Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

Hillary Clinton (AP/Photo by Gerald Herbert)

Stars of the Senate

Politics | Activity on Capitol Hill Tuesday included a visit from President-elect Obama and hearings for his cabinet
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/13/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-One former senator from Chicago, Barack Obama, and another soon-to-be-former senator were, among others, on parade Tuesday on Capitol Hill for hearings and policy lunches.

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Associated Press/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hello, 111th

Politics | A new Congress convened Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with much pomp and drama
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/06/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under icy rain outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Roland Burris, 71, declared, "I am the junior senator from Illinois," despite being barred from the Senate chambers minutes earlier. Burris, who Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed last week to fill President-elect Barack Obama's empty Senate seat, said that the secretary of the Senate, Nancy Erickson, told him he did not have the signature of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on his credentials, which prevented him from taking the seat.

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Associated Press/Photo by Gerald Herbert

The day in D.C.

Roundup | Things are hopping on the Hill, with a visit from the president-elect, hearings on Bernard Madoff, debates on the next GOP chair, and more
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/05/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Though the new session of Congress doesn't officially begin until Tuesday, Washington was a-buzz Monday.

The Obamas arrive in D.C.

Sunday night the first-family-to-be stepped off a plane and into their new lives in Washington, D.C., with the Obama girls Sasha and Malia beginning school Monday at Sidwell Friends, a private school in the area.

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