Political Theater

150 EpisodesProduced by CQ Roll Call

In Political Theater, Jason Dick and the Roll Call team spotlight the spectacle, the players and what’s going on behind the curtain in Washington’s long-running drama: Congress.

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Why Trump is Fueling Journalism Majors

March 13th, 2019


When the president of the United States labels you the enemy of the people, what’s a young, aspiring journalist supposed to think? While recognizing that journalism is in a crisis, Christina Bellantoni, a professor of …

Why Everyone Wants to Talk About HR 1

March 7th, 2019


Democrats love it. Republicans hate it. K Street really hates it. The White House wants to veto it. Everyone’s talking about HR 1, House Democrats' …

How the National Archives Helped ‘Apollo 11’ Get a Fresh Look

February 28th, 2019


The Apollo 11 Moon landing is one of mankind’s iconic stories. So how, with the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing coming up, does the documentary …

Does Michael Cohen Testimony Change Political Strategies?

February 27th, 2019


Sure, as one cable news talking head says, Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony on Wednesday is “very, very explosive” and spread out over …

All the President's Potential Opponents

February 20th, 2019


Take one congresswoman from Hawaii, one tech entrepreneur and one South Bend mayor, add in 7 percent of the U.S. Senate and you still don’t have even half of the potential Democratic field of presidential candidates. …

The State of Lobbying is, Well, Pretty Darn Good

February 13th, 2019


Last year, Julian Ha of Heidrick & Struggles said the swamp was “constipated,” as the lobbying world continued adjusting to the Trump …

Is the State of the Union Just Another Campaign Stop?

February 6th, 2019


President Donald Trump's State of the Union address touched on familiar themes and not so familiar ones like bipartisanship. Yet, the goal of many …

Donald Trump and the Chamber of 2020 Rivals

January 30th, 2019


When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to both chambers of Congress on Feb. 5, he will not be the only star of the …

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Dick Cheney Have in Common

January 23rd, 2019


What do Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Vice President Dick Cheney have in common?

In addition to being political power brokers, …

What’s not part of the shutdown? 2020 Senate campaigns

January 16th, 2019


Politics never sleeps, not even during a government shutdown. That is especially true of Senate campaigns, because the unique nature of that chamber …

Congress for Newbies: Practical Advice From a Pro

January 9th, 2019


“Decide what kind of member of Congress you want to be,” says Tom Davis, the former congressman from Virginia. “Voters see through phoniness pretty quickly.”

Davis, who chaired the Republican campaign committee and …

What to Expect as the New 116th Congress Gets Under Way

January 2nd, 2019


If it’s a new year in an odd-numbered year, then you’ve got yourself a new Congress. As the 116th Congress is sworn in, things are going to look and operate differently: A record number of women in the House and Senate, …

Did Tax Reform Scrooge the Holiday Party Spirit?

December 19th, 2018


Whether it was a cramped schedule, the funeral of a president, changes to the tax code or overall crankiness, the holiday party scene this year …

The Political Football That is Washington Redskins Football

December 12th, 2018


There might be no better example of “political football” than what the Washington Redskins are doing by working with Congress, the White House and …

Roger Ailes 'Was Never Sorry About Anything'

December 5th, 2018


In her new film, director and producer Alexis Bloom examines the life of the late Republican Party kingmaker and controversial Fox News leader who, …

Going Down to Mississippi, Senate Runoff Edition

November 28th, 2018


The results of the Mississippi Senate runoff election were not surprising. The Republican won. The Democrat lost. It is a Republican state. But the …

What Really Happens During Congress’ Freshman Orientation

November 14th, 2018


What’s my Representational Allowance? Why can’t I take pictures on the House floor? Where are the bathrooms?

Newly elected lawmakers are participating in freshman orientation this week, and while it has a first day of …

The Midterms' Most Memorable Moments

November 7th, 2018


"A Private War" Illustrates Power, and Risk, Of Reporting the Truth

October 31st, 2018


At a time when journalists around the world face threats and are characterized as the enemy of the people, the new movie "A Private War" arrives at delicate point. Director Matthew Heineman and star Rosamund Pike …

Explosive Rhetoric Ramping Up, But Do Voters Care?

