‘It’s the epi­cen­tre. It’s the Colos­seum in Rome. All roads lead to here. And it’s a young per­son’s game’

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - INTERNATIONAL REPORT -

ONTHEWAY to the lunchtime cashier in the Se­nate’s Dirk­sen Cafe, Lau­ren, 25, and Alana, 26, are peo­ple-watch­ing, guess­ing which staffers are Democrats and which are Repub­li­cans. ‘Oh, I ges­ture to­wards a woman in a bun and thong san­dals wait­ing at the sand­wich sta­tion. ‘D,’ Lau­ren whis­pers. It’s a sum­mer wear­ing pearl ear­rings and heels, bright, earnest and pas­sion­ate about the Hill.

but live to­gether in a group house on Capi­tol Hill, Wash­ing­ton, with im­por­tant po­si­tions. A lot of the boss] the se­na­tor and goes into his de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. Which is a speech­writer for a few months, Lau­ren helped de­vise the se­na­tor’s talk­ing points. ‘It was amaz­ing to see re­marks I had into the Con­gres­sional Record. As I lis­tened, I thought, I found

other things, leg­isla­tive aides and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tors: 20-some­things who draft rec­om­men­da­tions on how their and who de­cide who gets to meet with leg­is­la­tors, when, gen­uine do-good­ers who con­sider them­selves pub­lic ser­vants in­tent on ei­ther chang­ing the world… or run­ning it. ‘Capi­tol a cru­cial part of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care what hap­pens here. It’s the epi­cen­tre. It’s the Colos­seum in That’s no un­der­state­ment. Sarah Swine­hart, Speaker of the House John Boehner’s di­rec­tor of me­dia af­fairs, planned the Pope’s Septem­ber visit to Ste­fanik, the Repub­li­can from up­state New York, was hired fresh out of Har­vard as an aide to Ge­orge W. Bush’s head of for his vice pres­i­den­tial de­bate against in­cum­bent Joe Bi­den. minted grad­u­ates are tasked with such crit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties per­sonal mat­ters. Sleep­ing with one is par for the course. So

Group hous­ing is de rigueur. Repub­li­can Lau­ren and

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