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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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Graham: Military Force Must Be an Option in Syria

June 12, 2011

The United States and international community must soon decide whether it will crack down on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with the same military force it has deployed against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.

Photos Released of Smiling Giffords in Houston Hospital

June 12, 2011

Photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were posted on her Facebook page Sunday, the first portraits to be released since she was shot in the head Jan. 8.

Huntsman Prepares to Announce Presidential Candidacy

June 12, 2011

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is about a week and a half away from announcing he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, he told CNN on Friday.

Romney Takes Pass on Iowa Straw Poll

June 9, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not participate in Iowa’s Republican presidential straw poll, which he won in 2007 only to come in second in the state’s caucuses.

Paul Perceives Shift in Electorate

June 5, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul believes more Americans are open to the libertarian views he champions, and the Texas Republican said Sunday that the shift is encouraging for his presidential campaign.

Obama and Boehner Set Golf Date

June 3, 2011

President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner will tee up for a round of golf on June 18, the House Republican's office confirmed Friday. The announcement comes just days after Boehner called on the president to become personally involved in debt ceiling negotiations.

DNC Takes On Romney’s Record

June 2, 2011

Ahead of Mitt Romney’s expected presidential campaign debut Thursday, the Democratic National Committee released a video portraying the Republican as politically inconsistent.

House Caucuses to Meet With Obama

May 29, 2011

President Barack Obama will host House Republicans and Democrats at the White House this week, as Congressional and administration negotiators struggle to find a way forward on raising the debt ceiling.

Pawlenty Finds ‘Time and Space’ to Advance Campaign

May 29, 2011

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) acknowledged Sunday that he has a name-recognition problem, but he said he expects his profile can naturally rise in prominence as he runs for president.

Ryan Rules Out 2012 Presidential Run

May 22, 2011

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan beat back speculation Sunday that he might consider a 2012 presidential bid now that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) has ruled out a campaign.

Durbin Asks More Senators to Join Deficit Reduction Talks

May 22, 2011

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that the bipartisan “gang of six” Senators working on a deficit reduction plan were ready to reveal their work when Sen. Tom Coburn walked away from the talks, and he called on other Senators to join their negotiations.

Haley Rules Out Vice Presidential Bid

May 15, 2011

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley flatly rejected the possibility that she could run for vice president in 2012, saying she must fulfill the commitment she made to her state when she was elected in 2010.

Paul Modestly Pitches His Presidential Qualifications

May 15, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul evaluated himself on Sunday as “pretty well-equipped” to be president.

Durbin Proposes Immigration Talks With Kyl

May 15, 2011

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin invited Minority Whip Jon Kyl on Sunday to privately discuss ways to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform.

Huckabee Wants to Watch Field Unfold Before Endorsing

May 15, 2011

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he wasn’t prepared to endorse any of his fellow Republicans in the 2012 presidential race on Sunday, a day after he announced on his Fox News show that he would not seek the GOP nomination.

Crossroads Ad Labels Davis as ‘Millionaire Career Candidate’

May 10, 2011

American Crossroads hammered at Jack Davis, the third-party candidate in the special election for New York’s 26th district, in a television advertisement released Tuesday evening.

Pelosi and Delegation Travel to Israel

May 8, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a Congressional delegation traveled to Israel on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the California Democrat said in a statement.

Obama: U.S., Pakistan Can Find Ways to Improve Cooperation

May 8, 2011

President Barack Obama lauded Pakistan as a “strong counterterrorism partner” with the United States since Sept. 11 and framed the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as an opportunity for the two nations to work better together in the future.

Obama: U.S., Pakistan Investigating bin Laden’s Support

May 8, 2011

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan, President Barack Obama told CBS’ “60 Minutes,” but the United States is still trying to determine whether it extended to government or intelligence officials.

Cheney Grateful for Heart Pump; No Decision on Transplant

May 8, 2011

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that he’s “been blessed with the wonders of modern medical technology” that rescued him last summer from end-stage heart failure and is allowing him more time with his family.

Clark Will Run Again for House in Different District

May 8, 2011

Former Minnesota state Sen. Tarryl Clark (D), the progressive favorite who posted strong fundraising in her unsuccessful 2010 bid against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), will run in 2012 in the district held by Rep. Chip Cravaack (R), she announced Sunday.

Krolicki Opts Out of Nevada Special Election

May 5, 2011

Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) will not enter the special election in the 2nd district to succeed Rep. Dean Heller (R), Krolicki announced Thursday.

Graham Praises Attack That Reportedly Killed Gadhafi Relatives

May 1, 2011

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday applauded a NATO missile strike in Libya that reportedly killed a son of leader Moammar Gadhafi and three of his grandchildren.

Reports: Ron Paul to Form Exploratory Committee

April 25, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul will reportedly announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday in Iowa, according to multiple news organizations.

Boehner Meets With Karzai in Afghanistan

April 19, 2011

Speaker John Boehner met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Tuesday as part of his overseas tour with a Congressional delegation during recess.

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