October 24th, 2018


Praising violence against reporters. Sending pipe bombs to public figures. Threatening political opponents. The fiery rhetoric is in full swing as …

Will the Lone Stars Align for Beto O’Rourke in Texas Senate Race?

October 17th, 2018


Will appealing to Whataburger partisans get out the vote? What about a new Willie Nelson song? These are but some of the questions that will be …

What ‘The Front Runner’ Says About Today’s Politics

October 10th, 2018


“The Front Runner” is not going to tell you how to feel about politics. The new film, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Jason Reitman and …

Rap, Race and Health Care Help Decide Upstate New York Fates

October 3rd, 2018


In upstate New York, two Republican House freshmen are fighting for their political future against two Democrats who hope that kitchen sink issues …

As Minnesota Goes in the Midterms, So Goes the Nation?

September 26th, 2018


Minnesota is suddenly the center of the political universe and voters there are more focused on health care and the economy than the latest scandal …

High Court, High Political Drama — Probably for Years to Come

September 19th, 2018


In the middle of a singularly rough Supreme Court nomination fight, the business of the high court goes on. The fate of Brett Kavanaugh, President …

Beto O’Rourke: Not Just Another Bassist From El Paso

September 12th, 2018


Rep. Beto O’Rourke has gained rock star status as an insurgent liberal candidate running against the established Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, but, but, …

Kavanaugh Drama Provides Stage for Democrats

September 5th, 2018


Senate Democrats are trying to make the most of the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Brett Kavanaugh looking to bolster support for the midterms …

Remembering McCain: Personal Stories From CQ Roll Call Journalists

August 29th, 2018


Sen. John McCain had countless interactions with members of the press during a career on Capitol Hill that spanned more than three decades. CQ's …

How Duncan Hunter Became the Hunted Over Campaign Cash

August 22nd, 2018


Pro tip: Don’t put in writing your complaints that your campaign treasurer won’t dish out petty cash for your personal use. That’s just one of the …

Ben Foster and Being Part of a ‘Continuing Conversation’ About Veterans

August 15th, 2018


For actor Ben Foster, veterans’ re-entry to civilian life is part of what he says is “a continuing conversation” he says is important. It shows in his body of work, including his latest movie, “Leave No Trace,” which he …

Left to Its Own Devices: Medical Tech, Congress and the Public

July 31st, 2018


Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering discuss their documentary "The Bleeding Edge" about the medical device industry and its unknown dangers. The movie comes as Congress again considers repealing the tax on …

The Capitol Shooting That Changed Everything

July 25th, 2018


July 24, 1998 changed everything on Capitol Hill. The shooting and ensuing deaths of two Capitol Police officers left a scar on the close-knit …

Democrats Cashing In on 2018 Midterms

July 18th, 2018


Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnout than presidential ones. If that turns out to be the case in 2018, it won't be because of a lack of cash or candidates. In short, the midterm cycle is awash in …

When Political ‘Dark Money’ Rode to Town

July 11th, 2018


Filmmaker Kimberly Reed grew up in Montana with little anticipation her home state would be ground zero for a massive fight over money in politics. …

A Peek at Congress

July 3rd, 2018


Roll Call photographers Tom Williams @pennstatetom and Bill Clark @billclarkphotos describe their time covering Congress and how they came to take …

New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Joe Crowley Down

June 27th, 2018


New York's Democratic primary has delivered the latest shock to the political system: the loss of House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley. …

What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers

June 20th, 2018


Journalists and lawmakers face off at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game, an event that Roll Call political Reporter Bridget Bowman and …

Congressional Baseball Game Enters New Era

June 13th, 2018


The annual Congressional Baseball Game has for years allowed lawmakers and staff a light-hearted outlet for their competitive drive. That changed a …

No Recess For You!

June 6th, 2018


Senate Republicans cancelled the August recess, citing historic obstruction by Democrats. But when you crunch the numbers, the delay tactics are far from historic, according to CQ Senate Managing Editor Ed Pesce.

