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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:

GOP Pollster: No Government Shutdown

Feb. 3, 2011

Republican pollster David Winston predicted Thursday that Republicans would not shut down the government this spring.

Oversight Democrats Criticize Issa’s FOIA Request

Feb. 2, 2011

House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Chairman Darrell Issa voicing their concerns about his examination of changes to Freedom of Information Act procedures and to evaluate federal agencies’ compliance with the law.

Mock Hearings Used to Mock GOP

Feb. 2, 2011

House Democrats are returning to yet another tactic they employed the last time they were in the minority: holding mock hearings to draw attention to their positions.

Rough Beginning at Oversight Committee

Feb. 1, 2011

Newly minted Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah Cummings are having a hard time hiding their antagonism toward one another.

Republicans Can’t Keep Social Issues Off Agenda

Jan. 31, 2011

House GOP leaders may not have intended on pushing a social issues agenda, but that isn’t stopping rank-and-file Members from looking for opportunities to advance measures dealing with red-meat subjects such as English as the national language, abortion funding and the practice of allowing “anchor babies” citizenship.

Boehner Announces New Political Operation

Jan. 31, 2011

Speaker John Boehner on Monday announced he was retooling his political operation to better coordinate with the National Republican Congressional Committee and Republican National Committee to try to expand House Republicans’ majority.

Cummings Bypasses Issa in Fight Over Access to Letters

Jan. 31, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Elijah Cummings moved Monday to circumvent Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in a fight over access to the chairman’s regulatory research.

No Love Lost Between Pelosi and Cantor

Jan. 26, 2011

All the recent talk of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill hasn’t thawed the chilly relationship between House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Boehner Waits to See How Rivera Investigation ‘Plays Out’

Jan. 26, 2011

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not appear concerned about charges of ethics impropriety against freshman Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.).

Oversight Democrats Protest Committee Rules

Jan. 25, 2011

Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee continued their public disagreement over how the panel should operate with ranking member Elijah Cummings leading all of the Democrats present in voting against adoption of the chairman’s proposed committee rules Tuesday.

Obama Immigration Push Surprises, Pleases CHC Members

Jan. 25, 2011

House advocates of comprehensive immigration reform were surprised and encouraged by President Barack Obama’s call in his State of the Union address for Congress to tackle the issue.

Coordination Critical for Boehner, McConnell

Jan. 25, 2011

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are facing more pressure than ever to unify their Conferences against Congressional Democrats and the White House on fiscal responsibility and spending priorities.

Cummings and Issa Tussle Over Committee Procedures

Jan. 24, 2011

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent dueling letters to each other Monday over how the panel will investigate the Obama administration.

New Democrats Hope to Build Bridge

Jan. 21, 2011

Liberals still dominate the House Democratic Caucus, but that isn’t stopping the members of the moderate New Democrat Coalition from trying to expand their reach.

Crowley Seeks to Lead New Democrats for Another Term

Jan. 21, 2011

Rep. Joe Crowley is seeking another term to lead the New Democrat Coalition. The New York lawmaker sent a letter Thursday asking for his fellow coalition members’ support.

Poll: More Voters Say Boehner’s Crying Is Strength

Jan. 20, 2011

More Ohio voters find Speaker John Boehner’s tendency to cry in public a strength rather than a weakness, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

House Chairmen Share Plans for Replacing Health Care Law

Jan. 20, 2011

Top House Republicans laid out an aggressive schedule of hearings and investigations Thursday to propel their effort to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

GOP Goes After Federal Abortion Funding

Jan. 20, 2011

A day after House Republicans passed a bill repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, Members moved to introduce legislation to make it illegal to use taxpayer funding for abortions.

Vote On Health Care Repeal Set for Wednesday

Jan. 14, 2011

As expected, House Republicans have officially decided to get back to legislative business next week. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) has slated to begin consideration of the health care repeal bill Tuesday with a final vote Wednesday.

Stupak, Inglis, Qualls Join Harvard Program

Jan. 14, 2011

Two former Members and a former senior adviser to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have been named resident fellows at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Hoyer: Parties Should Commingle at State of the Union

Jan. 13, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) joined Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Thursday in calling for an end to partisan seating during the president’s State of the Union address.

Franks: Shooting Scene Needed More Guns

Jan. 12, 2011

A Republican from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ home state of Arizona suggested Wednesday that the shooting rampage that injured Giffords and killed or wounded 19 others could have been stopped sooner had there been more armed people at the scene.

Boehner Debuts as Statesman

Jan. 12, 2011

This was not the first week on the job that Speaker John Boehner envisioned. Instead of playing the role of a partisan, Boehner found himself practicing the art of a statesman.

Dingell Wants Probe Into Gun Control Law

Jan. 12, 2011

Rep. John Dingell, dean of the House, wants to investigate whether gun control laws targeting mentally unstable individuals are working in the wake of the Tucson shootings.

King Wants Gun-Free Zone for Members

Jan. 11, 2011

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) announced in New York on Tuesday that he wants to ban people from being able to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of Members of Congress and other high-ranking federal officials.

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