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Have you ever asked, “WTF?,” about politics? Or, “who are these people making decisions about my life?” Political Theater pulls back the curtain on the stunts, antics and motivations that drive Washington. Host Jason Dick and the Roll Call team spotlight the spectacle, the players and what’s going o… read more

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The harrowing journey out of North Korea in ‘Beyond Utopia’

November 10th, 2023


If you know anyone who clings to antiquated notions that documentary films are dry affairs, kindly refer them to “Beyond Utopia,” Madeleine Gavin’s movie about the perilous paths North Korean defectors and their allies …

The cranky American: A tale of public polls

November 3rd, 2023


If you’re feeling cranky about politics, you’re not alone. Public polling shows a remarkably wide swath of Americans with historically poor views of …

Home-grown horror: The long reach of "The Exorcist"

October 26th, 2023


Washington is a city rooted in politics and history. It is also the home of one of the most iconic horror stories of all time, “The Exorcist.” The …

The times, they are confusing: Why is Congress like this?

October 17th, 2023


A speaker is deposed. Members of Congress gets indicted. A former president stands trial. Things feel unsteady, even dangerous. Has it ever been like …

The fall of the House of ... Representatives

October 6th, 2023


The instability of the House of Representatives is on full display, with this week seeing the first-ever ouster of a speaker, which led to the …

Bob Menendez: Born to run under indictment?

September 27th, 2023


Sen. Bob Menendez is a New Jersey institution, and in a familiar place, running for election while fighting federal corruption charges. He has always come out on top before, but times have changed, and his Democratic …

In “Deadlocked,” it’s increasingly the Supreme Court’s world, and we just live in it

September 20th, 2023


Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s documentaries run the spectrum of the political world and process, including Bobby Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, the …

If it’s September, it’s government meltdown time

September 14th, 2023


September is always stressful around Washington. Congress rarely even tries to pass its spending bills in time for the end of the fiscal year on …

The contemporary reach of ‘Golda’ during the ‘Yom Kippur of democracy’

August 23rd, 2023


With “Golda,” director Guy Nattiv depicts the story of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s leadership during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, bringing his …

The 'Oppenheimer' expanded universe: Steve James' tale of atomic espionage in 'A Compassionate Spy'

July 25th, 2023


Steve James is a documentary filmmaker whose body of work has taken him from "Hoop Dreams" to the 2008 financial crisis and more. His latest film, "A Compassionate Spy," is about Ted Hall, a physicist who worked at Los …

I know what you did this summer

July 13th, 2023


What's the difference between launching a political campaign on June 30 and July 10? Does it really matter? Here to explain why it does is Nathan …

Chronicling one year of the post-Dobbs world

June 23rd, 2023


June 24 marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade and the …

DC/DOX adds another diverse layer to Washington's film community

June 14th, 2023


Washington is a film capital, home to a diverse slate of festivals to match a diverse slate of interests and people. This week, the DC/DOX festival gets under way with dozens of documentary features on topics ranging …

Taking flight: Ondi Timoner’s ‘Last Flight Home’

June 8th, 2023


Good documentaries tell stories that work on multiple levels. Filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home” does this by portraying a family as it …

When 'Yellowstone' came to Capitol Hill

May 25th, 2023


"Yellowstone" and its related series are a cultural phenomenon, and have provided Native Americans a voice and platform that breaks boundaries. Two …

The Capital Challenge race, explained

May 19th, 2023


The annual Capital Challenge foot race is a unique gathering of the three branches of government and the journalists who cover them: a three-mile, mid-week, morning race of about 600 people that raises money for youth …

The most vulnerable 2024 incumbents, so far

May 12th, 2023


It is a Roll Call tradition: identifying the most vulnerable House and Senate incumbents each election cycle. And for our first look at the franchise …

The White House Correspondents Dinner, explained

May 4th, 2023


The White House Correspondents Dinner, the crown jewel of Washington’s spring prom season, roared back this past week, freed from many of the …

You sunk my battleground! The 2024 campaign gets under way

April 27th, 2023


President Joe Biden made it official this week: He is running for re-election. The 2024 presidential race will be determined largely in the same battlegrounds it did the last few elections. In some cases, that means the …

Nothing is simple in the Senate

April 20th, 2023


Ah, the Senate. Anything you think should be simple never really is. Democrats there are trying to figure out what to do about the extended absence …

The National Press Club, explained

April 13th, 2023


The National Press Club is part of the fabric of Washington politics and news. It is a professional and social gathering place for people in the …

Worlds collide: Separation of powers fights heat up

March 31st, 2023


The country’s founders were big fans of separating the powers of the branches of government. The current tussles among Congress, the White House and the courts show that the debate over where one institution’s authority …

Yes, they look at ALL the votes

March 24th, 2023


For decades, CQ has studied the votes of members of Congress and lined them up according to party unity, loyalty to the president, participation, and more. There is a lot that goes into it, and people around the world …