50 Years Later, Bobby Kennedy for President Lives On

May 30th, 2018


The Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President” marks the upcoming 50th anniversary of the late senator and presidential candidate’s assassination in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. The four-part series by …

Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV

May 23rd, 2018


President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped …

Keystone Races Now Set in Keystone State

May 16th, 2018


Women were big winners in Tuesday's primaries as they are poised to change the midterm dynamics in states like Nebraska and Pennsylvania, explains …

Joe Manchin and the Mountain State Midterm Melee

May 9th, 2018


West Virginia Republicans lined up for the right to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III, and after a knock-down, drag-out fight, state …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Unlikely Pop Icon

May 2nd, 2018


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bona fide pop icon, perhaps strange territory for an 85-year-old, diminutive, reserved constitutional …

Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert

April 25th, 2018


Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the midterm election season …

Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit

April 18th, 2018


Members of Congress are the players we see on stage, but the production that is politics would go nowhere without the backstage people making up the …

Paul Ryan Departure Leaves GOP Spinning

April 11th, 2018


Speaker Paul D. Ryan's announcement that he will not seek re-election once he finishes out his term has set off a scramble on several fronts …

Trump Makes a Run for the Border

April 4th, 2018


President Donald Trump's desire to have the National Guard help patrol the Southern border is not all that different from actions taken by former …

Looking Forward to Being a Former Member of Congress

March 28th, 2018


Wondering what former members of Congress do after leaving Capitol Hill? Perhaps that's why the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress was …

Lessons for the Opioid Epidemic from the Ebola Fight

March 21st, 2018


The opioid epidemic is a massive public health crisis that Washington is only now starting to grasp. Reid Wilson, national correspondent for the Hill, has a new book about the last time the U.S. government got things …

Democrats Roar Over Conor Lamb

March 14th, 2018


The special election result in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has rocked the political world on its heels, with Democrat Conor Lamb’s …

Politics' Thin Line Between Laughing and Cringing

March 7th, 2018


In light of Tuesday's 74th Annual Congressional Dinner, Political Theater talks to Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri about when satire …

A Looming Warning From 'The Looming Tower'

February 28th, 2018


HULU’s new mini-series “The Looming Tower” traces the rising threat of Al Qaeda in the runup to the 9/11 attacks and is adapted from Lawrence …

Meet Jan Rader: A West Virginia Heroin(e) in the Opioid Fight

February 21st, 2018


Among the stars at next month's Oscars will be Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, one of the subjects of the Academy Award nominated Netflix documentary "Heroin(e)". She's a first responder on the front lines of the …

It's the Economy Stupid? Maybe Not​

February 14th, 2018


Roll Call Political analyst Stu Rothenberg explains why GOP gains in a generic ballot represent just a part of the overall political picture and …

The Lone Star Midterm Lowdown

February 7th, 2018


Texas kicks off primary season in less than a month, and will shape midterm contests that could help determine majorities in the House and the …

Can The Trump Show Win Over a New Audience?

January 31st, 2018


Ben Terris, national political reporter at The Washington Post, discusses with Roll Call how President Trump used his State of the Union to build …

Senate Democrats’ High-Wire Act

January 24th, 2018


Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman discuss the Senate Democrats up for re-elections in the 2018 midterms in states won by …

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times in Obama's 'Final Year'

January 17th, 2018


“The Final Year,” director Greg Barker’s documentary about a year in the life of the Obama administration’s foreign policy team, opens this Friday in …

Donald Trump Loves Football, But Does Football Love Him?

January 10th, 2018


The Big Story Podcast is now Political Theater, in which we examine the spectacle of politics and how it fits, or doesn’t, into the nation’s culture. 

A Big Finish for Trump's First Year; Can He Sell Conservative Accomplishments?

December 20th, 2017


The biggest tax overhaul in three decades, a record roster of judicial confirmations, strikes at Obamacare and a regulatory rollback: White House …

Alabama, Tangled Up In Blue

December 13th, 2017


Roll Call politics reporter Bridget Bowman, who is on the ground in Alabama, discusses how Democrat Doug Jones’ win is reverberating in the political …

A Mystery PAC and the Rest of the Strange Alabama Senate Finale

December 5th, 2017


A week before Alabama's special election, Roll Call election analyst Nathan Gonzales  describes how he unearthed  an obscure political action …

Why Democrats Are Willing to Play Ball With Trump

November 29th, 2017


Even though Democratic leaders snubbed President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House this week, it doesn't mean they don't want to negotiate …

