Author: Mara Liasson

Which Direction Is Trump Heading On Guns?

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump hosts state governors at the White House on Monday to lead a discussion on school safety. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Lawmakers in Washington and Tallahassee have discussed a lot of ideas to reduce school shootings, but on the hardest questions — like what to do about guns — there is just no clear consensus. There are few signs of clarity from President Trump, who has taken a leading role in the debate without providing strong direction to solve the problem. Trump started out voicing support for several...

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Republicans Press Trump For Strategy On Iran, North Korea

Throughout the protests in Iran, President Trump has tweeted support for the protesters, and disparaged the Iranian government. All the while, North Korea continues to poke at the U.S. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Let’s bring in a familiar voice to hear more about how President Trump is handling all of this, NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning. Happy New Year. CHANG: Happy New Year to you, too. So tell us a little more about what the president is saying and doing on these two fronts on Iran and on North Korea. LIASSON:...

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A Likely Win On Taxes Solves Some Of The GOP’s Political Problems

President Trump could see his first major legislative victory this week if Congress succeeds in passing the GOP tax overhaul bill. NPR guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR’s Mara Liasson about what it means for Republican lawmakers. RAY SUAREZ, HOST: Christmas may be coming early for Republicans with the final version of their tax bill now headed for a vote this week. After weeks of negotiation and some last-minute changes on Friday, House and Senate Republicans were able to come to an agreement. But is it still the once-in-a-generation tax overhaul they had hoped for? And there’s still...

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5 Takeaways From The Stunning Alabama Senate Election

NPR Enlarge this image Democrat Doug Jones greets supporters before his victory speech Tuesday night. Jones defeated controversial Republican Roy Moore to become the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 25 years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In Washington and around the country, Democrats and Republicans are trying to make sense of Doug Jones’ stunning upset in the Alabama Senate race. Jones’ victory in a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to Washington in almost 30 years was even more shocking than when Republican Scott Brown won the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in a...

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Is A Big, Blue Wave Forming Off The Political Coast?

NPR Enlarge this image Democrat Ralph Northam celebrates his election as governor of Virginia on Nov. 7. Members of both parties are wondering what that race and other recent success for Democrats will mean for the 2018 midterms. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption toggle caption Cliff Owen/AP Democrats’ success in this month’s elections was bigger than expected, and was fueled in part by strong opposition to President Trump. In the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of chatter about whether that means a big, blue wave is forming off the political coast that could potentially crash into the 2018...

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Trump Challenges Cabinet Member’s IQ, Fights Senator He Needs. What Is Going On?

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images The past few days have been particularly chaotic, even for a president who seems to thrive on self-created chaos. There’s been a feud with a key Republican senator, a flare up at a professional football game with President Trump instructing his vice president to walk out when players (on the most activist team in the NFL) knelt during the national anthem, and he even questioned the IQ...

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Here’s What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24. Pool/Getty Images Tuesday night, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time. After a chaotic first month, it will be a chance for Trump to reset his relationship with voters, who currently give him historically-low approval ratings. It will also be a chance for him to reassure congressional Republicans, whose view of the new administration runs the gamut from optimism to unease. Here are five things to watch for when Trump goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. 1. Where we’ve come and where we’re going That’s how White House press secretary Sean Spicer described what Trump will discuss on Tuesday night. It may sound vague, but Trump will certainly list his achievements, much as he did in his marathon “I’m not ranting and raving” press conference. He’ll present himself as a man of action, who said what he meant and is now making good on his promises. Trump will likely repeat his claim that he “inherited a mess” — even though no president in 20 years has been left a healthier economy. And he’ll take credit for everything from a booming stock market to the decisions of American companies like Carrier or Intel to retain U.S. jobs or hire new workers. This weekend, Trump congratulated himself for a drop in...

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