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Emily Heil is a features writer for Roll Call, where she covers the politics, people and culture of Capitol Hill. For nearly four years, she wrote Heard on the Hill, the oldest and best-loved Congressional gossip column.
Emily came to Roll Call from the Hill newspaper, where she wrote the Under the Dome gossip column. Prior to that, she spent three years covering Congress for National Journals CongressDaily, where her beats included health care and labor issues. Her previous journalism jobs include chief Congressional correspondent for the Bureau of National Affairs and reporter for the Eastern Shore News.
A native of Virginias Eastern Shore, Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was features editor of the independent newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.
Heil no longer works for Roll Call.
HOH is expecting even hoping for some bad behavior at this weekends White House Correspondents Association Dinner. But the guests at Thursday nights correspondents event are all but guaranteed to bite, paw and even relieve themselves in the bushes.
Washington has a variety of spots for picturesque picnics, including the Capitol grounds and several parks in the Capitol Hill area.
You can tell a lot about a person by what books they read, and judging from whats on his shelves, Vice President Joseph Biden is (gasp!) a Democrat with a strong interest in international affairs.
Talk about singing for your supper Rep. Michael McCaul serenaded attendees of a fundraiser last week, joining the band onstage to play guitar for a song.
Who knew Rep. Rosa DeLauro was such a nightlife maven? The Connecticut Democrat was spotted Thursday night at the downtown Italian eatery Tosca, an HOH spy says, where she stayed late enough to close down the restaurant.
The Great Cafeteria Cup War of 2011 rages on. The latest salvo comes from the American Chemistry Council, which apparently thinks the Styrofoam cups in the House cafeterias are getting a bad rap.
Shoppers visiting the H Street Freshfarm Market can expect a variety of produce, meat, dairy and other products from local farmers, as well as programs such as cooking demonstrations and live music.
Most people refer to Rep. Billy Long as Congressman, but it seems the Missouri Republican is more proud of another title given to fast-talkers who sometimes wield gavels: colonel.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and eyewear company LensCrafters arent exactly seeing eye to eye. The Minnesota Republican recently dragged the company into the raging debate over abortion and LensCrafters wants out.
Apparently, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is a huge Richard Gere fan. The West Virginia Democrat was in the middle of a scrum of reporters Tuesday after the Senate policy lunches when he interrupted their oh-so-serious questions to interject a cinematic musing.
Donald Trump may be considering a bid for president and publicly questioning President Barack Obamas birthplace, but the National Democratic Club is still planning to hold an annual golfing event at one of the swirly-haired moguls golf courses.
The occupational hazards for burlesque performers are many (think of the tassel-related injuries alone!), and many are uninsured, according to the organizers of an event to raise money for performers health care.
Most of us have skeletons in our closets maybe an old yearbook picture that we wouldnt want anyone to see or a particularly ill-advised hairdo.
Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, were chatting with Rep. Lou Barletta. It turns out that the Pennsylvania Republican is a fan of MGD, the Gipper and Jimmy Stewart.
HOH is shocked shocked! to learn that adult beverages were consumed in the Capitol this weekend. As lawmakers engaged in will-they-or-wont-they talks to head off a government shutdown, at least some of the work was fueled by a classic combination: pizza and cheap beer.
Theres a code for expressing ones importance on Capitol Hill, whether its a staff ID that connotes access to inner sanctums or a Members pin that shows voting privileges.
Look out, Fab Four Rep. Thaddeus McCotter might have a new musical idol. The Michigan Republican, a well-known Beatles fanboy, took to the House floor
The organizer of an event in which more than 5,700 people are vowing to dump their trash on the lawn of Speaker John Boehner’s Washington, D.C., home says he wants to keep the protest lawful and orderly.
The Queen Vic is a labor of love, a tribute to the favorite foods of the owner's Welsh-born wife.
Longtime Washington Post reporter David Broder, who died last month at 81, on Tuesday was remembered as not just a student of Congress, but as a teacher of its labyrinthine ways.
Capitol Hill might be awash in budget talk and shutdown fever, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isnt the hottest celebrity on the Hill Tuesday.
Rep. Hal Rogers might be a pretty powerful guy, but not even the chairman of the Appropriations Committee gets his way all the time.
Cue the hanging chad jokes.
Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican reveals that his movie tastes lean toward comedies.
Emily Heil's mission: to eat lunch from a food truck every day for a week, to travel no farther than a half-mile from the Capitol and to spend no more than $10 a meal.