The Gridiron Club, explained

March 16th, 2023


The Gridiron Club is one of Washington’s longest-standing journalism institutions. Founded in 1885, it is known for its annual dinner, a gathering of club members, fellow journalists and Washington elites. Normally …

Hope and Despair on the Campaign Trail '24

March 8th, 2023


Trump-first Republicans have CPAC. Never Trumpers have Principles First. And on one magical weekend, the two twain did meet, or at least met at …

The environmental, agricultural and moral stakes in ‘The Smell of Money’

March 2nd, 2023


The documentary “The Smell of Money” chronicles several North Carolina families’ fight for environmental justice against pork producers whose …

Early onset political prognostication

February 16th, 2023


It might be early in the 2024 election season, but that doesn't mean there aren't significant events, candidates, polling and topics to tune into. …

The State of the Union is ... saucy

February 8th, 2023


Just when you think the State of the Union address is played out, we get one like Tuesday's: A call and response of political spectacle that very …

Where do Hollywood screenplays come from? Sometimes Washington

January 30th, 2023


When we say “Hollywood,” it’s kind of like saying “Washington.” There’s more that makes up these places than just – these places. In many cases, the …

Comeback angles: Trump, McMahon and the art of never quitting

January 23rd, 2023


It’s a reliable plotline. Old, battle-hardened wrestler left for dead and in exile mounts a comeback, looking to vanquish the people who always seem to underestimate him. Of course, we’re talking about Donald Trump. Or …

"The Flagmakers," sews a portrait of an icon and the people who make it

January 11th, 2023


The flag of the United States is a worldwide icon. It’s a symbol of liberty with a complicated history. “The Flagmakers” a documentary from veteran …

Bridge to Somewhere: Joe and Mitch on the Ohio River

January 5th, 2023


The Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River has long been a symbol of the country's crumbling infrastructure, a familiar prop politicians used as …

‘The Corridors of Power’ shows how genocide goes through the policy calculus

December 12th, 2022


Dror Moreh’s documentary “The Corridors of Power” is a chronicle of the American response to genocide in modern times. It combines difficult footage …

'Retrograde' chronicles the human consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

December 7th, 2022


Matthew Heineman is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working, and his movies have provided ground level views of the world not available to many: drug cartels in Mexico, journalists working in the Syrian …

Race, football and religion: Sorting through the Georgia Senate runoff

December 1st, 2022


On Dec. 6, the last race of the 2022 campaign will conclude, when voting in Georgia ends in the runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

This campaign has been close since the …

Measure for measure, the drama of the 2022 midterms starts to conclude

November 17th, 2022


Things we know about the 2022 midterms: There will be a House Republican majority and a Senate Democratic majority. Elections went pretty smoothly. Incumbents for the most part held on. Things we don't know: How big …

The known knowns of the 2022 midterm election

November 3rd, 2022


As we prepare for Election Day, what are the things we know that we know about the 2022 midterm election? As the late Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown …

Up close and superPAC: Fisher Stevens and Karim Amer on their docuseries ‘The Lincoln Project’

October 25th, 2022


The history of The Lincoln Project is a flash point in contemporary politics. A superPAC founded by high-profile Republican strategists who opposed …

'No Time to Fail' — An empathetic look at the people who make elections work

October 19th, 2022


There has never been a better time to see how elections work. With intense interest in campaigns, and with the foundations of representative …

Supreme Court keeps on truckin'

October 12th, 2022


Congress is in its pre-election recess lull. The president is signing a bunch of bills people can’t remember. But the Supreme Court is running at …

Mitch and Rick, the GOP's 'Odd Couple'

September 28th, 2022


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell prefers to work behind the scenes. Rick Scott, chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm is an outspoken, outgoing salesman for the GOP. Like with Neil Simon's "Odd Couple" -- …

We love it when you're vulnerable: Swing districts, members versus members and more

September 21st, 2022


Elections always come down to a choice. Someone wins, someone loses, and Roll Call has long chronicled the path to Election Day by reporting on …

Law and order revisited at "Riotsville, USA"

September 15th, 2022


Filmmaker Sierra Pettengill’s documentary, “Riotsville, USA,” examines the history of the government’s efforts to crack down on protest movements. The title refers to the ersatz towns the military built for …

Weird times, Weird poll numbers

September 8th, 2022


Politics works in patterns. But we might be in one of those outlier election cycles, when politics don’t always match up with typical narratives. …

Strange days are here: August in Washington

August 17th, 2022


August can be a strange month, especially in a place like Washington. On one hand, things are slow. Congress goes on recess. People take vacations. …

Moving right along: A political reporter’s turning point

August 12th, 2022


Amanda Becker is a veteran political journalist. The Washington correspondent for The 19th News has covered a variety of beats here in The Swamp over …

