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Hannah Hess covers the Capitol campus for Roll Call, reporting on legislative branch agencies, administration of the House and Senate, and Congress’ oversight of the District of Columbia.
Hannah’s political reporting experience includes two statehouse bureaus, and the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Prior to joining CQ Roll Call, she covered the Virginia General Assembly, the campaign for the 2012 Iowa caucuses and the Illinois General Assembly. Her work has appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Washington Examiner and the Omaha World-Herald. She also interned for what is now CQ Roll Call in 2008, working for Roll Call’s GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. Originally from Illinois, Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois — a bachelor’s degree in media studies and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting.
Updated 10:19 a.m. | Reports of an active shooter at the Navy Yard in Southeast D.C. Thursday morning drew security units from across the District, including the Capitol Police, who also stepped up security at the nation’s Capitol ahead of the holiday weekend.
The man at the center of a Memorial Day bomb scare near the National Mall wants Capitol Police to help pay for the pressure cooker and propane tank they detonated, plus for damage to his automobile.
As congressional administrators prepare to host the annual Independence Day celebration, Capitol Police released details of security measures designed to curtail debauchery during the patriotic festivities.
A federal appeals court has expedited the case of a trio of men who filed suit against the District of Columbia in February after being denied handgun carry licenses, and ruled that D.C. can keep enforcing a key provision of its concealed carry licensing system in the meantime.
In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has alleged his former campaign treasurer, Jack Wu, stole approximately $173,500 in campaign funds from the California Republican’s campaign committee.
Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.
Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.
At 7:01 p.m., in the midst of a series of House votes, South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford led his colleagues in observing a moment of silence for the nine victims killed June 17 in the Charleston church massacre.
The House Ethics Committee announced plans Monday to extend its review of nine members of Congress alleged to have accepted gifts and airfare to Azerbaijan that were secretly paid for by that country’s state-owned oil company.
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one step closer to freedom from the federal penitentiary system.
Back in Washington for a Monday morning status hearing at the federal courthouse, Florida mailman Douglas Hughes showed no fear about going to trial for his April 15 gyrocopter flight to the West Front.
A West Virginia man who threatened to murder Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and his family is headed to prison for 18 months, after reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the state’s Southern District.
Approaching its 40th birthday, the National Air and Space Museum is in need of a facelift.
Dwight D. Eisenhower once declared that, “in preparing for battle, plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez is headed to prison for the White House intrusion that raised serious questions about the Secret Service’s ability to secure the executive mansion.
Despite Sen. Robert Menendez’s request to be prosecuted at the federal courthouse located blocks from the Capitol, the New Jersey Democrat’s corruption trial will take place in Newark.
Within the institutional hierarchy of Capitol Hill, stepping outside the chain of command to tell your boss’s boss what’s on your mind might seem like a risky idea. But that’s exactly what Capitol Police sources say they have been encouraged to do recently — better that than go to the media.
One of the campaign staffers in the late-breaking scandal that helped sink Republican Carl DeMaio’s 2014 congressional bid pleaded guilty Friday to an obstruction of justice charge for lying to federal agents about the source of a threatening email that he sent himself.
Responding to a 911 call about a man carrying a gun in his waistband near the Russell Senate Office Building, Capitol Police briefly stopped a retired officer from another law enforcement agency Thursday afternoon. After the officer’s credentials were verified, he was released, according to the department.
With benefits for 9/11 first responders set to expire at the end of September, dozens of firefighters descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to talk about cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and respiratory diseases contracted at Ground Zero.
Joe Lane made it through security screening at the Hart Senate Office Building shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, after Capitol Police gave him what he said was a “Texas two-step” about his plan to hand-deliver 535 copies of gyrocopter pilot Douglas Hughes’ campaign finance letter.
Douglas Hughes and Joe Lane share a lifelong fascination with flight, passionate outrage over the influence of organized money on the legislative process and — after Wednesday — the mutual experience of failing to get their concerns across to Capitol Hill in the way they intended.
Capitol Police nabbed a suspect on June 5 who was wanted in connection with a violent street shootout that took place about a month earlier in Pennsylvania.
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