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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:

Trade Groups Lining Up Behind Debt-Limit Hike

April 29, 2011

More than two dozen trade associations are preparing to give the White House public support for raising the debt ceiling.

Debt Limit Vote Is Hoyer’s Moment

April 29, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is taking on the mantle of deal-maker in the Democratic Caucus, a role that will be highlighted in the upcoming debt limit fight.

Obama’s Cabinet Changes Win Early Hill Praise

April 27, 2011

House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King came out strongly in favor of the expected announcement that President Barack Obama will on Wednesday morning nominate Leon Panetta as secretary of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director.

White House Releases Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate

April 27, 2011

President Barack Obama released a long-form version of his birth certificate in an attempt to quell political attacks that he is not a U.S. citizen.

Pelosi Asks Boehner to Hold Vote on Oil Subsidies

April 26, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi upped the ante Tuesday evening over tax breaks for oil companies, calling on House Republicans to schedule a vote next week on the issue.

Welch Seeks Wall Street Support for Keeping Debt Limit Bill Simple

April 26, 2011

Rep. Peter Welch is looking to Wall Street to help make his case for a “clean” debt limit vote.

On Debt, GOP Consults Itself

April 24, 2011

House Republican leaders are trying to unify their Conference around a set of debt limit negotiating principles, hoping to avoid a repeat of the internal breakdown they had over spending cuts earlier this month.

Issa Threatens to Begin Contempt Proceedings Against ATF Official

April 20, 2011

In a letter Wednesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa threatened to begin contempt proceedings against Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acting Director Kenneth Melson if he does not obey a document subpoena.

GOP Hopes Unity Lies Ahead

April 15, 2011

Speaker John Boehner needed Democratic votes to get his continuing resolution through the House after many conservatives decided the agreement didn’t cut enough spending. He’ll need a more unified Conference for debt limit and budget votes.

Boehner Turns to Democrats to Pass CR After 59 GOP Defections

April 14, 2011

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was forced to rely on 81 House Democrats to push through a six-month spending measure Thursday over the objections of his right flank — a stark political reality that could hurt him in future battles.

Six House Members Miss CR Vote

April 14, 2011

Three House Republicans and three House Democrats did not participate Thursday in the passage vote for a six-month spending bill to close out the fiscal year — two of them because they just didn’t make it to the floor.

Boehner Confident of Passage

April 14, 2011

Speaker John Boehner maintained Thursday that a compromise 2011 spending bill would pass the House, but the Ohio Republican was unwilling to say that House Republicans could do it without Democratic support.

Deficit Politics Now Moves to Congress

April 13, 2011

President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans drew sharp contrasts Wednesday in the latest budget standoff — this time over the debt limit.

House Republicans Swing at Deficit Speech

April 13, 2011

House Republican leaders blasted President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction speech Wednesday, saying it was light on specifics and not a serious attempt at addressing the nation’s debt and moving toward fiscal responsibility.

Democratic Rank and File Urge Clean Debt Limit Vote

April 13, 2011

Nearly four-dozen House Democrats signed a letter to their leadership, calling for a clean vote on raising the debt limit.

War on Fiscal Discipline Rages as Democrats Weigh Alternatives

April 12, 2011

President Barack Obama’s decision to respond to House Republicans’ 2012 budget blueprint is complicating matters for Democrats on Capitol Hill.

GOP Can’t Pass the CR Deal Alone

April 11, 2011

House Republican leaders aren’t looking to Democrats for votes to approve the long-term spending deal that will come to a vote later this week even though many conservatives have announced they won’t support the bill.

Jordan: Firebrand Conservative, With Votes

April 8, 2011

Democrats have been quick to blame tea party conservatives for dragging down budget talks. But perhaps they should train their fire at Rep. Jim Jordan.

Stuck in CR Debate as Budget Looms

April 6, 2011

Now that House Republicans have their 2012 budget proposal to rally behind, many in the rank and file are suddenly less interested in engaging in a protracted fight over government spending levels for the next six months.

Van Hollen Will Unveil Budget to Caucus on Thursday

April 6, 2011

House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen will outline his budget plan to Democratic colleagues during a Caucus meeting Thursday.

Both Sides See New Budget as Gift

April 5, 2011

Democrats and Republicans wasted no time on Tuesday turning House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan into a partisan rallying point.

Democrats Plan Budget to Counter GOP

April 5, 2011

House Democrats will propose a competing long-term budget plan in the coming days in a high-stakes gamble aimed at not ceding political ground to Republicans on fiscal matters.

GOP Turns Page to Budget Battle

April 4, 2011

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s bold new budget blueprint could not have come at a more opportune time for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will have to sell conservatives on a compromise with Senate Democrats and the White House to keep the government operating past Friday.

Boehner Cobbles Together New Spending Stopgap

April 4, 2011

With negotiations breaking down Monday on a six-month spending bill, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will float a one-week measure that includes a controversial abortion rider and $12 billion in cuts in the hopes of extracting further concessions from Democrats on the longer-term deal.

Obama, Hill Leaders Plan Sit-Down Over Spending

April 4, 2011

With less than five days to go before a government shutdown, President Barack Obama is planning a face-to-face meeting with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Congressional leaders to discuss options, aides confirmed Monday.

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