Liz Halloran

Liz Halloran joined NPR in December 2008 as Washington correspondent for Digital News, taking her print journalism career into the online news world.

Halloran came to NPR from US News & World Report, where she followed politics and the 2008 presidential election. Before the political follies, Halloran covered the Supreme Court during its historic transition — from Chief Justice William Rehnquist's death, to the John Roberts and Samuel Alito confirmation battles. She also tracked the media and wrote special reports on topics ranging from the death penalty and illegal immigration, to abortion rights and the aftermath of the Amish schoolgirl murders.

Before joining the magazine, Halloran was a senior reporter in the Hartford Courant's Washington bureau. She followed Sen. Joe Lieberman on his ground-breaking vice presidential run in 2000, as the first Jewish American on a national ticket, wrote about the media and the environment and covered post-9/11 Washington. Previously, Halloran, a Minnesota native, worked for The Courant in Hartford. There, she was a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning team for spot news in 1999, and was honored by the New England Associated Press for her stories on the Kosovo refugee crisis.

She also worked for the Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., and as a cub reporter and paper delivery girl for her hometown weekly, the Jackson County Pilot.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

How Boehner Got A Fractured GOP To Back His Plan

Speaker of the House John Boehner as he arrived for a House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

What a difference a day makes.

Less than 24 hours ago, Republican House Speaker John Boehner was forced to postpone a vote on his debt ceiling plan after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office calculated that it cut spending by about $350 billion less than promised.

The Tea Party wing of the leader's ornery caucus was continuing to slam his proposal as not going far enough or fast enough in cutting spending as a prerequisite to raising the nation's debt ceiling by Aug. 2.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest Republican to tantalize the restive party base with the prospect of a 2012 presidential run.

The three-term governor, a favorite of evangelicals and the Tea Party faithful, has been meeting with potential donors and ramping up his public profile. He has also scheduled an attention-getting prayer event at a Houston stadium in August.

Earlier this month, Perry told the Des Moines Register that he's getting "more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do."

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Politics
12:14 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Now An Iowa Underdog, Pawlenty Aims For Survival

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets supporters before a July 7 town hall meeting at his Iowa campaign headquarters in Urbandale.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 11:48 am

Former two-term Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination was always expected to be launched, or extinguished, in next-door Iowa.

But with his once-promising prospects seemingly atrophied, and his first big test at the Iowa GOP presidential straw poll less than a month away, Pawlenty has embarked on an 18-city tour of the state this week to pump up his stuck-in-single-digit support.

He's also plowing about $200,000 into television advertising that will run through the Aug. 13 straw poll — the heftiest candidate buy in Iowa so far.

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It's All Politics
4:49 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

White House Threatens Veto Of 'Cap, Cut Balance' Bill; GOP Plows Ahead

Conservatives coined a catchy name for the legislation House Republicans have scheduled for a Tuesday vote — Cap, Cut and Balance.

Democrats in the White House have what they think is just as creative a name for the bill — Duck, Dodge and Dismantle.

And those same Obama officials vow that President Obama will veto the legislation if it were to reach his desk.

That's a major if; it's unlikely the Republican bill will get through the Senate.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Eric Cantor: The 'Young Gun' In The Debt Standoff

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor speaks at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on July 12.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

As the debt-ceiling talks descended into yet another day of deadlock, Democrats tried to pin blame on a new target: House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor.

That Cantor is at the center of the acrimonious debt-ceiling discussions should surprise no one who has followed his efforts to mobilize small-government conservatives.

"Young Guns," the No. 2 Republican in the House calls them — and himself — in a book he co-wrote last year with two like-minded House colleagues.

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