The long story for victims of Camp Lejeune gets a new chapter

August 4th, 2022


President Joe Biden will soon sign legislation that will give easier access to health and disability benefits to more than 3.5 million veterans who were exposed to toxic substances on overseas deployments in Iraq, …

Previously on the 2022 primary show: crazy cash, ISIS brides and representatives prohibited from representing

July 21st, 2022


We are at a pause in the congressional primary season, with several major states having selected their nominees for November’s general election, …

'Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down' has impeccable timing

July 13th, 2022


The new documentary from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” comes out amid a nationwide debate about gun safety, …

Cruel summer: The Supreme Court’s lengthy break in the spotlight

July 7th, 2022


Supreme Court justices have it made: Not only do they get to remake American society with a few opinions, they get to take three months off afterward! Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has joked that ”only Supreme Court …

It’s a small White House after all

June 30th, 2022


The walls sure are thin in the West Wing. That is just one takeaway from the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to the House …

Send lawyers, footballs and money: the strange twists and turns of Washington's football team

June 24th, 2022


Washington's professional football team has a long history of controversy, and Congress and local governments spend a lot of time picking apart its …

"The Martha Mitchell Effect" gives voice to one of Watergate's great characters

June 16th, 2022


This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the Watergate break-in, a scandal that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This is one of history's great dramas, and we're still telling and hearing …

How ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ reflects a stranger, more vulnerable political time

June 9th, 2022


"Top Gun: Maverick," the legacy sequel to the 1986 movie "Top Gun," has soared at the box office since its Memorial Day weekend opening, making more …

Adam Conover and the quest to make government accessible, funny and human

May 26th, 2022


In "The G Word with Adam Conover,” his new series on Netflix, the titular host explores government, how it works, what it does, and also how it …

So, who exactly is the establishment in politics now?

May 19th, 2022


Tuesday’s primary races in states — be they Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Oregon — were good news for the establishment of both political …

Six months out, why these congressional incumbents are vulnerable

May 12th, 2022


As the November midterm elections continue to come into focus, several Senate and House incumbents are vulnerable in their bids for re-election. Some …

Mod (Com) Squad: The people modernizing Congress

May 5th, 2022


Reps. Derek Kilmer and Williams Timmons are under no illusion about the challenges to make Congress a more modern and efficient institution. But as the leaders of the House Selection Committee on the Modernization of …

White House Correspondents' Dinner is back: Expect super-spreader jokes

April 28th, 2022


For the first time since 2019, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is back, stepping gingerly into the COVID-19 era, awkward jokes and …

Cash Rules All Politics? Maybe, maybe not. Breaking down the latest FEC fundraising numbers

April 20th, 2022


It's the year of our Midterm Election, 2022, and Q1 fundraising numbers are in. What's a million dollars get you these days? How are …

Let's get specific about the generic ballot

April 14th, 2022


We're going to hear a lot about the congressional generic ballot as we get deeper into the 2022 midterm campaign. But, as Edwin Starr might ask, "What is it good for?" How much can we use it to make sense of the …

There's no crypto in baseball! ... Oh, wait

April 7th, 2022


Major League Baseball is back — and it's got some cryptocurrency-sportsbook-anti-competitive-business-practice baggage. District Fray's Brandon …

Between the Lines: A Redistricting Roundup Report Card

March 31st, 2022


When it comes to really geeking out about politics and campaigns, nothing beats redistricting. Jason Dick and Michael Macagnone break down how the …

Training the next generation of campaign reporters — in the field

March 22nd, 2022


Christina Bellantoni, a former Roll Call editor who is now professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California, is training …

Supreme Court confirmations keep us guessing

March 17th, 2022


The stakes for Supreme Court nominations have always been high. But starting in 2016, when Senate Republicans refused to consider the nomination of Merrick B. Garland, the high court confirmation process has been …

‘Time becomes elastic’: the long legacy of Guantanamo Bay

March 9th, 2022


For the remaining prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility, “time becomes elastic,” in the words of filmmaker Alex Gibney. One long-time detainee, for instance, Abu Zubaydah, just had his petition to get …

Unified control, the political unicorn that never lasts

March 3rd, 2022


In the last 50 years, only six first-term presidents have been graced with their party in the majority in the House and Senate, and those majorities come under a lot of pressure in midterm elections. That brings us to …

‘I just knew I had to be there’ — Jamie Raskin and the convergence of grief and politics

February 23rd, 2022


Rep. Jamie Raskin was already embroiled in a political struggle of titanic proportions when tragedy struck in late 2020: the death of his son, Tommy. …

The NFL’s missteps get amplified on its big stage

February 9th, 2022


This Super Bowl Sunday marks the conclusion of the one of the NFL’s mosts successful and entertaining seasons — and also one where its questionable …

The color of money, 2022 midterms edition

February 2nd, 2022


Voting rights is about as hot a topic as it gets in politics right now, with the debate centered around whether voting laws pushed by Republicans …

