Lisa Mascaro

Writer

Lisa Mascaro previously covered Congress in Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. She left in February 2018. A Los Angeles-area native, she has reported across Southern California, edited, traveled the States and worked in Texas. While the Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun, she contributed as the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. An economics and political science graduate of UC Santa Barbara, she also studied in Budapest, Hungary.

Recent Articles

  • Md. Democrats join House sit-in over gun control; protest gets heated in chamber

    Md. Democrats join House sit-in over gun control; protest gets heated in chamber

    House Democrats, frustrated over the lack of progress on gun control, staged a sit-in on the chamber's floor Wednesday, and vowed not to leave until Republican leaders allowed a vote on a proposal to ban people on terrorism watch lists from buying firearms. The unusual standoff, which began in...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to effectively bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees

    House overwhelmingly votes to effectively bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees

    — Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terror attacks, House Republicans — joined by some Democrats — overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday that would effectively halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States. But faced with a White House veto,...

  • With budget deal, Maryland businesses breathe sigh of relief

    With budget deal, Maryland businesses breathe sigh of relief

    It wasn't until the wee hours of Friday morning that Congress finally passed a two-year deal that staves off harsh spending reductions and averts a credit default, setting aside most of the big fights over the federal budget for the remainder of President Barack Obama's term. At $80 billion, the...

  • Marylanders brace for possible U.S. government shutdown

    Marylanders brace for possible U.S. government shutdown

    Rino Imperiale has a message for Washington as the possibility looms of a second government shutdown in two years. "Time to be adults," he said. "Time to find solutions. Time to stop the bickering. Time to do what's best for the country." Imperiale, a retired naval officer who works at Aberdeen...

  • Congress approves overhaul of NSA surveillance

    Congress approves overhaul of NSA surveillance

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to the most sweeping rollback of government surveillance powers in the post-Sept. 11-era, clearing the way for a new program that bans the National Security Agency from collecting and storing Americans' telephone dialing records. The Senate's 67-32 vote reflected...

  • Senate considers deal to avoid partial Homeland Security shutdown

    Senate considers deal to avoid partial Homeland Security shutdown

    Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, declared his administration would curtail deportation of immigrants despite a loss in court earlier this month....

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