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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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Star and Shamrock Stirs Things Up

Feb. 26, 2014

“That’s moonshine in there! Perhaps I better be careful with that one,” said a suddenly wide-awake patron, shattering the silence of a relatively sleepy afternoon of imbibing after taking his first sip of a corn whiskey-infused cider beverage dreamt up by the beer-loving brain trust behind Star and Shamrock.

Priscilla Presley, Paul Williams Storm the Hill; More Celebs to Come

Feb. 26, 2014

The latest smattering of fast falling flakes to blanket the area could not keep advocacy-minded entertainers away from the Capitol on Tuesday. And there’s still more help from Hollywood already on the way.

Capitol Hill Fox, Friends Back on the Prowl

Feb. 26, 2014

The now-weekly snowfalls keep threatening to render the little slice of heaven Capitol Hill dwellers call home inhospitable to man or beast.

Internet Confused About John Walsh, the College Years

Feb. 26, 2014

Newly minted Sen. John Walsh is no stranger to academia, having bounced between three repositories of higher learning before securing a Master of Arts from the U.S. Army War College.

Connolly Invites Pols to One-Man Show on Breast Cancer

Feb. 24, 2014

Sam Simon is bringing his one-man show about coming to grips with potentially losing a loved one to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, a tumultuous journey he’s honored to share with lawmakers thanks to fellow theater buff Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va.

Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds Ducks Zimbabwean Porn Charge

Feb. 21, 2014

Former House lawmaker Mel Reynolds has been kicked out of Zimbabwe due to immigration issues but will not have to stand trial on since-dismissed pornography charges.

Beware the Facebook Conversation That Spurs Birther Debate

Feb. 21, 2014

An incredulous Redditor is trying to wrap his head around how anyone can so loathe President Barack Obama they would consciously — and deliberately — choose to cling to outright fabrications rather than cut 44 some slack.

Digesting News a la Spike Mendelsohn

Feb. 21, 2014

Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn doesn’t just make headlines in this town, he now also serves them up to those plugged into the gastro-themed feeds he’s created for news-sharing upstart Trove.

Paul Broun To Tailgate Before Saturday Senate Debate

Feb. 20, 2014

Come Saturday, Georgia Republican Paul Broun will once again face off against the cadre of aspiring Hill climbers eyeing the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Rose’s Luxury Puts Barracks Row on National Dining Map

Feb. 19, 2014

Capitol Hill diners, your secret’s out.

Cochran’s Catfish Crusade

Feb. 18, 2014

While we consider ourselves the de facto congressional lunch monitor, it’s tough to sneak anything by eagle-eyed seafood champ Sen. Thad Cochran.

House Staffer Stuck by Bony Lunch Surprise

Feb. 18, 2014

Congress may be absent this week, but Restaurant Associates’ devoted personnel remain — tirelessly seeding staff meals with new and exciting mystery ingredients.

Former Rep. Mel Reynolds Arrested in Zimbabwe

Feb. 18, 2014

Zimbabwean authorities on Tuesday arrested former congressman and convicted felon Mel Reynolds under suspicion of possessing pornographic material and violating immigration protocol.

Paul Strauss Stumps for DC in LA

Feb. 13, 2014

Not having an official vote undoubtedly makes it tougher for D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss to stand out as much as he’d like around Capitol Hill.

Cap Lounge Sets Snow Day Agenda

Feb. 13, 2014

Why shovel when you can spoon?

Public Embraces Bill Maher’s #FlipaDistrict Campaign

Feb. 13, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher is considering all options before determining which House lawmaker he’ll try to unseat later this fall.

Gulf Coasters Bait Congress With the Good Stuff

Feb. 12, 2014

Hurried meetings on Capitol Hill might do for social media pushers or app designers.

Tim Ryan Readies for New Arrival

Feb. 11, 2014

Rep. Tim Ryan is beside himself about welcoming a new baby into the fold, a milestone event poised to take place this summer.

Tareq Salahi Switches to a Pets-First Footing for Congressional Bid

Feb. 11, 2014

Aspiring lawmaker Tareq Salahi didn’t seem to get much traction out of the pro-business, anti-regulatory positions he built his failed gubernatorial bid around. For this next act, he’s going to the dogs.

Relief Agencies Share Hardware, Liquid Courage With Congress

Feb. 11, 2014

Assuming Mother Nature doesn’t orchestrate her own brand of government shutdown over the next 48 hours, staffers should prepare to get their geek on Thursday during the “Innovation at the U.N.” reception.

Rubio Looses Epic Smokescreen Regarding Marijuana Use

Feb. 10, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio sees absolutely no upside to clearing the air about any previous drug use.

Chewing on Beto O’Rourke’s Snacking Habits

Feb. 10, 2014

Rep. Beto O’Rourke is a brave man. And not just because he’s open to rolling around town on public transportation, which he did late last week.

Overheard: Phil Roe’s Hands-On Politicking

Feb. 10, 2014

“I am an OB-GYN doctor. And I delivered most of my own voters.”

Libertarian Conference Lands Pols, Conspiracy Theorists and Comics

Feb. 10, 2014

The 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference is rolling into town for a weekend (Feb. 14-16) celebration of freedom, information-sharing and spirited discussion.

Meditation Museum Wants to Help the Politically Connected Unwind

Feb. 7, 2014

Keeping the trains running on Capitol Hill is, by all accounts, a high-stress gig.

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