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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4:36am

Mon October 27, 2014
Politics

Parties Compete To Build The Best Voter-Turnout Machine

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:32 am

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:47 pm

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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5:30pm

Thu October 9, 2014
New Boom

Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 8:28 pm

Millennial focus group: Arturo Chang (from left), Shaza Loutfi, Alexa Graziolli, Stephen Crouch, Jessica Ramser. Not pictured: Ginger Gibson.
Rachel Lushinsky NPR

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

President Obama is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in California with a group he wants to mobilize for the midterm elections: millennial entrepreneurs. Millennials — young people ages 18-34 — are a key part of the Democratic coalition.

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4:27pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Politics

White House Makes A Point To Stay Out Front On Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 6:30 pm

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5:05am

Fri October 3, 2014
Politics

NPR Poll: Senate Battleground Tilts Republican, But Still Anybody's Game

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:17 pm

Political signs separate Sen. Mitch McConnell's and Alison Lundergan Grimes' camps at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky in August.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

With fewer than five weeks until election day, the political landscape continues to be tilted against President Obama and his party. The battle for control of the Senate — the biggest prize this year — remains close and could tip either way.

Those are the findings of NPR's latest bipartisan poll of likely voters, conducted by Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic and Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps.

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5:11pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Politics

Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says under certain conditions, he would support a higher minimum wage in his state.
Seth Perlman AP

Here's another entry in the strange bedfellows political show, 2014 edition: As Election Day gets closer, some Republicans in battleground races seem to be moving to the center on a number of issues. Their latest sea change is the minimum wage.

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5:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
U.S.

Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:03 pm

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3:30am

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:32 pm

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A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: easier access to contraception.

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7:23pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Politics

In An Era Of Gridlock, Does Controlling The Senate Really Matter?

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:41 pm

Senate Minority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell has reportedly been talking privately about what he'd do as majority leader.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Republicans are increasingly confident that when this year's midterm elections are over, they will control both houses of Congress. But in this period of polarization and gridlock, what difference would it make?

This midterm election doesn't seem to be about anything in particular other than whether you like President Obama or not. There's no overarching issue, no clashing national agendas. Instead, it's just a series of very expensive, brutally negative races for Congress.

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4:27pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Politics

Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:28 pm

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