Mara Liasson http://kcur.org en Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://kcur.org/post/obamacares-split-decisions-spell-laws-possible-return-supreme-court Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Let's talk now about policy ramifications and political reactions to today's court ruling. For that, we're joined by NPR national correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi Audie.<p>CORNISH: So we have, in effect, a split decision. Two appeals courts ruling in different ways. What's the political spin so far?<p>LIASSON: Well, both sides are claiming victory, not surprisingly. The White House says it's extremely confident that when the Supreme Court finally resolves this issue, they will prevail. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 59310 at http://kcur.org Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias http://kcur.org/post/obama-signs-order-protect-against-anti-lgbt-bias Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>President Obama signed an executive order today giving new employment protections to gay and transgender people. And this is for people who work for the government. NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports that the move comes after years of pressure from LGBT activists.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: At the White House today, President Obama signed the order saying we're on the right side of history. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 59243 at http://kcur.org Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change http://kcur.org/post/amid-roiled-landscape-border-politics-obamas-plans-may-change The Obama administration's request for more funds on immigration could get a congressional vote soon. Meanwhile, the crisis at the border is complicating Obama's plan to take unilateral action to ease deportations. The politics of immigration are shifting quickly. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 59087 at http://kcur.org Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations http://kcur.org/post/obama-requests-nearly-4-billion-funds-speed-deportations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Today, a big request from the White House to Congress - President Obama is asking for an emergency appropriation of $3.7 billion to deal with the influx of migrant children illegally crossing the border. The administration would use the money to speed up deportations for children who have no legal basis to stay in the U.S. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 58564 at http://kcur.org On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling http://kcur.org/post/waterfront-obama-contends-bridge-repair-coffers-beg-refilling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama turned his attention away from immigration and Supreme Court decisions today to highlight the federal Highway Trust Fund. That's the source of financing for road and bridge repair nationwide. The president is calling for new ways to replenish the fund and he did that while standing near a bridge, the one in Washington that's named first Francis Scott Key. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 58235 at http://kcur.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag http://kcur.org/post/npr-poll-senate-battleground-states-obama-ratings-lag In the key battleground states that will decide control of the Senate this November, President Obama's approval numbers are lower than they are nationally — but not much lower.<p>That's the key finding in <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/NPR-RR-DC-Senate-Btlgnd-NPR-Only.pdf">a new poll</a>, conducted by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, that sampled likely voters for NPR.<p>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 jo Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 57568 at http://kcur.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures http://kcur.org/post/new-order-obama-aims-combat-student-debt-pressures 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. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 57040 at http://kcur.org Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You http://kcur.org/post/coming-soon-your-tv-campaign-ads-targeted-you NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/10/311189075/easy-on-the-ears-gop-ads-adapt-to-reach-women-voters">a story</a> about political advertising aimed at women.<p>Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.<p>Here are some excerpts from that interview:<p><strong>Mara Liasson:</strong> <strong>If I'm a female voter living in North Carolina and the [Sen.] Kay Hagan campaign w Tue, 13 May 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 55654 at http://kcur.org Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters http://kcur.org/post/easy-ears-gop-ads-adapt-reach-women-voters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqHI059n90</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3mG9fNOZp4</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 17:31:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 55537 at http://kcur.org Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters http://kcur.org/post/all-single-ladies-5-takeaways-about-unmarried-women-voters In a midterm election that's expected to hinge on the demographic composition of the electorate, single women could be the key to Democratic chances to hold on to the Senate in November.<p>While Republicans have a longstanding problem with female voters, this year it's Democrats who have the more urgent problem: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.<p>Here are five things to know about single female voters.<p><strong>They're Not Up For Grabs</strong><p>Unmarried women are the single most important demographic this year. Mon, 05 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 55212 at http://kcur.org All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting http://kcur.org/post/ready-hillary-clintons-campaign-waiting In a high-rise office in Rosslyn, Va., Adam Parkhomenko is selling campaign paraphernalia for a campaign that may or may not happen.<p>"Bumper stickers, magnets, and then we have everything from T-shirts, we have baby onesies that we're almost out of now," says Parkhomenko.