Sexual Harassment in Congress: More to Come

November 22nd, 2017


Allegations against current lawmakers, plus revelations of many taxpayer-funded settlements, are forcing leaders of both parties to confront the …

All Politics Is State and Local

November 15th, 2017


Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro and Leadership Editor Jason Dick discuss the political morass Congress finds itself in with the debate over state …

What Tuesday's Elections Signal for the 2018 Congressional Map

November 8th, 2017


While the Democratic surge in the off-year voting gives the party reason to smile, the midterm election is a long way off. Roll Call reporters Simone …

Republicans Tinker With Tax Plan, As Lobbyists Dig In

November 1st, 2017


CQ lobbying reporter Kate Ackley explains how K Street and the business community are shaping the much-anticipated GOP tax overhaul.

Women's Political Power in the Age of Trump

October 25th, 2017


Donald Trump's presidency has encouraged women to make campaign contributions in unprecedented numbers. Will more women run for Congress, too? CQ …

Reading Is Fundamental, Just Not Always In Congress

October 18th, 2017


Do lawmakers read or understand the legislation they pass? They are about to pass a budget resolution they say isn't about the budget and passed …

Primary Elections and Steve Bannon's Role

October 11th, 2017


Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman explain how the primaries are shaping up ahead of the 2018 midterm elections amid a …

Cassidy Says He's Not Giving Up on His Health Care Plan

October 3rd, 2017


Louisiana's Sen. Bill Cassidy, a key architect of the Graham/Cassidy health care overhaul proposal, tells CQ Roll Call that with some adjustments and …

Quitting Congress When the 'Swamp is Constipated'

September 27th, 2017


CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley and executive talent-hunter Julian Ha discuss the job market for lawmakers and staff members in the Age of …

What’s Moore Strange Than Alabama’s Senate Race?

September 20th, 2017


Alabama's Senate contest Tuesday is the first election skirmish in this year’s Republican civil war. Appointed Sen. Luther Strange is the candidate of the party establishment yet has the backing of the outsider …

Quitting Congress

September 13th, 2017


A recent spate of lawmakers have announced they're retiring from Congress, and they are likely to be followed by others, says Roll Call elections …

How the GOP Congress Could Help ‘Dreamers’ Now

September 6th, 2017


Hill Republicans lambasted President Barack Obama’s deportation protections for 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, but now they sound willing to heed President Donald Trump’s …

The Suburban House Districts of Brotherly Love?

August 30th, 2017


Philadelphia's suburbs have long been political bellwethers, and any road to a House majority will likely run through them. Democrats are targeting …

Jeff Flake Feels the Heat

August 23rd, 2017


Sen. Jeff Flake's path to re-election is complicated. The Arizona Republican was potentially vulnerable even before President Donald Trump touched …

After Charlottesville, Civil Rights Under Trump at the Fore

August 16th, 2017


Last weekend’s bloody Virginia demonstrations incited by white supremacists will focus new attention on how the Trump administration is altering the Justice Department’s approach to hate crimes and other civil rights …

Alabama's Strange Election Turns Anti-McConnell But Pro-Trump

August 9th, 2017


Republicans competing for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in Alabama are striving to tell primary voters just how much they support President Donald Trump and, perhaps surprisingly, are using Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Inside the Senate’s Struggle With Civility

August 2nd, 2017


Senators are heading home for summer break, after a health care implosion highlighted the partisan ill will that’s festered all year. Ed Pesce, who edits CQ’s Senate coverage, explains how hardline GOP procedural …

What's the Spiel With Democrats' Better Deal?

