Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

Tentacles of federal government shutdown spread across Georgia economy
 A cotton farmer in Cuthbert is waiting on federally backed loans and crop forecasts for planting season. A broker of small-business loans near Cartersville has halted construction of his home after much of his revenue evaporated. A researcher in Atlanta specializing in moon dust has a NASA contract on hold. As the partial federal government...

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A cotton farmer in Cuthbert is waiting on federally backed loans and crop forecasts for planting season. A broker of small-business loans near Cartersville has halted construction of his home after much of his revenue evaporated. A researcher in Atlanta specializing in moon dust has a NASA contract on hold. As the partial federal government...
The Jolt: An Atlanta-based evangelical voice calls it quits
 One of the most influential voices in evangelical politics is calling it quits. From Religious News Service: In a way, this is yet another example of how Donald Trump has roiled the world of religious conservatives. DeMoss was chief of staff to Jerry Falwell Sr., whose Moral Majority became a driving force of Republican politics in the...

Posted: 5 hours ago

One of the most influential voices in evangelical politics is calling it quits. From Religious News Service: In a way, this is yet another example of how Donald Trump has roiled the world of religious conservatives. DeMoss was chief of staff to Jerry Falwell Sr., whose Moral Majority became a driving force of Republican politics in the...
Georgia congressman booted from influential committee
 GOP Congressman Jody Hice was booted from the House Armed Services Committee this week, losing his seat on the plum panel that oversees the Pentagon and Georgia’s nine military bases.  Republicans released an updated committee roster for the new Congress on Thursday that did not include the three-term lawmaker from Monroe. ...

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GOP Congressman Jody Hice was booted from the House Armed Services Committee this week, losing his seat on the plum panel that oversees the Pentagon and Georgia’s nine military bases.  Republicans released an updated committee roster for the new Congress on Thursday that did not include the three-term lawmaker from Monroe. ...
The Jolt: Georgia State researcher invents app to detect Islamic State videos
 If you can’t understand the language, listen to the music. A Georgia State University terrorism expert and his collaborators have developed software that can help identify online Islamic State propaganda by analyzing the music embedded in their soundtracks. The app’s name is Marvin. Anthony Lemieux is director of the GSU&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

If you can’t understand the language, listen to the music. A Georgia State University terrorism expert and his collaborators have developed software that can help identify online Islamic State propaganda by analyzing the music embedded in their soundtracks. The app’s name is Marvin. Anthony Lemieux is director of the GSU&rsquo...
The Jolt: Johnny Isakson worries shutdown could threaten Super Bowl
 Publicly, Republican lawmakers from Georgia are holding the line on the partial federal government shutdown, which is now in its 26th day. But cracks are beginning to appear, pressure beginning to build. On Tuesday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian reported that the shutdown will cost his airline $25 million this month in lost revenue. In this morning&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Publicly, Republican lawmakers from Georgia are holding the line on the partial federal government shutdown, which is now in its 26th day. But cracks are beginning to appear, pressure beginning to build. On Tuesday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian reported that the shutdown will cost his airline $25 million this month in lost revenue. In this morning&rsquo...
The Jolt: With better optics, Brian Kemp wins his first day as governor
 If optics are the measure, Gov. Brian Kemp won the first day of the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Hours after he was sworn in, the new governor issued an executive order that overhauled the state’s sexual harassment training program and made the state’s inspector general’s office the ultimate repository...

Posted: 3 days ago

If optics are the measure, Gov. Brian Kemp won the first day of the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Hours after he was sworn in, the new governor issued an executive order that overhauled the state’s sexual harassment training program and made the state’s inspector general’s office the ultimate repository...
Some Ga. congressmen forgo paychecks during shutdown
 With an estimated 16,000 federal employees in Georgia missing their last paycheck due to the government shutdown, several Georgia congressmen are deferring their own salaries as the record-breaking standoff stretches into a fourth week. Five of the state’s U.S. House members – Republicans Buddy Carter of Pooler, Rob Woodall...

Posted: 3 days ago

With an estimated 16,000 federal employees in Georgia missing their last paycheck due to the government shutdown, several Georgia congressmen are deferring their own salaries as the record-breaking standoff stretches into a fourth week. Five of the state’s U.S. House members – Republicans Buddy Carter of Pooler, Rob Woodall...
The Jolt: Brian Kemp and Democrats both have a choice to make
 The clock will be ticking past 3 p.m. today before we know which Brian Kemp will be sworn in as governor – the pick up-driving, shotgun-wielding guy from the GOP primary, or the fellow from December who said "it's time to put politics behind us." But well before today’s inaugural festivities, it was very clear...

Posted: 4 days ago

The clock will be ticking past 3 p.m. today before we know which Brian Kemp will be sworn in as governor – the pick up-driving, shotgun-wielding guy from the GOP primary, or the fellow from December who said "it's time to put politics behind us." But well before today’s inaugural festivities, it was very clear...
Hank Johnson defends comments comparing Trump to Hitler
 Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson isn’t apologizing for a recent speech that drew parallels between President Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, and he says the chorus of critics who have assailed him for the comparison are missing the underlying point of his remarks.   “I don’t think Hitler or a discussion about Hitler...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson isn’t apologizing for a recent speech that drew parallels between President Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, and he says the chorus of critics who have assailed him for the comparison are missing the underlying point of his remarks.   “I don’t think Hitler or a discussion about Hitler...
White House: Trump won’t tap Tybee, natural disaster funding to bankroll wall
 Money previously approved for Tybee Island and other disaster recovery projects will not be tapped to pay for a wall on the southern border, the White House said Saturday. President Donald Trump does not plan to divert money from a nearly $14 billion account at the Army Corps of Engineers to cover the wall, according to White House spokesman...

Posted: 6 days ago

Money previously approved for Tybee Island and other disaster recovery projects will not be tapped to pay for a wall on the southern border, the White House said Saturday. President Donald Trump does not plan to divert money from a nearly $14 billion account at the Army Corps of Engineers to cover the wall, according to White House spokesman...
Search for wall funds could hit Georgia projects
 President Donald Trump could divert hundreds of millions of dollars intended for Georgia projects to pay for a wall on the southern border, including hard-fought funding previously set aside for the state’s top economic development project. That could happen because, if Trump declares a national emergency over border security,...

Posted: 6 days ago

President Donald Trump could divert hundreds of millions of dollars intended for Georgia projects to pay for a wall on the southern border, including hard-fought funding previously set aside for the state’s top economic development project. That could happen because, if Trump declares a national emergency over border security,...