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Anna Palmer


Anna Palmer covers House leadership as a staff writer for Roll Call. She joined Roll Call in 2007 after spending nearly three years at the weekly newspaper Legal Times. At Legal Times, she covered the intersection of money and politics for the legal and lobbying industry, first as a staff writer and later as an editor.

Prior to that, Anna covered the lobbying business as a reporter for the industry newsletter Influence.

A native of North Dakota, Anna is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she was executive editor of the weekly campus newspaper, the Manitou Messenger.

Palmer no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Anna Palmer:

Cantor Says Tax Loopholes Are on the Table

July 6, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushed back Wednesday against President Barack Obama’s assertion that bipartisan negotiations on the debt limit broke down over tax loopholes and special tax breaks for industry, insisting that House Republicans would be willing to discuss the issue.

Off-Topic on Eve of White House Debt Talks

July 6, 2011

Key players in debt ceiling talks spent the day before a White House meeting on the topic discussing tax proposals that wouldn’t reduce the deficit, shooting down plans from their colleagues, releasing far-afield budget blueprints and trading tweets.

Debt Deal May Not Have to Be All Cuts

June 22, 2011

Suddenly, the debt limit negotiations aren't just about distributing painful cuts. They're also about including sweeteners that could make it somewhat easier for Members to stomach the political risks of such a plan.

Boehner Pledges $1 Million to Retire NRCC Debt

June 22, 2011

Speaker John Boehner moved to rally his troops Wednesday morning at a GOP Conference meeting, committing to raise $1 million to help retire the party’s debt.

Debt Talks Worry Lobbyists

June 21, 2011

K Street lobbyists are scrambling to defend industry tax breaks and spending programs from ending up as fodder to reduce the deficit in the debt limit talks led by Vice President Joseph Biden.

Last-Minute Frenzy for Campaign Cash

June 20, 2011

House Republicans and Democrats are making a mad dash for cash, scheduling hundreds of fundraisers during the next four days before they leave town for the July Fourth recess.

McCain Warns Against Abandoning Afghanistan

June 19, 2011

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he would support a modest withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan but that Republican presidential candidates should stop promoting isolationist policies on the campaign trail.

GOP Senators Back U.S. Involvement in Libya

June 19, 2011

Republican Senators on Sunday defended the ongoing American military involvement in Libya even as the House prepares to assert its authority under the War Powers Act to require Congressional approval of the campaign against strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

Greenspan Gives GOP Hope on Debt Limit

June 15, 2011

House Republicans wary of the Obama administration's Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling think they have support for their skepticism from a surprising source — former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

HP’s Top Lobbyist Logging Off

June 15, 2011

The head of global government affairs for tech giant Hewlett-Packard Co. is leaving after less than two years on the job. Larry Irving, a former White House technology adviser in the Clinton administration, will depart “to pursue other interests,” the Palo Alto-based company announced Wednesday.

Biden Cites Progress in Debt Talks, Hopes for Deal by July Fourth

June 14, 2011

Vice President Joseph Biden wants a debt limit package ready for Congressional leaders by the Senate’s July Fourth recess, he said Tuesday after another round of bipartisan negotiations.

When Compromise Is ‘Going Soft’

June 13, 2011

Tea party activists are urging House Members to resist compromise in the debt limit debate, but too firm a stance by the conservative faction could marginalize the group rather than strengthen it when a final deal is cut.

Democrats Can't Change the Subject Away From Weiner

June 13, 2011

Even in his absence from Washington, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal continued to dominate political conversation Monday, undermining Democrats’ efforts to change the subject to the debt ceiling, jobs or anything not involving lurid pictures of the embattled New Yorker.

Cummings Urges Cautious Path for Oversight

June 13, 2011

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee may be known as a forum for political street fighting, but ranking member Elijah Cummings is trying to be more strategic with his punches.

Weiner’s Style Has Always Put His Name First

June 12, 2011

For Rep. Anthony Weiner, it has always been about him. The New York Democrat remains embroiled in a still-unfolding sex scandal, having so far defied calls to resign. For a politician who has spent his career promoting himself, this new turn makes perfect sense.

King: Weiner Has Lost Clout in House

June 8, 2011

New York Rep. Peter King said Wednesday that Rep. Anthony Weiner won’t have any clout or sway on Capitol Hill after being embroiled in an ongoing sex scandal.

Democrats Want Weiner to Go

June 7, 2011

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short of calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign, her demand for an ethics investigation into his online affairs clearly signaled that her Caucus thinks it's time for him to go.

What’s With All the Sex in the City?

June 6, 2011

Move over Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen — the New York Congressional delegation is making a run to be the sex scandal kings of the decade.

Pelosi Wants Ethics Panel to Investigate Weiner

June 6, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Monday for the Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) after he revealed that he had sent numerous sexually explicit emails, photographs and tweets to at least six women over the past three years.

At Last, Kucinich Draws Republicans to a Cause

June 4, 2011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is fighting for his seat back home, but on Capitol Hill the liberal lawmaker is finding some unusual allies.

Cantor Seeks to Deliver

June 3, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is determined his involvement in bipartisan debt limit talks won’t be for naught. The Virginia Republican said Thursday in an interview with Roll Call that he is playing an important role in laying the groundwork for a final deal.

House GOP Breaking From Hawk Stereotype

June 3, 2011

On issues ranging from military spending to trade to the country’s relationship with China, GOP Members have demonstrated an increasingly nuanced worldview that breaks the stereotypes of Republicans as fierce hawks with an isolationist streak.

Harkin, Reed: Debt Limit and Medicare Don’t Mix

June 3, 2011

A pair of liberal Democratic Senators maintained Friday that reforming Medicare should not be a condition of raising the debt ceiling.

Welch Is Working His Minority Priorities

June 1, 2011

Rep. Peter Welch is coming out from behind the minority shadow, having claimed a little limelight on two pressing issues while also working with Republicans.

Boehner: Obama Should Engage on Debt

June 1, 2011

Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to become personally involved in cutting a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

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