down the war in Afghanistan and tip-toed around the fight over same-sex marriage. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

3:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Politics

Obama Announces Partnership To Create Factory Jobs

President Obama announced a new manufacturing partnership Friday with businesses and universities. It's designed to make U.S. factories more competitive β€” and boost the number of good-paying factory jobs.

12:01am

Fri June 24, 2011
Business

Obama: We Need More Manufacturing Jobs

Workers with circuit boards on a production line.
Istock

President Obama is in Pittsburgh Friday to highlight American manufacturing, which he hopes to boost with a series of appearances and a program called the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

Coming from the industrial Midwest, Obama knows the value of factory jobs. From his first days in office, he's been talking about lighting a fire under the nation's factory boilers.

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12:01am

Tue June 21, 2011
Politics

In 2012 GOP Race, Climate Policy Is A Non-Issue

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. In the upcoming Republican primaries, limits on carbon emissions β€” which Huntsman once supported β€” are not expected to be a pivotal issue.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman formally kicks off his presidential campaign Tuesday, with New York's Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. He's hoping some tired and poor Republicans are yearning for a different kind of candidate. Huntsman holds moderate views on immigration and same-sex civil unions, and he wasn't afraid to serve in the Obama administration, as U.S. ambassador to China.

As governor, Huntsman was also a leader in a regional effort to control greenhouse gases, by capping carbon emissions and trading pollution permits.

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12:01am

Tue June 14, 2011
Politics

More Burger Tests: Good For Health But Too Costly?

Authorities in Europe are trying to pin down the cause of a widespread and deadly outbreak of food poisoning. In the U.S., the Obama Administration is wrestling with a proposal to screen hamburger for additional varieties of deadly E.coli bacteria.

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12:01am

Tue June 7, 2011
Politics

Ten Years of Bush Tax Cuts

Later this week, Vice President Biden will host another meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, looking for ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.

The red ink they'll be discussing reflects both government spending and deliberate moves to reduce taxes, including a major round of cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush ten years ago Tuesday.

The signing ceremony was originally going to be outdoors, on the South Lawn of the White House, but rain forced a hasty relocation to the East Room.

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12:01am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Treasury: Debt Default Would Be 'Catastrophic'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner travels to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a warning for freshmen lawmakers: They must vote to increase the government's credit limit or risk an economic catastrophe.

Earlier this week, the House voted overwhelmingly against such an increase. Some lawmakers believe the government can leave the debt ceiling unchanged and still avoid dire consequences.

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3:00pm

Fri May 27, 2011
World

Obama Wraps Up G8 Summit, Heads To Poland

At the G8 summit in France Friday, President Obama vowed to "finish the job" of ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He got some unexpected encouragement from Russia. That country now agrees that Gadhafi must step down. G8 leaders also discussed the broader changes taking place in the Middle East.

4:00am

Fri May 27, 2011
NPR Story

Obama To Push For Aid To Egypt, Tunisia

Leaders of Egypt and Tunisia β€” two emerging democracies β€” will join President Obama and the other seven world leaders meeting at the G8 summit in France Friday. They'll take part in a discussion on how the world's leading economies can help promote democratic transformation across the Middle East and North Africa.

3:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
World

North Africa, Middle East Top Priority At G8 Summit

Originally published on Thu May 26, 2011 5:43 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And I'm Michele Norris.

President Obama is attending the G8 summit in France today. He's encouraging his fellow G8 leaders to provide financial support to newly emerging democracies in North Africa and the Middle East.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, Mr. Obama is also using the summit to meet one on one with some of the other G8 leaders, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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12:29pm

Mon May 23, 2011
Europe

Obama Gets In Touch With His Irish Roots

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:48 am

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sample Guinness at a pub in the village of Moneygall, Ireland. Obama's great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney was a shoemaker in the town until 1850, when he left for the United States.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

President Obama told a boisterous crowd in Ireland on Monday that both their country and the United States will recover from tough economic times, just as they have in the past.

Ireland was the first stop for Obama on a six-day European tour. He stressed the strong ties between the two countries β€” fostered in part by millions of Americans with Irish ancestry β€” and also paid tribute to his own Irish forebears by visiting the village his great-great-great-grandfather came from.

