Mara Liasson http://wuis.org en As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://wuis.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 30054 at http://wuis.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://wuis.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 29795 at http://wuis.org Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias http://wuis.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 20:28:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29726 at http://wuis.org Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change http://wuis.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 20:27:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29491 at http://wuis.org Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations http://wuis.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 28860 at http://wuis.org On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling http://wuis.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 20:25:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 28418 at http://wuis.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag http://wuis.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 27549 at http://wuis.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary http://wuis.org/post/tea-party-challenger-upsets-eric-cantor-gop-primary 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. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:31:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 26978 at http://wuis.org With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures http://wuis.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 26880 at http://wuis.org On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage http://wuis.org/post/politicians-both-sides-aisle-outraged-over-va-scandal A preliminary report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/28/316712039/report-finds-evidence-of-secret-wait-lists-at-va-hospital">finding systemic issues</a> in the delivery of health care to veterans has intensified political pressure on the White House to fix the problems.<p>But the allegations that VA bureaucrats falsified data to cover up long delays is a scandal that transcends the usual partisan food fight, says Duke University's Peter Feaver, a former Bush White House official.<p>"Care for veterans is what's known as a valence Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 26143 at http://wuis.org On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters http://wuis.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 24846 at http://wuis.org Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting http://wuis.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 23493 at http://wuis.org 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President http://wuis.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 22199 at http://wuis.org NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations http://wuis.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 21482 at http://wuis.org Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations Obama Rolls Out White House Welcome Mat For Ukrainian Prime Minister http://wuis.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 20:12:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 20723 at http://wuis.org March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears http://wuis.org/post/march-marks-crucible-obamacare-deadline-nears Facing a deadline, the Obama administration is desperate to boost enrollment in health care exchanges. Still millions from their goal, they're stepping up outreach and forgetting politics — for now. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 20638 at http://wuis.org As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium http://wuis.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 20318 at http://wuis.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head http://wuis.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 23:29:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 18479 at http://wuis.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head Republicans Use Latest CBO Report To Rail Against Obamacare http://wuis.org/post/republicans-use-latest-cbo-report-rail-against-obamacare The new Congressional Budget Office report gives ammunition to Republicans and puts Democrats on the defensive. It said the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million by the year 2024. But as usual, the truth is more complicated than the headlines and press releases suggest. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 18339 at http://wuis.org Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address http://wuis.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 22:30:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 17841 at http://wuis.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal http://wuis.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 10:12:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 17542 at http://wuis.org Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries http://wuis.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 15016 at http://wuis.org White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism http://wuis.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 14515 at http://wuis.org Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism White House Revs Up Delayed Push For Health Coverage http://wuis.org/post/white-house-revs-delayed-push-health-coverage With HealthCare.gov able to handle an increasing number of users, the Obama administration finally went on the offensive to urge Americans to sign up for new health insurance. The administration had planned a massive advertising and social media campaign to support the Affordable Care Act back in October, but the push was delayed for two months after the health insurance exchange website failed in its debut. The effort comes as the deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting next year looms. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 14252 at http://wuis.org Medicaid Drives Expansion Of Health Care Coverage http://wuis.org/post/medicaid-drives-expansion-health-care-coverage After years of wide spread fretting about the size of the federal debt and angst about new federal regulations for health care, one federal program is enjoying widespread popularity: Medicaid. Morning Edition examines this political paradox. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 13852 at http://wuis.org States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes http://wuis.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 08:25:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 13243 at http://wuis.org States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes First Numbers From Health Exchange Expected To Be Low http://wuis.org/post/first-numbers-health-exchange-expected-be-low The administration is expected to report on the number of Americans who have signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange this week. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 12896 at http://wuis.org Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' http://wuis.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 12156 at http://wuis.org Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave' Lawmakers To Grill Sebelius On Affordable Care Act http://wuis.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 11991 at http://wuis.org Obama To Address Health Care Website Problems http://wuis.org/post/obama-address-health-care-website-problems Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now let's look at the politics of the Obamacare rollout with NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson. She's on the line.<p>Hi, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: OK. So the standoff is over for the moment. The government is reopened. The battle over the debt ceiling is behind us. And now the focus is on this actual law.<p>LIASSON: That's right. We're now not fighting about whether the government should be shut down until Obamacare is defunded. We're going to be fighting about the success of the actual law. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 11342 at http://wuis.org