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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 speaker 'not confident' of getting fiscal cliff deal

September 11, 2012 In light of Tuesday's news that Moody's warned it will downgrade America's credit rating if a deal isn't reached on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner said he's "not confident at all" that negotiations will be successful. "Listen, the House has done its job on both the sequestration and ...

When Congress doesn't fight over spending

September 10, 2012 So, Congress may actually not fight over spending levels this fall. A stopgap bill, or continuing resolution to keep the government funded for six months, is expected make it through both chambers this week. The text of the bill is expected later Monday, and the House Rules Committee will discuss ...

Issa is not finished with Fast and Furious just yet

September 5, 2012 Congress will be headed back to work next week, and if you thought Republicans were done pressing hard over the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme, you thought wrong. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be testifying on the case before ...

Presidential inauguration offerings to include local tap water

August 30, 2012 While most of the political world is all about the conventions, back in Washington, planning over the presidential inauguration has already begun. And next on tap: the kind of water that will be served. Local water and sewer utility DC Water was pushing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to have ...

Van Hollen to play Paul Ryan in debate practice

August 17, 2012 Rep. Chris Van Hollen, prepare yourself for the role of a lifetime. Well, maybe not quite a lifetime, but it's still an important role. The Maryland Democrat has been tapped to play the role of Rep. Paul Ryan in vice presidential debate rehearsals, The New York Times reports. Van Hollen, ...

House files civil lawsuit against Holder

August 13, 2012 This story has been updated. The House Oversight Committee filed a civil lawsuit on Monday against Attorney General Eric Holder to force him to turn over documents connected to the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. The House voted in June to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to ...

Postal Service defaults, Congress does nothing

August 1, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service defaults on a major bill Wednesday, the first time in the agency's history, and Congress isn't poised to do anything about postal reform before the August recess. The Senate approved a postal reform bill in April that includes $11 million to avoid the USPS default, but ...

Business groups sounding postal alarms ahead of default

July 31, 2012 Congress heads home for August recess at the end of this week and it doesn't appear lawmakers will reform the U.S. Postal Service before Wednesday when it defaults on its bills. And that has business groups and lobbyists worried. Wednesday's default, delayed from last year, stems from the Postal Service's ...

Reid calls NRC member 'treacherous, miserable liar'

July 30, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laid down some heavy adjectives when describing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission member. Asked by the Huffington Post whether Bill Magwood had a shot at being NRC chairman, Reid called him "treacherous, miserable liar." So, the answer is no, then? Reid opposes storing nuclear waste in ...

GSA's green building rating system a heated issue on the Hill

July 19, 2012 Talk of green building is heating up on the Hill, with the General Services Administration's use of a green building rating system likely to come up during Thursday morning's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the red tape surrounding job creation. The GSA requires all new federal construction ...