Mara Liasson http://ktep.org en NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President http://ktep.org/post/npr-poll-obamacare-more-popular-president A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare — which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.<p><a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/april/DCor_RR_graphs.pdf">Our survey</a> of likely voters, conducted for <em>Morning Edition</em> by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president's health care law is still unpopular, but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.<p>After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 37914 at http://ktep.org NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations http://ktep.org/post/democrats-count-fine-art-field-operations Democrats have had great success in recent presidential elections registering, targeting and turning out their core voters. Now they're hoping to use that sophisticated field operation to to stave off defeat in this year's midterm elections.<p>They'll need all the help they can get because the Democratic hold on the Senate is looking increasingly shaky. The president is unpopular. So is Obamacare, and the number of vulnerable Democratic Senate seats is growing by the day. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 37243 at http://ktep.org Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations Obama Rolls Out White House Welcome Mat For Ukrainian Prime Minister http://ktep.org/post/obama-rolls-out-white-house-welcome-mat-ukrainian-prime-minister Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is visiting the White House Wednesday. The meeting comes days before a vote in Crimea over whether to secede from Ukraine. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 36525 at http://ktep.org March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears http://ktep.org/post/march-marks-crucible-obamacare-deadline-nears Facing a deadline, the Obama administration is desperate to boost enrollment in health care exchanges. Still millions from their goal, they're stepping up outreach and forgetting politics — for now. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 36442 at http://ktep.org As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium http://ktep.org/post/cpac-opens-gop-stars-take-turns-podium The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, routinely attracts big names in the Republican party — and this year's no different. It starts Thursday. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 36125 at http://ktep.org Lay Of The Land Looks Steep For Senate Democrats http://ktep.org/post/lay-land-looks-steep-senate-democrats With the House of Representatives expected to remain in Republican hands, the Senate will be the focus of midterm elections in 2014. The political landscape there appears unfavorable for Democrats. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 35663 at http://ktep.org For Boehner And GOP, Path To Immigration Reform Is A Muddle http://ktep.org/post/boehner-and-gop-path-immigration-reform-muddle Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The immigration issue has become a political hot potato for Republicans. Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, and the House decided not to take it up. But then House Republicans changed their minds briefly until they gave up again. NPR's Mara Liasson explains where things stand now.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: The consensus in Washington was pretty clear: immigration reform was dead for the rest of this year. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 34976 at http://ktep.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head http://ktep.org/post/deficit-anxiety-fades-debt-rears-its-ugly-head Democrats and Republicans have exhausted themselves politically after failing to reach a grand bargain to reduce the debt. Now there's a new economic debate in Washington over economic growth, mobility and income inequality.<p>But without dealing with the debt, Republicans and Democrats might not be able to navigate even the issues they agree on.<p><strong>Moving Away From The Deficit</strong><p>In President Obama's State of the Union address last month, he all but declared victory on the federal deficit. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 34297 at http://ktep.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head Democrats Worry About Losing Senate Majority http://ktep.org/post/democrats-worry-about-losing-senate-majority Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>President Obama spent yesterday afternoon meeting with Senate Democrats. The event was held in a meeting space at Nationals Park. That's the baseball stadium in Washington. It was billed as an issues conference. And certainly one of the big issues for the president's party is the possibility that it could lose its majority in the Senate this fall. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:17:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 34247 at http://ktep.org Republicans Use Latest CBO Report To Rail Against Obamacare http://ktep.org/post/republicans-use-latest-cbo-report-rail-against-obamacare The new Congressional Budget Office report gives ammunition to Republicans and puts Democrats on the defensive. It said the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million by the year 2024. But as usual, the truth is more complicated than the headlines and press releases suggest. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 34174 at http://ktep.org Obama Proposes Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation http://ktep.org/post/obama-proposes-ambitious-agenda-address-nation Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech with enthusiasm last night. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 33720 at http://ktep.org Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address http://ktep.org/post/hoping-hope-obama-seeks-return-optimism-address Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, for more on the president's speech, we're joined by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So listening to Jay Carney just now, what do you think is the president's overriding goal tonight?<p>LIASSON: Well, I think his overriding goal is really to communicate a tone and an attitude. You heard Jay say that the three kind of watch words are opportunity, action and optimism. The president knows that the American people are in a very sour mood about the economy and about him. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 33677 at http://ktep.org The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button http://ktep.org/post/president-hopes-state-union-be-big-reset-button Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. President Obama prepares to hit the proverbial reset button on his second term tomorrow night. The president will lay out his agenda in the State of the Union address. After a rough and tumble 2013 sparing with Congress over the budget and Obamacare, the president is expected to make some adjustments.<p>He will rely more on the power of the executive order. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 33604 at http://ktep.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal http://ktep.org/post/boehner-picks-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-gop-rebuttal Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity President Obama gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 33395 at http://ktep.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal NSA Oversight: Obama Wants Safeguards Against Potential Abuse http://ktep.org/post/nsa-oversight-obama-wants-safeguards-against-potential-abuse Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And even before Edward Snowden and his leaks made NSA surveillance the subject of dinner table conversations all over American, President Obama said he wanted a debate about the right balance between security and civil liberties. The Snowden revelations made sure that Mr. Obama got one. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on how the political calculus is working at the White House.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: The president's new senior advisor, John Podesta, describes what Mr. Obama wants Americans to understand.<p>JOHN PODESTA: That he has put in place two things. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 32974 at http://ktep.org 50 Years Later, How The Politics Of Poverty Evolved http://ktep.org/post/50-years-later-how-politics-poverty-evolved Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>This week, and in the coming year, we're marking the anniversary of a famous declaration. