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Ambreen Ali


Ambreen Ali covers science and technology policy as a staff writer for CQ Roll Call. She joined the company in January 2010 to help launch a website and blog on grassroots advocacy, Congress.org. A 2008 new media graduate of the Medill School at Northwestern, Ambreen previously worked as a White House stringer covering the presidential press pool for Bloomberg and an intern for the late Seattle Post-Intelligencer. During a stint in India for Agence France-Presse, her fluent Urdu led to widely published stories on Tibetan refugees and Mumbai's red-light workers.

Ambreen holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Washington, where she wrote for the Daily, and she has written about social media and finance for SmartBrief. She also worked as a web editor for Newser.com, a news aggregation site. Ambreen's first journalism job was at Seattle Magazine in 2003, where she acquired fact-checking skills she uses to this day. She spends her spare time running and cooking. û

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Decades-Old Fight Over ANWR Rages On

July 23, 2013

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska consists of 19 million acres — including a 1.5 million acre coastal plain seen as the potential source of at least 7.7 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil.

Alaska Governor Pursues New Strategy in Push to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling

July 23, 2013

After being frustrated for decades in their efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, Alaska politicians are trying a new approach that may shift the battleground from Congress to the courts.

Ceiling Fan Makers Strive to Block Efficiency Rules They Once Sought

July 15, 2013

The House fanned an old debate this week by adopting a provision that would block the Energy Department from setting energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans.

Spectrum Auction Controversies Revived

Dec. 12, 2012

Lawmakers are reviving the debates that nearly stalled spectrum auction legislation cleared by Congress earlier this year as the Federal Communications Commission begins to implement that law.

Thune in Line for Top Commerce Slot

Dec. 6, 2012

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota appears likely to inherit the top-ranking Republican seat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Former Aide Has Had 'a Lot of Different Seats'

Dec. 3, 2012

During her five years at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Jessica Rosenworcel helped assess the nation’s communications needs a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the public safety interest in spectrum policy. She has served since May on the Federal Communications Commission, where she previously was a legal adviser to then-Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also has worked as a telecom lawyer at a private firm.

Storm Clouds Hang Over Cellphone Backup Rules

Dec. 3, 2012

Former Senate staffer Jessica Rosenworcel has been described as shy, but the recently confirmed Federal Communications Commission member sounded the alarm after superstorm Sandy left huge swaths of the East Coast without cellphone coverage.

Online Sales Tax Backers Peg Last-Ditch Pitch to Holidays

Nov. 29, 2012

Proponents of Internet sales tax legislation are pinning their hopes on Senate action during the lame duck, while using the holiday shopping season to highlight the tax disparity between brick-and-mortar and online stores.

Revised Privacy Bill Doesn't Win Prosecutors' Support

Nov. 27, 2012

Privacy advocates continue to support an online data protection measure revised by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. But the new version does not go far enough to win over some key law enforcement opponents.

Coalition Opposes Reducing Royalties for Web Radio

Nov. 19, 2012

Ludacris, meet Grover Norquist.

Petraeus Scandal May Complicate Leahy's Push for Email Privacy

Nov. 13, 2012

The widening scandal involving the email of top military brass could further politicize an ongoing Senate effort to limit law enforcement access to consumers’ online data.

Issa Plans Bill to Clarify Digital Copying Rights

Nov. 12, 2012

The California Republican contends that the U.S. Copyright Office was out of step last month with most people’s understanding of “fair use” when it questioned whether such activity is legal.

House Democrat Questions FCC’s Plans for Unlicensed Spectrum

Oct. 21, 2012

Disagreements are emerging between Congress and the Federal Communications Commission over how much spectrum should be set aside for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, as part of upcoming spectrum auctions.

House Panel to Look at Radio Royalty Rates During Lame-Duck Session

Oct. 21, 2012

The music industry and radio stations are preparing to square off over royalty rates as Congress signals its interest in taking up the issue after the elections.

Small Businesses Balk at Online Sales Tax That Could See Lame-Duck Action

Oct. 9, 2012

Members of Congress are facing new pressure to oppose Internet sales tax legislation as proponents try to iron out differences in the leading proposals with the goal of passing a bill in the lame-duck session.

Tea Partiers Plan to Chill Out

Aug. 26, 2012

Although many tea party activists denounced Mitt Romney during the primaries as an establishment Republican moderate who doesn't reflect the diverse movement's upstart ideals, tea partiers seemingly have no desire to play into the Democrats' hands by hijacking the Republican convention.

Technology: Tackling a Daunting Task

April 20, 2012

The federal government is drowning in computerized data. A single research experiment can produce terabytes — trillions of bytes — of data every second. Managing the sea of information that accumulates each year and finding ways to mine it for the most useful information is becoming extraordinarily difficult.

When Etch A Sketch Doesn't Work ...

April 12, 2012

The folks at the liberal American Bridge 21st Century political action committee are at it again: making videos and annoying Republicans.

GOTV a Mission of Hispanic Media

March 3, 2012

In the steamy world of Spanish soap operas, a plot about the U.S. Census may seem out of place. But that’s just the sort of programming Hispanic media companies hope will drive millions of Latinos to the polls this fall. While their English counterparts shy away from direct advocacy, Spanish-language media executives say it is central to their mission.

Keystone Pipeline Finds New Opponents

Feb. 15, 2012

The latest obstacle to the Keystone XL oil pipeline project comes from tea partyers, much to the delight of environmentalists.

Backlash Against Birth Control Mandate Might Aid President

Feb. 7, 2012

A new federal mandate on birth control and the growing outcry against it might actually help President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.

Restaurant Owners, MADD May Clash Over Transportation Bill

Jan. 31, 2012

A small provision in the upcoming transportation bill could fuel a big brawl between restaurant owners and opponents of drunken driving.

Muslims Struggle to Find Suitable Candidate

Jan. 27, 2012

Muslim Americans, particularly conservatives, say they feel slighted this election cycle. Rather than court Muslims, Republican candidates have been competing for the toughest stance on national security and openly discussing whether Muslims should be allowed to serve in their administrations.

2011 Set Stage for War Over Abortion

Jan. 20, 2012

Anti-abortion activists achieved landmark success last year, no thanks to Congress.

Mayors: Congress Is Failing Cities

Jan. 18, 2012

Mayors from across the country assailed Congress for not passing bills to create jobs and for making cuts to programs that benefit cities.

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