<p>Parkhomenko runs a group called Ready for Hillary. It's more than a Clinton fan club: It's a superPAC, a list-building superPAC.<p>The next presidential election is more than two years away. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 54542 at http://kcur.org 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President http://kcur.org/post/npr-poll-obamacare-more-popular-president A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare — which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.<p><a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/april/DCor_RR_graphs.pdf">Our survey</a> of likely voters, conducted for <em>Morning Edition</em> by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president's health care law is still unpopular, but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.<p>After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 53620 at http://kcur.org NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations http://kcur.org/post/democrats-count-fine-art-field-operations Democrats have had great success in recent presidential elections registering, targeting and turning out their core voters. Now they're hoping to use that sophisticated field operation to to stave off defeat in this year's midterm elections.<p>They'll need all the help they can get because the Democratic hold on the Senate is looking increasingly shaky. The president is unpopular. So is Obamacare, and the number of vulnerable Democratic Senate seats is growing by the day. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 53088 at http://kcur.org Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations Obama Rolls Out White House Welcome Mat For Ukrainian Prime Minister http://kcur.org/post/obama-rolls-out-white-house-welcome-mat-ukrainian-prime-minister Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is visiting the White House Wednesday. The meeting comes days before a vote in Crimea over whether to secede from Ukraine. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 52545 at http://kcur.org As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium http://kcur.org/post/cpac-opens-gop-stars-take-turns-podium The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, routinely attracts big names in the Republican party — and this year's no different. It starts Thursday. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 52243 at http://kcur.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head http://kcur.org/post/deficit-anxiety-fades-debt-rears-its-ugly-head Democrats and Republicans have exhausted themselves politically after failing to reach a grand bargain to reduce the debt. Now there's a new economic debate in Washington over economic growth, mobility and income inequality.<p>But without dealing with the debt, Republicans and Democrats might not be able to navigate even the issues they agree on.<p><strong>Moving Away From The Deficit</strong><p>In President Obama's State of the Union address last month, he all but declared victory on the federal deficit. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 50902 at http://kcur.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address http://kcur.org/post/hoping-hope-obama-seeks-return-optimism-address Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, for more on the president's speech, we're joined by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So listening to Jay Carney just now, what do you think is the president's overriding goal tonight?<p>LIASSON: Well, I think his overriding goal is really to communicate a tone and an attitude. You heard Jay say that the three kind of watch words are opportunity, action and optimism. The president knows that the American people are in a very sour mood about the economy and about him. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 50412 at http://kcur.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal http://kcur.org/post/boehner-picks-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-gop-rebuttal Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity President Obama gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 50201 at http://kcur.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries http://kcur.org/post/white-house-hires-crisis-manager-easing-democratic-worries It's not big enough to be called a shakeup, but the new hire announced this week at the White House is important: John Podesta will come on board in January as a counselor to the president.<p>Podesta is a Democratic wise man, the founder of the Center for American Progress, a policy and personnel incubator for Democratic administrations, and he just started a new think tank on income inequality — the problem President Obama says will animate his second term.<p>Podesta is also a second-term crisis management specialist. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:23:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 48346 at http://kcur.org White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism http://kcur.org/post/social-security-fight-exposes-democratic-divide-economic-policy American politics is having a populist moment, with voters angry and frustrated with all big institutions in American life.<p>The backlash against big government found its expression on the right with the Tea Party. The tensions between that movement and the Republican establishment have been on full display.<p>This week saw similar tensions arise among Democrats, starting with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579213923151169790">an op-ed</a> on Monday in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> by the leaders of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 47968 at http://kcur.org Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes http://kcur.org/post/states-aim-cure-hyper-partisanship-primary-changes Several states are trying to do something about so-called hyperpartisanship by changing the way congressional districts are drawn and the way elections are held.<p>Their goal: force members of Congress to pay more attention to general election voters than to their base voters on the right or left.<p>John Fortier, the director of the <a href="http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/democracy-project">Democracy Project</a> at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is working on ways to make politics less dysfunctional, says U.S. