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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:

Legislative Pace About to Get Even More Glacial

April 3, 2011

With the Republican-controlled House sending Senate Democrats one dead-on-arrival bill after another, the legislative pace in the Senate has slowed to a crawl, and it looks as if it’s about to get even slower.

GOP: Give Us More Cuts, Details

April 2, 2011

House Republican leaders are privately warning Speaker John Boehner that they may not have the votes to pass a six-month spending bill with significantly less than $61 billion in cuts, and they are chafing at his closed-mouth style of negotiating.

As Pressure Builds, Short-Term CR Reality Sets In

April 2, 2011

House and Senate leaders could be forced to push through yet another stopgap spending measure this week if they are unable to hammer out a deal on a six-month plan by Tuesday, House lawmakers conceded Friday.

Freshmen Place Faith in Boehner

March 31, 2011

Speaker John Boehner may be facing mounting pressure from conservatives to resist compromising with Democrats on a six-month spending bill, but at least for now the influential freshman class is sticking by its leader.

No Fear of Shutdown on the Right

March 30, 2011

House conservatives are becoming increasingly bullish about how much federal spending could be cut in a final, long-term continuing resolution, creating additional pressure for GOP leaders trying to reach a deal with Democrats.

House GOP Tries to Force Senate’s Hand on Spending

March 30, 2011

House Republicans announced Wednesday that they would take up a largely symbolic bill this week that would make their long-term spending plan law if the Senate fails to act on a similar measure.

Democrats in Budget Dilemma

March 29, 2011

While most of Capitol Hill is focused on the partisan showdown over federal spending, House Democrats are embroiled in a separate battle: whether to produce an alternative to the GOP budget.

Lawmakers Still Upset Despite Flurry of Libya Briefings

March 25, 2011

The White House’s effort to play catch-up with Congressional leaders on U.S. military intervention in Libya has done little to placate lawmakers who have become increasingly frustrated with President Barack Obama.

White House Calls Lawmakers to an Afternoon Briefing

March 25, 2011

The White House has scheduled a last-minute Congressional briefing on Libya for Friday afternoon, Congressional aides confirmed. White House aides sent notice late Friday morning of the bipartisan, bicameral invitation for the 2 p.m. meeting to discuss Libya. The meeting is Members-only and was expected to last an hour. If lawmakers are unable to attend in person, there will be a call-in option.

Gingrich to Address House GOP Freshmen

March 25, 2011

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is slated to speak to freshman House Republicans Thursday morning.

Top Hill Staff Have Consultants Helping Raise Money

March 24, 2011

Senate chiefs of staff this week are soliciting K Street for their annual spring fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Only problem is: Some of the chiefs aren’t making the ask themselves — a move that has discouraged many lobbyists from giving.

White House to Hold Classified Congressional Briefing on Libya

March 24, 2011

The White House will hold a classified Congressional briefing Wednesday on Libya, aides confirmed.

Pelosi Sticks to Itinerary on Second Day in Italy

March 22, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s overseas trip was back on track Tuesday after a brief visit to an Italian hospital Monday.

House Panel Goes After Health Care Waivers

March 22, 2011

House Republicans continued to try to pick apart President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, using the Small Business Committee to investigate the more than 1,000 temporary waivers that the Obama administration has given to companies, labor unions and states that do not meet the new law’s guidelines.

Bipartisan Unrest Grows Over U.S. Role in Libya

March 21, 2011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Monday that President Barack Obama is acting outside his power by authorizing military action in Libya and that he is reviewing legislative and parliamentary procedures available for ending U.S. involvement.

McCarthy: Whipping Without a Hammer

March 18, 2011

With a series of early wins under his belt, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is brushing off questions about his laid-back style, insisting a gentler approach to bringing his Conference together will pay better dividends than an iron fist.

Hispanic Caucus Wants a Little DCCC Wooing

March 18, 2011

Rep. Steve Israel is going on a charm offensive with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in advance of the 2012 election cycle, hoping to avoid the tensions that erupted with black Members of Congress earlier this month.

Frustration With Obama Builds

March 16, 2011

President Barack Obama’s laissez-faire approach to the ongoing spending debate is winning him few friends on Capitol Hill. Republican and Democratic Members alike are becoming increasingly critical of the president and are demanding the White House immediately step up its role in the standoff over funding the government.

Colleagues Raise Campaign Funds for Giffords

March 15, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and several other Democratic lawmakers attended a fundraiser Tuesday night for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that collected more than $125,000, according to a Democratic lobbyist who was at the event.

Members Tiring of Short-Term Spending Bills

March 15, 2011

Steam is running out for short-term, stopgap spending measures. “Everybody is going to get tired with these short-term [continuing resolutions],” Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) said Tuesday following House passage of a three-week continuing resolution that funds the government through April 8.

Boehner Confident Short-Term Spending Plan Will Pass

March 15, 2011

Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he is confident that the House will pass a stopgap spending measure that will keep the government funded through April 8.

Members Rethink Earmark Ban

March 14, 2011

House appropriators from both parties are starting to push for a re-examination of the Republican-imposed earmark ban.

Hastings Hires Suspended Ethics Counsel

March 11, 2011

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings has hired a suspended Ethics Committee staffer to head a new investigative office his panel is creating.

Abortion May Stall Next CR

March 9, 2011

The focus of the spending debate on Capitol Hill may be over how big the cuts should be, but House conservatives are threatening to sink a final deal on other grounds.

House Sell Begins on Next CR

March 8, 2011

House GOP leaders say they are confident they can muster enough support to pass a second stopgap spending bill before a government shutdown next week, despite pressure from their right flank.

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