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Elahe Izadi Elahe Izadi writes about Congress and politics for National Journal, having previously covered Congress and K Street for the Influence Alley microsite. Prior to joining National Journal, she wrote and curated DCentric.org, an NPR Project Argo blog at WAMU 88.5 focused on race and class. Elahe was also part of the team behind D.C. local news start-up TBD.com, and covered everything from crime to local government for The Gazette, The Washington Post's chain of community newspapers in Maryland. Elahe graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in print journalism and African-American history. She was born in Washington, D.C., where she currently lives and regularly performs stand-up comedy.
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Here Are the Republicans Serving on the Benghazi Select Committee

May 12, 2014 While House Democrats are still mulling over whether or not to boycott the newly formed House select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, Republicans have chosen their members who will serve on the panel. Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana; Jim Jordan of Ohio; Mike Pompeo of Kansas; Martha Roby of...

Republicans Have Created Their Benghazi Select Committee. Now What?

May 9, 2014 It's official: The House has its Benghazi select committee, approved along party lines 232-186. The entire Republican conference voted Thursday evening to create the committee, with just seven Democrats joining them. Democrats voting in favor of the creation were Georgia's John Barrow, North Carolina's Mike McIntyre, Florida's Patrick Murphy, Minnesota's...

Will Democrats Join the Benghazi Committee?

May 8, 2014 Say you think something is a total circus; should you skip it altogether, or hop into one of the rings so you can yell about how ludicrous you think it all is? That's the essence of the tactical debate raging among Democrats on whether they should participate in the soon-to-be-formed...

S.C. Republican Will Head Up the Benghazi Select Committee

May 5, 2014 House Republicans have tapped South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy to head up a select committee to investigate Benghazi. In a statement Monday, House Speaker John Boehner called Gowdy "as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come." The former federal prosecutor is known for his aggressive style and dramatic questioning during...

Ted Cruz: John Kerry Should Resign Over Israel 'Apartheid' Comment

April 29, 2014 Sen. Ted Cruz wants Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comment that without a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel risks becoming an "apartheid state." The Texas Republican, who's possibly running for president in 2016, took to the Senate floor Monday to call for Kerry to...

Virginia Hasn't Learned Anything From Last Year's Government Shutdown

April 16, 2014 In 2013, the federal government shut down over what was essentially a divide in Washington over Obamacare. In 2014, the same could happen in Virginia. On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate passed a $96 billion budget that included a provision in which the state would accept federal funds under the...

The One Democratic Priority President Obama Won't Take Executive Action On

April 9, 2014 Over the past few months, President Obama has either picked up his pen or has seriously considered doing so on a number of big-ticket priorities for the Left—ranging from a minimum-wage increase to executive orders relating to equal pay, which he signed Tuesday. But while the president has taken executive...

Senator Dismisses Claim Her 'Emotional' Views Compromised a Report on Torture

April 8, 2014 In response to comments from former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden that she may have compromised a report on CIA interrogation tactics because of her "emotional" views about the issue, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein has one word: "Nonsense," she told reporters in the Capitol Monday....

Senate Votes to Declassify Report on CIA Interrogations

April 3, 2014 In a closed hearing Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify portions of a CIA report detailing post-9/11 interrogation tactics. The lawmakers sent their request to the White House to declassify more than 500 pages of a 6,200-page report, including an executive summary, findings, and conclusions about an...

Senate Takes First Step to Declassify Report on CIA Interrogations

April 3, 2014 In a closed hearing Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify portions of a CIA report detailing post-9/11interrogation tactics. It now goes to the White House, which will hold final authority on declassifying more than 500 pages of a 6,200-page report, including an executive summary, findings and conclusions...

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