‘I’m not going to be bullied out of here’ — members of Congress react to death threats

January 27th, 2022


There has always been a risk to being a public figure, particularly a member of Congress. Beyond the violence of events like the Jan. 6, 2021 attack …

Reshaping society, the Supreme Court way

January 19th, 2022


The White House and Congress get a lot of attention for their proposals to change public law, but the Supreme Court is having an outsize effect on society with its decisions, from determining where women can get …

Timothy Snyder: Voting rights an 'existential question' facing America

January 12th, 2022


The current fight over voting rights will help determine how long the United States endures as a republic, says Timothy Snyder, a historian and author of “On Tyranny" and other books about why democratic republics rise …

January 6, 2021: In their own words

January 6th, 2022


For people just trying to do their jobs on Jan. 6, 2021, there wasn’t a lot of time to think. But bearing witness then and reflecting on it now are as important as ever during a time when the republic is so fragile. …

The 2021 Political Theater year in review

December 22nd, 2021


It’s that time of the year, when podcasts like Political Theater do their years in review. It’s a helpful frame. But 2021 in retrospect looks a lot …

CQ Roll Call's photographers on the year that was

December 15th, 2021


It has been, to put it mildly, a momentous year. It started off the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and has been defined by the continuing pandemic. But …

From COVID's first wave to now, what we learned

December 8th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives for years now and killed millions. What are the biggest changes it has caused? And could we have done …

Coal in your legislative stockings

December 2nd, 2021


The weather outside might not be so frightful, but Congress’ inability to do anything on time sure does suck. Here we are in December, and, as usual, …

Ruben Gallego's warts and all account of life and death

November 23rd, 2021


Congressman Ruben Gallego’s new book, 'They Called Us "Lucky": The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War's Hardest Hit Unit,' isn’t your typical …

What we're watching one year out from 2022 midterms

November 17th, 2021


The 2022 midterm elections are less than a year away, and CQ Roll Call politics team has been keeping an eye on vulnerable members, races to watch, …

Infrastructure Week: No longer a punchline

November 11th, 2021


It's a good time to be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. With President Biden about to sign an infrastructure bill into law, Buttigieg is one …

The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately elections of 2021

November 3rd, 2021


Gubernatorial elections this week in Virginia and New Jersey showed a huge swing toward Republicans in two states previously thought of as solidly …

Joe Manchin: Man of the moment

October 27th, 2021


In an evenly divided Senate, every senator has the ability to be a kingmaker. But West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has taken it to the next level. At a time when Democrats in the majority are assembling their Build …

Just what is wrong with Congress?

October 21st, 2021


The legislative branch consistently misses statutory deadlines, lurching from crisis to crisis, all while sniping at one another in a way that would …

'Dopesick’ humanizes the overwhelming losses of the opioid epidemic

October 13th, 2021


The team behind the Hulu mini-series “Dopesick,” discusses with Political Theater how they approached a story of monumental tragedy and loss, putting …

The view from Howell: Michiganders weigh in on Biden agenda

October 7th, 2021


President Joe Biden took his pitch for enhanced infrastructure and social safety net spending to Howell, Mich., this week. CQ Roll Call Senior Writer …

Supreme Court takes on big issues — and more scrutiny

September 29th, 2021


The Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 4, and the stakes are sky high for the justices, who will hear cases that could usher in sweeping …

The Circus’ comes back to (this) town

September 22nd, 2021


The Circus is back in town. At least Showtime’s political documentary series "The Circus" is back, resuming its sixth season this past Sunday. And …

Can Congress stay bipartisan on Olympic oversight?

September 15th, 2021


Congress is deeply split, but not when it comes to the Olympics. Former U.S. women's national gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of female gymnasts provoked bipartisan action to toughen oversight …

'Detainee 001’ and the untold story of the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh

September 8th, 2021


Filmmaker Greg Barker’s new documentary, “Detainee 001” comes at a turning point in U.S history and its timing could not be more ideal. The story of …

Was the sad, messy end in Afghanistan inevitable?

September 1st, 2021


President Joe Biden this week declared that the longest war in U.S. history was over, and that after evacuating thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, there was no vital national security interest that justified …

The politics of public health

August 25th, 2021


Health inequities between different racial and ethnic groups existed well before COVID-19, but the pandemic has revealed just how stark the …

Everything you wanted to know about Title 42 but didn't know to ask

August 19th, 2021


A little known public-health directive, Title 42, allows border agents to swiftly “expel” migrants who cross the border —without considering their asylum claims. It was implemented in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases spread …

What’s so special about special elections?

