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Elahe Izadi

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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House to reconvene Sunday evening

December 27, 2012 It's official: the House will be back in session Sunday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday. The House will reconvene at 6:30 p.m., Sunday -- a mere 29 hours and 30 minutes before the country goes off the fiscal cliff. So... Plenty of time to get something done, right?...

Video: Another fiscal cliff scenario, as predicted by 'Saturday Night Live'

December 21, 2012 Hey everybody: calm down. House Speaker John Boehner's failure last night to get enough votes to pass Plan B doesn't necessarily spell doom for a fiscal cliff deal, as my colleague Chris Frates explains. One point worth highlighting: Boehner's whip counters now have a pretty good idea of how many...

House Republicans' support for Plan B on fiscal cliff uncertain

December 19, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders late Tuesday night drafted and posted legislative language online regarding two alternative plans to freeze income tax rates so both can be voted on this week as potential ways to soften the so-called “fiscal cliff” at year’s end. In reality, Republican...

Naked people visit Boehner’s office, protest sequester cuts

November 27, 2012 As if House Speaker John Boehner needed more motivation to avert sequestration, a group of protestors showed up at his Longworth office today and took off their clothes to really drive home the message. The protestors reportedly stormed his Longworth office to protest medical research cuts that would come under...

Better liked than Congress: David Petraeus

November 21, 2012 Americans must sure feel angry with Gen. David Petraeus after he resigned as CIA director because of an affair with his biographer, right? Not quite. According to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, 40 percent of Americans still have a favorable opinion of Petraeus, compared to 30 percent who now have...

Millionaires hit Capitol Hill to ask for tax raises

November 19, 2012 Patriotic Millionaires, a group of rich men and women who support tax raises on those making $1 million or more, hit the Hill last week to push their agenda. The group met with senior staffers in Republican and Democratic offices, and also asked for increased capital gains tax rates and...

Education beats defense industry in lobbying against sequestration

November 19, 2012 We all know that sequestration -- those automatic spending cuts set to kick in next year -- has caused a lobbying frenzy among defense contractors. But it turns out that education is the most active industry in lobbying against sequestration cuts. That’s according to the Open Secrets Blog: of the...

Capitol Christmas tree en route to Washington

November 6, 2012 We know, we know -- no Christmas music or decorations until after Thanksgiving (or at least until after Election Day). But with the long lines and election year fatigue, it helps to keep this in mind: the holidays are just around the corner, and the Capitol Christmas tree is on...

The money and groups behind postal reform lobbying

October 31, 2012 Business groups and unions have spent much time and money lobbying postal reform measures. The U.S. Postal Service's finances don't look very good -- it recently hit its borrowing limit after defaulting on two $5 billion+ payments. A Senate postal reform bill has passed, but a House version that would...

Video: The definitive Eric Cantor Power Point on Simpson-Bowles

October 25, 2012 If you're looking for a quick soundbite on Simpson-Bowles from Majority Leader Eric Cantor, keep lookin'. He's got a nearly seven-minute Power Point to explain his stance on the deficit reduction plan. Is he pro or anti? "Unfortunately, it is not a question that lends itself to a simple 'I...

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