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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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East

"We must try as best we can to balance isolation and engagement, pressure and incentives, so that human rights and dignity are advanced over time," Obama said five years ago, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 9:03 am

Even before he became president, Barack Obama was imagining the possibilities of a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran. His willingness to reverse decades of official U.S. hostility was one of the things that set Obama apart on the campaign trail.

"We have to have a clear break with the Bush-Cheney style of diplomacy that has caused so many problems," Obama told NBC's Meet the Press in November 2007.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 4:54 pm

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations and what push back they might face.

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Politics
5:22 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.
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Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:35 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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The Two-Way
5:00 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.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:14 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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Middle East
8:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:27 am

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Politics
3:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:02 pm

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Economy
3:22 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 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
3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

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Politics
9:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:46 am

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

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Politics
8:19 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:03 pm

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.

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