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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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Police Detonate Pressure Cooker Near Capitol

May 26, 2015 Police detonated a pressure cooker left in a vehicle near the Capitol Sunday and arrested the car's owner on a charge of driving on a revoked license. A source familiar with the incident said that the man was apparently a food vendor, and Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider told the ...

Amtrak Has a Trust Problem in Congress

May 14, 2015 In the wake of a horrific train derailment, everyone in Congress agrees that Amtrak—particularly in the now-paralyzed Northeast Corridor—is ailing. But the two parties are offering very different prescriptions to fix it. Regardless of the ultimate cause of Tuesday's deadly accident in Philadelphia—the National Transportation Safety Board said the train ...

Officials: Gyrocopter Didn't Look Like a Threat on Radar

April 29, 2015 After two weeks of closed-door briefings and mounting questions on how a postal worker from Florida was able to land his gyrocopter on the Capitol's west front unharmed, lawmakers finally got the public chance to unload their frustrations on a coterie of top law enforcement and airspace security officials Wednesday. ...

Who Protects the Skies Over the Capitol?

April 29, 2015 A phalanx of Washington's top security officials will explain to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday just how a gyrocopter was able to land next to the Capitol—and who is ultimately in charge of protecting congressional airspace. The agency directors will be six deep—the Secret Service and the ...

Hill Outlook: Finishing a Budget, and Fending Off a Gyrocopter

April 27, 2015 The Senate's Iran debate will likely make the biggest headlines this week, but Congress will also be preoccupied with finishing a spending blueprint, protecting itself from low-flying aircraft, and a host of other issues large and small. BUDGET In the House, it's budget week. Republican leaders have been preparing their ...

GOP Blocks Vitter's Obamacare Subpoena

April 23, 2015 Sen. David Vitter was stymied Thursday in his latest effort to get answers on how members of Congress and staff get their health insurance through Obamacare. And it wasn't just Democrats who blocked him—it was his fellow Republicans Vitter has fiercely opposed Congress members and staffers receiving their health insurance ...

Senator Asks Colleagues to Take 'One Step Closer to Living Under Obamacare'

April 22, 2015 Sen. David Vitter wants answers on Obamacare. On Thursday, he'll learn if the Republican members of the committee he chairs are behind him. The senator from Louisiana has been leading a crusade to uncover why members of Congress and their staffers receive their health insurance on D.C.'s small business exchange—and ...

After Gyrocopter Stunt, Lawmakers Want Answers

April 17, 2015 Lawmakers are demanding answers after a gyrocopter landed on the Capitol lawn—a destination that the pilot had blogged about and the Tampa Bay Times had written about before the aircraft made it to the west lawn on Wednesday afternoon. The House Administration Committee is asking for a full review of ...

Meet The US Treasure Hunters Racing To Protect Artifacts From War

April 16, 2015 They're always searching. Maps, magazines, music, posters, books, and videos—a never-ending hunt for history. It takes them across the globe, through war zones and political unrest, the types of places where it's best to blend in—or occasionally travel in an armoured car. And they race to do it, hoping to ...

Inside the Sometimes Crazy World of Capitol Hill Protesters

April 7, 2015 Margaret Flowers listened for nearly 30 seconds. Then she'd had enough. It was a morning in late January, and she was sitting in the crowd for the Senate Finance Committee's hearing on President Obama's trade policy—including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Flowers listened as U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman began his opening ...