Mara Liasson

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'Hard Choices' Tour Put Spotlight On Clinton's Strengths, Weaknesses

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hillary Clinton's book tour is over, and so is the debate over whether she'll make a 2016 presidential bid. Still, her official decision is months away — time she needs to polish her talking points.


As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

Friday, July 25, 2014

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?


Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's ...


Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.


Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The White House's request for more funds on immigration could get a congressional vote soon. Meanwhile, the border crisis is complicating Obama's plan to take unilateral action to ease deportations.


Contraceptive Ruling Becomes Campaign Trail Flashpoint

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled that many businesses would not have to pay for health insurance that covered contraceptives if they objected on religious grounds.


Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Amid crises on the U.S.-Mexico border and roiling protests in Murrieta, Calif., President Obama is requesting $3.7 billion from Congress to address the unfolding issues over immigration.


On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Speaking on the Potomac River waterfront, President Obama advocated for renovating aging American infrastructure with the historic Francis Scott Key Bridge poised behind him. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.


Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama announced that he would take several steps on his own regarding immigration issues — including the tens of thousands of children who have swarmed to the U.S. border in recent weeks.


NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag

Thursday, June 19, 2014

According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.


White House Dogged By Group Responsible For Iraq Crisis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The crisis in Iraq has become a political problem for President Obama. Analysts say the White House needs to stop Iraq and Syria from becoming safe havens for terrorists.


The Challenges Behind Accurate Opinion Polls

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week's stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came after his internal polls showed him winning — instead he lost by double digits.


Clevelanders Discuss Replacing Sin Tax With Win Tax

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Voters in the Cleveland area renewed a tax on alcohol and cigarettes to fund upgrades to professional sports stadiums. A new proposal would require teams to compete for that money by playing better.


Shocking Upset: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses Primary

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat Tuesday night in Virginia. Cantor was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner.

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Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In a surprise result, voters in Virginia's 7th Congressional District have dealt a defeat to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, nominating Tea Party challenger David Brat instead in the GOP primary.


With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Monday, June 09, 2014

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.


Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.


Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel.


Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For the first time, the U.S. would regulate the greenhouse gas causing emissions from existing coal plants. The goal is to reduce emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.


Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle Outraged Over VA Scandal

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A preliminary review by the Veteran Affairs' inspector general has found that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem. The scandal is a serious political problem for the White House.

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