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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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Let Uncle Sam Handle Breakfast

Feb. 24, 2015

If, as campaigning politicians love to posit, it is, in fact, perpetual morning in America, what better way to greet the day than with unabashedly patriotic cooking utensils?

Congressional Grump Blamed for Nixing Hillside Sledding

Feb. 23, 2015

Updated: 5:30 p.m. | Capitol Police dashed the weekend fun being had by neighborhood youngsters because one congressional leader appears to be a stickler for decorum.

Pols, Chefs Primed to Fete Military Families

Feb. 23, 2015

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is expected to join a cadre of local chefs and administration officials Tuesday in showing their support for civic groups and community leaders devoted to assisting military families any which way they can.

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Feb. 23, 2015

Freedom Rider turned graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to engage Newseum supporters Wednesday in an intimate discussion about the continuing saga of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

Feb. 23, 2015

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group and founder of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC), has devoted the past 18 years to overcoming the “truth embargo” about government involvement in alien affairs.

HOH Word of the Week: Junketeer

Feb. 23, 2015

“Junketeer. Member of Congress given to travel outside of his or her district. All too often, the junketeer is more than willing to give up precious winter days in Washington, D.C., to discuss Atlantic-Pacific relations under the hot Hawaiian sun or to address the issue of Caribbean cooperation at poolside in Montego Bay.”

Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

Feb. 20, 2015

The public broadcasting community is slated to tip its collective hat to Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Feb. 24 for a career spent defending the little media guy.

No Labels Hosts ‘Problem-Solver’ Party

Feb. 19, 2015

Now that it’s got a fully functional mystery logo in hand, No Labels is prepared to get its branding on Feb. 24 via a collective toast to legislative cooperation.

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

Feb. 19, 2015

If you think prepping for your commute across the wind-whipped, frozen tundra that’s overtaken the District this week (Wooly hat? Check. Gloves? Check. Lips? Painfully cracking.) has been a humdinger, get a load of what Rep. Chellie Pingree has been waking up to.

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

Feb. 18, 2015

Fed-up millennials: Generation Opportunity wants you!

House Lawmakers Open Hearts — and Wallets — for DCCC

Feb. 17, 2015

Before skating out of town for recess — and, presumably, out of the path of the snow that was aboutto ice over D.C. — House Democrats gathered at Acqua Al 2 on Feb. 12 for some holiday mixing (and fundraising).

House Democrats Materializing on Magic Mondays

Feb. 13, 2015

What began as a solo project has evolved into a group effort, with more and more Democrat lawmakers suddenly appearing alongside Rep. Mark Pocan in his weekly, illusion-themed video chats.

Lisa Murkowski Immerses Herself in Beer Culture

Feb. 12, 2015

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski is soaking in as much information as she can about craft brewing.

Sonoma, Beuchert’s Team Up to Trick Out Stanton & Greene

Feb. 12, 2015

Artisan spirits and historic accents make up the foundation of the collaborative hospitality project slowly taking shape behind the soon-to-be reopened doors at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Black Republicans Make a Joyful Noise at Trailblazer Luncheon (Audio)

Feb. 11, 2015

After two years of having to search far afield for inspirational minority leaders to honor, the Republican National Committee scored a hat trick Wednesday by celebrating the arrival in Washington of freshly elected Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas, along with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

The trio of groundbreaking lawmakers were feted at the third annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon hosted by the RNC. Staff estimated that some 300-odd attendees crowded in the Howard Theatre — a group that included one-time Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and New York Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson IV — to commemorate the dual celebration of Black History Month and the party’s monumental gains in the last election cycle.

Black Republicans Make a Joyful Noise at Trailblazer Luncheon

Feb. 11, 2015

After two years of having to search far afield for inspirational minority leaders to honor, the Republican National Committee scored a hat trick Wednesday by celebrating the arrival in Washington of freshly elected Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas, along with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Nando’s Serving Up Free Eats at Yards Park

Feb. 11, 2015

Any House staffers looking to escape the drumbeat of war and Bibi bashing that’s engulfed Capitol Hill may want to consider dipping down to Yards Park Wednesday to take advantage of Nando’s latest free lunch promotion.

Big To-Do at Zoo! Wu, Where Are You?

Feb. 10, 2015

What happens when one of god’s creatures gets caught contemplating the fate of a faux compatriot?

Eugene Mirman Has an Ear for Lawmaking

Feb. 9, 2015

Comedian and voice-over actor Eugene Mirman must have a gas tuning in to C-SPAN 3.

Niki Tsongas, Jerrold Nadler Embraced by LGBT Filmmakers

Feb. 9, 2015

Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

Feb. 9, 2015

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell has cried foul over HOH dropping the ball on which college hoopsters will travel to College Park, Md., next to defend the Wolverine State’s honor.

David Jolly Aide Accused of Poaching Bill Young’s Internal Rolodex

Feb. 9, 2015

A staffer who worked for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young Jr., R-Fla., says her colleague, a one-time case assistant who was subsequently promoted to constituent service representative after Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., took control of the seat, surreptitiously copied Young’s star-studded contact list.

Patrick Meehan's Cool-As-Ice Hockey Career

Feb. 6, 2015

His best skating days may be behind him, but Rep. Patrick Meehan’s conduct during his hockey officiating career made a lasting impression on National Hockey League player and newly minted author Val James.

Cory Gardner, Charlie Rangel School #ThisTown in Skewering Solons

Feb. 6, 2015

The hundreds of lawmakers, media professionals, staffers and armchair pundits who piled into the Mandarin Oriental ballroom for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s yearly gala Wednesday were treated to a double dose of comedy from a pair of quick-witted pols.

Hanging With Steny Hoyer Is a Slam Dunk

Feb. 6, 2015

Bourbon summit, schmourbon summit. If you wanna get in good with Maryland Democrat Steny H. Hoyer, you’ve gotta take it to the hole.

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