Political Theater

126 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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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. …

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