July 26th, 2017

The Democratic Party rolled out a new platform to win back voters, but is the reboot going to work? Roll Call Columnist Jonathan Allen, Senior …

Why Republicans Haven’t (Yet) Said Nyet to Trump on Russia

July 19th, 2017


CQ Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro and senior editor David Hawkings consider the Watergate scandal and what its rhythms reveal about why today’s …

Short Recess, Long on Goals

July 12th, 2017


The Senate will stick around Washington a little longer in August, shortening its recess to focus on an ambitious agenda. The list of things to do …

GOP’s Health Care Puzzle Not Solved by Protests, Parades

July 5th, 2017


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likened his search for 50 senators willing to vote for the same repeal-and-replace legislation to solving a Rubik’s …

McConnell's Health Care Seesaw

June 28th, 2017


The Senate majority leader hasn’t abandoned hope of finding 50 votes for the year’s top GOP priority. But postponement over the July Fourth break …

What We Learned From the 2017 Special Elections

June 21st, 2017


Special election season is over, yielding an expensive status quo in the House’s partisan balance. But there are lessons to learn from these contests, including how they will affect the congressional agenda and what it …

Democrats' Big Test in Georgia

June 14th, 2017


Roll Call political correspondent Simone Pathè explains how the most expensive House race in history, next week's contest to fill an open seat in …

Podcast: Senate Picks Up Pace on GOP Health Care Bill

June 7th, 2017


After a series of fits and starts, the Senate is starting to clear a path so it can consider legislation dismantling Obamacare, say CQ Roll Call's …

In Congress, GOP at a Legislative Standstill

May 31st, 2017


Even with the first all-Republican government in a decade, Congress has yet to send any meaningful legislation to President Donald Trump, say CQ Roll …

Lessons of a "Shattered" Campaign

May 24th, 2017


Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections should pay attention to the party hubris that likely contributed to Hillary Clinton's …

Special Elections in the Time of Trump

May 17th, 2017


Special elections are coming up in Montana, Georgia and South Carolina and candidates are trying to work around the seemingly endless White House …

House GOP at Home Defending Health Vote, Not Always Truthfully

May 9th, 2017


The Republican effort to replace Obamacare has put some electorally vulnerable House Republicans on the defensive, CQ Roll Call political reporter …

The Art of the Spending Deal

May 3rd, 2017


Congress struck a deal on a long-overdue spending bill to keep the government running, and all hell broke loose. CQ Roll Call’s Jason Dick, Niels …

Trump's About-Face in His First 100 Days

April 25th, 2017


The first 100 days of an administration have been used as a benchmark to gauge the progress made by a sitting president. Donald Trump’s first 100 days are punctuated by successes such as confirmation of a Supreme Court …

Troubled Climate for Trump’s First Earth Day

April 19th, 2017


President Donald Trump is moving on several fronts to deregulate environmental protection, prompting some states to intervene. But deep EPA budget …

Trump’s Ethics Give Democrats a Midterm Weapon

April 11th, 2017


President Donald Trump has a blasé approach to the long list of complaints about his ethical conflicts and quandaries, and his GOP base hardly seems …

Trump’s Empty Seats

April 5th, 2017


The Senate is waiting for hundreds of high-profile nominations to lead the federal government and the U.S. court system, but it might be a long time …

How the Senate Risks Losing Its Essence Over Gorsuch

March 29th, 2017


The Republican majority is preparing to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court confirmations if that’s what it takes to assure Neil Gorsuch is …

As Kentucky and Mitch McConnell Go, So Goes the Nation?

March 22nd, 2017


CQ Roll Call's senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski leads us through a fascinating conversation on how the Senate leader's political machine …

Inside the GOP’s Uphill Health Bill Battle

March 15th, 2017


CQ Roll Call’s health editor Rebecca Adams breaks down why the Republican replacement for Obamacare is being attacked on all sides. And senior editor …

Republicans Grab Health Care’s Third Rail

March 8th, 2017


CQ Roll Call's leadership editor Jason Dick and senior political reporter Bridget Bowman explain the bumpy road ahead for Republican leaders as they …

The Problems Facing Trump's Big Government Agenda

March 1st, 2017


President Donald Trump's well-received speech reflects three factions operating within the White House, says CQ Roll Call White House reporter John …

Democrats, Finally, Select a Chairman

February 22nd, 2017


For four long months, Democrats have debated what to do to get out of the political wilderness. This weekend, the Democratic National Committee votes …

Voter Anxiety May Force GOP to Stall Obamacare Repeal

February 14th, 2017


As they head back into their states and districts next week, lawmakers could continue to face angry voters at town halls over repealing the …

Elizabeth Warren's War: Risk or Rebuke?

