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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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to turn back now to the big diplomatic news tonight. Five Americans who had been held prisoner in Iran are now free. In exchange, the United States has agreed to release seven Iranians who were convicted or charged with sanctions violations and will drop the hunt for 14 others. This all comes as the international sanctions against Iran's nuclear program are being lifted under the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: President Obama took his State of the Union message on the road today. He traveled to Omaha, Neb. That is just over the river from Iowa which holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses in less than three weeks. The President's speech and the Republican response last night highlight different between the two parties as well as fault lines within the GOP. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE:...

There were high-fives this week from Detroit to Washington, D.C., as carmakers celebrated record auto sales. Americans bought 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2015. That's a huge turnaround from 2009, and the Obama administration cheered the rebound as vindication of the president's decision to rescue General Motors and Chrysler from bankruptcy. "Because of the policy decisions that were made by this administration to place a bet on those workers, America has won, and our economy has been...

President Obama announced executive actions Tuesday, intended to curtail gun violence. But if history is any guide, the president's effort may have the unintended effect of boosting gun sales — 2015 was a banner year. "After San Bernardino, our business went up probably 50 percent," John Lamplugh, who has run gun shows in Maryland and Pennsylvania for more than three decades, said, referring to the recent shooting in California. "It's either two things: They're scared and need to protect ...

President Obama is announcing a series of executive actions intended to combat gun violence, including a regulatory change designed to make it harder for gun buyers to avoid background checks. Obama plans to detail the moves on Tuesday with a statement in the White House East Room. "It will potentially save lives in this country and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they've suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people," the president said...

President Obama is preparing to take executive action on guns soon, after being rebuffed by Congress in his effort to crack down on gun violence. Gun control advocates say the move could come as early as next week. "The president has made clear he's not satisfied with where we are and expects that work to be completed soon," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. Obama has been frustrated by his inability to push gun safety legislation through Congress, despite a major effort three years...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: President Obama met privately last night with the families of those who died in the San Bernardino attacks. Terrorism and the ongoing battle with the Islamic State cast a shadow over some of the accomplishments the president tried to highlight in his year-end news conference. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: President Obama says intelligence agencies in the U.S. and elsewhere are...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: That fight against ISIS threatens to overshadow what would otherwise be a signature achievement for the president - the international climate agreement struck in Paris over the weekend. He pushed hard for that deal and calls it a tribute to American leadership. Many Republicans disagree, arguing that the president has misplaced his priorities. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: TV...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President Obama heads to Paris today for the international Summit on climate change. Nearly 200 countries will be represented there and many have already pledged to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases. Despite that growing international consensus, climate politics are still deeply divided here in the U.S. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Climate negotiators have been laying the...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's drill down on one fact that we have learned about the people who attacked Paris on Friday. Sources tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston, that one of the men was identified as a Syrian. Identified by a passport along with a fingerprint, the man had been identified at one point in his journey to France as a migrant. And that is sure to intensify the discussion about accepting Syrian refugees in Western countries,...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: President Obama swiftly condemned Friday's terror attacks. He promised the United States would stand alongside France to pursue whatever terrorist network is responsible. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Present Obama described the coordinated assaults as an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians in a city that represents the values of human progress. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President Obama and Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu met today for the first time in more than a year. It was in the Oval Office, and the two sat side-by-side for what the president called a wide-ranging discussion of pressing security issues. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the meeting was widely seen as a chance to move beyond their bitter dispute over the Iran nuclear deal. (SOUNDBITE OF...

After spending years as a political football in the U.S., the Keystone XL pipeline's would-be builder is now asking for a timeout in the review process. Why now? Changing politics in the U.S. and Canada, falling oil prices and mounting pressure from environmentalists have marked a turnaround for the company, which had pushed for approval of the project, and its supporters. Here are five things to know about where the pipeline stands now: 1. Geography gives the U.S. government a say The United...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: We are trying really hard to make sense of the latest turn in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That pipeline will carry crude oil from Canada into the U.S. if, that is, it is approved. Supporters have been urging President Obama to approve it, which makes what happened yesterday seem like a setback for them. The company hoping to build it, TransCanada, asked the Obama administration to hold...

