Dec. 27, 2014

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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Members of Congress Cut Anti-Drunk Driving Spots (Audio)

Dec. 24, 2014

Thinking about hitting the road after knocking back a whole mess of eggnog?

Lawmakers Offer Sobering Holiday Message

Dec. 24, 2014

Thinking about hitting the road after knocking back a whole mess of eggnog?

This Greek chorus of sitting politicos won’t hear of it.

This cacophony of concern is brought to you by the nearly three dozen lawmakers who cut anti-drunk driving spots for the Beer Institute this holiday season.

Brent Roske to Kick Off New Year with Expanded Show

Dec. 23, 2014

“Chasing the Hill” creator Brent Roske may not have snagged that House seat he was angling for last year. But the political junkie is already positioned on the front lines of history in Des Moines, and he’s gearing up for 2016 with a half-hour long version of “Roske on Politics.”

Grover Norquist Will Miss Tussling With Stephen Colbert

Dec. 22, 2014

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist fears no one in Washington. But it took him a while to figure out how to successfully mix things up with faux-conservative interviewer Stephen Colbert.

Officials Decry Sony Hack, Cyber Assault Against ‘The Interview’

Dec. 19, 2014

The blowback against the “sophisticated actors” who’ve managed to muzzle the dimwitted duo at the heart of gag flick “The Interview,” has now officially swelled from general outrage to international incident.

D.C. Helps Stephen Colbert Say Goodbye

Dec. 19, 2014

Citizens of #ThisTown were among the pop culture illuminati sending off faux conservative blowhard Stephen Colbert on the final episode of “The Colbert Report,” all to a resounding singalong of “We’ll Meet Again.”

Pols, Public Critique Wisdom of Silencing ‘The Interview’

Dec. 18, 2014

Moviegoers from all walks of life have been stopped dead in their tracks by Sony’s decision to drop the sociopolitical football that is “The Interview” from its schedule, due to mounting pressures from external forces.

Boehner Can’t Wait to Open 114th Congress

Dec. 18, 2014

Like a kid counting down the days until “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” on neatly wrapped Christmas presents, Speaker John A. Boehner is absolutely giddy about getting the GOP-controlled Congress underway next month.

Homebrewers Urge Obama to Keep At It

Dec. 18, 2014

The American Homebrewers Association is hoping to slide a little something under the White House Christmas tree this year: lifetime memberships for President Barack Obama and outgoing-toque Sam Kass.

John Dingell Wraps It All Up in Holiday Jingle

Dec. 17, 2014

Rep. John D. Dingell, the retiring dean of the House, jokingly reflects on a lifetime of public service and the current state of congressional affairs in his latest holiday greeting.

DHS Not Ready to Torpedo ‘The Interview’ Opening

Dec. 16, 2014

International troublemakers Seth Rogen and James Franco may be ready to run for cover from the mystery hackers who’ve brought Sony to its horribly bruised knees, but the feds see no reason (yet) to deprive moviegoers of a few laughs on Christmas.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Hosts 25th Annual Kids’ Holiday Party

Dec. 16, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will once again open up the halls of Congress to the District’s disadvantaged youth on Wednesday, injecting some cheer into the holiday season by hosting her annual Capitol Hill Holiday Party.

Festive Democratic Aide Keeps ’Em In Stitches

Dec. 15, 2014

Dressing up for the holidays might not be on his list of official duties. But as House aide Andrew Noh demonstrated during the thick of “cromnibus” mania, sporting something snazzy is clearly a personal priority.

Exit Interview: James Brandell Shares Greatest Regret, Memories of Pop Stars

Dec. 15, 2014

He’s seen plenty of people — including his fair share of celebrities — come and go during his decade-plus tenure on Capitol Hill. But House Republican aide James Brandell wouldn’t trade his time in Congress for anything.

Blake Farenthold Relaxes Grip on Sex-Related Domain

Dec. 15, 2014

One lucky porn pusher will be able to exploit a whole new traffic stream this summer — just as soon as Rep. Blake Farenthold relinquishes control of

Capitol Jewish Forum Welcomes All to Pre-Hanukkah Soiree

Dec. 11, 2014

Homeward-bound members and congressional staff can get a jump on holiday festivities Thursday by ducking into the Senate’s Mike Mansfield Room for a taste of Jewish food, fun and fraternity.

Reporters' Parsing Prompts Michael Steel 'Meltdown'

Dec. 10, 2014

The winding down of the legislative clock has everyone in the Capitol on edge — particularly partisan mouthpieces who feel the boss is being unduly grilled about end-of-session escape plans.

Steve Cohen Details Daytrip With POTUS

Dec. 10, 2014

Unlike those who tried to distance themselves from President Barack Obama ahead of last month’s power-shifting elections, HOH social media Hall of Famer Steve Cohen wants everyone to know how much he loves hanging with the commander in chief.

Indigo Blurs Lines Between Carry-Out and Community Hub

Dec. 10, 2014

It’s been just more than a year since Indigo co-founders Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon formally established their brick-and-mortar neighborhood restaurant. But the writing on the wall (literally) suggests they have already firmly cemented their place among Indian dining enthusiasts.

Indigo Skirts Major Flare Up

Dec. 10, 2014

An early Wednesday morning scare could have sent Indigo founder Dinesh Tandon’s hospitality dreams up in smoke. Luckily, things were brought under control before the budding restaurateur was forced to switch careers.

Turks to Woo Congress with Spiced Meats, Caffeine

Dec. 9, 2014

A cadre of Turkish-American organizations are returning to Capitol Hill Thursday to campaign for their independence-seeking, European-bound brethren — and the group is bringing a host of regional delicacies to help sweeten the deal.

Biden to Burn One for Hanukkah

Dec. 9, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to join religious leaders on Dec. 16 for the ceremonial lighting of the National Menorah.

‘Mayor For Life’ Explores the Folklore of Marion Barry

Dec. 9, 2014

D.C. historian and author John Muller is resurrecting — for one night only — the colloquially inspired show centered around the late Mayor Marion Barry as a final tip of the hat to the political icon.

House Aide Immortalizes Dave Camp Via New Research Grant

Dec. 8, 2014

Relentless cancer warrior James Brandell continues to rake in donations to help vanquish the life-threatening diseases that have encroached upon his inner circle.

Linda Sánchez Once Tried Playing for Both Teams

Dec. 8, 2014

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez may be a team player, but she knows her limits. Hence the reason the California Democrat had to draw the line at giving her all to one congressionally related charity event over another.

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