Mara Liasson http://nhpr.org en Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change http://nhpr.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 52133 at http://nhpr.org Contraceptive Ruling Becomes Campaign Trail Flashpoint http://nhpr.org/post/contraceptive-ruling-becomes-campaign-trail-flashpoint Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Democrats in the Senate have unveiled legislation to override the recent Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In that decision, the court sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, ruling that many businesses do not have to pay for health insurance to cover contraceptives if they object on religious grounds.<p>SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The new legislation is unlikely to pass, but the Hobby Lobby decision has become a flashpoint ahead of the midterm elections. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 51652 at http://nhpr.org The Challenges Behind Accurate Opinion Polls http://nhpr.org/post/challenges-behind-accurate-opinion-polls This week's stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came after his internal polls showed him winning — instead he lost by double digits. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 50163 at http://nhpr.org Shocking Upset: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses Primary http://nhpr.org/post/shocking-upset-house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-loses-primary Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. This morning, Washington is trying to make sense of one of the most stunning upsets in congressional history. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, a man many expected to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, was defeated in his Republican primary by Tea Party activist David Brat. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 50024 at http://nhpr.org Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary http://nhpr.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 50018 at http://nhpr.org With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures http://nhpr.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 49935 at http://nhpr.org Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate http://nhpr.org/post/sen-cochran-danger-losing-primary-tea-party-candidate The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 49661 at http://nhpr.org Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize http://nhpr.org/post/environmentalists-hail-reduced-emission-rules-others-criticize Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's administration hopes his latest climate initiative will influence the United States long after he is gone.<p>GREENE: The president leaves office at the beginning of 2017, but the goal of the latest regulations is to sharply reduce emissions of gases linked to climate change by the year 2030. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 49599 at http://nhpr.org On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage http://nhpr.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 09:20:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 49352 at http://nhpr.org On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage Tea Party Challenger Wins Nebraska's GOP Senate Primary http://nhpr.org/post/tea-party-challenger-wins-nebraskas-gop-senate-primary In Tuesday's Senate primary in Nebraska, Ben Sasse, a university president and Tea Party favorite, beat former state treasurer Shane Osborn. Wed, 14 May 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 48459 at http://nhpr.org Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters http://nhpr.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 48278 at http://nhpr.org Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters With Midterm Elections 6 Months Away, Primaries Begin http://nhpr.org/post/midterm-elections-6-months-away-primaries-begin Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Congressional elections do not come for months, but in many districts the real action is now. Its primary season and yesterday voters went to the polls around the country. In North Carolina's Republican Senate primary, Thom Tillis, the State House speaker, won a big enough margin to avoid a runoff.<p>THOM TILLIS: We need to be clear, though, it's is not the end of the process primary. Wed, 07 May 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 48048 at http://nhpr.org 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting http://nhpr.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 47154 at http://nhpr.org 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations http://nhpr.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 45496 at http://nhpr.org Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears http://nhpr.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 20:41:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 44895 at http://nhpr.org