Republican presidential hopefuls squared off over economic policies last night. The candidates defended their plans to simplify the tax code. It turns out, that's kind of complicated. Claims: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is near the top of the polls. So it's not surprising that his tax plan came under the scalpel in the CNBC debate Wednesday night. Carson denied that his plan for a flat tax of 10 percent, based on the biblical principle of tithing, would cost the government more than $1...

Democratic presidential hopefuls sparred over gun control policy and financial regulation during their first presidential debate. Here's a closer look at what the candidates were debating in Las Vegas. Gun Control Hillary Clinton: "We have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long, and it's time the entire country stood up against the NRA." Clinton was criticizing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for his opposition to past gun control bills in...

Since the diplomatic thaw with Cuba was first announced last December, the Obama administration has moved aggressively to ease restrictions on travel and trade. Looser rules were announced in January, and restrictions were eased further in September. But the Commerce and Treasury Departments can only go so far, unless Congress votes to lift the legal embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker traveled to Cuba this week, where she met with regulators to figure out where some of the new...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: President Obama defended the International Order today, even as that order is being deeply strained by the civil war in Syria. Obama spoke at the United Nations to more than 150 world leaders, and he met with one of those leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has begun to play a more assertive role in Syria. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins us now from U.N....

(This post was last updated at 12:34 p.m. ET.) The United States and China unveiled an ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gases today, including a nationwide cap-and-trade system beginning in 2017.

The announcement came after a White House summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama, as the two leaders begin to fill in the details of the far-reaching climate goals they agreed to last November.

China and the United States are the No. 1 and...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: A beautiful fall day here in Washington, D.C., provided the setting this morning for President Obama to welcome Pope Francis to the White House for the first time. NPR's Scott Horsley was out on the lawn to witness the event, along with thousands of others. And he joins us now to talk about it. Good morning, Scott. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee. MONTAGNE: Lucky you. (LAUGHTER) MONTAGNE:...

At the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., would-be heirs to Reagan tried to land some punches last night on Republican front-runner Donald Trump. It was the second prime-time debate for the GOP field. We want to cut through the spin with a new feature we're calling "Break It Down." Break It Down is going to be a regular part of our campaign coverage. We're going to try some new things. It might sound a little different from time to time. But our goal is to zoom in on what the...

When President Obama spoke to the Democratic National Convention in Colorado seven years ago, he tried to call a truce in one of the nation's long-running social debates. "We may not agree on abortion. But surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country," he said to applause. Not long after that, Colorado launched an experiment aimed at doing just that. The results have been dramatic — but efforts to expand the program using taxpayer money have hit a...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The numbers are in - an estimated 24 million Americans watched the first Republican presidential debate last night on Fox News, and the candidates did not disappoint. It was lively from the first question. Today, the candidates who did well are trying to press their advantage while others are trying to move on. We begin with NPR's Scott Horsley. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The television audience for last...

This post was updated at 2:04 p.m. ET Republican presidential hopefuls tossed around a lot of statistics during their debate last night. Some of those numbers are revealing. Others may be concealing or at least don't tell the whole story. Here's a closer look now at some of the claims made by the candidates. Claim 1 — Jeb Bush: "Our economy grew at double the rate of the nation. We created 1.3 million jobs. We led the nation seven out of those eight years." Bush was talking about the Florida...

This post was updated at 6:45 p.m. ET Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period. The couple's effective federal tax rate ranged from 25 percent in 2007 to 36 percent last year. The Clintons paid another 7 to 12 percent of their income in state income taxes each year, and gave between 8 and 15...

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars. In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform. Earlier this week, Obama spoke to an NAACP conference...

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