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Jessica Brady is a staff writer at Roll Call and covers the Senate. She has particular expertise on the nominations process and has broken stories about the embattled confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Wall Street reform debate earlier this year.
Prior to joining the leadership team in 2008, Jessica profiled elected officials and wrote human interest stories as Roll Calls features writer. She previously worked as a reporter for National Journal's CongressDaily and also spent time as a researcher for the Almanac of American Politics. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Brady no longer works for Roll Call.
A bipartisan group of Senators kicked up their pressure on Village Voice Media to stop running ads on an adult services website that has been under fire in recent months for accepting ads that allegedly promote sex trafficking.
Rep. Donna Edwards backing of a surging candidate over the establishment pick in a contentious Congressional primary earlier this month shocked Maryland insiders, but it was only the latest show of her increasingly independent streak in the close-knit Congressional delegation.
Rep. Peter Roskams decision to stay out of the messy Illinois primary that pitted a freshman incumbent against a veteran lawmaker was a prescient strategy for a rising leader, Members and political observers said of the GOPs Chief Deputy Whip.
The Blue Dog Coalition expanded its ranks today with the addition of two-term Rep. Larry Kissell. The North Carolina Democrat brings the groups membership to 25, although the fiscally conservative coalition will see a handful of its members retire after this year.
Illinois the home of the sitting president, two former governors serving prison time and a big-city mayor and former Congressman known as Rahmbo has not disappointed political observers this election cycle.
Congressional Democrats, disappointed in President Barack Obamas strategy to pursue legislation and not to use his executive power to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians, say the partys leader is ignoring a key problem: Republicans control the House.
Speaker John Boehner broke his silence on the GOP presidential nomination today and endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
After last years intense debate of an anti-piracy bill, any legislation dealing with Internet security faces an uphill climb. That point was made clear today by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, who was careful to point out differences between his bipartisan cybersecurity legislation and last years failed online piracy bill.
With issues like Solyndra and Operation Fast and Furious beginning to fade, the General Services Administrations Las Vegas conference debacle is exactly what the House GOP needed to keep the investigative heat on the Obama administration.
A handful of Congressional Black Caucus members, still reeling from the death of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February, unveiled a resolution today to honor the slain teens life.
House Republicans might not like the idea of one of their leaders picking favorites in Member-vs.-Member primaries, but at least for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, his backing of a winner in the Illinois GOP primary decision has only solidified his power base.
The original Republican Young Guns are high-ranking leaders now, and the group and its members are trying to hold on to a brand that previously brought them so much success.
Sen. John McCain said today that Republicans need to pivot from debating the issue of contraception and get back to jobs and the economy as the party looks to make gains in the 2012 elections.
Conservative presidential candidate Rick Santorum said his endorsement of then-Sen. Arlen Specters 1996 campaign for the White House was a mistake today.
Bowing to public intrigue, the Supreme Court announced today it will release transcripts and audio recordings from this months challenge to the 2010 health care reform law on an expedited timetable.
No fewer than three House Democrats are running for their partys top spot on the Appropriations Committee, a phenomenon that runs in stark contrast to Rep. Maxine Waters uncontested bid to lead the party on the Financial Services Committee next year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to move 17 pending federal judicial nominees today, declaring the nations court system at the breaking point under a backlog so intense an emergency has been declared.
Fresh off her primary victory, Rep. Marcy Kaptur faces another heated battle against fellow Democrats for the partys top spot on the Appropriations Committee.
House Republicans latest attack on the Affordable Care Act isnt expected to go far, but it will show disagreements within the Democratic Caucus as the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the Obama administrations landmark law later this month.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson announced the elevation of Lee Slater, the Connecticut Democrats legislative director, to chief of staff today.
House Republicans will focus on jobs and rising gas prices next week as leaders continue working on intra-Conference squabbles over the transportation bill and other top-tier priorities.
The retirement of House Appropriations ranking member Norm Dicks (Wash.) opens up the top Democratic slot on the panel, and already the first hopeful has stepped forward to fill it.
No rising star in the House Democratic Caucus has emerged as the most likely leader following a retirement by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and that lack of a frontrunner in a would-be leadership fight has some party elders irked that no one has organized the kind of operation Pelosi used to win her first leadership bid.
Rep. David Dreier's retirement announcement Wednesday set off a race for his coveted Rules Committee chairmanship, but don't expect Members to wrestle for it anytime soon.
The primacy of calls for major deficit reduction have all but stagnated, but House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is trying to revive an urgency in Washington, D.C., around his signature issue.