Mara Liasson http://ketr.org en Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations http://ketr.org/post/obama-requests-nearly-4-billion-funds-speed-deportations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Today, a big request from the White House to Congress - President Obama is asking for an emergency appropriation of $3.7 billion to deal with the influx of migrant children illegally crossing the border. The administration would use the money to speed up deportations for children who have no legal basis to stay in the U.S. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 56016 at http://ketr.org On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling http://ketr.org/post/waterfront-obama-contends-bridge-repair-coffers-beg-refilling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama turned his attention away from immigration and Supreme Court decisions today to highlight the federal Highway Trust Fund. That's the source of financing for road and bridge repair nationwide. The president is calling for new ways to replenish the fund and he did that while standing near a bridge, the one in Washington that's named first Francis Scott Key. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 55717 at http://ketr.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag http://ketr.org/post/npr-poll-senate-battleground-states-obama-ratings-lag In the key battleground states that will decide control of the Senate this November, President Obama's approval numbers are lower than they are nationally — but not much lower.<p>That's the key finding in <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/NPR-RR-DC-Senate-Btlgnd-NPR-Only.pdf">a new poll</a>, conducted by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, that sampled likely voters for NPR.<p>In the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his jo Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 55141 at http://ketr.org NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary http://ketr.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 54755 at http://ketr.org With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures http://ketr.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 54686 at http://ketr.org Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You http://ketr.org/post/coming-soon-your-tv-campaign-ads-targeted-you NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/10/311189075/easy-on-the-ears-gop-ads-adapt-to-reach-women-voters">a story</a> about political advertising aimed at women.<p>Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.<p>Here are some excerpts from that interview:<p><strong>Mara Liasson:</strong> <strong>If I'm a female voter living in North Carolina and the [Sen.] Kay Hagan campaign w Tue, 13 May 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 53450 at http://ketr.org Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters http://ketr.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 53338 at http://ketr.org Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters http://ketr.org/post/all-single-ladies-5-takeaways-about-unmarried-women-voters In a midterm election that's expected to hinge on the demographic composition of the electorate, single women could be the key to Democratic chances to hold on to the Senate in November.<p>While Republicans have a longstanding problem with female voters, this year it's Democrats who have the more urgent problem: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.<p>Here are five things to know about single female voters.<p><strong>They're Not Up For Grabs</strong><p>Unmarried women are the single most important demographic this year. Mon, 05 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 53072 at http://ketr.org All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting http://ketr.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 52458 at http://ketr.org 'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President http://ketr.org/post/npr-poll-obamacare-more-popular-president A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare — which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.<p><a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/april/DCor_RR_graphs.pdf">Our survey</a> of likely voters, conducted for <em>Morning Edition</em> by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president's health care law is still unpopular, but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.<p>After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 51601 at http://ketr.org NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President