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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2:46pm

Mon July 6, 2015
It's All Politics

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 2:22 pm

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're bringing drugs; they're bringing crime, [bringing] their rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said while announcing his campaign last month.
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Republicans have been talking about reforming their party since President Obama's re-election in 2012. The recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare and the reversal of several Southern Republican governors on the Confederate battle flag gave the GOP a new chance. But change can be hard.

In presidential years, the party has a math problem, according to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. He points out that while Democrats are attracting growing segments of the population, like Latinos and Asians, Republicans are relying on their traditional base of white voters.

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5:06am

Fri July 3, 2015
Politics

As Much As The GOP Wants Change, Republicans Drag Their Feet

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 7:33 am

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6:24pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Politics

Chris Christie Becomes 14th Republican Presidential Candidate

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:08 pm

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Chris Christie is joining a crowded race.

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BOBBY JINDAL: My name is Bobby Jindal.

CARLY FIORINA: I'm Carly Fiorina.

BEN CARSON: Now I've introduced my family you say, well, who are you?

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4:38pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Politics

Supreme Court Rulings, Confederate Flag, Mark Shift In Culture Wars

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:53 am

People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday after its historic 5-4 decision on same-sex marriage.
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There has been a big reset in the culture wars.

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in all 50 states. States across the South are lowering the confederate flag, and the Supreme Court has, for the second time, voted to preserve the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The results marked big wins for liberals after decades-long battles, in one form or another, on some of the issues.

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12:01pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Law

Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:17 pm

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5:04pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Politics

S.C. Governor Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag From State Capitol

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

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Today, South Carolina's Republican governor called for the Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the state capital to be removed.

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6:13am

Mon June 22, 2015
Around the Nation

Confederate Flag Controversy Raised Again After S.C. Church Shooting

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:07 am

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5:07am

Tue June 16, 2015
Politics

Jeb Bush Promises Inclusive Campaign As He Runs For President

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 7:59 am

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4:31pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Politics

Jeb Bush Officially Enters Republican Field For President

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:30 pm

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5:18am

Mon June 15, 2015
It's All Politics

He Was Born Republican Royalty, But 'Jebcito' Is From Miami

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 10:42 am

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (left) serves helpings of paella to guests attending the Miami-Dade Day festivities in 2002, with former state Rep. Gary Siplin (center) and former U.S. Sen. Kendrick Meek.
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This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

There are three Republican candidates who ran Spanish-language ads when they announced their presidential intentions — but only one was an Anglo.

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