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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.

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Stories by Ambreen Ali:

Muslims Hope to Capitalize on Criticism

June 21, 2011

Though last week featured a contentious public debate about the role of Muslims in American society, some advocates for that community believe their critics are creating an opportunity for Muslims to expand their political clout.

Community Organizer Thinks Nationally With Web Campaign

June 21, 2011

An online advocacy effort by the Center for Community Change will kick off Wednesday to prod the liberal grass roots into action.

Tribes Seek Help on Legal Fee Payout

June 20, 2011

After suing federal officials and winning billions of dollars, American Indian tribal leaders are seeking the government's help against lawyers on their own side.

Watchdog: In Culling Websites, Don’t Cut Access to Data

June 14, 2011

The Obama administration’s plan to cut the number of government websites in half is raising concerns about the public’s access to government data.

‘Tequila Party’ Rallies Hispanics

June 14, 2011

Its cheeky name aside, the Tequila Party has a serious mission. The newly formed grass-roots group sprouted from a growing frustration among Hispanic voters that neither party is doing much to help the nation's immigrant population and that the tea parties have turned the tide against them.

When Compromise Is ‘Going Soft’

June 13, 2011

Tea party activists are urging House Members to resist compromise in the debt limit debate, but too firm a stance by the conservative faction could marginalize the group rather than strengthen it when a final deal is cut.

String Band Folds Website Following Obama’s Criticism

June 13, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service’s string band disbanded its online presence Monday, hours after President Barack Obama identified the government website of the Fiddlin’ Foresters as an example of government waste.

Guide to Tea Party Influence in Early States

June 10, 2011

Republican presidential hopefuls are not facing an easy task as they attempt to woo tea party activists for 2012.

GPO Plans to Cut 330 Jobs Soon

June 7, 2011

In response to projected budget cuts, the Government Printing Office plans to eliminate 330 jobs, including 25 percent of its management positions.

Obey Joins Gephardt’s Lobbying Team

June 3, 2011

After 41 years on Capitol Hill, ex-Rep. David Obey is heading to K Street.

iPhone App Will Help You Lobby

June 1, 2011

The rock-musician-turned-activist Bono wants you to know: You, too, can be a lobbyist, and all you need is an iPhone.

Tea Party Minority Outreach Project Starts in Texas

May 24, 2011

HOUSTON — The mostly white crowd that turns up for weekly meetings at King Street Patriots is becoming a problem for tea party leaders. The “monochrome composition” of the gatherings must change, they say, if conservatives want to keep this Texas county out of Democratic hands in 2012.

Rapture Fuels 'Godless' Group's Push

May 18, 2011

A group of self-described Godless Americans is defying predictions of the Rapture to kick off a new campaign this week against the religious right.

Pickens’ New Plan: No Wind

May 16, 2011

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has revised his well-advertised Pickens Plan to focus on natural gas as the way to move the country off dependence on foreign oil. The move has divided a powerful alliance between environmentalists and industry groups.

Boehner, McConnell Bullish About Striking Deal on Debt Ceiling

May 15, 2011

Republican leaders appeared optimistic Sunday that a deal can be reached to raise the debt ceiling, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling it an opportunity for both sides to come together and improve the nation’s financial standing.

Immigration Activists Complain About Obama Fundraising

May 13, 2011

If President Barack Obama aimed to reach Hispanic voters with his focus on immigration this week, his plan may have backfired.

Trade Deals Unite Left and Right in Opposition

May 11, 2011

Some tea party organizations have been quietly trading notes with left-leaning advocacy groups as both sides work to derail a series of upcoming free-trade agreements.

Business Groups Hail Obama’s Immigration Speech

May 10, 2011

President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration Tuesday may have helped his chances with a key constituency in 2012: business leaders.

The Tea Party: Turning Pro

May 6, 2011

Tea party activists have long criticized President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda, and in doing so, they may have inadvertently created one of their own.

Tea Party Nation Founder to Take Salary

May 4, 2011

Judson Phillips, the Tennessee lawyer who founded Tea Party Nation two years ago, plans to draw a full-time salary from the group as it gears up to play a larger role in the 2012 elections and in the upcoming debt ceiling debate.

Arizona Tea Partyers Worry License Plates Send Wrong Message

May 3, 2011

The creation of a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate in Arizona to raise money for the tea party movement has some state activists worrying it could compromise the movement’s independence.

Tax Day Tea Party Shuns Washington This Year

April 12, 2011

In the past, Tax Day rallies with thousands of small-government advocates served as a symbolic show of force against Democratic control. Now that Republicans control the House, the fervor for national protest appears to have waned.

Norquist Sees Savings in Prison Reform

April 6, 2011

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist has been standing with the tea partyers in recent months, but he is now also linking arms with one of the movement’s most vocal opponents.

Activists Ask Pelosi to Halt Budget Cuts

April 4, 2011

One week into a hunger strike, activists opposing budget cuts proposed by House Republicans said Monday that they made their first breakthrough on Capitol Hill, meeting with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss their efforts.

Shutdown Threat Doesn’t Faze Tea Partyers

March 31, 2011

Tea party activists trumpeted their all-or-nothing stance on spending cuts Thursday on Capitol Hill, even as House Republicans negotiated a compromise with Senate Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.

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