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12:01am

Mon May 23, 2011
Europe

In Ireland, A Homecoming (Of Sorts) For Obama

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:48 am

A youngster runs past the soon-to-open Obama Cafe in Moneygall, Ireland, on Saturday. President Obama is due to visit the village, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, as part of his 24-hour visit to Ireland on Monday.
Matt Dunham AP

President Obama is in Ireland on Monday kicking off a six-day European trip during which he will visit Buckingham Palace, address British Parliament, attend the Group of Eight summit in France and meet with Central European leaders in Poland.

First, though, the president has some family business to attend to: As Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny explained on St. Patrick's Day, the land of O'Connells, O'Neills, and O'Donnells is also the land of Obamas.

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3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Middle East

Obama Lays Out Vision For Middle East

President Obama declared Thursday that the United States will promote democratic reform across the Middle East, challenging not only adversaries like Syria but also allies like Bahrain. In a speech at the State Department, Obama offered his first comprehensive response to the political uprisings that have gripped the region over the last six months. He also called for Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations over the shape of a two-state solution.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
Middle East

Obama To Address Arab Uprisings

President Obama plans to outline steps to boost the economies of Egypt and Tunisia, when he delivers a major policy address on the Middle East today. The White House says economic improvements would help to reinforce the positive political changes sweeping the region.

3:00pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Politics

Obama, Senate GOP Discuss Debt Ceiling

President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans to discuss the nation's debt ceiling and long-term efforts to control the deficit. Meanwhile, a group of Main Street businesses are urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling without delay.

12:01am

Wed May 11, 2011
Economy

Debt Ceiling Hangs Over Deficit Reduction Talks

President Obama meets with Senate Democrats Wednesday to discuss how to address the country's long-term deficits. Obama follows up Thursday by meeting with Senate Republicans.

The White House meetings come just days before the federal government is expected to start bumping up against its debt ceiling. But so far, at least, financial markets don't seem overly worried.

Top lawmakers from both parties agree that sooner or later they'll have to vote to raise the debt limit. But the vote may come at a price.

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12:01am

Thu May 5, 2011
The Spark

Santorum: A Talent For Politics, Honed In College

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.

In the fall of 1976 β€” the bicentennial β€” Rick Santorum was a freshman at Penn State University. He didn't know what he wanted to major in, so he signed up for Political Science 1. The course was called "Introduction to American Politics," and that's just what it was for the young Santorum.

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4:00am

Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

President Obama Announces Bin Laden Is Dead

President Obama announced at the White House Sunday night that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in a U.S.-led operation. The announcement comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

4:54pm

Thu April 28, 2011
Economy

White House Pushes Forward With Trade Deals

President Obama and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli discussed a new trade agreement Thursday that the White House hopes will win quick congressional approval.

The deal is one of three the Obama administration has been working on as part of the president's push to double U.S. exports.

The White House inherited the three trade agreements β€” including deals with South Korea and Colombia β€” from the Bush administration. And at first, President Obama had reservations about all of them.

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7:42am

Sat April 23, 2011
Economy

Gas Prices Pinch, And Obama Feels The Pain

Gas prices were on the program for President Obama this week. He visited Virginia, Nevada and California, highlighting the cost of gasoline among other hardships the American people are dealing with. The president offered little in the way of short-term relief, though.

It didn't take any prompting from the audience to get Obama started on the subject of gas prices. He brought it up himself, again and again β€” as if to say no matter how far removed Washington may seem, he understands the challenges American drivers face.

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4:00am

Wed April 13, 2011
Politics

How Does The 2012 House Republican Budget Measure Up?

House Republicans introduced a budget last week to deal with the country's long-term debt. That GOP plan calls for big tax cuts and a major overhaul of Medicare for future retirees. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on what the government's own workforce shows about how the Republican plan might work.

4:00am

Thu March 24, 2011
Politics

Obama Faces Criticism Of Libyan Mission

There's a tradition in which politicians try to hold back criticism of the president while he's on foreign soil. President Obama had not even stepped off Air Force One Wednesday when Speaker John Boehner released a letter listing pointed questions on the administration's plan for Libya.

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