August 9th, 2021


Special elections to the House this year have offered more evidence that local and state contests have been nationalized, even down to the …

‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’ explores path, legacy of 44th president

August 4th, 2021


The HBO documentary series “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union,” arrives at a tumultuous time in American politics. It explores the formative …

The ADA at 31: Still striving to remove barriers

July 28th, 2021


This week, the White House celebrated the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, touted as a bipartisan success that …

How DACA went from temporary plan to forever battle

July 22nd, 2021


Initially conceived as a temporary solution for vulnerable immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has become an intractable …

Trump, voting access defining 2022 midterm election outlook

July 13th, 2021


Midterm elections have patterns, but the political calculus we use sometimes needs a little adjusting. A delayed redistricting cycle, former …

The Supreme Court: It’s all about the politics

July 7th, 2021


Supreme Court justices like to portray themselves as legal actors, not political ones, but the high court has never been able to stay out of the …

Decluttering the Capitol of its white supremacists

June 29th, 2021


Just before the Independence Day recess, the House is moving anew to remove statues of people in the Capitol who were part of the Confederacy or were …

When 60+ votes isn’t enough in the Senate

June 24th, 2021


Why does something that seems pretty common sense and has wide bipartisan support get stalled in the Senate? A case study is the current debate over …

Late spring fever: Congress emerges from pandemic depths

June 15th, 2021


This week, the House and Senate were both in session for the first time since before Memorial Day, and it feels like Spring Fever, with pandemic …

Why is West Virginia the center of the political universe?

June 9th, 2021


For a small state, West Virginia has outsize political influence. The Mountain State's two senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley …

‘The Courier’: How friendship trumped Cold War politics

June 1st, 2021


The United States and Russia have a tense political relationship, which will be on display later this month when President Joe Biden has called …

"I have to be an optimist"

May 26th, 2021


This week marked the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, a year defined by a subsequent international …

"There’s a number of people who still take it for granted"

May 20th, 2021


Few political issues are as polarizing as abortion, and now abortion opponents are on the cusp of a potentially epic win after decades of incremental …

When the theater of politics turned all politics into theater

May 13th, 2021


When we started this podcast in January 2018, we were not thinking about whether it would make it to 200 episodes. Then again, we didn’t think we get …

History and drama: Republicans’ 2022 balancing act

May 6th, 2021


Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, history and redistricting favor House Republicans. But even with built-in advantages, there are some wild …

He's not gonna wait

April 29th, 2021


Mark McKinnon, long-time political adviser and current co-host of the Showtime political documentary series The Circus joins Political Theater to …

Bonus episode: Equal Time with Mary C Curtis: DNC Chair Jaime Harrison

April 28th, 2021


Jaime Harrison gained national attention last year when he broke fundraising records running against South Carolina incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. …

The future of the Democratic Party

April 21st, 2021


It's no secret that in the corridors of power there is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party. While Joe Biden won the presidency, there …

Joe Biden's bold moves on race relations

April 14th, 2021


The United States is amid a period of self-reflection and contentious debate on race relations and President Joe Biden is leaning into it.

Rashawn …

The future of the GOP

April 7th, 2021


Rep. Mike Johnson is emblematic of the Republican Party of which he is now, in his third House term, and a leading member. He joined fellow Republicans in January in backing the former president's campaign to overturn …

Governing in a hurry: The fleeting nature of unified control

March 31st, 2021


Unified control of the White House and Congress does not happen all that often. We are in one of those periods now, with President Joe Biden and his …

11 years later, the Affordable Care Act is still ‘a big f-ing deal’

March 24th, 2021


This week marks the 11th anniversary of Barack Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act, something Joe Biden, then the vice president, now the president, famously described as a “Big F-ing Deal.”

He was right. It is …

What Deb Haaland at Interior means for Native Americans

March 18th, 2021


Native Americans have long had a contentious relationship with the Interior Department. Now one of their own is at the helm of it, Deb Haaland, an …

Making sense of Congress, one year into the pandemic

March 11th, 2021


One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Political Theater takes stock of the changes in Congress and how it operates, which of those will be lasting, …

If you want partisanship, you’ve got it

March 3rd, 2021


Look no further than Congress to hear gripes about gridlock and the lack of bipartisanship. But based on whom the voters are sending to Washington, it’s not a big shock: Barely a statistically significant number of …

‘Mad’ about you: Madeleine Dean’s Philadelphia story

February 24th, 2021


It’s been a busy few years for Rep. Madeleine Dean, the Pennsylvania Democrat elected to the House in 2018. The lawyer and professor was part of a historic wave of women elected who put the chamber back in Democratic …

Maybe everyone just wants to move on

February 17th, 2021


Despite the high drama and hard feelings associated with the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, it’s unclear it will have an …

Political Theater goes to 'The Circus'

February 10th, 2021


Showtime’s political documentary series “The Circus” wants to capture, in the words of co-host John Heilemann, the “big, giant chaotic, nightmarish …

Just how long will the U.S. Capitol look like a militarized zone?

