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Melanie Starkey


Melanie Starkey joined Roll Call as night Web editor in 2010 after two years on the copy desk of Congressional Quarterly. She edits and helps direct Roll Call’s Web coverage in the afternoons and evenings. She previously worked on CQ’s weekday newspaper, weekly magazine, website and reference books as a copy editor. She also was responsible for Web production duties at CQ. Before becoming a Washingtonian, Melanie lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she was a weekend news editor, wire editor and copy editor for the St. Petersburg Times. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.

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Latest Debt Plan Hasn’t Won Over Graham

July 31, 2011

As news trickled out Sunday about a potential deal to raise the debt ceiling, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Republicans “can declare victory in a limited fashion,” but that he’s not ready to vote in support of it.

House Announces Weekend Session

July 28, 2011

The House will be in session Saturday and Sunday, the Majority Leader’s office informed Members on Thursday.

Authorities Seek Son of Boswell Family Friend in Attack

July 19, 2011

Authorities have arrested one suspect in connection with an attack Saturday at the farmhouse of Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) and are searching for another, the Des Moines Register reported Tuesday.

Rep. Boswell Helps Fight Off Home Invader

July 17, 2011

Rep. Leonard Boswell, 77, confronted an armed intruder in his Iowa home Saturday night before his grandson was able to scare the person off with a shotgun, the Democrat’s office said in a statement Sunday morning.

Former Ohio Attorney General Tapped to Run Consumer Agency

July 17, 2011

President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House said in a statement Sunday.

Man Accused of Threatening Boxer

July 17, 2011

A 47-year-old California man was arrested Saturday and accused of making death threats against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Giuliani Expects 2012 Decision by Summer’s End

July 17, 2011

Rudy Giuliani used his track record as mayor of New York City to argue Sunday for his strength as a potential GOP presidential candidate.

Obama: Default Would Interfere With Social Security Checks

July 12, 2011

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that Social Security and other payments to the public may be interrupted if the nation’s debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2.

Grayson Confirms 2012 Candidacy

July 11, 2011

Former Rep. Alan Grayson announced Monday evening that he will run again for the House.

Daley: Obama Hasn’t Given Up on $4T Deal

July 10, 2011

President Barack Obama will still pursue a $4 trillion deal to cut the deficit over the next 10 years after Congressional Republican leaders deemed it unworkable, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said Sunday.

Hastings Asks Court to Dismiss Harassment Claim

July 10, 2011

Rep. Alcee Hastings asked a D.C. federal court on Saturday to throw out a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Betty Ford, Wife of President Gerald Ford, Dies at 93

July 8, 2011

Former first lady Betty Ford has died at age 93, CNN reported Friday, citing the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Obama Invites Hill Leaders to Meet Thursday

July 5, 2011

President Barack Obama invited Congressional leaders from both parties to the White House on Thursday with the intention of working out a final agreement to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit in the next two weeks, he said Tuesday during brief remarks.

Nevada High Court Rules Against Battle Royal

July 5, 2011

Nevada state party leaders can choose their candidates in the Sept. 13 special election for the 2nd district, the state Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday.

Graham, Lieberman Seek Greater Sanctions Against Iranian Leaders

July 3, 2011

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) called on President Barack Obama on Sunday to push back against Iranian interference with democratic movements in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Another Freshman Threatens to Flex Filibuster Muscle

July 3, 2011

Sen. Rand Paul plans to filibuster “until we talk about the debt ceiling” in the Senate, he told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” as conservative Republican freshmen raise their voices in an attempt to influence their party.

Cornyn: Short-Term Debt Deal Not Perfect but Possible

July 3, 2011

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn was open Sunday to a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit, while saying it wouldn’t be the ideal way to break the impasse on the issues.

McCotter to Seek GOP Presidential Nomination

June 30, 2011

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter plans to announce his 2012 presidential bid Saturday, USA Today and the Detroit News reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

Former Rep. Whalen of Ohio Dies

June 28, 2011

Former Rep. Charles Whalen (R-Ohio), who represented the Dayton area from 1967 to 1979, died Monday, the Dayton Daily News reported Tuesday.

Former Rep. Poff of Virginia Passes Away

June 28, 2011

Former Rep. Richard Poff (R-Va.), who was considered for a seat on the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at age 87, according to a statement from the Virginia governor’s office.

Woolsey to Retire After Two Decades in House

June 27, 2011

Rep. Lynn Woolsey announced Monday that she will not run for an 11th term in 2012, saying she will turn 75 before the next election and that the time has come to move on.

Blagojevich Convicted on 17 Corruption Charges

June 27, 2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was convicted Monday of 17 of 20 charges in the corruption case against him, including that he tried to sell or trade the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, the Associated Press reported.

DeMint: No Plan to Recruit Conservatives Against GOP Incumbents

June 26, 2011

Sen. Jim DeMint, who bucked his party’s establishment in the 2010 cycle to support conservative Senate candidates in GOP primaries, said Sunday that he has “no plans to work against any incumbent Republicans” in 2012.

Former Rand Paul Campaign Worker Gets Probation

June 13, 2011

A supporter of Republican Rand Paul’s Senate campaign in Kentucky will serve probation and pay medical expenses stemming from an assault on a liberal activist in October, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Preliminary Ethics Inquiry Launched Over Weiner Scandal

June 13, 2011

The House Ethics Committee has begun a preliminary inquiry into Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the Associated Press reported Monday, citing House officials.

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