Marin Cogan

Hey Vegetarians: Congress Doesn't Like You

In Capitol Hill's cafeteria, an actual food fight

On most days, a vegetarian hill worker’s lunch options are depressing: soggy salad-bar greens, a greasy grilled cheese, or maybe—just maybe—a wrap from the sandwich station made of cheese and leftover garnishes. A few months ago, Michael Shank, then an aide to California Representative Mike Honda, found himself sick of this situation, and after conversing with his fellow veggies, he learned that they were, too. So they did what like-minded people on Capitol Hill do: They formed a caucus.

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Whatever Happened to Bobby Jindal?

The feud that helped knock the shine off a Republican golden boy

What ever happened to the Republican Golden Boy?

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The Art of the Washington Photobomb

On Capitol Hill, the web meme is a daily fact of life

On Capitol Hill, a popular web meme is a daily fact of life.

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Why Rubio Will Probably Walk

The senator may be too risk-averse to strike a deal on immigration

The risk-averse senator is unlikely to strike a deal on immigration.

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Forgive Me Mentor, For I Will Run

How Marco Rubio could end Jeb Bush's electoral career

How Marco could end Jeb's electoral career.

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House of Cads

The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington

The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington.

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They All Look the Same!

A Hill reporter's guide to D.C.'s most indistinguishable politicians

A Hill reporter's guide to telling DC's most indistinguishable politicians apart.

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Over the last couple of weeks, tensions between the Congressional Black Caucus and the Obama administration boiled over, with ten CBC members on the financial services committee skipping a key vote on regulatory reform legislation and threatening to scuttle the reform bill altogether if the president didn’t take greater steps to addresses unemployment and home foreclosures in the African American community. But it appears that Obama’s job speech yesterday did the trick.

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Jonathan Martin brings us yet another former McCain adviser stepping forward to accuse Sarah Palin of being a dunce. In this telling, Palin canceled a sit down with Spanish-language channel Univision because she felt uncomfortable talking about Hispanic issues.

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Conservatives have been quick to blame the administration for the slow delivery of H1N1 vaccine. Not long after Obama declared the swine flu pandemic a national emergency last month--a measure that cleared the way for hospitals to make special preparations for infected patients--Missouri Representative Roy Blunt pounced on the administration’s “onerous regulatory and legal environment” as a cause for the vaccine delays. In the Weekly Standard last week, Bill Kristol held up the swine flu response as an example of the coming “big government health care” boondoggle.

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