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Warren Rojas

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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call. He returns to the business of shadowing our elected leaders after a five-year stint as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine.

Rojas spent the early part of his career covering the sordid world of tax policy first as a Congressional reporter and later as the pioneering investigative reporter for Tax Notes. He holds journalism degrees from both James Madison University and American University.

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Stories by Warren Rojas:

Richard Nixon: Cookbook Connoisseur, Fan of Sophie Leavitt's 'Penny Pincher's Cook Book'

July 22, 2014

While the Washington Post is poised to revel in the 40th anniversary of its administration-toppling Watergate investigation, we here at HOH would prefer to reflect on the positive things President Richard Milhous Nixon brought to the table.

John Dingell Stumped by Kardashian Craze

July 22, 2014

Rep. John D. Dingell has spent nearly 24 hours trying to wrap his head around the dizzying world of celebutantes. And it ain’t working.

John Mica’s Makeover Plans Ain’t Gonna Happen

July 22, 2014

If Rep. John L. Mica had his way, a lot of people who currently inhabit some of the most cherry spots on the House side of the Capitol would be looking for new places to hang their hats come November.

Mock Candidate Aims to Muck Up Kentucky Senate Race (Video)

July 18, 2014

Kentucky voters needn’t worry about hunting for Gil Fulbright’s name (at least that’s what it is this week) in voting booths come November. But they should get used to seeing his shit-eating grin over the next few months.

Pet Project Morphs Into Solon-Shaming ‘PolitiCat’

July 18, 2014

An anonymous online scold has begun a virtual game of cat and mouse with elected officials, awarding leaders willing to reach across party lines for the greater good with quirky honors while ripping those who just plain cross lines a new one.

Joe Manchin’s Penchant for Power Lunching

July 17, 2014

If it’s hump day, budding coalition builder Sen. Joe Manchin III is probably breaking bread with members of his slowly widening circle of fellow comity seekers.

Courtney Stodden’s PETA Push Gets Tongues Wagging

July 16, 2014

Love her or despise her, Capitol Hill denizens were utterly captivated by having a nearly naked Courtney Stodden preach the virtues of a vegetarian lifestyle to them while shoving fake wieners in everyone’s mouths.

Senate Softball Rivalry Once Again in Full Swing

July 16, 2014

Party lines, schmarty lines.

Randy Weber Is Always Recruiting for Hot Pepper Parties

July 16, 2014

“We’ve got some fresh peppers in here. They’re not hot,” Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, mischievously goads his congressional aides after pouring out the baggie full of mixed chilies he religiously totes around in his coat pocket.

Legal Scholars Sweeten Congressional Briefings With Smoked Meats

July 16, 2014

The savviest minds at the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University’s School of Law know that it’s easier to catch more flies with honey than with vinegar — or Hill Country BBQ, as the case may be.

Joe Manchin Brings the ‘Hollow’ to D.C.

July 16, 2014

Wild and wonderful though it may be, West Virginia continues to wrestle with its fair share of challenges. Sen. Joe Manchin III wants to help shine a light on what life is like in the Mountain State by hosting a screening of “Hollow” (that’s “holler” to you and me, Russ), a cinematic labor of love released last year.

PETA to Plant Stripped Down Courtney Stodden Outside Rayburn on Wednesday

July 15, 2014

A scantily clad Courtney Stodden will feed alterna-weenies to Hill staffers Wednesday, performing her civic duty on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by serving as the celebrity eye candy for the group’s congressional veggie dog giveaway.

David Valadao Attempts to Rope Online Flock Into #CowAppreciationDay

July 15, 2014

Rep. David Valadao has invited the entire Twitterverse to weigh in on what he should name the mottled black newborn calf that joined the dairy farm last weekend.

Tammy Duckworth’s Feel Good Regimen

July 15, 2014

Summer colds suck. Good thing Rep. Tammy Duckworth has a secret weapon for a speedy recovery.

Commune with C.O.W.P.I.E. Saturday Night

July 14, 2014

Displaced Wyomingites are invited to reconnect with the wonders of the Cowboy State July 19 at the Committee of Wyoming People in the East’s upcoming shin-dig, an annual tradition marked by barbecue, mechanical bull riding and country music.

John Lewis Readies ‘March: Book Two’ for 2015

July 14, 2014

The second installment of Rep. John Lewis’ illustrated history of the civil rights era, “March: Book Two” has a newly designed cover and a tentative release date: late January of next year.

Congress-edits Is Just the Latest to Keep Tabs on Pols’ Cyber Stumbles

July 11, 2014

Another day, another resource to expose the often clueless political operatives who foolishly tool around the Internet believing their subversive activities — be they illicit, shady or just plain dumb — will never come back to bite them in the arse.

Restaurant Associates Hops on Street Food Bandwagon

July 11, 2014

The company tasked with handling Capitol Hill’s catering needs is giving pop-up dining a go, rolling out a food truck-inspired program expected to take over the Dirksen Café from July 14 to July 18.

Sherrod Brown Touts LeBron's Reunion with Cavs as Slam-Dunk — OVERHEARD

July 11, 2014

“Welcome home LeBron . . . We look forward to your contributions and leadership, on the court and off. And celebrating a championship wouldn’t hurt.” — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, celebrates LeBron James’ re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Getting to the Meat of the Matter in Texas

July 10, 2014

From the looks of things on social media, folks in the Lone Star State can’t quite figure out exactly what they should be stuffing their faces with.

Man Bites Dogs -- A Case for D.C.'s Meats

July 9, 2014

The sea of flag-waving tourists flooding the National Mall has (thankfully) receded. And the cacophony of thunderous pyrotechnics that traumatized skittish pets for miles around is fast becoming a distant memory.

Politics & Prose Gives Amazon the Business

July 9, 2014

The District’s highest profile independent bookstore is getting political once more, weighing in on the ongoing tug-of-war between online retailer Amazon and authors with some cheeky in-store signage.

Another Bite of the Cleveland Apple

July 9, 2014

Carving up the Cleveland hospitality scene in anticipation of the 2016 GOP nominating convention has turned into quite the task. So much so, in fact, that we’re back with a second round of dining/drinking/carousing picks for those destined to head due west ahead of the next presidential election cycle.

Chowing Down, Cleveland-Style

July 8, 2014

Now that the Republican National Committee has elected to give Cleveland a star turn come 2016, it’s time for political operatives (and reporters) to begin debating the only thing that really matters during nominating conventions: Where we all gonna eat?

Boozy Treats, Sweaty Pits Await Rooftop Deck Caucus

July 8, 2014

On Thursday, Holland & Knight will once again play host to the “Rooftop Deck Caucus,” the informal nickname for the throng of fun-seeking congressional staffers who flood the lobbying firm’s sun-splashed offices each summer.

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