February 4th, 2021


Amid a pandemic, an impeachment trial, an economic crisis and the fallout over the Jan. 6 armed attack on the Capitol, Congress is trying to figure …

Errol Morris on documentaries in the age of COVID-19 and chaos

January 27th, 2021


Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his latest movie, "My Psychedelic Love Story," history as chaos, whether Donald Trump believes his own …

The Transition: The ‘Against all odds’ inauguration

January 20th, 2021


The presidency of Donald Trump is over. The presidency of Joe Biden has started. The inauguration happened -- against all odds, is how one staffer …

The Transition: A new chapter for ‘America's Big Day’

January 19th, 2021


Presidential inauguration historian Jim Bendat discusses the unprecedented preparations of Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, from the unnerving amount of security in the wake of the Jan. 6th …

The Transition: Where do we go from here?

January 15th, 2021


As Washington gears up to host the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States next week, the country is on edge. After the insurrection …

The Transition: The ‘Who’s on First’ impeachment trial

January 14th, 2021


As the baseball and life philosopher Yogi Berra said: It’s like déjà vu all over again! Why? Because it’s January and we’re preparing for an …

The Transition: "It was surreal": A second impeachment in the time of COVID-19

January 13th, 2021


These days, every day feels historic. But Jan. 13, 2021 is a big one: The House impeached President Donald Trump for a second time. That's the only time a president has been impeached twice. During a pandemic. That's …

The Transition: Chaos and mistrust on Capitol Hill

January 12th, 2021


We are learning more about what law enforcement knew before the insurrection at the Capitol last week and it’s not a pretty picture.

The Washington …

The Transition: Congress in turmoil

January 11th, 2021


With less than 10 days before Joe Biden gets sworn in as president, Congress is reeling from the assault on the Capitol and what it will mean to …

The Transition: President Trump's death rattle

January 8th, 2021


If anyone thought 2021 would come in like a lamb this week's events prove otherwise. Insurrection, treason, 25th amendment are all terms being tossed …

The Transition: Doing the job under duress

January 7th, 2021


The shock of the violent overrunning of the U.S. Capitol this week featured a lot of people knuckling down, thinking on their feet and doing their …

Get ready for the hump day from hell

January 5th, 2021


Wednesday's joint session of Congress will be a long, potentially tortuous affair to count the Electoral College votes that certify Joe Biden's win …

The Transition: Meet the new Congress, more weird than the old Congress

January 4th, 2021


The 117th Congress is under way, and it is already weird. A time usually filled with ceremony, celebration and at least a faint trace of optimism is clouded over by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectacle …

Political Theater: The year we will never forget

December 30th, 2020


While many of us might want to put 2020 in the rear view mirror, CQ Roll Call's three award winning photographers documented the year that was from …

The Transition: A showdown over Fed powers stalls deal for COVID aid

December 18th, 2020


We're looking at a dispute that is threatening the delicate coronavirus relief bill negotiations that are also tied to a Friday at midnight government funding deadline. The GOP wants to limit Federal Reserve lending …

The Transition: Trump's norm-busting. Let us count the ways

December 16th, 2020


Among the accomplishments of President Donald Trump is a crash-course in civics that showed the public that a lot of government business and transparency happens because of good will and cooperation, not statute. In the …

The Transition: Sorry, but 2020's political drama will be leaking into 2021

December 15th, 2020


With the Electoral College certifying Joe Biden’s victory, and Senate Republicans acknowledging that fact, is the presidential race finally over? Not …

The Transition: Will White House officials and Congress be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

December 14th, 2020


We're delving into why White House officials and members of Congress may be at the head of the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine. CQ Roll Call's Niels …

The Transition: The bureaucrats are back

December 10th, 2020


President Donald Trump loved to hate the swamp, or official Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is bringing a different approach by bringing on a group of no-drama experienced government hands to run the executive …

The Transition: Ag, HUD at forefront of equality debates

December 9th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden's picks to head the the Agriculture Department and HUD follow a fairly familiar pattern: a former farm-state governor for …

The Transition: Biden finds you can't please all the people all the time

December 8th, 2020


The incoming Biden administration continues to come into focus. The president-elect's nomination of retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be Defense …

The Transition: Let's make a deal

December 7th, 2020


In this episode of Political Theater's The Transition, Congress is still in a tug of war over a possible COVID-19 aid package. CQ Roll Call's David …

The Transition: Congress is racing to finish must-pass bills before the New Year

December 4th, 2020


As the holiday season is upon us, so too is a time honored tradition. Congress working at the last minute to shore up must-pass bills. CQ Roll Call's …

The Transition: Inauguration 2021 -- It could get weird

December 2nd, 2020


Jim Bendat has literally written the book on our Inauguration Day traditions and history. And one thing he is pretty confident of predicting: between Donald Trump's propensity for antics and the ongoing pandemic, the …

The Transition: Congress begins decorating its end-of-year legislative tree

December 1st, 2020


Congress is very good at putting off its most important business until the end of the year. The current spending measure funding the government expires on December 11. And with the economy starting to show signs of …

