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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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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 ...

Obama on the Midterms: 'Obviously Republicans Had a Good Night'

November 5, 2014 President Obama recognized the obvious on Wednesday afternoon. "Obviously, Republicans had a good night," he said, speaking from the East Room. "There's no doubt Republicans had a good night." Obama congratulated the GOP, which gained control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House. Then he turned his ...

Here's a Photo of President Obama Hugging a Nurse Who Survived Ebola

October 24, 2014 Maybe America doesn't need an Ebola czar. It just needs a hugger in chief. On Friday, President Obama warmly embraced Nina Pham, one of the two Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, inside the Oval Office. Pham contracted the highly contagious and potentially deadly virus from ...

An Ode to the White House Website, Circa 1995

October 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Such simplicity. Such old-timey charm. Such HTML. The original White House website—which has, blessedly, been preserved for posterity by the National Archives—is a time capsule from the early days of the World Wide Web. "Twenty years ago today the first White House web site appeared, and several updated versions of ...

An Ebola Visa Ban Isn't Perfect. But It's Better Than a Full Travel Ban.

October 21, 2014 Amid growing panic about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Republicans in Congress are shifting away from wanting to impose a blanket travel ban from countries affected by the disease, and moving toward limiting visas from those countries. While banning visas may seem like a watered-down travel ban, it would ...

What Exactly Does an Administration 'Czar' Do?

October 17, 2014 It sounds like something out of Anna Karenina. The Obama administration is going to name a "czar" to combat the spread of Ebola in the United States. President Obama will soon announce the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration's "Ebola czar," CNN reported Friday morning. Klain has served as ...