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:09:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 47007 at http://kcur.org States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' http://kcur.org/post/top-pollster-sees-evidence-political-shock-wave Here's <a href="http://pos.org/2013/10/the-october-shockwave-new-insights-from-the-latest-nbcwsj-survey/">an email</a> that caught my eye Thursday. It's from Republican Bill McInturff, one of the best pollsters around and not someone known to hyperbolize. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 46169 at http://kcur.org Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' Lawmakers To Grill Sebelius On Affordable Care Act http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-grill-sebelius-affordable-care-act Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. More hearings come today on the messy rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will face questions from the House, Energy and Commerce Committee. Now, yesterday, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid testified before a different committee. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 46030 at http://kcur.org What's Behind The Partisan Thaw In Washington? http://kcur.org/post/whats-behind-partisan-thaw-washington On Thursday, President Obama met with Senate Democrats. Then he met with House Republicans. And White House staff members continued talks with their counterparts from the House GOP leadership. All that talking just a day after there was radio silence between the two parties. One strong possibility for the change in attitudes is a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that shows that the majority of Americans blame Republicans for the ongoing government shutdown and just 20 percent of people approve of the Republican party. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:33:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 45045 at http://kcur.org How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff http://kcur.org/post/how-political-miscalculations-led-shutdown-standoff The standoff over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown showed signs of softening Thursday.<p>House Speaker John Boehner said he would bring a temporary hike in the debt ceiling to the House floor <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/10/231446056/boehner-proposes-deal-on-debt-ceiling-more-talk-on-shutdown" target="_blank">in exchange for negotiations on government spending and taxes</a>. Democrats say if the House votes to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government, they will negotiate.<p>But how did we get to this point? Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 45030 at http://kcur.org How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff Boehner, Obama Meet But Make No Progress On Deal To End Shutdown http://kcur.org/post/boehner-obama-meet-make-no-progress-deal-end-shutdown Day two of the government shutdown is nearing its finish, with no end in sight. And that's in spite of talks at the White House late today. President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner for over an hour Wednesday evening. The meeting failed to produce a deal that would end the federal government shutdown. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:56:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 44598 at http://kcur.org Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton http://kcur.org/post/every-move-she-makes-pundits-are-watching-hillary-clinton When she left the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she just wanted to sleep late and walk her dog. But that hasn't happened.<p>The once and possibly future presidential hopeful has thrown herself into the work of her family's foundation — which gives her the ability to add to an already formidable network of donors. The Ready for Hillary superPAC announced Wednesday that it has reached <a href="https://www.readyforhillary.com/press/one-million-supporters-are-ready" target="_blank">1 million Facebook supporters</a>. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 44209 at http://kcur.org Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton Have Obama's Troubles Weakened Him For Fall's Fiscal Fights? http://kcur.org/post/have-obamas-troubles-weakened-him-falls-fiscal-fights President Obama has had a tough year. He failed to pass gun legislation. Plans for an immigration overhaul have stalled in the House. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 43999 at http://kcur.org Have Obama's Troubles Weakened Him For Fall's Fiscal Fights? U.K. Vote Against Syria Strike A Major Setback For Obama http://kcur.org/post/uk-vote-against-syria-strike-major-setback-obama Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>So where does this leave the Obama administration? For more on that, I'm joined by NPR's Mara Liasson. And Mara, what's the White House reaction been to this vote in the British Parliament tonight?<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Well, a White House official issued a statement tonight that said: We have seen the result of the Parliament vote. Tonight, the U.S. will continue to consult with the U.K. government. President Obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States. He believes there are core interests at stake. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 42827 at http://kcur.org Republicans Pin Hopes On Senate Turnover In 2014 http://kcur.org/post/republicans-pin-hopes-senate-turnover-2014 Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Washington, D.C. the next election always seems just around the corner, even in the middle of summer when it seems a long way away to everyone else. Republicans are in the Senate minority today, but about now they're feeling confident about their prospects to pick up seats and maybe even regain the majority in 2014. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Republican hopes are high for a Senate takeover in 2014 that would confront President Obama with a united opposition from a Republican Congress. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 40664 at http://kcur.org