The Transition: Joe Biden and the Dare to be Dull approach to governing

November 24th, 2020


The first full official day of the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration featured President-elect Joe Biden …

The Transition: It's been a long week

November 20th, 2020


We're delving into President Donald Trump's latest moves to block President-elect Biden from moving forward, why foreign policy towards Europe may be …

The Transition: Trump team briefs senators on Operation Warp Speed, but not Biden team

November 19th, 2020


With a COVID-19 vaccine in sight, it's more important than ever the Trump administration and the team of President-elect Joe Biden coordinate on the pandemic. But that's not happening. Sen. Chris Murphy discusses how …

The Transition: The ‘traffic jam’ gets worse every day that Trump delays

November 18th, 2020


David Marchick, director of Center for Presidential Transition, has a traffic report for us: If the Trump administration doesn’t start doing its part …

The Transition: Richmond is Biden's gain and Congress' loss

November 17th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden has poached the first member of Congress for his administration — Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond. The lawmaker will become a senior adviser to the president and director of the White House …

The Transition: "More people may die"

November 17th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden says that "more people may die" if President Donald Trump doesn't soon share what the current plans are to combat COVID-19 and distribute vaccines. Also, a first look at who may be named to be …

The Transition: Trump's post-election moves spark anxiety

November 12th, 2020


In a little over a week, President Donald Trump has launched legal action to try to counter election results, fired the Secretary of Defense Mark …

The Transition: Congress isn't putting its own transition on hold

November 11th, 2020


President Donald Trump might be holding off on his participation in the transition process, but Congress is not. New members report to Capitol Hill …

The Transition: Was Election Day really a week ago?

November 10th, 2020


We're looking at the fallout from the Trump administration fueling the myth that the president didn't lose the election. President-elect Joe Biden and his team can't get national security briefings, or funds usually …

The Transition: The Biden team wastes no time

November 9th, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden launches his transition with a marquee roster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We also look at what is likely to happen to …

The Transition: The tipping point

November 6th, 2020


At the time of this recording, five states have still not been called in the presidential election, with former Vice President Joe Biden leading in three of them. Then there is the Senate. With two runoff elections set …

The Transition: Release the Trump campaign lawsuits!

November 5th, 2020


The country is on edge as battleground states continue their vote count in the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden for the presidency. But that has not stopped Trump’s campaign from filing several lawsuits in hopes …

The 2020 election is a story that just won't end

November 4th, 2020


If you like tidy stories, then 2020 is not for you. As election officials continue counting votes for the presidency and Senate and House races, it's …

The future of the presidency

October 30th, 2020


With only days to go before Election Day, my colleague Shawn Zeller was thinking about the last 4 years and whether the way President Trump has …

Just in time for Halloween: Worst case scenarios for the election

October 29th, 2020


The 2020 Election is “rounding the corner” — sorry, I could not resist — but here we are, just a few days out from Nov. 3, which means that it’s …

Brent Roske, ‘Iowa’s political bartender,’ talks Hawkeye State races

October 22nd, 2020


Brent Roske is a political animal, but it wasn’t supposed to be that way. A veteran Hollywood creative type, his series “Chasing the Hill,” about a …

Lo-tech crashes hi-tech political campaign tactics

October 15th, 2020


Technology increasingly defines modern life, and that is especially so in political campaigns. But for all the sophisticated polling models and ways …

The odd, hybrid world of the vice presidency

October 8th, 2020


The vice presidency is a strange office, a hybrid of both the executive branch and the legislative branch, someone who breaks ties on Senate votes and can preside over the counting of his own electoral votes in a joint …

How this SCOTUS fight will be very different

September 30th, 2020


As if the 2020 presidential campaign wasn’t already tense enough, we now have a high-profile Supreme Court confirmation fight playing out in the Senate. But things will look and play out differently for the nominee, …

SCOTUS fight scrambles Senate schedule, campaigns

September 23rd, 2020


We thought we were in the home stretch of the 2020 campaign season, with the primaries over and early voting beginning, and then on Sept. 18, another …

'The consulting class is going ape-s***' -- The Lincoln Project, explained

September 16th, 2020


If you’ve been anywhere near cable news or social media in the last few months, you have probably seen an ad by the Lincoln Project. The group of …

‘Surge’ part of ongoing surge in political documentaries

September 10th, 2020


If you ran for Congress in 2018, there was a pretty good chance you are part of a political documentary. First came “Knock Down the House,” which …

Keynote candidates and no-shows: Who we talk about when we talk about political conventions

August 26th, 2020


One of the few things that is not different about this year’s political conventions is that the parties are providing valuable national airtime to …

Virtually the same? This year’s unconventional Democratic National Convention

August 19th, 2020


We don’t need hindsight to see that 2020 is a year unlike any other in recent memory. The coronavirus pandemic has touched every fiber of our lives …

