Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on Senator John McCain's White House bid in 2008 and Senator John Kerry's campaign in 2004. Thanks to this experience, Horsley has become an expert in the motel shampoo offerings of various battleground states.

Horsley took up the White House beat after serving as a San Diego-based business correspondent for NPR where he covered fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He 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.

Earlier in his career, Horsley 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. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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4:30pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Politics

Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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4:15pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Politics

Brazilian President Mends Ties With President Obama On White House Visit

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:14 pm

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Politics

Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:35 pm

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10:22pm

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:17 am

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
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President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Politics

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:39 pm

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11:36am

Fri June 26, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Rules That All States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriages

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4:37pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies In Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:17 pm

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Obamacare has survived another near-death experience in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled today that the federal government can continue to offer subsidized health insurance to people in all 50 states.

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2:02pm

Tue June 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:28 am

American Journalist James Foley, pictured in 2011. Foley's beheading at the hands of the Islamic State militant group has forced a debate over how the U.S. balances its policy of not paying ransoms.
Steven Senne AP

This post was updated at 1:25 p.m. ET to include comment from the White House press secretary.

The Obama administration is preparing to announce changes in the way it deals with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage by terrorist groups such as the self-declared Islamic State militant group. Families were invited to a private meeting with administration officials Tuesday in advance of a public announcement at the White House on Wednesday.

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5:00am

Thu June 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Raised Around Cry For Smaller Government, Rand Paul Carries The Torch

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:04 am

Sen. Rand Paul, then a candidate, arrives to address a luncheon meeting of the Lions Club in Bowling Green, Ky., in 2010. "He said when he was a very young man, 'I'm going to be a medical doctor,'" his nephew Matthew Pyeatt said. "He knew exactly what he wanted to be and exactly what he needed to do to get there and be successful."
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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.

Sen. Rand Paul made headlines recently with his one-man effort to roll back government surveillance. And that's the just beginning of Paul's plan to dismantle big chunks of the federal government.

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5:20pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Politics

House Rejects Legislation To Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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