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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:

Freshman GOP Member Stands Up Obama

June 1, 2011

With House Republicans meeting this morning with President Barack Obama at the White House, at least one GOP lawmaker opted to skip the event.

Economists Support Boehner on Spending Cuts and Debt Limit

June 1, 2011

Speaker John Boehner added to his political firepower Wednesday ahead of a morning meeting with President Barack Obama by releasing a letter signed by more than 150 economists who support his debt limit stance.

Debt Limit Goes Down

May 31, 2011

House Republicans made a show of voting down a standalone debt limit increase Tuesday, but the failure of the measure will have no effect on ongoing bipartisan negotiations led by Vice President Joseph Biden.

McCaskill Restarts the Debate on Earmarks

May 27, 2011

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are defending their version of the Defense authorization bill, disputing Sen. Claire McCaskill's charges that the legislation includes forbidden earmarks.

House GOP Unveils Jobs Agenda

May 26, 2011

Speaker John Boehner on Thursday argued the GOP has been working on the issue of jobs since taking power in January even as he unveiled the party’s first legislative package specifically targeted at job growth.

After N.Y. Special Election, GOP Tries to Regain Footing

May 25, 2011

House Republicans are calling their special election loss in upstate New York this week a wake-up call that came with enough time for the party to recover before the 2012 campaigns.

Pelosi Stands By Selection of Delegates for Budget Talks

May 25, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Wednesday brushed off criticism over the lack of women involved in the ongoing debt limit negotiations.

Dueling Budget, Debt Votes Set

May 24, 2011

House and Senate leaders are setting themselves up to fail. Senate Democrats have long been planning for this week’s political show vote designed to defeat the House Republican budget plan, and now the House GOP has its own show planned — a stand-alone debt ceiling vote as soon as next week with the express purpose of killing it.

House GOP Will Force Vote on Stand-Alone Debt Limit Bill

May 24, 2011

House Republicans are planning to hold a test vote on the debt ceiling debate as early as next week.

Republicans Pivot Back to a Jobs Agenda

May 23, 2011

House Republicans are trying again to focus their efforts on a job creation agenda, with leaders acknowledging they want to boost the GOP’s political standing with voters.

Debt Limit Talks Will Tackle Medicare, Medicaid

May 23, 2011

Debt ceiling negotiations Tuesday are expected to move to the politically risky terrain of entitlements, according to Congressional leadership aides.

Issa Promised Tough, but So Far Oversight Isn’t

May 23, 2011

While Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has been trying to put the Obama administration on the defensive, much of the panel’s investigative agenda has been focused on mundane bureaucratic policies and holding hearings on issues other committees already addressed.

Post-Pelosi Line Is Forming to Lead Democrats

May 22, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is intent to regain her Speakership, but as she sets her sights on that goal, several more junior Democratic Members are positioning themselves to succeed her.

King Will Hold Homeland Security Hearing on bin Laden

May 17, 2011

House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King announced Tuesday that he will hold a hearing to examine the homeland security implications of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

DCCC: Chairman Out Front

May 17, 2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is beginning a new effort to bring in high-end donors, rolling out a chairman-driven program.

Tech Executive Hosts Boehner Fundraiser in Silicon Valley

May 17, 2011

Speaker John Boehner is expected to raise almost a quarter of a million dollars Tuesday in California at a fundraiser hosted by a Hewlett-Packard Co. executive.

Ghost of CR Still Haunts GOP

May 9, 2011

With critical negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling under way, Speaker John Boehner is still struggling with a strong sense of distrust among his fellow Republicans over the last big deal he struck with Democrats.

Boehner Names New House Chaplain

May 6, 2011

Speaker John Boehner will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy to serve as chaplain of the chamber. Conroy, who will be the 60th chaplain, will succeed the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, who retired in April after more than 11 years of service.

Boehner Supports Obama on Keeping bin Laden Photos Private

May 5, 2011

Congressional lawmakers are standing by President Barack Obama as he takes heat for choosing not to release photos of a deceased Osama bin Laden.

Leaders Express Optimism for Debt Talks

May 5, 2011

Republican and Democratic House leaders offered few specifics Thursday about their first debt limit meeting with Vice President Joseph Biden but said they are optimistic and see areas of commonality with each other.

Boehner: Medicare Still Part of Debt Limit Talks

May 5, 2011

Speaker John Boehner maintained Thursday that entitlement reforms remain part of debt limit negotiations.

RSC Readies Debt Limit Proposal

May 4, 2011

House conservatives are putting together their own set of principals on the debt limit. The proposal, which they hope to release in the near term, comes as Republican leaders have begun listening sessions with lawmakers on raising the debt ceiling.

Some Hope to Add Abortion to Debt Vote

May 3, 2011

Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) has thus far refused to make social issues central in his agenda, focusing instead on spending and the debt. But the House today will briefly wade into the social wars of the 1990s, bringing up a controversial anti-abortion bill.

Republicans Plan Energy Policy Push

May 3, 2011

House Republican leaders moved aggressively Tuesday morning to shift the message from the debt limit and budget to rising gas prices.

New York Rep. King ‘Fixated’ Since 9/11

May 2, 2011

For Rep. Peter King, fighting terrorism is not just another policy interest. The New York Republican is a self-described fanatic, obsessed with putting an end to the terrorist threat.

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