Stories by Julie Ershadi:
March 19, 2014
Not done partying, even though St. Patrick’s Day has passed? Worry not: It isn’t the only holiday taking place this week.
June 27, 2013
On the eve of the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage in the United States, members of Congress made a sparse showing at Capitol Visitor Center screening of “Born This Way,” a new documentary on the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cameroon whose title is a direct reference to Lady Gaga’s pro-LGBT anthem.
June 26, 2013
What you see here is the face of patriotism.
June 25, 2013
The lead actor in a political video caught our attention with his saucy moves as a salacious senator who strips down to his red, white and blue underwear and pole dances for a pack of lascivious lobbyists.
June 21, 2013
Mary M. Thompson, 42, pleaded guilty on Thursday to spending more than $16,000 of federal money on personal items while working for the Health and Human Services Department, including roller skates!
June 19, 2013
The unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue in the Capitol on Wednesday drew a rich cross-section of American society as dignitaries and descendants gathered to commemorate the storied abolitionist’s legacy, as well as throw in a little politicking.
June 17, 2013
Though he’s a long time gone from the political fray, former Sen. Rod Grams keeps a close watch on the goings-on in Washington from his place on the family farm and the familiar confines of the media world he was in before being elected to Congress.
June 14, 2013
Standing at the entrance to Nationals Park on Thursday evening afforded sightings of the big names and big quirks that convened for the 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Just a few highlights for the HOH reader’s viewing pleasure are below.
June 14, 2013
“Raul Ruiz: The baby-faced assassin!”
June 12, 2013
Updated 3:45 p.m. | An effort to pass a campaign finance overhaul bill gets racy in its most recent move to get money out of politics.
June 12, 2013
Holly Feraci, a seasoned political professional who’s worked as a former aide to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and ex-Rep. Ernie Fletcher, R-Ky., as well as high-powered firms Greenberg Traurig and MS&L, has traded pushing policy for crushed grapes.
June 12, 2013
Hours after his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee this afternoon, National Security Administration Director Keith Alexander might have to answer to a much more formidable force: a legion of ticked-off netizens who will be sending deliberately loaded messages to test the NSA’s capabilities. But according to the NSA’s press flacks, the agency is “aware” of the situation.
June 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Interviewing Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., about drone warfare was both frustrating and enlightening, the director of the new documentary “Dirty Wars” told a sold-out screening here about talking to the member of the Senate Intelligence Committee about classified targeted-killing campaigns.
June 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES–The former Justice Department official who formulated the Bush administration’s legal justification for torture diverted a panel discussion here on drones and due process to slam Susan Rice’s appointment to be national security adviser.
May 23, 2013
The Washington, D.C. chapter of organized gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Republicans hosted former Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., and his husband at a small mixer Wednesday night.
May 21, 2013
The national security community on Capitol Hill continues to mourn the recent passing of one of its steadiest hands.
May 20, 2013
It’s time again for Take Five, HOH’s opportunity to get to know a member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., discusses Senate hazing rituals, pizza and memories of Tom Petty.
May 20, 2013
Years after leaving Congress, former Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., has kept his eye on the issues he focused on while he was a member.
May 17, 2013
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar made for a fine setting for the Organization for International Investment’s annual Capitol Hill Insourcing Reception.
May 15, 2013
Lawmakers and their spouses sat down to a performance of well-known hits at a Tuesday night concert in the Library of Congress.
May 14, 2013
The value of Capitol Hill experience keeps showing up in recent moves around K Street, as former aides to members of Congress head on to big jobs in the influence industry.
May 13, 2013
It’s Tuesday and time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five lighthearted questions relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., dishes on Peach State cuisine, T-ball versus ballet and life in multiple legislatures.
May 10, 2013
After constant nagging from his two college-aged daughters, a talk-show-host-turned-congressman has agreed to take Instagram users behind the scenes while he’s at work.
May 9, 2013
A catwalk’s worth of government and media big shots let their hair down at a Wednesday night fundraiser where special needs met special interests.
May 8, 2013
Actress Eva Longoria made one of her not-infrequent stops in Washington on Wednesday to testify on Capitol Hill, and she told HOH there’s a good reason to come to D.C. other than for political/policy reasons or the cherry blossoms.