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Warren Rojas


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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The Dangers of Hosting the Pontiff Post-Labor Day

Sept. 22, 2015

As the members of absurdist comedy ensemble The State once brilliantly illustrated, getting all gussied up to greet His Holiness can prove to be damn treacherous.

Jesus Lady Has Faith She’ll Triumph Thursday

Sept. 21, 2015

It would take an act of God to keep spiritual activist Rita Warren away from her time-honored spot on the East Front during the upcoming papal visit, the Capitol Hill fixture assures HOH.

D.C. Denizens Pray #Popeapalooza Goes Well

Sept. 21, 2015

Judging by all the supplication happening on social media, there’s no way in hell #ThisTown will be able to separate church and state while Pope Francis is floating around.

Web Crawlers Project Wonky Biases Across America

Sept. 18, 2015

Real-life rocket scientist Andrew Rader posed a simple question to Google: “Why is [insert state name here] so . . .” in order to observe how the search engine would fill in the superlative blanks based on previous interrogatories.

Rand Paul Campaign Staffer Accuses Marco Rubio Aide of Assault

Sept. 18, 2015

John Patrick Yob, a campaign strategist working on Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s presidential bid, announced Friday via social media that he was punched in the face by Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Marco Rubio, and that he was formally pressing charges.

Lawmakers, Hill Reporter Dodge Salmonella Scare

Sept. 17, 2015

For lawmakers, dining within eavesdropping distance of a D.C. newshound can prove hazardous to one’s professional health. Add in a mass food poisoning situation — as turned out to be the case recently at Fig & Olive’s fledgling District outpost — and you’ve got a truly gut-wrenching scenario.

Pols Brace for BBQ Battle

Sept. 16, 2015

Rather than grilling one another as their Simi Valley-bound colleagues are expected to do, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Wednesday are expected to headline an anti-cancer fundraiser featuring pork barbecue.

Licking Our Chops for Mystery Meat

Sept. 15, 2015

Racing to get up to speed on House dining services is obviously taking a toll on Sodexo’s menu writers.

Steve King Crowns 24-Year-Old Queen of the Hill

Sept. 15, 2015

She’s still a few weeks shy of her 25th birthday and only three years into her congressional career. But Iowa Republican Steve King has given House staffer Sarah Stevens the ultimate vote of confidence: naming her chief of staff.

Hill Vet Amped About Private Kenny Loggins Show

Sept. 11, 2015

Just more than a year after successfully soliciting strangers to bankroll a plan to have soft rock god Kenny Loggins perform in a certain superfan’s living room, former House aide Erick Sanchez stands poised to welcome his musical idol Sunday for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Darin LaHood Inherits Plain Old House Office Space

Sept. 11, 2015

As expected, the last traces of disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock’s ill-fated interior design scheme have been completely wiped away.

The Unbearable Likeness of Pete Olson?

Sept. 11, 2015

House staffers marveled at the unbearable likeness of beings that paraded across their TV screens as Rep. Pete Olson took to the floor Thursday to rail against the administration’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Overlooked Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Sept. 9, 2015

The sea of humanity sweltering in front of the Capitol Wednesday appeared to HOH to be less interested in getting an earful from pols — who popped by to rile up the crowd and then quickly retreated to air conditioned offices — than in being heard, once and for all, themselves.

Chellie Pingree Insists Divorce Won’t Cramp Nebo Lodge’s Style

Sept. 9, 2015

Her separation from billionaire spouse Donald Sussman will in no way mean lights out for Nebo Lodge, an aide to Rep. Chellie Pingree assured HOH Wednesday.

Watch Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill Get Literary

Sept. 9, 2015

Two-term lawmaker turned memoirist Sen. Claire McCaskill Wednesday is expected to open up to fellow Sen. Cory Booker about her life, career and political agenda during a free-form discussion at George Washington University.

Alterna-Talk Shows Take on the Old Guard

Sept. 9, 2015

Two self-styled interviewers are ready for their close-ups, as both “Roske on Politics” and “The Open Mind” take to the D.C. airwaves to freshen up the political conversation.

Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman Parting Company

Sept. 8, 2015

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Tuesday she has split from her financier spouse, Donald Sussman — a break that has so far stymied her administrative obligations and may still impact her hospitality holdings.

Congress Resumes, Twitter Swells

Sept. 8, 2015

It’s back to school work time here on Capitol Hill, and lawmakers from around the country are flocking to social media to reaffirm their commitment to taking care of the people’s business.

John Lewis Aims to Slay ’Em at Dragon Con

Sept. 4, 2015

Civil rights leader/graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis this weekend is lending some local star power to Dragon Con.

Gay Marriage Tussle Not David Bunning's First Brush With Infamy

Sept. 3, 2015

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s decision Thursday to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses she maintains conflict with her religious beliefs isn’t the only time the legal professional has been cast in an unflattering light.

Prayer Leader Believes John Fleming Is Half Right About Seeking God’s Help

Sept. 2, 2015

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman is hopeful Louisiana Republican John Fleming will not only follow through on a recent pledge to push for nationwide faith healing, but will augment that effort by embracing other humbling practices.

Local Toque Lobbies City to Show Kingsman Field Some Love (Updated)

Sept. 1, 2015

Updated 12:58 p.m. | Restaurateur Teddy Folkman is imploring fellow pet owners to hound the DC Department of Parks and Recreation about taking better care of a dilapidated dog park.

Sticking It to the Man at the Minnesota State Fair

Aug. 31, 2015

Has politics gone to seed at the Minnesota State Fair?

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

Aug. 21, 2015

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: A Spirited Afternoon in Ivy City

Aug. 20, 2015

Assuming you’ve already gotten some tasty food in your belly and are ready to tackle Saturday proper the next logical question is “What’s for lunch?”

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