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Jennifer Yachnin


Jennifer Yachnin writes about the Congressional ethics process. Her previous beats at Roll Call include coverage of House leadership, the Capitol Police and campus issues, and the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Yachnin no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Jennifer Yachnin:

Rangel Ethics Case Goes Dark

Nov. 15, 2010

Government reform advocates complained that a House ethics subcommittee’s decision Monday to cut short its trial of Rep. Charlie Rangel will conceal the panel’s decision-making process from view.

Ethics Panel Moves Straight to Deliberation on Rangel

Nov. 15, 2010

A House ethics subcommittee opted Monday to abbreviate Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D) ethics trial, declaring that no facts are in dispute, thereby dispensing with witnesses and public arguments.

Ethics Panel May Vote to Cut Rangel Trial Short

Nov. 15, 2010

The House ethics subcommittee charged with deciding whether Rep. Charlie Rangel violated House rules may opt to circumvent the public trial and instead proceed immediately to voting on the New York Democrat’s guilt or innocence.

Rangel Ethics Trial Delayed

Nov. 15, 2010

The ethics trial of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) came to an unexpected halt Monday as Rangel requested more time to hire lawyers to represent him.

Ethics Committee Refuses to Postpone Rangel Trial

Nov. 15, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) failed to win a reprieve Monday when a House ethics subcommittee refused to delay his ethics hearing.

Rangel’s Ethics Trial Is First Since Traficant’s

Nov. 12, 2010

The House ethics committee is set today to hold its first ethics trial in more than eight years, as Rep. Charlie Rangel faces charges that he violated House rules.

FEC Letter to Sarah Palin Asks Her to Explain SarahPAC’s Spending

Nov. 12, 2010

It looks like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s political action committee needs a calculator.

AP: Ring Jury May Be Deadlocked Again

Nov. 10, 2010

The 12-member jury in the retrial of former House-aide-turned-lobbyist Kevin Ring indicated Wednesday that it has deadlocked although deliberations continue, the Associated Press reported.

Report: Gutierrez Got Townhouse Upgrades From Rezko

Nov. 8, 2010

Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the FBI he received free upgrades on a townhome from fundraiser Tony Rezko, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Crapo’s Daughter Lobbies Health Issues

Nov. 5, 2010

Sen. Mike Crapo’s daughter represents numerous health-care-related interests, including several medical facilities in their home state that the Idaho Republican has sought earmarks for in recent years, according to federal lobbying disclosure records.

Rangel Could Be His Own Lawyer

Nov. 4, 2010

When Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) formally faces charges that he violated House rules in mid-November, the hearing will closely resemble a trial — including a panel of judges, prosecutors and even witnesses — with one exception: no one to represent the accused.

New Hampshire Swings to Only GOP Bright Spot in Northeast

Nov. 3, 2010

House Republicans reclaimed a foothold in the New England delegation Tuesday night with victories in New Hampshire.

Senate Procures Influx of Millionaires

Oct. 27, 2010

The Senate’s famed “millionaires club” is becoming a little crowded. According to a Roll Call analysis of Senate financial disclosure forms filed in 2010, more than half of the chamber’s membership, 54 lawmakers, reported a minimum net worth of more than $1 million.

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal Paid $245,000 to Aide’s Wife

Oct. 18, 2010

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal’s Congressional office paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgia company owned by his top staffer’s wife to fly to and from his Congressional district, but the staffer did not report the income on his financial disclosure forms because he claims the couple made no profit.

Nonpayments Don’t Spur FEC Penalties

Oct. 13, 2010

The Federal Election Commission recently decided against penalizing a House Member who chose to keep his campaign cash rather than pay down significant debts, but campaign finance experts said the decision is unlikely to inspire a new wave of unpaid bills among Congressional candidates.

GOP’s Swamp-Draining Plans Remain Murky

Oct. 1, 2010

Even as House Republicans turned Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s pledge to “drain the swamp” into an election-year mantra aimed at winning back control of the chamber, GOP lawmakers acknowledged they have not discussed how they would clean up ethical messes in Congress.

Rankings Show Members Have Social Mobility

Sept. 27, 2010

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) nabbed the title of poorest Member of Congress in Roll Call’s annual survey of lawmakers’ fortunes, but he should know there’s hope for getting off the bottom rung of the Congressional wealth ladder.

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