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Neda Semnani

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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:

Young Shakes Cane at Protester

Dec. 11, 2012

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., raised his cane to an uber-mouthy protester Monday, Tampa Bay’sCreative Loafingblog reports.

Elizabeth Kucinich's Estate Sale(s)

Dec. 11, 2012

The house Elizabeth Kucinich eventually fell in love with was initially ugly as sin.

'Downton Abbey' Cast Comes to D.C. Thursday

Dec. 10, 2012

“Downton Abbey’s” long-awaited season three stateside premiere is coming!Wanna know what’s even better? Certain members of the cast are coming to Washington on Thursday to watch it at the British ambassador’s residence.

Rank and File Waiting For White Smoke

Dec. 9, 2012

Lawmakers not on the front line of the fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be having several reactions to the negotiations: Pretend to work, look out for smoke and save Christmas.

Malkovich Brings Sexy to D.C. Until Monday

Dec. 7, 2012

When was the last time a play got you all hot and bothered?

#SenatorColbert: Stephen Colbert Listens to Mainstream Media

Dec. 7, 2012

In what might be his first stumble as a conservative pundit, Stephen Colbert has decided to listen to the lamestream media.

South Carolina for Stephen Colbert?

Dec. 6, 2012

Immediately following Sen. Jim DeMint’s announcement that he would be ditching the Senate to lead the Heritage Foundation, tweeters everywhere began playing their new favorite game:How many ways can we start rumors about Stephen Colbert being appointed to South Carolina’s Senate seat?

Once More, Wit Style

Dec. 6, 2012

Over the next month, the end of one Congress will push up against the start of another, creating a fast, circular momentum known as Washington’s revolving door. It starts slowly, spitting out the campaign jockeys at first, but inevitably gains speed, gobbling up new members, staff, lobbyists, journalists, nonprofiteers and activists, while depositing the cycle’s losers on the curb.

Once More, Wit Style

Dec. 6, 2012

Over the next month, the end of one Congress will push up against the start of another, creating a fast, circular momentum known as Washington’s revolving door. It starts slowly, spitting out the campaign jockeys at first, but inevitably gains speed, gobbling up new members, staff, lobbyists, journalists, nonprofiteers and activists, while depositing the cycle’s losers on the curb.

Alan Simpson Gets His Gangnam Style On

Dec. 5, 2012

Ex-Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., is preoccupied with doing things correctly.

The Grover Norquist Brown-Noser Gift Guide

Dec. 3, 2012

Hey, Republicans! Are you one of the heretics that has considered breaking Americans for Tax Reform’s no-new-taxes pledge? If so, you’ve already probably made a personal phone call to head honcho Grover Norquist explaining your true feelings and are bracing for a 2014 primary.

A Smart Choice

Dec. 2, 2012

Rep.-elect Chris Stewart, R-Utah, met Elizabeth Smart almost two years ago. Not long after, she tapped him to write her memoir.

Virtual 3-D Experience at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Nov. 30, 2012

The Freer and Sackler Galleries have finally figured out how we can tunnel to China — all we need is 3-D virtual technology, a million dollars worth of 3-D projectors, a mini iPad, a heated tent and 15 minutes.

Ted Poe's War on Twitter

Nov. 29, 2012

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is looking for justice — and that’s just the way it is.

Capital City Recognizes Pullman Porters

Nov. 27, 2012

Washington, D.C.’s political establishment is giving the Pullman porters their due.

Journeys Rare and Familiar Light Up D.C. Stages

Nov. 20, 2012

Extraordinary music is coming from the stages of Washington’s theaters this fall.

Two Pols Shave Their Heads for Cancer

Nov. 19, 2012

The Republican National Committee and Democratic Nation Committee can’t agree on much, but they both agree that cancer is bad and children’s cancer is god-awful.

Blumenauer Stoked About World Toilet Day

Nov. 19, 2012

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., is known for his deep and abiding love of bicycles.

Karl Rove Has Your Christmas Gift Right Here

Nov. 16, 2012

Karl Rove, one of the GOP’s top political strategists and the architect of President George W. Bush’s political victories, is now your one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping needs.

Steve King in Running for Sexiest Person in Des Moines

Nov. 15, 2012

Do you think Republican Rep. Steve King is one of the sexiest people in Des Moines, Iowa?

Sutton Staff Packs Up

Nov. 15, 2012

Rep. Betty Sutton has a reputation for being a demanding boss, and for having a high staff turnover rate. Earlier this year, the Sunlight Foundation gave the Ohio Democrat the distinction of having the worst turnover rate in the House. How bad? She had a 19 percent retention rate.

Grassley Nominated as Sexiest Person in Des Moines

Nov. 15, 2012

Politics is all about competition.

To These Frosh, a Fond Adieu

Nov. 14, 2012

For some members of Congress, one term or less just isn’t enough to get to them. Today, HOH bids adieu to the freshman members of the 112th Congress whom, alas, we won’t get to know better.

Best White House Petitions

Nov. 13, 2012

The White House “We the People” page has gotten a lot of attention for a spate of secession petitions, wherein a majority of the United States of America has demanded to be left alone and be just a group of states America used to know.

Bidding a Fond Adieu

Nov. 13, 2012

It’s time to say farewell to some newly displaced members of Congress we’re sad to see go.

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