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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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."
Ed Reinke AP

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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6:57pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Health Care

Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:10 pm

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4:41pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Politics

Obama: U.S. Lacks A 'Complete Strategy' For Training Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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5:01am

Thu May 28, 2015
Politics

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:11 pm

While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt.
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Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. Just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

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4:33pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Environment

EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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3:53pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:21 pm

Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years.
Ted S. Warren AP

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

For seven years, Michael Hall has been guiding tourists to the top of Seattle's Space Needle and back. It's a unique vantage point from which to watch the ups and downs of Americans' paychecks.

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