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Nora Grenfell


Nora Grenfell is an intern for Roll Call and recent graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Nora was an editor of her campus newspaper, phe Spectator, in addition to serving as chair of the Media Board and working for the campus radio station. Nora hails from New York City, where she interned for the Nation magazine.

Grenfell no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Nora Grenfell:

Found in Translation

Sept. 11, 2012

When Ahmad Jan Ali says he risked his life to be here, he means it. The 26-year-old intern at the House Foreign Affairs Committee dodged bullets and kidnappers during the journey that brought him from his native Afghanistan to Washington, D.C.

Take Five With Rep. Frederica Wilson

Sept. 10, 2012

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we found out a few things about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), including the story behind her legendary hat collection.Q: What is your favorite Florida sports team?

The Face of Battle

Sept. 7, 2012

The new exhibition at the Smithsonian Castle proves that no matter how far from us a war resides in time or space, photography can bring us closer to the battlefield.

Great Lakers Aiming for Greatness

Aug. 20, 2012

Facing potentially treacherous weather, the Great Lakers and the Whiskey Caucus met on the National Mall and stayed through the rain for a battle that left the Lakers with a 21-13 victory.

Extreme Makeover, Congressional Edition

Aug. 17, 2012

Former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) thinks America could still become the world’s next top democracy. But there’s work to be done, as he explained Thursday night at Politics and Prose while discussing his book “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans.”

Victorious Secret's Secret Is in the Defense

Aug. 13, 2012

Across from the Smithsonian Castle tonight, Jason Covey of Victorious Secret (11-9) channeled his inner Babe Ruth against Swift Justice (0-11). Standing at home plate chomping on a cigar, his team already leading 11-2, Covey slammed the ball into the outfield, rounding the bases and coming back home with his cigar still lit.

The Official Word

Aug. 3, 2012

An old axiom says “history is written by the winners.” That was before the Internet. Bloggers write their own stories, win or lose, and government websites are using blogs to capitalize on the public’s Internet addiction.

Happy Birthday, Lavagna

July 31, 2012

Lavagna Ristorante Italiano, located on Barracks Row, turned 1 year old Monday night. The celebration had all the ingredients of the best first birthday parties: proud parents, old friends and plenty of alcohol.

Hill Climbers: Her Priority – Empowering Women

July 20, 2012

Donelle Harder is pursuing a master’s degree, volunteers on weekends and recently moved from a position in the House to the Senate. Her greatest source of pride, however, is not her own career, but her efforts to advance the careers of other women on the Hill.

The Suits Off Their Backs

July 18, 2012

On Wednesday, the women of Capitol Hill shed their clothes ó for a cause.

Take Five With Rep. David Cicilline

July 16, 2012

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) discusses his time in the doghouse and gives travel tips.

Take Five With Rep. Kevin Yoder

July 9, 2012

Itís Tuesday and time again for Take Five, HOHís weekly dose of five questions for a Member of Congress. This time around, we speak with Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) about some of his likes (Charles Dickens, Batman) and dislikes (University of Missouri sports teams).

Museum Goes Gold

July 9, 2012

The exhibit “Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics,” which runs through Sept. 3 at the National Museum of the American Indian, honors the accomplishments of and the hardships endured by Native Americans at the Olympic Games.

A Capitol Hill Fourth: How Members and Staff Celebrate America’s Birthday

July 3, 2012

The Fourth of July is celebrated in every nook and cranny of the country, and lawmakers are typically back in their states and districts for the festivities.

Hill Climbers: Himes Aide Found Calling Early

June 28, 2012

Alexander Laska says he discovered his interest in politics while watching the 2006 election returns in his Connecticut home as part of an assignment for his AP Government class.

America’s Pastime Meets America’s Policymakers

June 27, 2012

The CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game has been played at Nationals Park since 2008. This year, the Nationals will transition from venue and sponsor to a member of the organizing committee in a move to strengthen its relationship with Capitol Hill.

Communities of Creativity

June 26, 2012

Be advised: With thousands of participants and hundreds of exhibits covering the National Mall, a single person will not be able to see everything at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during its 10-day run that starts Wednesday. But feel free to give it a try.

Brady Honors a Hometown Hero

June 26, 2012

When the teams take the field for the 51st Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, there will be one extra coach on hand.

Republican Roster

June 26, 2012

Hill Climbers: Skating Helped Lead Stevens to Hill

June 22, 2012

Mae Stevens is used to the spotlight. The former competitive figure skater recently became a legislative assistant to Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), and her path to Capitol Hill had both everything and nothing to do with ice skating.

Take Five With Rep. Earl Blumenauer

June 11, 2012

Every week, HOH gives you a closer look at a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we talk to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) about “Portlandia,” why he’s a bow tie guy and his most embarrassing moment in Congress.Q: You are a legendary advocate of biking. Where’s your favorite place to bike in D.C.?

Website Tracks Deleted Tweets

June 2, 2012

In an age when many politicians are struggling to find social media fluency and potential Twitter scandals lurk on every keyboard, some Members of Congress are trying to use the power and adaptability of social media to overpower its potential disadvantages.




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