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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5:13 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Obama: Iranian-Backed Fighters Must Respect Iraq's Sovereignty

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:24 pm

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It's All Politics
4:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Rubio's Path To The Nomination, And 3 Obstacles In His Way

Marco Rubio celebrates onstage with his family in 2010 after winning his U.S. Senate seat in Florida when he was just 39 years old. Now, he's expected to embark on a run for president.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:09 am

Marco Rubio, the charismatic, Hispanic, young (and even younger-looking) freshman senator from Florida is launching his campaign for the White House Monday in Miami.

Rubio, 43, will be entering a growing field of candidates. Right now, he's considered a second-tier candidate, polling behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the man Rubio has called a mentor.

That could change once he gets in. Rubio's advisers believe he has a path to the nomination, with assets few other candidates can match.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Candidacy For 2016 Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Can Libertarian Rand Paul Win A Republican Primary?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. walks from the stage after speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:16 am

Rand Paul is not like other potential presidential candidates.

The Kentucky senator, who announced his candidacy for the White House on Tuesday morning, doesn't fit neatly into the molds of either party.

Socially liberal on issues of crime and punishment — especially when it comes to drug sentencing — against a federal ban on same-sex marriage, and no foreign policy hawk, he's not your prototypical Republican.

As a fiscal conservative and an opponent of abortion rights, though, he's certainly no Democrat either.

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Politics
5:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Rand Paul To Follow Father's Lead; Run For GOP Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:36 am

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