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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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Stories by Melanie Starkey:

Durbin Wants Filibuster ‘Ownership’

Dec. 19, 2010

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin advocated for changes to the Senate rules Sunday, including ending secret holds and creating “ownership” for filibusters.

Graham Calls for Changes to Social Security, Medicare

Dec. 19, 2010

Lawmakers must be willing to make difficult decisions that include changing the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare and adjusting benefits according to income in order to battle the deficit, Sen. Lindsey Graham argued Sunday.

Biden Resolute on Leaving Afghanistan by 2014

Dec. 19, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden pledged Sunday that a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would begin in July 2011 and that U.S. forces would be out of the country by 2014 “come hell or high water.”

Seeking Future Outside Politics, Bayh Won’t Run for Governor

Dec. 12, 2010

Sen. Evan Bayh offered a glimpse Sunday into his future after Congress, and it won’t involve a return to Indiana anytime soon for the Democrat.

Holbrooke in Critical Condition After Procedure Sunday

Dec. 12, 2010

President Barack Obama has reached out to the family of Richard Holbrooke as the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan recovers from surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.

Cino Enters RNC Race

Dec. 12, 2010

Republican political veteran Maria Cino has officially joined the race to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Van Hollen: House Democrats Won’t Block Tax Bill

Dec. 12, 2010

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, insisted on “Fox News Sunday” that the House will “work its will” on the tax cut deal but that “we’re not talking about blocking the whole thing.”

Pelosi to Attend Peace Prize Ceremony

Dec. 9, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will fly to Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Friday for recipient Liu Xiaobo.

Clinton to Visit White House on Friday

Dec. 9, 2010

President Barack Obama will sit down with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office on Friday, according to his daily schedule.

Lugar Warns He Will Be Ready for a Primary Challenge

Dec. 5, 2010

Sen. Dick Lugar won’t repeat some of his Republican colleagues’ mistake of underestimating any primary challengers he may encounter in Indiana in 2012, he said Sunday.

Rangel Ready to Move Past Censure

Dec. 5, 2010

Standing in the well of the House for his censure punishment last week was “an embarrassing and painful experience” for Rep. Charlie Rangel, but the New York Democrat said Sunday he is already moving on and, in some ways, feels vindicated.

Expiring Tax Cuts Dominate in Weekly Addresses

Dec. 4, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden and the Senate’s newest Member made the case Saturday for their parties’ approaches to extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

McCain: Military Had No Problems With Gay Ban

Nov. 28, 2010

Sen. John McCain argued Sunday that the ban on openly gay service members has not been a problem for the military and that the effort to repeal it is a political move.

Democratic Veterans Obey and Dorgan Ready for Next Chapter

Nov. 28, 2010

After more than 40 years in Congress, Rep. David Obey decided to walk away from Capitol Hill primarily because of the influence of money in politics.

Obama Reaches Out to South Korea After Attack

Nov. 23, 2010

President Barack Obama “firmly and fully committed to the defense of its ally the Republic of Korea” during a phone call Tuesday evening to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak following North Korea’s attack on the nation, according to the White House press office.

DeMint Expects GOP Senators to Adopt Earmark Ban

Nov. 14, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint predicted Sunday that Senate Republicans will adopt his nonbinding GOP Conference ban on earmarks this week.

DeMint Looks for Fresh Faces for RNC, 2012

Nov. 14, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is on the lookout for candidates to take over the Republican National Committee from Michael Steele and to run for president in 2012.

Axelrod Won’t Tip Hand on Tax Cut Compromises

Nov. 14, 2010

White House senior adviser David Axelrod refused Sunday to directly answer whether a temporary extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for upper income levels has been ruled out, telling the host of “Fox News Sunday,” “I’m not going to negotiate with you on this program.”

McCain: Study of ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Takes Wrong Approach

Nov. 14, 2010

Sen. John McCain criticized an upcoming Pentagon report on repealing the military’s ban on openly gay service members, saying Sunday that it asks the wrong questions.

Costa Claims Victory With 1,200-Vote Lead

Nov. 10, 2010

Rep. Jim Costa (D) declared victory Wednesday in his re-election race in California’s 20th district.

Ryan, Issa Lay Out Priorities for Committees

Nov. 7, 2010

Republican Reps. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Darrell Issa (Calif.) shared their plans for the 112th Congress on Sunday as they anticipate stepping into the chairman’s role on two House committees.

McConnell Would Work With Obama on ‘Areas Where We Agree’

Nov. 7, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has made clear his ambition to limit President Barack Obama to one term, contended Sunday that the two will find some areas to work on together.

Cantor Says President Must Work to Avoid Shutdown

Nov. 7, 2010

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who is expected to rise to Majority Leader in the 112th Congress, said Sunday that the president bears an equal responsibility for avoiding a government shutdown as the parties grapple with federal spending.

Clyburn Indicates Deal in ‘Coming Days’ on Whip Post

Nov. 7, 2010

Democratic Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) signaled Sunday that a deal is being worked out to fill the position in the 112th Congress as he made a case for his record as whip.

Obama Urges Lawmakers to Address Tax Cuts in Lame Duck

Nov. 6, 2010

President Barack Obama emphasized his opposition to a permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts in his weekly address, but his references to compromise seemed to build on his new openness to negotiating a temporary measure.

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