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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It's All Politics
8:07 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Bachmann Makes Most Of GOP Presidential Debate

Michele Bachmann has been a caricature in the minds of some Americans who have followed her exploits as the founder of U.S. House tea party caucus and a go-to right wing pundit on Fox News.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Ethics Inquiry Least of Weiner's Worries

Members of the House Democratic Caucus, including Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), after meeting with President Obama at the White House on June 2.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Disgraced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner no doubt feels the walls closing in on him, what with key fellow Democrats calling for his resignation and his once high-flying Big Apple mayoral ambitions in shambles.

But one thing the married congressman likely won't have to fear in the wake of his sexting scandal is tough love from the secretive House ethics committee.

"They'll take their sweet time and do just about nothing," says Melanie Sloan, who heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). "The ethics committee is where ethics investigations go to die."

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Economy
10:16 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Could Unemployment Numbers Cost Obama His Job?

It's been a week of tough domestic economic news.

Home prices continued to slide. Manufacturing growth clocked in at the slowest rate in almost two years. Consumers cut back on discretionary spending.

And Friday's anemic job numbers — just 54,000 jobs added in May, far below forecasts — told perhaps the most powerful story of economic pain that continues to wrack Americans, and holds the potential to complicate President Obama's 2012 reelection aims.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Both Parties Losing in Debt Standoff

The debt ceiling show vote in the House is now in the rear view mirror, Wall Street having been fully briefed that the GOP-orchestrated rejection of a national borrowing limit increase would signify absolutely nothing.

The House-Republicans-visit-the-White House-for-debt-ceiling-talks charade has also wrapped up, but not before a bout of chest-puffing and sputtering over who's demagoguing whom.

"Demagoguing" having emerged as the Beltway's new favorite buzzword.
Because it's something so very unusual.

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