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Erin Mershon joined Roll Call as an intern in January 2011, and currently covers local events for the Around the Hill section. She previously served as a writer and researcher for the D.C. bureau of PolitiFact, a website devoted to finding the truth in politics. A political science major at Kenyon College, Erin also contributes to her campus newspaper as a reporter, designer, and editor.
Mershon no longer works at Roll Call.
The Supreme Court closed its majestic front doors to the public a year ago this week and even princes cant use the imposing entryway.
It wasnt only journalists and Twitter aficionados who had Sundays big news posted on social media websites long before cable networks: At least one Member of Congress had the scoop, too.
Hours after the presidents speech Sunday night, Sen. Dick Lugar took up the same topic with another attentive audience. But unlike President Barack Obamas crowd, his listeners still think string cheese is an everyday food.
Is Capitol Hill big enough for two bike shops just doors apart? Capitol Hill Bikes and City Bikes compete for customers.
His sweater-vest style may have inspired one of the wittier fake Twitter accounts, but Sen. Chuck Grassley is still working out the kinks when it comes to the Twitterverse. Tech blog Gizmodo just named the Iowa Republican the Worst Twitter User in the United States of America for his many mishaps on the site.
Its only been two weeks, but some Members couldnt wait until Monday to reunite with their Congressional friends.
As any youngest child knows, hand-me-downs arent exactly desirable.
She has performed for Oprah and Ellen, but this afternoon Willow Smith will whip her hair back and forth all the way to the White House.
For the past 21 years, Rep. Jean Schmidt has hit the pavement, rain or shine, including 88 marathons. Last week, she crossed the finish line on her favorite, the Boston Marathon, for about the 15th time.
D.C. Mayor Vince Gray continued his campaign for autonomy for the District by returning Monday to the scene of his arrest last week, but this time the group of demonstrators was far smaller.
The Grand Old Party doesnt just like the Grand Old Flag. Some Republican lawmakers are also fans of the Gadsden flag.
HOH would love to get a look at whats on the iPods of Members of Congress, but well settle for the next best thing. HOH caught up with lawmakers last week at the Grammys on the Hill, an annual event that honors politicians, educators and musicians for their work to protect artists rights.
Saturday marks the 29th annual Taste of the South Gala, which will have Members from Dixie remembering their favorite southern dishes.
Several lawmakers credit their parents' jobs with influencing their politics.
Talk about a happy meal. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer celebrated the last-minute deal that averted a government shutdown by chowing down on Saturday morning at an oh-so-elegant establishment: McDonalds.
Sen. Jim Webb will host a television special, "Born Fighting," Sunday night on the Smithsonian Channel.
Speaker John Boehner might be known for his waterworks, but the Ohio Republican doesnt usually tear up for Democrats.
Members are known for their quickie autobiographies and ghostwritten campaign books. But novels? Thats a different story.
Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) might caucus together on the Senate floor, but they dont always share such camaraderie.
Washingtonians hoping to avoid the million people who descend on D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival can take advantage of the lesser-known blossoms around Capitol Hill. Nearly 400 cherry trees pepper the Capitol grounds alone.
The Irvine Contemporary art gallery is showcasing Shepard Fairey's work. He's best known for his iconic Hope portrait of President Barack Obama.
Its a good thing Steve Schultz isnt the type to get jealous.
The American Red Cross provided free lifesaving training Wednesday on Capitol Hill in honor of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Although they are home to outspoken members of both parties, churches on Capitol Hill can provide a forum for bipartisan cooperation and good deeds.
The National Gallery of Art recently acquired "Green River Cliffs, Wyoming," a painting by American artist Thomas Moran.