Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered six presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history.

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Middle East
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Netanyahu Reveals Aversion To 2-State Solution, White House Says

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Politics
3:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Defending Two-State Solution, White House Chief Of Staff Slams Netanyahu

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:14 am

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4:50 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
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Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:22 pm

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections — in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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Politics
3:02 am
Wed March 11, 2015

In Retrospect, Clinton Says She Should Have Used Separate Emails

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 2:46 pm

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4:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

3 Reasons Democrats Are Freaking Out About Hillary Clinton

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checking her phone in 2010. For many Democrats, the answer to the question: "If not Hillary, who?" is — disaster.
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Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:16 pm

The back-to-back Clinton controversies are making Democrats queasy.

At a time when more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are jostling each other in New Hampshire and Iowa, this should be a great moment for the virtually unopposed Hillary Clinton. She could be staying above the fray, using the time to staff up and prepare her policy agenda. But that's not what's happening.

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Politics
3:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Politics Roundup: From Iowa To Hillary Clinton's Email Account

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:20 am

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Politics
5:16 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Clinton Speaks To 30th Anniversary Gala Of EMILY's List

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3:20 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner have reasons to watch the Supreme Court case closely — and to worry about its outcome.
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Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 11:54 am

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in another case that threatens the survival of Obamacare. This one doesn't challenge the constitutionality of the law itself, it merely challenges the legality of one of the most important parts of the system — subsidies so that everyone can afford health care. If the court strikes down the subsidies for people who live in states that chose not to set up their own exchanges, and who get their health coverage from the federal marketplace — healthcare.gov — it would begin to unravel the entire Obamacare project.

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Law
2:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Affordable Care Act To Face Critical Test At Supreme Court

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:25 pm

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5:33 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

3 Reasons President Obama Is Winning This Immigration Fight

President Obama at a town hall meeting on immigration in Miami Wednesday with journalist Jose Diaz-Balart. The event was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC.
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As the Republican Congress tried this week to get itself out of the box it put itself in, President Obama was in Miami, aggressively ratcheting up the political pressure on the GOP on the issue underlying the standoff over funding the Department of Homeland Security — immigration. Here are three reasons why the president is winning this fight:

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Politics
3:39 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Obama Ups Pressure On GOP Over Homeland Security Funding

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:03 pm

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Politics
3:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

GOP Will Try To Override Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:05 am

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Politics
3:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

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8:05 am
Thu February 5, 2015

5 Things The Vaccine Debacle Reveals About The 2016 Presidential Field

Sen. Rand Paul tweeted this photo, writing "Ironic: Today I am getting my booster vaccine. Wonder how the liberal media will misreport this?"
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Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 5:19 pm

As the measles outbreak continues to spread, political leaders with an eye on the White House in 2016 spent much of the week jumping into, and then trying to bail themselves out of, the vaccine debate.

Some brushed the issue off as an unnecessary media circus, but it's worth taking a look at its deeper political meaning. Here are five things the vaccine politics kerfuffle of 2015 tells us about the emerging field of presidential candidates for 2016.

1. Vaccination politics are a problem for Republicans — not Democrats.

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Politics
4:13 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Budget Sent To Congress Values Middle-Class Economics

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 8:28 pm

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2:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public.
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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:37 pm

President Obama is about to get his first veto opportunity of the new Congress. A bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project will be on his desk soon. He has promised to veto it, and that's unusual. In his first six years in office, Obama issued just two vetoes — the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield, and Garfield only served 199 days in office!

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Politics
3:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 1:33 pm

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It's a good moment to remember something President Obama told us in December. The president said he'd reached a moment that was quote, "liberating."

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Politics
2:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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4:31 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union Preview

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

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5:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
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Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:37 pm

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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Politics
4:17 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Obama Strategizes How To Be A Successful Lame Duck President

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 11:27 am

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Politics
4:16 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:07 am

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:20 pm

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Politics
3:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:03 pm

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 7:07 pm

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Politics
3:05 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:37 am

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World
2:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alan Gross Release Paves Way For New Chapter In U.S.-Cuba Relations

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:11 pm

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Politics
4:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:22 pm

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Some Republicans Rethinking Party's Traditional Stands On Crime, Policing

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:16 pm

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