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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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Post: Mistake Forces Plane Carrying First Lady to Abort Landing

April 19, 2011

An air traffic controller’s mistake put a White House plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama too close to a C-17 military cargo jet Monday, forcing Obama’s plane to abort its landing at Andrews Air Force Base, the Washington Post reported Tuesday evening.

Former Maryland Gov. Schaefer Dies

April 18, 2011

Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer, 89, died Monday, according to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Biden Schedules Bipartisan Deficit-Reduction Talk

April 18, 2011

Vice President Joseph Biden is inviting lawmakers to a deficit reduction meeting on May 5, the White House announced Monday.

Boehner Leads Congressional Delegation to Iraq

April 17, 2011

Speaker John Boehner and five House Members traveled to Iraq for an unannounced weekend visit ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of troops at the end of 2011, the Ohio Republican said Sunday.

Obama: 2006 Debt Ceiling Vote Was Politically Motivated

April 14, 2011

President Barack Obama on Thursday framed his opposition as a Senator to raising the nation’s debt ceiling as a “political vote” and said he is coming at the issue from a different approach as commander in chief.

Santorum Formally Explores Presidential Run

April 13, 2011

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) announced Wednesday night that he is creating a 2012 presidential exploratory committee. The final decision will come down to fundraising, the two-term Pennsylvania Senator said on Fox News Channel.

Obama Will Take Four-Step Approach to Deficit Plan

April 13, 2011

President Barack Obama will look to defense spending and the tax code as elements of his long-term deficit-reduction plan, which he will outline in a speech Wednesday afternoon.

Ed Case to Mount Hawaii Senate Campaign

April 10, 2011

Former Rep. Ed Case announced Sunday that he will run for Hawaii’s open Senate seat in 2012, which is now held by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Lawmakers Await Details of Compromise Spending Bill

April 10, 2011

A government shutdown was narrowly averted early Saturday morning, but the battle over fiscal 2011 funding isn’t yet over for Congress.

Calif. Democratic Party Fails to Endorse in 36th District

April 3, 2011

A majority of California Democratic Party delegates who voted in an endorsement caucus Saturday supported Janice Hahn for the 36th district special election, but the Los Angeles City Councilwoman did not win enough votes to claim the party mantle.

Reid, GOP Senators Believe Shutdown Can Be Avoided

April 3, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was optimistic Sunday that Congressional leaders will be able to strike a deal this week on a fiscal 2011 spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.

Rogers Worries Gaddafi Could Threaten U.S.

April 3, 2011

Allowing Moammar Gaddafi to remain in power “is not an option,” House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday, adding that he believes Gaddafi could be a terrorist threat to the United States.

Florida Republicans Negotiate Date for Primary

March 31, 2011

The chairman of the Florida Republican Party is open to moving the date of his state’s presidential primary to fifth in the nation, he said in a statement Thursday evening.

Lawmakers Reach Consensus on CR Spending Cuts

March 30, 2011

House and Senate appropriators have agreed to a total for spending reductions in a continuing resolution covering the remainder of the fiscal year, Vice President Joseph Biden told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday night.

DCCC Reminds Voters of Nuclear Disaster

March 28, 2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slammed more than 50 House Republicans on Monday, the 32nd anniversary of the Three Mile Island disaster, for voting to reduce nuclear security spending.

Obama Reaches Out to Nation, Lawmakers on Libya

March 26, 2011

President Barack Obama updated the nation Saturday on the U.S. military mission in Libya, and while he refrained from discussing regime change, he said the effort is part of a larger strategy of holding Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and his government accountable for a violent crackdown on political opponents.

Alaska’s Joe Miller to Chair PAC

March 23, 2011

Former Senate candidate Joe Miller is joining a conservative political action committee as its chairman, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Obama to Cut Latin America Trip a Few Hours Short

March 22, 2011

President Barack Obama will return to the White House from El Salvador a few hours earlier than expected Wednesday, as the president juggles an official trip to Latin America with monitoring U.S. participation in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.

Durbin Looks to Oil Reserve to Combat Gas Prices

March 13, 2011

The nation needs to consider dipping into its Strategic Petroleum Reserve “to temper” an increase in gas prices, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday.

Obama Seeks to Strengthen Gun Background Check System

March 13, 2011

Two months after a shooting rampage in Arizona gravely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, President Barack Obama laid out a three-point gun-control plan in an opinion piece Sunday to “keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.”

Obama Praises Pelosi at DCCC Fundraiser

March 8, 2011

President Barack Obama had plenty of praise for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser Tuesday night in Boston.

Bachmann Stands by ‘Gangster Government’ Description

March 6, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) refused Sunday to retreat from her characterization of the Obama administration as a “gangster government.”

King, Ellison Debate Focusing on U.S. Muslims in Hearing

March 6, 2011

Rep. Keith Ellison cautioned Sunday against singling out American Muslims for investigation by the House Homeland Security Committee. The panel’s chairman, meanwhile, criticized cuts to security spending proposed by House Republicans as “dangerous.”

Alexander Shrugs Off Trump as Obama Challenger

March 6, 2011

Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander dismissed a poll Sunday that showed Donald Trump with an advantage over Tim Pawlenty among potential Republican presidential candidates for the 2012 election, saying the businessman has “absolutely no chance of winning.”

Vermont Auditor Explores Senate Run Against Sanders

March 2, 2011

Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon is launching an exploratory committee to study a challenge to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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