February 8th, 2017


Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's selectively applied rebuke of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren touched on volatile issues of race and …

Not Even the Usually Lofty Senate Can Escape the Trump Tumult

February 1st, 2017


The Senate is known for its courtesies and decorum, but it’s just two weeks into the Donald Trump administration and the chamber has become as …

Trump and GOP: The New Odd Couple

January 24th, 2017


Ahead of the GOP retreat, CQ Roll Call's leadership editor Jason Dick and White House correspondent John Bennett provide insight into the awkward …

Trump’s Attack on Civil Rights Icon Leads to Inauguration Boycott Movement

January 18th, 2017


CQ Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings and Leadership Editor Jason Dick examine the fallout from President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of civil …

Congress Set To Revoke Last-Minute Obama Regulations ... But There's a Risk

January 11th, 2017


CQ Roll Call's Senate leadership reporter Niels Lesniewski walks us through how the GOP-controlled Congress can use the Congressional Review Act to …

Lawmakers Poised to Debate Immigration and Trump’s Wall

December 21st, 2016


With Donald Trump in the White House, Republicans in Congress may finally have the momentum to change immigration policy that could spell trouble for …

CIA Russian Hacking Assessment Roils Congress

December 12th, 2016


CQ Roll Call's National Security reporter Ryan Lucas explains how Republicans and Democrats reach sometimes conflicting conclusions about whether the …

Taking Over for Dad Could Leave Trump Children With Taxes to Pay

December 2nd, 2016


CQ Roll Call’s Money and Politics reporter Kate Ackley digs into President-elect Donald Trump's web of potential conflicts of interest and his pledge …

Trump Request Complicates Government Funding

November 28th, 2016


Lawmakers have until Dec. 9 to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. But Trump has asked that the temporary spending bill be extended to March 31, …

Why Trump’s Drive to Replace Obamacare Faces a Bumpy Ride

November 14th, 2016


With control of the White House and Congress, Republicans can easily repeal big parts of President Obama’s health care law, but finding alternatives …

Trump Effect Could Be Felt Long After Election Day

November 8th, 2016


Roll Call columnists Patricia Murphy and Matt Lewis reflect on the nasty presidential campaign, how it changed some of the norms of politics and the …

How GOP Election Losses Could Imperil House Speaker Ryan

November 1st, 2016


Democrats are poised to pick up House seats. If GOP losses are particularly heavy, then Republicans are likely to blame Speaker Paul Ryan, say CQ …

Assured Freshmen Will Boost House Diversity

October 25th, 2016


Long before the polls close, 29 nominees for open seats are all but certain to win and they could end up as half or more of the House’s Class of …

The Next U.S. President's Challenges in Iraq and Syria

October 20th, 2016


The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a …

GOP Assesses Damage After Trump’s Lewd Comments

October 12th, 2016


Republicans are polling to see if their House and Senate candidates have been tainted by Donald Trump’s crude comments about women captured on video, …

Kaine, Pence Square Off

October 3rd, 2016


CQ Roll Call Columnist Walter Shapiro, CQ Policy Editor Catalina Camia and CQ Roll Call’s News Director Steve Komarow weigh in on the vice …

Flint Aid Averts Government Shutdown

September 28th, 2016


A deal to fund the government until Dec. 9 all came down to House Republicans giving in to Democratic demands to help Flint, Michigan, address its …

The Obstacles to Funding the Government Past Sept. 30

September 21st, 2016


With the clock ticking, CQ Roll Call explains the obstacles lawmakers must overcome to reach a temporary solution to fund the government beyond Sept. …

GOP Tries to Defang Agency That Fined Wells Fargo

September 14th, 2016


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created after the 2008 financial crisis just fined Wells Fargo millions of dollars for creating …

U.S. Is Failing Some Families of the Fallen

September 6th, 2016


A scoop by CQ Roll Call’s defense reporter John M. Donnelly reveals how the U.S. military bureaucracy treats the fallen differently, shortchanging …

Funding Fight Doesn't Squelch Zika Research

August 18th, 2016


Though Congress and the Obama administration are still fighting over how to respond to the Zika virus outbreak, the gridlock hasn’t kept government scientists from trying to develop an effective vaccine. But with …

Congress' Geek Caucus Tackles Tech

August 12th, 2016


Congress is grappling with a plethora of technology-related legislation that appears to be headed nowhere fast, in part because of concerns over …

