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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Helping Carly Fiorina, CNN Changed its Debate Rules

September 2, 2015 After weeks of spar­ring, the great war between Carly Fior­ina and CNN has been de­cided. And Fior­ina has emerged the vic­tor. Late Tues­day, CNN an­nounced it would change its cri­ter­ia for GOP can­did­ates to qual­i­fy for the main stage of its pres­id­en­tial de­bate in Den­ver on Sept. 16. The old...

Rand Paul Calls Donald Trump an 'Empty Suit'

August 11, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign has a new strategy since last Thursday's GOP debate: Go after Donald Trump, and don't let up. On Monday, Paul went as far as to hold a conference call with reporters for the explicit purpose of trash-talking Trump. Paul started out talking about how he...

Thursday's Prime-Time GOP Presidential Debate Lineup is Set

August 5, 2015 On Tuesday evening, Fox News announced which GOP presidential candidates will participate in the first official prime-time debate of this presidential cycle on Thursday. Here's who made the cut: 1. Mogul Donald Trump 2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee...

Clinton Proposes Economic Agenda, but Wall Street Questions Still Remain

July 13, 2015 When New School President David Van Zandt introduced Hillary Clinton on Monday, he made an inadvertent joke. After Van Zandt said, "the New School does not endorse any particular candidate for political office," knowing laughter and clapping broke out in the audience. The New School has a proudly liberal history,...

Obama on Reopening U.S. Embassy in Havana: 'This Is What Change Looks Like'

July 1, 2015 For the first time in more than 54 years, the United States flag will fly over the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. On Wednesday, President Obama announced that, as part of his administration's efforts to rebuild diplomatic ties with the island, both Cuba and the United States will reopen their...

Justice Has Opened a Hate-Crime Investigation Into South Carolina Shooting

June 18, 2015 In a press conference on Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch calledWednesday night's shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, "heartbreaking" and "deeply tragic." Lynch announced that the Justice Department has opened a hate-crime investigation into the case, in which the 21-year-old white male suspect opened fire on...

Lindsey Graham: Caitlyn Jenner Is 'Welcome in My Party’

June 8, 2015 Over the weekend, many of the Republican presidential contenders gathered in Iowa for Sen. Joni Ernst's inaugural Roast and Ride. The event—a play on retired Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry—attracted as many Republican presidential hopefuls as Harkin's did for Democrats, if not more. Sen. Lindsey Graham—who formally announced...

Lindsey Graham Announces His 2016 Presidential Run

June 1, 2015 The ghost of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign will haunt Republicans in 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina hawk who McCain has referred to as his "illegitimate son," announced that he is running for president Monday in his hometown of Central, South Carolina. "I want to be president to...

Hillary Clinton Is ‘Glad’ About Benghazi Email Release

May 26, 2015 While political reporters were atwitter discussing the newly disclosed trove of Hillary Clinton's emails (or their frustrations about accessing them), Clinton's focus was entirely elsewhere. After taking a tour of Smuttynose Brewing in Hampton, New Hampshire on Friday, Clinton sat down with local entrepreneurs and investors to talk about her...

Edward Snowden: Rand Paul's 'Filibuster' Is a 'Sea Change'

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With a little help from his friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden conducted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday afternoon. The ex-spy spoke about reforms to the National Security Agency and the Patriot Act. Section 215 of the act, which the NSA uses as the legal...

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