Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on Senator John McCain's White House bid in 2008 and Senator John Kerry's campaign in 2004. Thanks to this experience, Horsley has become an expert in the motel shampoo offerings of various battleground states.

Horsley took up the White House beat after serving as a San Diego-based business correspondent for NPR where he covered fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis.

Earlier in his career, Horsley worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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2:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis

Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed at a U.S. Customs facility in Nogales, Texas.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.

In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, most from Central America. By law, the administration can't deport those young people until they have an immigration hearing — a process that can take years.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 6:37 pm

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Politics
4:09 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Birth Control Ruling Is A Setback For White House

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:24 pm

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Obama Administration is now looking for another way to promote broader access to birth control. This comes after yesterday's Supreme Court decision that closely held corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance, that is if the company's owners have a religious objection. Here's NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Law
4:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Cantor's Defeat Brings An End To Prickly Relationship With Obama

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:23 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. There is no love lost at the White House for Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, who lost his primary this week. The Virginia congressman has long been a roadblock for the president's legislative agenda. House Republicans will vote next week on who should replace Cantor as majority leader. NPR's Scott Horsley reports that while the players are changing, the partisan dynamic is likely to say the same.

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Education
5:21 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Obama Acts To Ease Student Loan Payments

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:23 am

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And I'm Renee Montagne. It's graduation time on college campuses around the country - a time for students and their families to celebrate. But as President Obama noted at the White House yesterday, for many students, it's also a time when the bills start coming due.

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Politics
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

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3:32 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On Eve Of D-Day Anniversary, World Leaders Cope With Fresher Scars

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:58 pm

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Europe
3:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

In Keynote Speech, Obama Marks A Quarter-Century Of Polish Democracy

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:18 pm

President Obama is delivering the keynote address of his current trip to Europe in Poland. Earlier in the day, Obama is meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

Europe
3:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:03 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is asking Congress for an extra billion dollars. It's for defense, to reassure nervous allies and let Eastern Europe that United States is committed to their security. The president spoke to an audience in Poland today. He said the U.S. commitment is especially important in the face of Russia's actions in neighboring Ukraine.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 5:17 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. President Obama says he wants to ramp up support for opposition forces in Syria. That could include weapons and training provided by the U.S. military. We'll hear more about his reasoning ahead. Obama made the call today in a commencement speech at West Point. NPR's Scott Horsley reports the president also used the speech to defend his broader approach to foreign-policy.

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It's All Politics
1:54 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Country music singer Brad Paisley performs during a troop rally with President Obama during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Brad Paisley is well-known as a top-selling country music star. Turns out, he's a pretty good juggler, too.

Paisley joined President Obama in a surprise trip to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, playing for some 3,000 troops at the Bagram Airfield. Just 24 hours earlier, Paisley was the headliner at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa.

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Afghanistan
4:09 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.

Politics
3:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is a rising star in the Democratic Party. He spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:04 pm

President Obama has been playing musical chairs with his Cabinet.

At the White House on Friday, Obama announced that he's chosen Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to be his new budget director. Donovan would replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who's taking over the Department of Health and Human Services.

That leaves a vacancy atop the housing department, which the president plans to fill with an outsider: Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio and a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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Politics
4:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Obama Wants Guantanamo Closed But His Efforts Are Thwarted

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:48 am

It's been a year since President Obama renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But more than 150 prisoners are still housed there.

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