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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4:31pm

Thu November 20, 2014
It's All Politics

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:52 pm

One-year-old Lavon Massey holds a sign as part of a protest outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New Orleans on Wednesday. Organizers were drawing attention to the possibility that many undocumented immigrants may not be shielded by the president's executive order.
Gerald Herbert AP

This post was updated on Dec. 1, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.

President Obama is set to announce executive action tonight, granting temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what we know so far:

1. What kind of relief is the president offering?

Obama's move lifts the threat of deportation — at least temporarily. But it does not provide the full path to citizenship as envisioned under a comprehensive immigration bill.

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5:02am

Thu November 20, 2014
Politics

Obama To Spell Out Immigration Plans In Prime-Time Address

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

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5:25pm

Tue November 18, 2014
Politics

Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:43 am

Activists rally for President Obama to use executive powers to act on immigration. Critics say the president would be going too far.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The White House says President Obama will act "relatively soon," on immigration, granting temporary legal status to a large number of immigrants who are in this country illegally. Obama is acting after the Republican-controlled House refused to take up a bipartisan Senate bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

The decision to use executive powers to do what Congress would not has some critics complaining that Obama is going too far. Not so long ago, he was making that argument himself.

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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Asia

Obama Hopes Myanmar Visit Will Give Fledgling Democracy A Boost

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5:04am

Mon November 10, 2014
Asia

Obama Leaves Election Results Behind, Travels To Asia

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:34 am

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4:59am

Thu November 6, 2014
Politics

Obama, McConnell Look For Common Ground

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 11:15 am

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Never mind losing the whole of Congress, President Obama stepped before the cameras yesterday. He briskly defended his record, and he said he hopes to squeeze every last little bit of opportunity out of the final two years of his administration.

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4:21pm

Wed November 5, 2014
Politics

What Will Congress Do With A Republican Majority?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:23 am

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4:16pm

Tue November 4, 2014
Politics

Will Grumpy Americans Turn Out For The Midterms?

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:32 pm

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5:04am

Mon November 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:59 pm

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
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It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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4:33pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Obama Tries To Rally Women Voters As Midterms Near

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:41 pm

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