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Mackenzie Weinger


Mackenzie Weinger joined Roll Call as an intern in January 2011 and currently covers local events for the Around the Hill section. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2010 with a history degree, as well as minors in art history and literature. She spent four years working for the UCSB Daily Nexus, serving as editor-in-chief in her senior year. Mackenzie has also written for Calbuzz, a website focused on California politics, and interned at National Journal’s the Hotline and at Anthem Press, an academic publishing house in London.

Weinger no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Mackenzie Weinger:

Drawing Political Inspiration From Battlefields

May 24, 2011

Members’ interest in the Civil War centers on legislation protecting the nation’s remaining battlefields and promoting a national discussion on the war.

The Civil War’s First Union Death

May 20, 2011

“The Death of Ellsworth,” a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, highlights the first Union officer killed in the Civil War.

Congress’ Coin Collector Views Currency as History

May 18, 2011

Rep. Frank Lucas has been collecting coins since he was a child. His position as a Member of Congress gives him special access to his passion.

Office Space: Bringing Back a Bit of the Bayou

May 16, 2011

Reminders of New Orleans are spread throughout Rep. Jeff Landry's D.C. digs in the Cannon House Office Building, which he scored by getting the third pick in the office lottery earlier this year.

Lawmaker’s Lessons in ‘Running And Ruling’

May 11, 2011

In Rep. Adrian Smith’s case, those who can, teach. The Nebraska Republican turned the old saying on its head this spring after taking a second gig as a George Washington University professor.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

May 9, 2011

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Sen. Chris Coons. The Delaware Democrat dishes about his caffeine addiction and busy life that unfortunately means no sports or movies.

Mica Wants More Space for the National Gallery

May 9, 2011

Rep. John Mica’s “love affair” with art takes him to Italy each year and keeps him on the lookout for interesting pieces to add to his collection.

Heard on the Hill: A Most Unpleasant Recess

May 3, 2011

For Rep. Mo Brooks, last week was anything but a recess.

Heard on the Hill: White House Needs a New Party Planner

April 29, 2011

After spending four years as the planet’s most organized man, retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon is bidding adieu to his role as the White House’s chief usher.

Heard on the Hill: Pingree Angry With Google Maps Mistake

April 29, 2011

It’s not just Rick Santorum. York, Maine, also has a Google problem.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Vicious Vintage Campaigns

April 28, 2011

Although pundits love to say each election season is the nastiest of all time, history buffs and collectors know better. Malicious political campaigns — and their venomous and hilarious slogans — are nothing new in American politics.

Heard on the Hill: Senator’s Soft Spot for Sheep

April 24, 2011

When Sen. Thad Cochran called up HOH to chat, he regaled us with stories of his family history — and the Mississippi Republican dropped a fascinating tidbit about his childhood.

No Cause Cited in Documents About Crash That Killed Stevens

April 22, 2011

Recently released documents detailing the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens offer new insights into the accident but do not point to a specific cause.

HOHs One-Minute Recess: Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?

April 18, 2011

Who was the biggest celebrity at Saturdays Taste of the South Gala? Anyone? Anyone?

‘Civil War: A Narrative’ Re-Released

April 15, 2011

For the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, Shelby Foote’s “The Civil War: A Narrative” is being re-released Tuesday in a special box set featuring “American Homer,” a collection of new essays edited by Jon Meacham.

Heard on the Hill: A Techie Throwdown

April 13, 2011

Rep. Karen Bass may not be Congress’ most prolific user of Twitter or Facebook, but she’s still making a play for geeky dominance.

Civil War Experts Revive Series for Anniversary

April 13, 2011

Harold Holzer compiled the best writing from an out-of-print series on the Civil War for a new book.

‘Conservative Citadel’ Comes to Capitol Hill

April 8, 2011

The Michigan-based Hillsdale College, which the National Review once touted as a “citadel of American conservatism,” opened the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship just a stone’s throw from the Capitol.

Film Shows Growth of Community Gardens

April 6, 2011

Filmmaker Cintia Cabib’s newest work, “A Community of Gardeners,” focuses on seven local gardens and follows a diverse mix of gardeners through several seasons.

‘Fans’ Doesn’t Cut It — This Is a United Obsession

April 4, 2011

Despite their small numbers — or maybe because of them — the capital’s soccer fans are a die-hard group, including staffer Charlie Armstrong, who still laughs about the time armed guards escorted him from a soccer game in Chile.

Building Beauty: Exhibit Brings Murals to Life

March 28, 2011

The National Building Museum’s new exhibit, “Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière,” brings the artists' numerous mosaics and murals, scattered around D.C., into focus.

Fictional Founding Father Sings New Version of History

March 25, 2011

“Liberty Smith,” a musical about a fictional American revolutionary who participates in some of the most prominent moments of the Revolution, has settled onto the stage at Ford's Theatre and runs through May 21.

Cherry Blossom Festival to Aid Ravaged Japan

March 18, 2011

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicks off Saturday and runs through April 10, will help raise disaster relief money for earthquake-stricken Japan.

Artist’s Works Portray 1940s as Gloomy Time

March 16, 2011

“To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America” focuses on a lesser-known artist who painted desolate crossroads and stark, snow-filled landscapes.

Levity and Whimsy at Play in Calder Exhibition

March 14, 2011

The National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition, “Calder’s Portraits: A New Language,” features wire art twisted into images such as faces.

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