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
1:46 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're bringing drugs; they're bringing crime, [bringing] their rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said while announcing his campaign last month.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 1:22 pm

Republicans have been talking about reforming their party since President Obama's re-election in 2012. The recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare and the reversal of several Southern Republican governors on the Confederate battle flag gave the GOP a new chance. But change can be hard.

In presidential years, the party has a math problem, according to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. He points out that while Democrats are attracting growing segments of the population, like Latinos and Asians, Republicans are relying on their traditional base of white voters.

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Politics
4:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

As Much As The GOP Wants Change, Republicans Drag Their Feet

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:33 am

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Politics
5:24 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Becomes 14th Republican Presidential Candidate

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:08 pm

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Chris Christie is joining a crowded race.

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BOBBY JINDAL: My name is Bobby Jindal.

CARLY FIORINA: I'm Carly Fiorina.

BEN CARSON: Now I've introduced my family you say, well, who are you?

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Politics
3:38 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Rulings, Confederate Flag, Mark Shift In Culture Wars

People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday after its historic 5-4 decision on same-sex marriage.
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Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 12:53 am

There has been a big reset in the culture wars.

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in all 50 states. States across the South are lowering the confederate flag, and the Supreme Court has, for the second time, voted to preserve the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The results marked big wins for liberals after decades-long battles, in one form or another, on some of the issues.

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Law
10:19 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:17 am

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Politics
4:04 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

S.C. Governor Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag From State Capitol

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:32 pm

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Today, South Carolina's Republican governor called for the Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the state capital to be removed.

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Around the Nation
5:13 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Confederate Flag Controversy Raised Again After S.C. Church Shooting

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 7:07 am

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Politics
4:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Jeb Bush Promises Inclusive Campaign As He Runs For President

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 6:59 am

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Politics
3:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Jeb Bush Officially Enters Republican Field For President

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:30 pm

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It's All Politics
4:18 am
Mon June 15, 2015

He Was Born Republican Royalty, But 'Jebcito' Is From Miami

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (left) serves helpings of paella to guests attending the Miami-Dade Day festivities in 2002, with former state Rep. Gary Siplin (center) and former U.S. Sen. Kendrick Meek.
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Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 9:42 am

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

There are three Republican candidates who ran Spanish-language ads when they announced their presidential intentions — but only one was an Anglo.

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It's All Politics
1:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

How Would Hillary Clinton 'Reshuffle' Economic Inequality?

Hillary Clinton, seen here at Moo's Place in New Hampshire, has talked about the economy on the campaign trail but only in broad strokes.
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Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is about to enter a new phase. At her first big rally this Saturday in New York City, she will make an unusually personal speech about how her upbringing forged her commitment to helping others.

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Politics
4:11 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Address Economic Issues In Campaign Speech

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:30 am

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Politics
3:23 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Jeb Bush Visits Europe Ahead Of Presidential Campaign Announcement

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:16 am

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Politics
4:08 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Patriot Act Provisions Expire; More Candidates Announce Presidential Bid

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:36 am

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Politics
6:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

GOP's Presidential Field Has Something For Everyone And It's Growing

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:48 pm

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