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Emma Roller

National Journal Emma Roller is a staff correspondent for National Journal. Before joining, Emma previously worked at Slate, where she wrote for and edited the Weigel and Moneybox blogs. Her work has also appeared in The New Republic, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Emma graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as editor in chief of the Daily Cardinal, one of UW's two independent daily student newspapers. Ask her about cheese curds.
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19 Days After Michael Brown's Shooting, Hillary Clinton Weighs In on Ferguson

10:53 AM ET Nearly three weeks after the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Hillary Clinton weighed in on the unrest in Missouri and, more broadly, the state of racism in America. Speaking at the software company Nexenta in San Francisco ...

No, the Ferguson Police's Weapons Did Not Come From the Pentagon

August 26, 2014 The most iconic image to come out of Ferguson, Mo., in the last two weeks may be one of a lone man in a T-shirt with his hands up, facing a line of heavily armed police officers. After a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, ...

White House Calls James Foley's Murder a 'Terrorist Attack'

August 22, 2014 At a press conference on Friday, a White House adviser said the killing of U.S. photojournalist James Foley by the jihadist group ISIS "absolutely" constituted a terrorist attack against the United States. Foley, who had been held captive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since 2012, was beheaded ...

Eric Holder’s Challenge in Ferguson

August 21, 2014 When Eric Holder was a teenager, he was pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike for speeding and had his car searched. When Holder was in college at Columbia University, he participated in a five-day sit-in to rename a campus building after Malcolm X. And as a federal prosecutor living ...

How Congress and the Pentagon Helped Create America’s Militarized Police

August 14, 2014 Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns. As The New York Times reported in June, the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment ...

How Congress Helped Create Ferguson’s Militarized Police

August 14, 2014 Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns. As The New York Times reported in June, the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment ...

Hillary Clinton Looks Forward to 'Hugging It Out' With President Obama

August 13, 2014 Over the weekend, The Atlantic published a wide-ranging interview between Jeffrey Goldberg and Hillary Clinton about U.S. foreign policy. The nugget that gained the most attention was when Clinton appeared to deride President Obama's foreign policy mantra, "Don't do stupid stuff." "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid ...

16 People the Media Considered Presidential Contenders at This Time in 2006

August 12, 2014 Considering how many 2016 think pieces bombard our collective consciousness on a daily basis, it's useful to remember that we're a long way off from knowing anything truly worthwhile about how the next presidential election will play out. Case in point: A Nexis search of media coverage from the summer ...

Two Parody Twitter Accounts That Perfectly Explain U.S. Politics

August 7, 2014 In this era of never-ending gridlock, it may seem like Republicans and Democrats can find no common ground. But there's at least one thing we can still agree on: It's fun to anonymously poke fun at each other on the Internet. Two newly popular Twitter accounts—@GOPTeens and @SalonDotCom—prove as much. ...

Obama Bashes Congress Over Gridlock

August 1, 2014 In a last-minute press conference at the White House Friday, President Obama hit congressional Republicans for not passing an emergency border funding bill and for, as he sees it, keeping Congress unproductive. "We all agree that there's a problem that needs to be solved in a portion of our southern ...