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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It's All Politics
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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And NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been reporting on the challenges of a president beginning his seventh year in office.

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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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Politics
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Potential Presidential Candidates Give Speeches On Foreign Policy

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:42 am

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Politics
3:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Following Ferguson, Obama Urges Changes To Boost Community Policing

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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Politics
3:17 am
Thu November 27, 2014

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:12 am

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Politics
2:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel Struggled To Stay On The Same Page As The White House

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:15 am

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U.S.
11:02 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel Steps Down After Discord On Syria, Iraq

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. President Obama made the announcement in an East Room appearance minutes ago.

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Politics
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Unveils Temporary Protection From Deportation

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:39 am

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Good morning. As powerful as presidents may be, it is rare that any president has affected millions of lives overnight. That is what President Obama did last night. His televised speech announced a move so sweeping, Republicans say he exceeded his powers.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Millions Of Americans Could Be Affected By Obama's Immigration Plan

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:30 pm

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Politics
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Republicans Criticize Obama's Immigration Actions Ahead Of Unveiling

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:31 pm

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Obama To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 1:14 pm

Updated at 1:28 p.m. ET.

President Obama says he will announce the executive actions he's taking to "start fixing our broken immigration system" during a speech to the nation at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Politics
4:14 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Immigration Divides Washington; Permanent Resolution Unlikely

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:54 am

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Health Care
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Affordable Care Act Has Many Political And Legal Challenges Ahead

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:55 pm

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Politics
3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats May Have Been Missing A Good Message

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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After every decisive election, the losers have to answer the question what just happened to us? Democrats will be doing that for the next several months as they lick their wounds and get ready for 2016.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Obama, GOP Speak Of Cooperation In New Congress

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Take Control Of U.S. Senate With N.C. Win

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:47 am

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Races To Watch In The Midterm Elections

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

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And joining us to talk about what she'll be watching tonight is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Disappointment With Both Parties A Major Factor In Midterm Elections

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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Politics
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

What Women's Votes Could Mean For The Midterms

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:25 pm

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Politics
2:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Parties Compete To Build The Best Voter-Turnout Machine

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:32 am

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Politics
2:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 11:47 am

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs

Millennial focus group: Arturo Chang (from left), Shaza Loutfi, Alexa Graziolli, Stephen Crouch, Jessica Ramser. Not pictured: Ginger Gibson.
Rachel Lushinsky NPR

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 6:28 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

President Obama is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in California with a group he wants to mobilize for the midterm elections: millennial entrepreneurs. Millennials — young people ages 18-34 — are a key part of the Democratic coalition.

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