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Neda Semnani


Neda Semnani is the Heard on the Hill reporter for Roll Call. She joined CQ Roll Call in 2008.

Neda was the deputy editor for BillTrack, CQ Roll Call’s legislative tracking product, for two years before moving a few desks and diving into a whole new gossipy world.

Before falling in love with all things Congressional, Neda consulted for the World Bank, managed programs for nongovernmental organizations in the Middle East and later a nonprofit in New York City.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Semnani no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Neda Semnani:

Mark Sanford's Argentine Love At Victory Celebration

April 2, 2013

Former South Carolina Gov. and Rep. Mark Sanford continued his comeback from the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday with his onetime mistress, now fiancée, at his side.

NRA Rolls With Well-Armed Detail at Press Club Event

April 2, 2013

Does ex-Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., know something we don’t?

April Fool It, Sen. Toomey!

April 1, 2013

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., and the Pennsylvania political community got a healthy dose of April Fools’ Day this morning.

Garamendi's 'Learning Tour' of Africa Comes in at $40,000

March 29, 2013

World traveler Rep. John Garamendi is gaining on fellow Rep. Jim McDermott.

Seeing Red Over Gay Marriage

March 27, 2013

On Tuesday, after the Supreme Court heard the first of two days worth of oral arguments on same-sex marriage issues, it seemed most of Facebook went red.

Scenes From the SCOTUS: Gay Marriage Edition

March 26, 2013

Throughout the weekend, Monday and early Tuesday morning, the sidewalk and lawn in front of the U.S. Supreme Court was dominated by those in favor of same-sex marriage. Rainbow flags, equality signs and the color red was splashed about.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: The RGIII and Elephants Edition

March 25, 2013

We’re trying to be wry and cynical about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s Sunday visit to the circus, but we just can’t be and we blame that smile.

Lt. Dan Cheers Up SCOTUS Campers

March 25, 2013

During a cold snowy Sunday in the District, Lt. Dan Choi brought coffee, donuts and conversation for dozens of folks who were queued up to to hear the Supreme Court’s oral arguments for and against same-sex marriage.

SCOTUS Campers: A Tarp-Side View

March 25, 2013

For Supreme Court campers, some big lessons have been learned since the last big SCOTUS stake-out, for health care in June 2012.

Grindr Users Abound at CPAC 2013

March 14, 2013

Grindr, the popular social app for “gay, bi and curious” men, was well represented at opening day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference. The app uses GPS to let users see which other users are near by.

Four Decades After Secret Bombings, Kissinger Cool With Drones

March 14, 2013

Henry Kissinger, cold warrior extraordinaire, is unimpressed with Sen. Rand Paul’s concerns about drone warfare.

Kissinger to Honor Scowcroft

March 13, 2013

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is quite the social butterfly these days.

Sanford's Former CoS Makes Argentina-Pope Joke, Wins Twitter

March 13, 2013

Remember former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford?The Republican one, the one who’s running for the Palmetto State’s 1st District seat?He made quite a splash when his gubernatorial staff lost him somewhere on the AppalachianTrail and he popped up again with his mistress in Argentina.

McCaskill Makes America a Mix Tape

March 11, 2013

Remember back in the 1990s, when that special someone made you a mixtape and you spent hours analyzing what they were reallytrying to say?

The Senator and the Bard

March 10, 2013

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, the only member of Congress to go on to star in “Law & Order,” will be the first person featured in the new series “Expert Witness,” a production of the Bard Association, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “legal affinity group.”

Davis' Brand Is Crisis

March 8, 2013

“I love chess,” Lanny J. Davis said over lunch. “I love a challenge.”

'Genius' Playwright to Speak at Studio Theatre on Friday

March 8, 2013

PlaywrightStephen Adly Guirgis, who wrote the absolutely stellar “The [MoFo] with the Hat,” will be speaking at the Studio Theatre on Friday.

Senators Drone On About Barbarella

March 7, 2013

Actress and activist Jane Fonda hasn’t tweeted in several days.

Overheard on the Hill

March 7, 2013

“And what I have learned from my experiences in talking filibusters is this: To succeed, you need strong convictions but also a strong bladder. It’s obvious Sen. Paul has both.”

Team McConnell Does the Harlem Shake

March 6, 2013

In a shocking turn, the chairmanship for the Senate Harlem Shake Caucus is still up for grabs.

Lanny Davis' Reading Is Scandalous

March 5, 2013

Professional scandal mopper-upper Lanny J. Davis is throwing a big party at The Hamilton on Tuesday night in anticipation of his new book, “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping With Crises in Business, Politics, and Life.”

Overheard on the Hill

March 3, 2013

“What Playboy was to most well-adjusted boys, National Review was to me.”

D.C. Journos Make 'Em Laugh

March 1, 2013

It was a big night for the funny ladies of journalism.

Rubio Wonders Who Should Be in Senate Harlem Shake Video

March 1, 2013

On Friday afternoon Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., kinda, sorta offered to head the Harlem Shake caucus.

North Korea Gets Basketball Diplomacy

Feb. 26, 2013

The fate of United States diplomatic relations, at least with North Korea, could rest in the hands of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, several Harlem Globetrotters and a VICE magazine reporter,the Associated Press reports.

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