Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He was a fixture on the campaign trail throughout 2008, traveling extensively with Senator John McCain to cover the Arizona senator's bid for the presidency.

Horsley comes to the White House beat from the west coast, where he covered the economy and energy as NPR's San Diego-based business correspondent. He also helped cover the 2004 presidential campaign, and 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. He also 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. He began his professional career in 1987 as a production assistant for NPR in Washington.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Horsley received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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10:01pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Economy

'Chained CPI' Seen As Tactic To Trim Deficit

Inflation doesn't account for the fact that when the price of one fruit goes up, consumers often buy another. Changing the way the government measures inflation would be one way to reduce the deficit.
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The "Gang of Six" bipartisan proposal to end the ongoing debate over raising the federal debt ceiling would include a $500 billion "down payment" on deficit reduction.

A big chunk of that would come from changing the way the government measures inflation.

One of the advocates for the switch is Marc Goldwein, who was a staffer for the president's fiscal commission. He's now a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

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11:04am

Wed July 20, 2011
Politics

Default Looming, Rating Agencies Sound The Alarm

President Obama has endorsed a plan from the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" that would shave nearly $4 trillion off the deficit over the next 10 years.

The major credit rating agencies have warned that the government needs at least that level of deficit reduction to preserve its top-notch bond rating. It's a powerful message from the rating agencies, which were largely discredited in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

Defaults Driven By Politics

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8:00am

Sat July 16, 2011
NPR Story

Debt Deal Far Off As Deadline Draws Near

The week in Washington began and ended with presidential news conferences. In between, there were daily meetings between President Obama and leaders of Congress over what to do about the federal deficit as the deadline nears for raising the federal debt limit.

But despite some dire warnings about defaulting on some of that debt, the government seems no closer to an agreement that could solve either its short- or long-term budget woes.

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3:00pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Politics

Deficit Talks Seem To Have Stalled

With time running out to raise the nation's debt ceiling, President Obama hosted another bargaining session with leaders of Congress Monday. He's trying to persuade both Republicans and Democrats to compromise on a plan to shave trillions of dollars from the federal deficit. "I'm prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done. And I expect the other side should be willing to do the same thing, if they mean what they say: that this is important," he said.

5:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Politics

Poor Jobs Numbers Add Urgency To Budget Talks

It turns out that was no bump in the road the economy hit this spring. It was more like a concrete jersey barrier.

Hiring came to a near standstill last month, with paltry gains in the private sector almost completely offset by layoffs in the government. A report from the Labor Department shows employers added just 18,000 jobs in June. That's even worse than the dismal numbers from the month before. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ratcheted up to 9.2 percent.

There wasn't a scrap of good news in the Labor Department's report for President Obama to seize on.

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