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Neda Semnani


Neda Semnani is the Heard on the Hill reporter for Roll Call. She joined CQ Roll Call in 2008.

Neda was the deputy editor for BillTrack, CQ Roll Call’s legislative tracking product, for two years before moving a few desks and diving into a whole new gossipy world.

Before falling in love with all things Congressional, Neda consulted for the World Bank, managed programs for nongovernmental organizations in the Middle East and later a nonprofit in New York City.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Semnani no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Neda Semnani:

'Cloture Club' Gets 1 Million Hits, Throws Party

Oct. 5, 2012

Our friends over at “Cloture Club” have had more than 1 million hits on their site! And to celebrate, those crazy kids are taking over 201 Bar tonight and buying everyone (who gives them 20 bucks) a drink!

Man With Flowing Locks and Healing Gaze to Look on Crystal City

Oct. 5, 2012

Braco, a Croatian man whose look and voice is said to heal, will be gazing at people at the Sheraton Crystal City Hoteltoday and the rest of the weekend, ARL Now reports.

Obama Dance ... and an Audiobook Club?

Oct. 5, 2012

Way back in 2008, a rapper named Bob Brown made a video called the “Obama Dance.”

Steve Martin Endorses Bob Kerrey, Teaches How to Crumple Paper

Oct. 5, 2012

Actor, comedian, bluegrass musician, novelist and wild and crazy guySteve Martin endorsed Senate candidate Bob Kerrey(D-Neb.) on Thursday.

Reporter Provides Simple Obamacare Recipe

Oct. 4, 2012

In the midst of the first 2012 presidential campaign, as the candidates go back and forth on the health care law, we at HOH sometimes find ourselves scratching our heads.

Lukrative's Latest Rhymes: 'Obama Bin Lyin''

Oct. 4, 2012

Republican-loving hip hop artist Lukrative — aka Luke Caldwell — released his latest music video this week, “Obama Bin Lyin’.”

Life After GSA

Oct. 3, 2012

Martha Johnson, former head of the General Services Administration, is trying her hand at young-adult fiction focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Zombies on Capitol Hill

Oct. 3, 2012

Zombies invaded Capitol Hill today, starting with the Capitol South Metro Station.

Lindsay Lohan Accuses Shimkus Intern of Choking Her ... Seriously

Sept. 30, 2012

A paid intern for Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (R) threw down with party-girl actress Lindsay Lohan at a hotel in Manhattan this weekend, according to a report. Not surprisingly for the starlet, the skirmish ended with the cops being called.

Flacks, This Is How to Google-Hack

Sept. 26, 2012

We,your intrepid HOH reporters, are not a motivated duo. Therefore, we have a certain grudging admiration for the mischief-makers of this world.

Ways and Means Search Term Gets Hacked by Smart Alec

Sept. 26, 2012

An eagle-eyed Roll Call staffer noticed that the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health was Google-hacked today.

Ex-Staffer Embroiled in NCAA Booster Scandal

Sept. 25, 2012

Ex-House Homeland Security Committee staffer Robert Denton Herring is under investigation by the NCAA and Mississippi State University for acting as a booster for the university’s football team, the website LegiStorm reports.

Love at the Top of the Dome

Sept. 23, 2012

Nearly nine years ago, two young men were introduced in Washington. On the Sept. 14, 3 p.m. tour, Tim Hysom and Sean Jones got engaged at the top of the Capitol Dome.

Politics, Theater and Mythmaking

Sept. 21, 2012

Over the waning days of summer, two political parties presented the nation with two plays, performed in three acts over as many nights. Even in the absence of real drama, it was political theater at its most dramatic.

Daniel Akaka Gets Lei From Ron Johnson

Sept. 20, 2012

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) embraced the aloha spirit Wednesday.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Gets Into Election Spirit

Sept. 20, 2012

In Washington, everything can carry a political message, including, of course, the ever popular cupcake.

Capitol Connections

Sept. 19, 2012

Capitol Hill’s hours can be unforgiving. And it’s not unusual for staffers, politicians, operatives and even reporters to find themselves lonely and tired on the other side of the legislative calendar or campaign cycle. It’s OK, Erika Ettin is there for you.

Women of Washington: Anita Dunn, Sara Fagen on the 2012 Election

Sept. 18, 2012

Uber-pols Anita Dunn and Sara Fagen spoke in front of a few dozen of the most powerful women in Washington — plus the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart — this morning.

Hecklers Interrupt Paul Ryan, Crowd Roars Back

Sept. 14, 2012

Hecklers interrupted GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan three times today at the 2012 Values Voter Summit. The crowd roared to his defense by chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

Thank You for the Cupcakes We Can't Eat

Sept. 13, 2012

Updated 6:51 p.m. | This is not the first time HOH has received a special package, but today it was in cupcake form.

Bipartisan Condolence Book Available Until Friday

Sept. 13, 2012

The House Republican Conference, Speaker John Boehner and New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt (D) are putting aside partisanship briefly to recognize slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Arithmetic! Republicans Register More Events, Democrats Charge More Money

Sept. 12, 2012

Eventbrite, the online event coordinatorand ticket broker, has crunched its numbers this week and has announced that even though Republicans are throwing more parties, Democrats are raking in more money.

Cheri Bustos Busts a Tough Shot

Sept. 12, 2012

Democratic House candidate Cheri Bustos is a crack shot.

London Calling

Sept. 11, 2012

London Fashion Week starts this Friday, and boy, will President Barack Obama’s campaign benefit!

Ad Hawk: A New Toy From the Sunlight Foundation

Sept. 11, 2012

This scenariomight especially apply most to those of you in swing states: Dinner is over. Dishes are washed. Kids are in bed.

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