Alexandra Jaffe

Taking a Glance Backstage
Last Costume Shop in D.C. Offers Large Selection Of Rentals, Accessories as Well as Makeup Artists

First, you see the loose linen dress of ancient Egypt. Then the togas of Rome. Then Grecian robes blend into kimonos followed by the chain-mail vests of the Middle Ages.

“Edwardian, Victorian, the Age of Enlightenment ...”

Steve Cohen’s Tenure as College Mascot Fueled Political Career

One of Rep. Steve Cohen’s first elections might have been his toughest.

He was then a newcomer to the field, one that faced tough odds and aimed for a position never held by someone so inexperienced.

Short-Film Festival Comes to District

As September weather hopefully brings lower temperatures, Washington will be entertained with some short films.

Now in its eighth year, the D.C. Shorts Film Festival will showcase 145 films from 23 different countries Sept. 8-18.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we sat down with Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) and talked about hunting, fishing and some luscious pudding.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

Future Threats Were Topic Planned for 9/11
Attack on the Pentagon Interrupted Members’ News Conference Already Set for That Morning

This week, as the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Roll Call looks back at how Capitol Hill responded to the attacks and how that day's events changed — and didn't change — life in Washington.

Cathy Travis came into the office about 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, ready to prep her boss, then-Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas), for a news conference with the seemingly mundane title "Is America Prepared for Future Threats?"

Capitol Police Recall Roles on Day of Attacks
Officers Talk About Being Called Back to the Capitol and How 9/11 Changed Job of Police

This week, as the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Roll Call looks back at how Capitol Hill responded to the attacks and how that day's events changed — and didn't change — life in Washington.

Many of the Capitol Police officers who weren't stationed on the Hill on Sept. 11, 2001, were in training, preparing for an upcoming rating and certification evaluation and the impending International Monetary Fund demonstrations.

‘We Were All in It Together’
In Sharing Their Memories of Sept. 11, Members and Staff Recall the Dueling Senses of Terror and Togetherness That Framed the Day

This week, as the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Roll Call looks back at how Capitol Hill responded to the attacks and how that day’s events changed — and didn’t change — life in Washington.

Tina Tate
“Get your people out of there.”

A Marine Corps Band of ‘Brothers’

Every Friday during the summer, the Marine Corps holds a parade at its barracks at Eighth and I streets Southeast.

As the sun begins to drop, a few Marines walk onto the parade decks, a symmetrical grassy field enclosed within the Marine Barracks where the performance will take place. 

Former Rep. Clarence E. Miller Dies at 93

Former Rep. Clarence E. Miller died early Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio. He was 93.

Miller served what was then Ohio’s 10th district from 1967 until 1993, earning himself the nickname “5 percent Clarence” for his constant commitment to cutting spending in Congress.

Presidential Candidates’ Kids Take to Twitter

“Any suggestions for Orlando hotspots? Clearly bored. Plank you and goodnight.”

That tweet and the accompanying photo of a blonde lying stiff as a board over the arms of a hotel chair — an odd new trend known as “planking” — could’ve been tweeted by any college-aged woman.

New Restaurant Dishes History

José Andrés is not a museum curator or an anthropologist.

But sitting in his new restaurant, America Eats, and listening to the chef talk about food policy and history might lead one to think otherwise.

Giving District Kids a Place to Play

The scene at the Be With Me Playseum was chaos. 

A heat wave had struck Washington, and after only a week of operation, the Capitol Hill location was already receiving crowds.

Congress Embracing the Blues for Good Cause

Congress isn’t known for expressions of raw emotion or pain. 

But today, the blues — a musical tradition known for its gritty, mournful lyrics and sound — will take over the Hill at the 8th Annual Congressional Blues Festival.

Riding the (Metro) Rails
Few Members of Congress Take Public Transit Regularly

The man to your left on the Metro this morning, the one reading a spy novel? 

That could’ve been Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), who rides the red and blue or orange lines every morning that Congress is in session.

Injuries Don’t Stop Congressional Ballplayers

“Health care now! Health care now!”

The jeers swelled across the Democrats’ side of the stadium, shrill cries conflating sports with politics during the 1994 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Harry Potter and the Chambers of Congress
Hogwarts Offers Metaphors for Politics on Hill

Roll Call Challenge Breadcrumb

Harry Potter has staked a claim on Capitol Hill.

Congressional Staffers Declare Cupcake War

Some staffers bring cupcakes into the office for their co-workers’ birthdays. Others because they’re gunning for a promotion.

But on Thursday, 14 staffers will bring cupcakes to the Hill for the Congressional Cupcake War, a showdown much like the Food Network show of the same name, judged by the same cupcake judge, Sprinkles Cupcakes bakery owner Candace Nelson.

Why Not a Sword? Man Accused of Stabbing Another in Neck With Pen

A man stabbed another man in the neck with a pen in front of the Rayburn House Office Building around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed.

Although specific details are not yet available, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, the Capitol Police’s public information officer, confirmed that two men are in custody. Both men were arrested on charges of assault with deadly weapons: Michael Hardy allegedly used a helmet in the assault, while Terris Hewlin allegedly used a pen.

Lou Barletta Brings Experience to the GOP Side

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is a freshman on the House floor, but on the baseball field, he’s a veteran.

At age 21, Barletta was a good enough ballplayer to snag one of 65 spots to try out for the Cincinnati Reds, the fabled Big Red Machine of the 1970s. He didn’t make it.

Commission to Pick Redesign for Ellipse Area

After the 9/11 attacks, security concerns required President’s Park South to change from an inviting space to merely an area secured by concrete barriers. 

Now, the Secret Service and the National Capital Planning Commission are hoping to beautify the space, which includes Sherman Park, the First Division Monument and the Ellipse, with a redesign that turns the area’s security into part of its charm.