Mara Liasson appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
President Obama reached the White House largely on his opposition to U.S. intervention in the Middle East and his gift for both using and transcending his race. This week, the pressure to intervene in Syria has become overwhelming, just as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — the iconic climax of the civil rights movement.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Much of what happens in the Senate in the present reflects expectations for the Senate of the future — specifically after the next election. Republican hopes are high for a takeover in 2014 that would confront President Obama with united opposition from a GOP-controlled Congress. So what are the prospects for the gains the GOP needs?
Monday, July 22, 2013
President Obama returns to Illinois this week and to the city of Galesburg, site of a pivotal speech he made early in his first presidential campaign. His speech Wednesday will be a set of proposals for strengthening the economy.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
President Obama gave a White House address Thursday, flanked by Americans now paying less for health insurance or receiving reimbursements from health insurers under Obamacare. It was a response to recent efforts by House Republicans to repeal or undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Florida senator was supposed to be one of the emerging leaders of the Republican Party. But his leadership role on the immigration overhaul has brought a lot of criticism from his party's anti-amnesty base. His experience illustrates the divides in the current GOP.
Monday, July 08, 2013
A few months ago, the Republican National Committee released several recommendations for broadening the party's voter appeal. The report told the GOP to reach out to women, younger voters and Hispanics. But so far, that has not been the direction party leaders have taken in Congress or in the media.
Monday, July 01, 2013
In recent years, Democrats have gained the upper hand in the Electoral College. Virginia and Florida, once GOP strongholds, have turned purple. Now, Democrats are turning their attention to the biggest Republican prize of all, Texas.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In all the noise and shouting over the NSA data gathering, the unspoken assumption is that the public must be outraged. But in fact, much of the public seems indifferent, and the political fallout may be less predictable than it seems.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
As part of his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, President Obama travels to Mooresville, N.C., Thursday. He'll highlight Mooresville Middle School's focus on technology and digital learning. Young voters cite the economy and education as top concerns. Neither political party has been adept at addressing these issues for young people.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Seven months ago, President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surveyed the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. On Tuesday, the two reunited for a tour of the Jersey Shore to see how it has recovered.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Controversies dominated this past week's political headlines, leaving the Obama White House on the defensive, trying to contain any lasting damage. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.
Friday, May 17, 2013
President Obama is in the middle of a series of scandals. But are they serious enough to undermine his second term? Veterans of past Washington scandals assess the potential for political peril, and what the president can do about it.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The second term curse has plagued the last five two-term presidents, but President Obama's administration had been confident they'd be the ones to break the streak. But instead the administration finds itself on the defensive about the Benghazi and now IRS questions targeted at Tea Party groups.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
It has been a difficult spring for the president. He couldn't get Congress to work with him on the sequester or gun control legislation. Now he appears to be making an effort to get back to the issues Americans say they care most about.
Friday, May 03, 2013
In the three years since the Affordable Care Act became law, public opinion has remained deeply divided with as many Americans opposing the law as supporting it. When Americans begin signing up for health insurance under the act, opinion may finally begin to shake loose. Some people without access to insurance gain it and others encounter new bureaucracies.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
President Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people was a red line, and crossing it would bring U.S. action. On Thursday, the administration said that the intelligence community "does assess with vary degrees of confidence" that the regime has used such weapons "on a small scale." Yet the administration also contends that these findings fall short of the red line.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Gun-control groups are regrouping after a bill to tighten background checks for gun sales failed to overcome a filibuster last week in the Senate. The failure was not only a stinging defeat for President Obama, it was also a setback for the new players in the debate.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
They don't want to offend Hispanic voters, but they don't want to turn off the GOP base either, says Ron Bonjean, a former Republican leadership aide. And competing for Hispanic votes is not a top priority for the sizable number of Republican rank and file who still see the bill as amnesty.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech Wednesday at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He began by posing this question to the audience at the historically black school: How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African-American Congressmen become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote?
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
President Obama submits his budget on Wednesday and he's more than two months late. But there's a political strategy behind his tardiness — he waited until after both House Republicans and Senate Democrats passed their budget plans.