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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. ű

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Brookings Tops Study of Most Influential Think Tanks

Jan. 18, 2012

The Brookings Institution ranked once again as the world’s top think tank in an annual survey out today.

Facebook Turns to Face State Policy

Jan. 13, 2012

Facebook’s policy shop is expanding once again, this time to focus on state issues. Will Castleberry will join Facebook’s Washington, D.C., office next month as director of state public policy, according to spokesman Andrew Noyes.

Occupy Movement Turns Attention to Congress

Jan. 12, 2012

For many in the Occupy movement, Wall Street was so last year. Congress is the new target as Occupy activists try to channel the populist energy of “the 99 percent” into tangible results.

RNC Names Hispanic Outreach Director

Jan. 11, 2012

The Republican National Committee has hired a director of Hispanic outreach as part of its effort to court Latino voters this election cycle, which was officially announced today and was reported Monday in Roll Call.

App Will Help Boost Conservative Turnout

Jan. 10, 2012

Winning an election? There’s an app for that. Conservative activists have created a mobile tool that makes it easier for them to direct volunteers in the field.

Arizonans Mark Anniversary of Giffords Shooting

Jan. 8, 2012

Shortly after noon today, thousands of people plan to ring bells to honor the victims of last year’s shooting rampage at a Congressional meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz., where a gunman killed six and injured 13, including a Member of Congress.

Proposed Defense Cuts Draw GOP Fire

Jan. 8, 2012

Sen. John McCain criticized President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled strategy for a leaner and more flexible military, saying it portrays the United States as “weak and withdrawn.”

Republicans Court Latino Voters

Jan. 6, 2012

The Republican Party has a problem heading into the elections ­— a Latino gap that may be getting bigger.

Oil Group Launches Campaign for Public Support

Jan. 4, 2012

A major oil lobby group is launching an ad campaign to make sure energy issues remain at the center of this year’s presidential race.

Newt Gingrich Situation Highlights Lobbying Dilemma

Dec. 19, 2011

As Newt Gingrich was rising in the House Republican ranks, his then-wife, Marianne, was hired by a former employer to extract grant money from the Economic Development Administration, a federal agency President Ronald Reagan sought to eliminate and that her husband oversaw from his seat on the House Public Works and Transportation Committee.

Tea Party Express Turns Eyes to Senate

Dec. 17, 2011

For the Tea Party Express, next year’s election is all about the Senate.

WH Wants Payroll Tax Cut Deal Before Signing Spending Bill

Dec. 13, 2011

Obama administration officials signaled today that President Barack Obama will not sign an omnibus spending bill until a bipartisan agreement on his payroll tax holiday can be worked out.

Website Seeks Robocall Revenge

Dec. 9, 2011

Tired of political robocalls, voters such as Dan Tynan are fighting fire with fire.

Liberal Groups Take Up Occupy Mantle in D.C.

Dec. 6, 2011

The rain-soaked protesters who stormed Capitol Hill on Tuesday in an attempt to “Occupy Congress” are not officially part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they are an example of how established liberal groups are trying to capitalize on the grass-roots movement and shift it from protests to direct advocacy.

DNC Pushes Back Against Voter ID Laws

Dec. 1, 2011

The Democratic National Committee announced new initiatives today to push back against voter identification laws that Democrats say suppress the vote.

Senators Step Up Pipeline Pressure on White House

Nov. 29, 2011

The contentious debate over a pipeline that would import crude oil from Canada is moving from the White House to Capitol Hill.

Richmond Wrangles With Protest Costs

Nov. 29, 2011

Tea party groups and the Occupy movement are squaring off in Richmond, Va., over the costs associated with their respective protests.

Parties Contest Election-Monitoring Techniques

Nov. 28, 2011

Not only are Americans divided over the presidential candidates, they appear to be divided over how people should vote for those candidates.

Top Gay-Rights Lobby Seeks New Chief

Nov. 26, 2011

The Human Rights Campaign released a job description for a new president this week, three months after current leader Joe Solmonese announced that he would soon step down.

NetCoalition Seeks to Establish K Street Residence

Nov. 14, 2011

An Internet advocacy group with technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo as clients is trying to move from informal coalition to permanent Beltway presence.

One Bank’s Business Built on GOP Cash

Nov. 7, 2011

With just one branch and a small staff, Chain Bridge Bank has the unassuming feel of a local business. But the $230 million Beltway depository founded by ex-Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) is fast becoming the preferred bank of the Republican Party.

Company Selling Investment Tips Advertises to Tea Partyers

Oct. 27, 2011

A financial newsletter firm whose parent company has previously been accused of defrauding customers is marketing to the tea party movement.

Marijuana Is High on Americans’ Issue List

Oct. 14, 2011

Forget jobs and spending cuts. Ask around online, and it seems Americans just want the right to get high.

Environmental Groups Get Boost From GOP Attacks

Oct. 11, 2011

Republican attempts to put the brakes on environmental regulations are translating into big bucks for their opponents. Environmental organizations say they have seen record growth in their members and donations this year.

Democrats May Find ‘Occupy’ Movement Is Not That Into Them

Oct. 6, 2011

Liberals have been racing to embrace the Occupy Wall Street protests as a left-leaning response to the tea party, but the protesters aren’t exactly returning the favor.

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