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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5:20pm

Tue March 3, 2015
It's All Politics

4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 1:54 pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner have reasons to watch the Supreme Court case closely — and to worry about its outcome.
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in another case that threatens the survival of Obamacare. This one doesn't challenge the constitutionality of the law itself, it merely challenges the legality of one of the most important parts of the system — subsidies so that everyone can afford health care. If the court strikes down the subsidies for people who live in states that chose not to set up their own exchanges, and who get their health coverage from the federal marketplace — healthcare.gov — it would begin to unravel the entire Obamacare project.

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4:10pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Law

Affordable Care Act To Face Critical Test At Supreme Court

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 6:25 pm

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7:33pm

Thu February 26, 2015
It's All Politics

3 Reasons President Obama Is Winning This Immigration Fight

President Obama at a town hall meeting on immigration in Miami Wednesday with journalist Jose Diaz-Balart. The event was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC.
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As the Republican Congress tried this week to get itself out of the box it put itself in, President Obama was in Miami, aggressively ratcheting up the political pressure on the GOP on the issue underlying the standoff over funding the Department of Homeland Security — immigration. Here are three reasons why the president is winning this fight:

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5:39am

Thu February 26, 2015
Politics

Obama Ups Pressure On GOP Over Homeland Security Funding

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:03 pm

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5:05am

Wed February 25, 2015
Politics

GOP Will Try To Override Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:05 am

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4:56pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Business

New Consumer Protections Hold Financial Advisors To Stricter Standards

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:01 pm

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5:09am

Fri February 13, 2015
Politics

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:12 am

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10:05am

Thu February 5, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things The Vaccine Debacle Reveals About The 2016 Presidential Field

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 7:19 pm

Sen. Rand Paul tweeted this photo, writing "Ironic: Today I am getting my booster vaccine. Wonder how the liberal media will misreport this?"
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As the measles outbreak continues to spread, political leaders with an eye on the White House in 2016 spent much of the week jumping into, and then trying to bail themselves out of, the vaccine debate.

Some brushed the issue off as an unnecessary media circus, but it's worth taking a look at its deeper political meaning. Here are five things the vaccine politics kerfuffle of 2015 tells us about the emerging field of presidential candidates for 2016.

1. Vaccination politics are a problem for Republicans — not Democrats.

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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
It's All Politics

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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