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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:

Hoyer Defends Obama, Says President Is Engaged

March 8, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer dismissed criticism Tuesday of the Obama administration’s handling of the ongoing spending debate.

Christensen Likely to Take Harman’s Seat on Energy Panel

March 8, 2011

Del. Donna Christensen is expected to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Democrats Searching for Unity

March 4, 2011

House Democratic leaders are attempting to do what they were unable to do in the majority: Unite behind a single message.

Blue Dog Power Moves Downtown

March 4, 2011

With more Blue Dogs out of Congress than in, the power center of the moderate Democratic coalition has shifted from under the Capitol Dome to downtown Washington, D.C.

E-Mail Flap Puts Issa to the Test

March 1, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa may have a bit more damage control to do before he can put this week’s e-mail controversy involving a senior aide behind him.

Issa Fires Spokesman Amid E-Mail Controversy

March 1, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa fired his deputy communications director Kurt Bardella on Tuesday afternoon amid allegations that he inappropriately shared e-mails with a New York Times reporter.

Democratic Leaders Appear Split on CR

March 1, 2011

House Democratic leaders appeared divided Tuesday morning on whether to support the short-term spending gap measure headed for a vote later in the day that would cut $4 billion in federal spending.

Top Female Aide Rules Speaker’s Office

Feb. 28, 2011

Jo-Marie St. Martin may be the most influential woman working in Congress whom you’ve never heard of.

Lott the Lobbyist Still Advises Old Colleagues

Feb. 27, 2011

Trent Lott no longer has an office in the Capitol, but the Mississippi Republican, who spent 35 years in public office, has evolved from a master vote-counter into a power broker on K Street who still acts as an adviser to his former colleagues.

GOP Aide Migration Flowing to House

Feb. 25, 2011

For Senate staffers, the House is rarely seen as the land of opportunity. But since November, the new House majority has drawn more than a half-dozen Senate Republican aides to jobs in the offices of GOP leadership or committees.

GOP Demands Cuts in Short-Term Spending Bill, but Reid Resists

Feb. 22, 2011

House Republican leaders pushed back aggressively Tuesday against the decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to introduce a stopgap funding measure next week without budget cuts, but they maintained they do not want a showdown between the two chambers to result in a government shutdown.

Boehner: House Won’t Extend Current Spending Beyond March 4

Feb. 17, 2011

Speaker John Boehner is holding the line on spending for the rest of the fiscal year, saying he will not move another continuing resolution at current funding levels if the House and Senate can’t come to an agreement on a final bill before March 4.

Herseth Sandlin Likely to Join Lobby Firm

Feb. 17, 2011

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), who lost her re-election bid last year, is in serious and final negotiations to join the law and lobbying firm Olsson Frank Weeda, three sources confirmed to Roll Call.

Prince of Pork Becomes King of Spending Cuts

Feb. 16, 2011

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers earned a reputation as the prince of pork, but he’s quickly proving that he can embrace the new culture of GOP austerity.

CR Causes Headaches for GOP

Feb. 15, 2011

House Republican leaders may have to make an unexpected course correction on the continuing resolution to head off defections from unhappy moderates.

NRCC Chairman Pressures Members to Pay Up

Feb. 15, 2011

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions pressured delinquent Members Tuesday to pony up their outstanding dues at a Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club.

Ethics Is No Joke for GOP

Feb. 13, 2011

Speaker John Boehner seems intent on avoiding a repeat of history when it comes House Republicans and ethics. The Ohio Republican didn’t admit to having a hand in Rep. Chris Lee’s departure, but GOP sources say the new Speaker has shown little patience for ethical lapses and scandals.

Republicans Declare Unity on Spending Measure

Feb. 10, 2011

House Republicans exited a last-minute Conference meeting Thursday saying they have bridged a schism over spending and are united in moving forward with a measure to keep the government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Boehner Says Lee Did the Right Thing

Feb. 10, 2011

Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) made the right decision to resign from Congress.

Boehner Faces First Defections

Feb. 9, 2011

Speaker John Boehner is getting his first real dose of what it means to govern. In less than 24 hours this week, the new Speaker witnessed an uprising from within his own ranks that resulted in a trio of legislative setbacks.

Spending Debate Cuts Both Ways

Feb. 8, 2011

The Republican push to use a resolution designed to maintain spending levels as a vehicle for making big cuts will drive next week’s budget debate into uncharted territory, and leaders in both parties are unsure about how it will unfold.

Budget Experts to Speak to House Democrats

Feb. 8, 2011

As House Democrats get ready for the first big spending fight of the 112th Congress, they are inviting several budget experts to Wednesday’s Caucus meeting.

House GOP Leaders to Lunch With Obama on Wednesday

Feb. 8, 2011

President Barack Obama has invited House Republican leaders to the White House for lunch Wednesday, just as the House prepares to take up the first major spending bill of the 112th Congress.

CPAC’s Controversy Cools Fundraisers

Feb. 7, 2011

The Conservative Political Action Conference is not the cash cow it once was for Republicans. This year, Republican lobbyists and fundraisers aren’t trying to cash in.

Republicans Begin Turning to National Security Issues

Feb. 5, 2011

House Republicans will begin taking up national security issues next week, in addition to continuing their drumbeat on economic issues.

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