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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4:07am

Thu April 9, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:16 pm

Night in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Analysts warn a sudden energy shortage in the Caribbean could create security problems not far from U.S. shores and even trigger mass migration. But thanks to its domestic energy boom, the U.S. has a rare opportunity to get out in front of the crisis and possibly build some goodwill of its own.
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President Obama is in Jamaica on Thursday, meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and more than a dozen other leaders from throughout the Caribbean. It's the first stop on a three-day tour that also includes a hemispheric summit meeting in Panama. Topping Thursday's agenda is a looming energy crunch in the Caribbean, and a chance for the U.S. to seize the initiative there from leftist leaders in Venezuela.

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4:37pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Politics

President Obama Praises Tentative Iranian Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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5:46pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Politics

Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 10:03 am

"We must try as best we can to balance isolation and engagement, pressure and incentives, so that human rights and dignity are advanced over time," Obama said five years ago, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Even before he became president, Barack Obama was imagining the possibilities of a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran. His willingness to reverse decades of official U.S. hostility was one of the things that set Obama apart on the campaign trail.

"We have to have a clear break with the Bush-Cheney style of diplomacy that has caused so many problems," Obama told NBC's Meet the Press in November 2007.

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5:31pm

Sun March 29, 2015
Politics

Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 5:54 pm

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations and what push back they might face.

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1:20pm

Thu March 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:24 pm

Congress tries every year to plug a loophole that would otherwise result in a 21 percent cut in Medicare doctors' pay. But it doesn't exactly always tighten its belt in the process.
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Every year about this time, after a Washington winter of inactivity, I notice my pants have grown a little tighter. Years ago, I resolved to address this by cutting back on burritos and beer.

But the (ever more abundant) flesh is weak. And burritos are soooo tasty. So instead, every spring I simply let out my waistband a bit, while promising to redouble my dieting efforts next year. I call this, "The belt fix."

Sound familiar?

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7:59am

Thu March 26, 2015
Politics

Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

Maranda Brooks stands in January outside a payday loans business that she used to frequent. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are proposing expansive, first-ever rules on payday lenders, aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of debt.
Tony Dejak AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. E.T.

For millions of cash-strapped consumers, short-term loans offer the means to cover purchases or pressing needs. But these deals, typically called payday loans, also pack triple-digit interest rates — and critics say that borrowers often end up trapped in a cycle of high-cost debt as a result.

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6:13pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Politics

President Obama Holds First Meeting With Afghan President

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:40 pm

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Energy

Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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5:00pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Environment

How President Obama Wants To Shrink The Government's Carbon Footprint

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 2:02 pm

President Obama views solar panels on the roof of the Department of Energy with Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall, second from right, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt, right, and Energy Manager Eric Haukdal, left.
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President Obama wants to shrink the federal government's carbon footprint.

With hundreds of thousands of buildings and vehicles, the government is the nation's single biggest energy consumer. The president signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to get more of their power from clean energy sources.

"We're going to cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next ten years," Obama said, after touring a rooftop array of solar panels at the Department of Energy.

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3:25am

Thu March 19, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:05 pm

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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