What It Would Take to Dump Trump From GOP Ballot

August 8th, 2016


Many have asked what it would take to remove Donald Trump from the GOP ticket and nominate a new presidential candidate. CQ Roll Call’s senior …

TPP Trade Pact Drives Wedge in Democratic Party

July 29th, 2016


The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has become a thorny issue for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party, …

Cruz Douses Republican Talk of Unity

July 21st, 2016


Texas Sen Ted. Cruz has cast a shadow over the last day of the Republican National Convention after he was booed off stage Wednesday night for refusing to endorse Donald Trump for president. This memorable moment also …

Big Issues Left Unresolved by a Dysfunctional Congress

July 13th, 2016


Congress is going on a seven-week summer break without resolving critical issues from funding the government beyond Sept. 30 to paying for a response …

Guns Divide Speaker Ryan’s House

July 6th, 2016


Gun legislation is posing a real challenge for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Last month it was a Democratic sit-in demanding votes on gun control measures …

Going Broke Working for Congress

June 30th, 2016


Working on Capitol Hill may sound glamorous, but for many congressional staffers their salaries don’t match the importance of their jobs. A Roll Call …

Wall Street Takes Priority Over Zika Concerns in Senate

June 29th, 2016


Despite dire warnings that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is poised to become a public health threat, the Senate was unable to overcome partisan bickering to allocate money toward prevention efforts.  Lawmakers, however, …

Brexit's Impact On The U.S.

June 24th, 2016


Listen to The Economist Washington Bureau Chief David Rennie describe the potential economic consequences to the U.S. economy of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and the parallels between Brexit voters and …

Chaos in Congress Over Guns

June 22nd, 2016


Lawmakers in the House and Senate remain divided over gun control in the aftermath of the June 12 Orlando attack. But, as CQ Roll Call's Adriel …

Frequent 'Poison Pills' Are Grinding Congress to a Halt

June 20th, 2016


CQ Roll Call's Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and CQ Magazine Deputy Editor Jason Dick break down how so-called ''poison pill'' amendments get the …

Why Japan Fears Trump More Than It Does China

May 24th, 2016


As President Barack Obama heads to Japan for a summit of leaders of the Group of Seven, the world's biggest economic powers, CQ Roll Call's foreign …

States Balk At Insurers Setting Rates By Consumers’ Online Habits

April 18th, 2016


Watching Consumers’ Online habits to Set Insurance Rates


State lawmakers across the country are growing concerned about a new practice by the insurance industry:  setting prices based on their customers’ retail shopping …

Nevada’s Wild Card

April 7th, 2016


She’s from Nevada, via Brooklyn, N.Y., carries two pistols at all times, supports gay rights, Ted Cruz for President and helped negotiate the end of …

Iowa Rides the Wind

April 4th, 2016


Champions of clean energy often look to California and other blue states for leadership on  green issues, but lately the state that is the king of wind power is a decidedly red one in the heart of Middle America. To be …

Flint Residents Still Can't Drink The Water

March 24th, 2016


Three congressional oversight hearings and at least four visits by lawmakers to Flint, Mich., have provided little traction for legislation to …

Working for Medicaid

March 21st, 2016


The handful of red state governors and lawmakers who have been willing to expand Medicaid under the 2010 health care law have tried to put their own …

States See Tax Revenue Slip As Big Earners Make Less

March 11th, 2016


There’s good news and bad news for state treasuries – and a surprise about what can happen when states raise taxes on high-income households whose …

Controversial Cash for Cops Is Squeezed by Budget Deal

March 4th, 2016


A controversial federal program that over the years has sent billions of dollars to state and local police was halted in December after Congress …

States Move To Ban "Gay Conversion" Therapy

February 26th, 2016


There is a movement by states to prohibit mental health professionals from providing so-called gay conversion therapy. In just the last two years California, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon and Washington D.C. have banned …

Even LSU Football is Threatened by Louisiana’s Budget Crisis

February 24th, 2016


The new Democratic Governor, John Bel Edwards, and the Republican Legislature are going to have to work together to clean up a mess that even some Republicans in the state say was created by Edwards predecessor, …

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