Stories by Emily Heil:
Oct. 27, 2015
The Everglades was once seen as a swampy nuisance instead of the integral ecological gemstone of South Florida it’s considered today. Over millennia, the massive, slow moving, shallow river evolved a pattern of ponds, marshes, and uplands, cultivating a teeming biological ecosystem along its path toward Florida Bay. At its peak, the Everglades could have flooded the entire state of New Hampshire. …
Sept. 2, 2011
Ken Haskell, an adviser to House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, comes to his Congressional job from a path unlike that of the typical aide. The 42-year-old has been a firefighter for 18 years and was a New York City police officer for three years before that.
Aug. 15, 2011
Its no coincidence that Restaurant Week comes along just as Washingtons pace is slowing from a dead sprint to an ambling mosey.
Aug. 14, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann partly credited her opposition to raising the debt ceiling, a position that put the Minnesota Republican at odds with the majority of her own party in Congress, for her success in the Ames straw poll Saturday.
Aug. 2, 2011
H Street Northeast might be developing a reputation as the liveliest stretch of nightlife in the city, but its no Bourbon Street.
Aug. 1, 2011
In a question-and-answer with Roll Call, Eric Dezenhall talks about his latest novel, explains how his day job influences his work and about which of today's political scandals might be tomorrow's fiction.
July 29, 2011
When Republican leaders trucked in a stack of pizza boxes Thursday night as Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) attempted to cajole GOP freshmen into voting for his deficit reduction plan, it was par for the course.
July 26, 2011
With Dr. Brian Monahans note last week declaring Rep. Michele Bachmann in overall good health and saying that the Minnesota Republicans migraines are controlled with medication, the nonpartisan and normally under-the-radar Office of the Attending Physician was thrust into a highly charged debate.
July 26, 2011
No matter what the negotiators working on the deficit deal say, you know the cold financial truth: Youre about to hit your own personal debt limit. But fret not, young cheapskate, weve got you covered with fun, food and libation on Capitol Hill at prices that even the stingiest deficit hawk could love.
July 18, 2011
During a Republican press conference urging Senate leaders to cancel the chambers July Fourth recess to work on debt issues, Sen. Kelly Ayotte struck a can-do attitude.
July 15, 2011
In a week of closed-door negotiations, the door separates a small A-list from the vast rest of the crowd.
July 15, 2011
Stephen Cheungs new Italian restaurant on Barracks Row is the first restaurant that he has ever opened, but its not exactly his first rodeo. Cheungs parents have owned and run Fusion Grill, just a few doors down the street, for almost 30 years.
July 5, 2011
Bad behavior by Members of Congress hardly raises an eyebrow in Washington, D.C., anymore. But on Capitol Hill, where current and former staffers describe a culture of extreme loyalty, its still unusual for them to blow the whistle.
June 28, 2011
On Capitol Hill, staffers often find that addressing ones boss is rarely a straightforward affair. What you call the person whose name is on the door might depend on your own seniority and your audience. Mostly, though, it depends on the bosses personal quirks.
June 22, 2011
Like so many memories gathered from atop barstools, some of the best nights at the Tune Inn are lost to the ages and to the Pennsylvania Avenue bar's famed pitchers of cheap domestic brew.
June 20, 2011
The Sweet Lobby, a new shop on Barracks Row, is turning out what might be the best macarons this side of the Champs-Élysées.
June 15, 2011
If Congress is a boys' club, the House Members-only gym might be its inner sanctum. The gym got a star turn this week when pictures of naughty texter Rep. Anthony Weiner surfaced.
June 14, 2011
The construction has been creeping along H Street since the summer of 2008, a block or two at a time, and finally, it has reached the corridors final frontier.
June 11, 2011
Supporters of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are getting mixed messages about the Arizona Democrats political future.
June 8, 2011
Sen. Kelly Ayotte has established a legal expense fund to help cover costs stemming from lawsuits filed by a left-leaning blogger who claims he should have been allowed to attend a 2010 Nashua GOP fundraiser.
June 8, 2011
Yellowing, with curled corners, or fresh and glossy, pictures of politicians stand watch from the walls of barbecue joints, shoe shines and delis all over Washington, D.C.
June 1, 2011
After a college student received a lewd picture from the Twitter account of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat seemingly had two choices. He could either duck the controversy or address it head-on. Instead, on Wednesday, Weiner opted for a third way.
June 1, 2011
Ellen Kassoff Gray and her husband, the acclaimed chef Todd Gray, are well-known in Washington circles. And theyre hoping their Hill connections take note of their newest venture, a seafood-centric eatery called Watershed in the burgeoning NoMa district.
May 25, 2011
Even the voices in televised political ads are divided by red and blue: Democrats and Republicans stick to their own voice-over artists.
May 17, 2011
Your addiction to ogling pet pictures online just got a Congressional angle, so it should be considered work, right?