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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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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 ...

When Will Hillary Clinton Stake Out Her Policy Positions?

November 25, 2014 Hillary Clinton barely has to lift a finger to command an astonishing lead in a presidential primary that's still 405 days away. A recent Bloomberg Politics poll found that 62 percent of likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire said they'd support Clinton for president in 2016. In many ways, Clinton ...

What Rand Paul Gets By Declaring War Against ISIS

November 24, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul is ready to declare war—and not in a figurative sense. In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Paul announced his intention to declare war against the Islamic State terrorist group. His joint resolution would authorize military intervention in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, including ...

Hillary Clinton Breaks Her Silence on Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 Shortly after President Obama announced his executive order to protect over 4 million undocumented immigrants from being deported, Hillary Clinton voiced her support via Twitter. Thanks to POTUS for taking action on immigration in the face of inaction. Now let’s turn to permanent bipartisan reform. #ImmigrationAction — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) ...

Why Elizabeth Warren Probably Isn’t Running for President

November 17, 2014 Let's begin by stating the obvious: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said, multiple times, that she is "not running for president"—although she has softened her tone on the subject in recent interviews. But! Warren boosters took some heart in news that broke Thursday, that Warren would be named to a newly ...

A Portrait of Two Presidents, Reconciling Their Political Struggles

November 10, 2014 In a special 60th anniversary episode of CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, host Bob Schieffer got Barack Obama and George W. Bush to wax philosophical about their respective legacies as president. In a prerecorded interview in the Oval Office, Schieffer addressed criticism that if Obama were more of a ...