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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
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.
An online advocacy effort by the Center for Community Change will kick off Wednesday to prod the liberal grass roots into action.
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.
The Obama administrations plan to cut the number of government websites in half is raising concerns about the publics access to government data.
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.
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.
The U.S. Forest Services 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.
Republican presidential hopefuls are not facing an easy task as they attempt to woo tea party activists for 2012.
In response to projected budget cuts, the Government Printing Office plans to eliminate 330 jobs, including 25 percent of its management positions.
After 41 years on Capitol Hill, ex-Rep. David Obey is heading to K Street.
The rock-musician-turned-activist Bono wants you to know: You, too, can be a lobbyist, and all you need is an iPhone.
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.
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.
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.
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 nations financial standing.
If President Barack Obama aimed to reach Hispanic voters with his focus on immigration this week, his plan may have backfired.
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.
President Barack Obamas speech on immigration Tuesday may have helped his chances with a key constituency in 2012: business leaders.
Tea party activists have long criticized President Barack Obamas jobs agenda, and in doing so, they may have inadvertently created one of their own.
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.
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.
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.
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 movements most vocal opponents.
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.
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.