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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6:13am

Tue February 3, 2015
Politics

Budget Sent To Congress Values Middle-Class Economics

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 10:28 pm

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4:03am

Fri January 30, 2015
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4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:37 pm

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public.
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President Obama is about to get his first veto opportunity of the new Congress. A bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project will be on his desk soon. He has promised to veto it, and that's unusual. In his first six years in office, Obama issued just two vetoes — the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield, and Garfield only served 199 days in office!

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5:17am

Wed January 28, 2015
Politics

Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:33 pm

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It's a good moment to remember something President Obama told us in December. The president said he'd reached a moment that was quote, "liberating."

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5:11pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Politics

Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

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6:31am

Wed January 21, 2015
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Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:52 pm

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4:54pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

State Of The Union Preview

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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7:06am

Tue January 20, 2015
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State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:37 pm

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
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Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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6:17am

Mon January 19, 2015
Politics

Obama Strategizes How To Be A Successful Lame Duck President

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 1:27 pm

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And NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been reporting on the challenges of a president beginning his seventh year in office.

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6:16am

Thu January 15, 2015
Politics

Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:07 am

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4:18pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Politics

White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:20 pm

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