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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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Boehner Has a Plan to Avoid a DHS Shutdown -- But It Might Not Pass

February 27, 2015 Speaker John Boehner on Thursday night finally laid out a plan to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department: kick the can a little farther down the road. Yet even that may fail. With just one day left until funding runs dry for DHS, Boehner urged his conference ...

Loretta Lynch's Nomination to Succeed Eric Holder Passes Its First Test

February 26, 2015 Loretta Lynch had a lot to prove before her nomination for attorney general could make it to the Senate floor—chiefly that she is not like Eric Holder, the man she'd be succeeding. She withstood lengthy lines of questioning at a two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the end of January, ...

Beware of the Unpaid TSA Agent

February 23, 2015 The next government shutdown may already have its poster child: The unpaid airport screener. There won't be any shuttered national parks if Homeland Security Department funding runs out, nor will there be any unmailed Social Security checks or unpatrolled borders. What there will be—as Democrats are increasingly eager to remind ...

Senator Blocks OPM Nominee Over Hill Staff 'Obamacare Exemption'

February 12, 2015 President Obama's unilateral action on immigration isn't to blame for the latest GOP move to block one of his nominees. This time, it's health care. On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter announced he would hold the nomination of retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay to serve as the deputy director ...

Police Body Cameras Have Come to D.C. Is the Hill Next?

February 9, 2015 For a select group of Washington police officers, the cameras are always rolling, capturing their every interaction with the public on film. Soon, the same could go for officers in the two Maryland counties neighboring the District. On the Hill, some key officials are mulling whether the Capitol Police should ...

Veteran Charged With Threatening to Open Fire Inside Capitol

February 5, 2015 A retired Army veteran was arrested and charged with threatening to open fire inside the Capitol building, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. On Monday, Michael Bogoslavski, 33, texted a federal employee working in the U.S. Capitol building of his plan ...

The Choreography of Budget Day

February 2, 2015 At 7 a.m. Monday, the Government Publishing Office's trucks will be raring to go, filled with thousands of copies, totalling millions of pages, of a new publication precious few have been allowed to see: a hard-copy outline of President Obama's hopes and dreams. By 8 a.m., print versions of Obama's ...

D.C. Laws Aside, You Still Can't Carry a Gun on the Hill

January 30, 2015 If you live in Washington, you might be one of the very tiny handful of applicants to the city has finally given permission to carry around a concealed firearm. But that doesn't mean you can stroll onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol packing heat—unless you're part of another very ...

How Hard Will Senate GOP Fight on Immigration?

January 14, 2015 Senate Republicans are willing to use a vital spending bill to fight President Obama on immigration. But not as hard as their House colleagues would like. The House will vote Wednesday to stop funding for Obama's executive action deferring deportations for 5 million undocumented immigrants as part of a measure ...

House Republicans Make an Aggressive Opening Bet on Immigration

January 12, 2015 House Republicans will make their first bet in a long-term political gamble this week, taking aggressive and broad swipes against President Obama's immigration policy in the face of dubious Senate support and a seemingly insurmountable veto threat. Assuaging the conservative wing of their conference, House Republicans will vote to dismantle ...