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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It's All Politics
10:54 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 11:20 am

Every year about this time, after a Washington winter of inactivity, I notice my pants have grown a little tighter. Years ago, I resolved to address this by cutting back on burritos and beer.

But the (ever more abundant) flesh is weak. And burritos are soooo tasty. So instead, every spring I simply let out my waistband a bit, while promising to redouble my dieting efforts next year. I call this, "The belt fix."

Sound familiar?

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Politics
5:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Maranda Brooks stands in January outside a payday loans business that she used to frequent. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are proposing expansive, first-ever rules on payday lenders, aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of debt.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:26 am

For millions of cash-strapped consumers, short-term loans offer the means to cover purchases or pressing needs. But these deals, typically called payday loans, also pack triple-digit interest rates — and critics say that borrowers often end up trapped in a cycle of high-cost debt as a result.

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It's All Politics
1:54 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:05 pm

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

Republican Rep. Tom Price, House Budget Committee chairman, said Tuesday that his budget "saves $5.5 trillion, gets to balance within 10 years, without raising taxes."
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the new, all-Republican Congress and President Obama.

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It's All Politics
12:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

President Obama is shown in the Oval Office in the White House March 3, where he spoke about yet another topic: Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 2:38 pm

President Obama said he's "embarrassed" for the 47 Republican senators who tried to undercut nuclear talks with Iran by writing a letter directly to the Iranian leadership.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Senate's Letter To Iran Complicates Nuclear Negotiations

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:07 pm

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Race
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Obama In Selma: 'The Race Is Not Yet Won'

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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Politics
4:22 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Clinton, White House Play Delicate Dance As Emails Await Release

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone in March 2012 after her address to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters. While she's asked the State Department to quickly release her emails from her tenure as secretary, the process likely will take months — dragging out media coverage and critical questions.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:35 pm

The State Department says it will work as quickly as possible to review the emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton turned over in 2014, but combing through all 55,000 pages could take months.

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Politics
3:12 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:56 pm

Israel's Prime Minister is expected to deliver a stern warning when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday morning. Benjamin Netanyahu says the nuclear deal that the U.S. and other countries are pursuing with Iran could threaten Israel's survival.

That's not a new message from Netanyahu, but it's drawing extra attention because of the way the speech came about: Republican congressional leaders invited the prime minister with no involvement from the White House.

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National Security
2:05 am
Wed February 18, 2015

U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 11:35 am

The Obama administration says it will take more than air strikes in Syria or friendly troops in Iraq to defeat the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL. The White House says it will also take community outreach in places like Boston and Minneapolis.

Preventing homegrown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. President Obama will address the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Wednesday afternoon.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

A Look At What's Inside Obama's Budget Proposal

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 4:30 pm

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The Two-Way
4:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 10:14 am

Updated at 12:03 p.m. ET

President Obama says he wants to work with Congress to "replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America," in remarks that came hours after the release of his $3.99 trillion budget proposal, which is already drawing criticism from Republicans.

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World
2:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

After India, Obama Takes Saudi Arabia Detour

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:30 pm

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Middle East
8:13 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Politics
2:32 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

The president spoke about one measure aimed at the data collected in schools, through increasingly popular educational software. "Michelle and I are like parents everywhere," Obama said. "We want to be sure our children are being smart and safe online."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 4:02 pm

President Obama said Monday he wants the federal government to do more to prevent cyber attacks. He outlined a series of proposals designed to safeguard personal data — steps he'll talk more about in next week's State of the Union address.

The same day, the government itself became a target.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:02 pm

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Economy
3:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 4:17 pm

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New cars, and plenty of them, are driving off the sales lot - 16.5 million in the last year, in fact. It's the best performance for the U.S. auto industry since 2006.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 4:39 pm

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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