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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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Paul Attacks Loretta Lynch on Civil Asset Forfeiture

April 15, 2015 Congress is taking notice of a murky law that allows police officers to seize money and property from citizens with near impunity—and Sen. Rand Paul is using it as an argument against Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is traditionally hawkish on criminal justice reform, convened a ...

Why a Political Chameleon Thinks He Can Beat Hillary Clinton in 2016

April 10, 2015 Lincoln Chafee is a soft-spoken, party-switching Rhode Island Democrat. And he thinks he deserves the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 more than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Chafee says he plans to distinguish himself from other Democrats in the race, whether Clinton or another challenger, by touting his foreign policy worldview. ...

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Is Running for President

April 9, 2015 Lincoln Chafee, a former U.S. senator and governor of Rhode Island, announced that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee. Chafee's campaign website slogan—"Politics change. Values don't."—is apt, considering that he started out his political career as a Republican, then became an independent before finallyswitching to the Democratic Party while ...

Hillary Clinton, Taking Questions About Her Email, Says She 'Opted for Convenience'

March 10, 2015 Hillary Clinton gave the public more than a tweet about her email controversy on Tuesday. She gave them an explanation. "When I got to work as secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it ...

Barbara Mikulski Marks the End of an Era

March 2, 2015 Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced plans Monday morning to retire from the Senate when her term is up next year. Mikulski, the "Dean of the Senate" and the first Democratic woman elected on her own accord—not to fill a vacancy left by a spouse—leaves a long list of legislative accomplishments from ...

Can Democrats Ever Win Back State Legislatures?

February 24, 2015 Caring about the 2016 presidential race is so over; now all the cool kids are watching 2020. Since 2008, Democrats have lost control of 30 state legislative chambers—totaling 910 seats—and 11 governorships. Those were some of the cheery findings of the Democratic National Committee's post-mortem report on 2014 (aka Shellackgate). ...

Private Groups Spent $5.1 Million on Free Trips for Congress in 2014

February 5, 2015 One of the perks of holding public office is that there's no dearth of organizations that are happy to send you on "fact-finding" trips around the world. And for members of Congress and their aides, 2014 was no different. This week, the congressional data service Legistorm released data documenting "nearly ...

Why an Inflatable Missile Is Set To Hit the National Mall

January 29, 2015 The presence of a nuclear missile on the National Mall sounds like a scene out of Independence Day. But this Saturday, such a missile—albeit a facsimile of one—will appear outside the White House. On Saturday afternoon, the group Global Zero, which advocates for nuclear disarmament worldwide, will stage a protest ...

Rand Paul Says Government Should 'Do No Harm'

January 21, 2015 In a response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Rand Paul called on the U.S. government to follow the instructions he received in medical school. "As a physician, I was taught, 'First, do no harm,' to think before you act, to analyze the unintended consequences ...

FBI Arrests Ohio Man for Plot to Attack U.S. Capitol

January 14, 2015 The Justice Department announced Wednesday a Cincinnati-area man has been arrested in connection to a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. "Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, OH, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States ...