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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2:49am

Wed September 10, 2014
Middle East

Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:01 am

President Obama delivers a rare, primetime address Wednesday.

Taking over the TV networks during the crucial 9:00 p.m. ET programming slot is not something any White House does lightly.

This time, it's for Obama to spell out his plan to combat militants from the Islamic State, and spokesman Josh Earnest calls the timing a signal of the high national security priority at stake.

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4:35pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Politics

Wisconsin Voters Divided On Whether Job Growth Is Enough

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 5:51 pm

Gov. Scott Walker answers questions while celebrating the growth of local software company Forte Research Systems. He announced the company is adding 55 jobs with the help of a state loan.
Scott Bauer AP

In the hotly contested Wisconsin governor's race, incumbent Republican Scott Walker is touting an economic turnaround. But his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, argues that the state's recovery is falling flat.

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4:02am

Thu August 28, 2014
Politics

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:20 am

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4:15pm

Fri August 22, 2014
NPR Story

For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 6:18 pm

President Obama plays golf on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on Thursday.
Steven Senne AP

President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.

It wasn't exactly restful. The break was interrupted several times by events in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

On Wednesday, Obama raised eyebrows by hitting the golf course, minutes after delivering a tough statement on the murder of an American journalist by militants from the Islamic State.

You know it's bad is when even the French are criticizing you for taking too much time off.

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2:36am

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:52 am

President Obama meets with Attorney General Eric Holder in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., where a federal investigation is under way in the police shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed.
Charles Dharapak AP

The tense situation in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is another test for President Obama. He has struggled at times over how to navigate long-simmering tensions between police and the African-American community.

Obama says he understands the passions and the anger that have engulfed Ferguson over the past week and a half, but he has carefully avoided taking sides. His warnings against violent confrontation have been directed equally at the protesters and the police.

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3:16pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Politics

Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:18 pm

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3:48pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Politics

Left And Right Unite In Criticizing Ferguson Police Response

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:50 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Nixon ordered the Missouri State Highway Patrol to take over the supervision of security in Ferguson.
Jeff Roberson AP

The police response to this week's protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been criticized on both sides of the aisle as heavy-handed.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — a two-term Democrat — ordered an overnight change in police tactics. He brought in state troopers, who walked side-by-side with demonstrators.

"This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families and go to church. A diverse community. A Missouri community. But lately it's looked more like a war zone, and that's unacceptable," he said at a press conference Thursday.

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3:15pm

Thu July 31, 2014
U.S.

In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

President Obama announced new economic sanctions against Russia at the White House on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows fewer than half of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling international affairs.

But the president's grade on foreign policy has actually improved slightly since the beginning of summer, even as crises around the globe have multiplied. And Obama says he's confident in his strategic approach, even as he cautions that there are no quick fixes.

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4:24pm

Thu July 17, 2014
News

White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:40 pm

Ireland (shown here in this Dingle Peninsula photo) has been among the greenest pastures for countries seeking to reduce their tax liabilities through a process called "corporate inversion."
iStockphoto

When is it OK for an American company to avoid paying American taxes?

That's the question the Senate Finance Committee will wrestle with next week as the Obama administration urges lawmakers to make it harder for companies to duck corporate taxes by setting up shop overseas.

The latest tax-cutting strategy to go under the microscope, these so-called corporate inversions are a buttoned-down variation of an older, sexier tax dodge called the "naked inversion."

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3:21pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Politics

Congress Pulls A Smooth Maneuver To Make Highway Payments

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:39 pm

Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80 on May 30 in Altoona, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Chances are you've never heard of the budget gimmick known as "pension smoothing." We'll try to explain.

1. What is pension smoothing?

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4:35pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Politics

House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 7:21 pm

House Speaker John Boehner at a Capitol Hill news conference last month. He said Wednesday that the Republican-controlled House will file a lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out laws passed by Congress.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.

But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.

House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.

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4:19pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:39 pm

President Obama greets a woman at Wazee Supper Club in Denver on Tuesday. He was in Colorado this week speaking about the economy and raising money for congressional candidates.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.

But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.

At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.

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2:37am

Tue July 8, 2014
Around the Nation

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

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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.
Getty Images

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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3:10pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Politics

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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3:11pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

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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