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 32419 at http://ktep.org Looking Back On A Roller Coaster Year For The GOP http://ktep.org/post/looking-back-roller-coaster-year-gop It's been a long year since Republicans vowed to rebrand their party as friendlier to women, minorities and younger voters. Even if its longer term problems remain, the party finds itself in surprisingly good shape going into the 2014 midterms. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 31667 at http://ktep.org White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries http://ktep.org/post/white-house-hires-crisis-manager-easing-democratic-worries It's not big enough to be called a shakeup, but the new hire announced this week at the White House is important: John Podesta will come on board in January as a counselor to the president.<p>Podesta is a Democratic wise man, the founder of the Center for American Progress, a policy and personnel incubator for Democratic administrations, and he just started a new think tank on income inequality — the problem President Obama says will animate his second term.<p>Podesta is also a second-term crisis management specialist. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:23:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 30891 at http://ktep.org White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism http://ktep.org/post/social-security-fight-exposes-democratic-divide-economic-policy American politics is having a populist moment, with voters angry and frustrated with all big institutions in American life.<p>The backlash against big government found its expression on the right with the Tea Party. The tensions between that movement and the Republican establishment have been on full display.<p>This week saw similar tensions arise among Democrats, starting with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579213923151169790">an op-ed</a> on Monday in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> by the leaders of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 30419 at http://ktep.org Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism White House Revs Up Delayed Push For Health Coverage http://ktep.org/post/white-house-revs-delayed-push-health-coverage With HealthCare.gov able to handle an increasing number of users, the Obama administration finally went on the offensive to urge Americans to sign up for new health insurance. The administration had planned a massive advertising and social media campaign to support the Affordable Care Act back in October, but the push was delayed for two months after the health insurance exchange website failed in its debut. The effort comes as the deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting next year looms. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 30157 at http://ktep.org Medicaid Drives Expansion Of Health Care Coverage http://ktep.org/post/medicaid-drives-expansion-health-care-coverage After years of wide spread fretting about the size of the federal debt and angst about new federal regulations for health care, one federal program is enjoying widespread popularity: Medicaid. Morning Edition examines this political paradox. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29798 at http://ktep.org Angst Over Health Law Leaves Obama, Democrats In Congress Divided http://ktep.org/post/angst-over-health-law-leaves-obama-democrats-congress-divided Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The troubled rollout of the ACA has also shaken relations between the White House and congressional Democrats. For more on that we're joined by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson at the White House.<p>Hey there, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So this isn't just about Darrel Issa stirring up anger, right? I guess Democrats genuinely worry that this rollout has hurt them heading into 2014, as Don just mentioned. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29692 at http://ktep.org Record Low Poll Numbers Spell Uncertain Future For Both Parties http://ktep.org/post/record-low-poll-numbers-spell-uncertain-future-both-parties Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Americans are utterly fed up with Washington. That's the takeaway from the latest round of public opinion polls. Approval ratings for just about every leader and political institution from the president to Congress are now at record lows. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29355 at http://ktep.org States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes http://ktep.org/post/states-aim-cure-hyper-partisanship-primary-changes Several states are trying to do something about so-called hyperpartisanship by changing the way congressional districts are drawn and the way elections are held.<p>Their goal: force members of Congress to pay more attention to general election voters than to their base voters on the right or left.<p>John Fortier, the director of the <a href="http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/democracy-project">Democracy Project</a> at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is working on ways to make politics less dysfunctional, says U.S. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29226 at http://ktep.org States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes First Numbers From Health Exchange Expected To Be Low http://ktep.org/post/first-numbers-health-exchange-expected-be-low The administration is expected to report on the number of Americans who have signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange this week. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 28880 at http://ktep.org Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' http://ktep.org/post/top-pollster-sees-evidence-political-shock-wave Here's <a href="http://pos.org/2013/10/the-october-shockwave-new-insights-from-the-latest-nbcwsj-survey/">an email</a> that caught my eye Thursday. It's from Republican Bill McInturff, one of the best pollsters around and not someone known to hyperbolize. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 28188 at http://ktep.org Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' Lawmakers To Grill Sebelius On Affordable Care Act http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-grill-sebelius-affordable-care-act Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. More hearings come today on the messy rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will face questions from the House, Energy and Commerce Committee. Now, yesterday, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid testified before a different committee. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 27999 at http://ktep.org Hearing On HealthCare.gov Keeps Obamacare Politics Alive http://ktep.org/post/hearing-healthcaregov-keeps-obamacare-politics-alive Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today's hearing may not have cleared up many questions about exactly what's wrong with the health care website, but it does represent a new chapter in the political fight over the Affordable Care Act.<p>Joining us now is NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. And, Mara, just after Republicans failed in their efforts to defund or delay the health care law through budget fights, the program's right back in the spotlight. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 27695 at http://ktep.org Obama To Address Health Care Website Problems http://ktep.org/post/obama-address-health-care-website-problems Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now let's look at the politics of the Obamacare rollout with NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson. She's on the line.<p>Hi, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: OK. So the standoff is over for the moment. The government is reopened. The battle over the debt ceiling is behind us. And now the focus is on this actual law.<p>LIASSON: That's right. We're now not fighting about whether the government should be shut down until Obamacare is defunded. We're going to be fighting about the success of the actual law. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 27411 at http://ktep.org What's Behind The Partisan Thaw In Washington? http://ktep.org/post/whats-behind-partisan-thaw-washington On Thursday, President Obama met with Senate Democrats. Then he met with House Republicans. And White House staff members continued talks with their counterparts from the House GOP leadership. All that talking just a day after there was radio silence between the two parties. One strong possibility for the change in attitudes is a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that shows that the majority of Americans blame Republicans for the ongoing government shutdown and just 20 percent of people approve of the Republican party. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:33:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 26814 at http://ktep.org