'It's just history': Kamala Harris' historic run as VP

August 12th, 2020


Kamala Harris' historic run as vice president comes at a time of big societal and generational changes. Roll Call columnist Mary C. Curtis, who …

‘It is exhausting’: Women in Congress recount shared experiences

August 6th, 2020


Congress has a record number of women in its ranks, and it doesn't matter if they are Democrats or Republicans, junior members or elected leaders: They share a common set of experiences about being talked down to, …

From middle school to Congress: Jamaal Bowman’s journey

July 30th, 2020


Jamaal Bowman isn’t your average former middle school principal. That’s because the 44-year-old recently beat veteran Congressman Eliot Engel in the …

Remembering John Lewis, in his own words

July 23rd, 2020


Since Rep. John Lewis' death on July 17, his colleagues have paid tribute and remembered him in ways big and small. And his own words, like the ones …

For Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the fight for voting rights goes way back

July 16th, 2020


The struggle to ensure people have access to the ballot box is one that G.K. Butterfield and his family have been involved in dating back to the …

‘Just come home’ — Black lawmakers reflect on their interactions with the police

July 8th, 2020


It doesn’t matter if you went to Morehouse, or if you were an undercover CIA officer or even a police officer yourself, if you are a Black man, odds …

Watching John Lewis Watch Himself: Dawn Porter's documentary on the civil rights icon

July 1st, 2020


Filmmaker Dawn Porter had a unique challenge in making a documentary about Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who recently turned 80 and has been a civil rights hero for more than half a century. How do you say …

Eleanor Holmes Norton’s brass ring: DC Statehood

June 24th, 2020


Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is a third-generation Washingtonian who has been witness to the biggest turning points for the Capital city’s long …

'There are no degrees of separation' -- How the Mother Emanuel church shooting hangs over the current debate about racial justice

June 18th, 2020


It's been five years since the deadly, racist-motivated shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. But the scars are still present in the current debate over racial justice, Black Lives Matter and the …

A long way in a short time: What George Floyd spurred

June 11th, 2020


It might not seem like it, but we’ve come a long way as a country in the last couple of weeks. On May 25th, George Floyd, a black man, died at the …

A good time for a film about ‘Good Trouble’

June 4th, 2020


Filmmaker Dawn Porter's new documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble" arrives at a time when racial justice is on everyone’s mind. Protests over the death of George Floyd have broken out in major U.S. cities. John Lewis’ …

What if social media was run like a bar?

May 28th, 2020


Social media was supposed to connect people by bringing them into a common shared space to exchange views, jokes and news. It has become a dominant …

'You expected to die of dieseases' — Lessons from past pandemics

May 20th, 2020


This isn't the first pandemic the United States, and Washington, has grappled with in the last century. But there are some key differences in our …

Dulcé Sloan is not a 'celebrity'

May 13th, 2020


The comedian and ‘The Daily Show’ correspondent dives into her new podcast ‘That Black Ass Show’, how she keeps her comedy personal and why she still has to wait to be seated.

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Not even a pandemic can budge America's political dynamics

May 6th, 2020


We're less than six months away from Election Day and the political dynamics have changed little: Donald Trump is a slight underdog for re-election, …

A formidable coronavirus meets its match: New Jersey gas stations, liquor control boards

April 29th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life as we know. But the coronavirus might have met its match in some truly indelible parts of our …

“Out of the blue … all hell broke loose”: Mario Diaz-Balart on his COVID-19 recovery

April 22nd, 2020


Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was the first member of Congress to disclose he had COVID-19, and he tells Political Theater about those first scary days of …

What we learned, or didn’t, from the Ebola crisis

April 9th, 2020


What lessons did the U.S. government learn from its success in clamping down on the 2014 Ebola epidemic in fighting the coronavirus pandemic? “We did …

What happens when you lose track of your own story

April 2nd, 2020


When we started realizing how significant the coronavirus pandemic was shaping up to be, we wanted to cover not just the story, but how we covered …

It's not chaos: This is how debate in the Senate should look

March 26th, 2020


Congress has worked hard to address the human and economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic. Amid this work, some senators have gotten testy on the floor, leading to what looked like a meltdown in relations. But this …

One Mike, two Mike, red Mike, blue Mike.

March 18th, 2020


There are 24 men named Mike on the Hill. It’s the most popular name up there, followed closely by John. To put that into context, there are more men …

"Slay the Dragon" attempts to humanize gerrymandering

March 11th, 2020


A new documentary, "Slay the Dragon" explores what happens when voters fight back against gerrymandering. Jason Dick is joined by the directors of the film Chris Durrance, Barak Goodman, and one of the film's main …

Comedian Margaret Cho makes the personal laughable

March 5th, 2020


Margaret Cho has been called a political comedian, but to her political comedy is just a part of the authenticity she strives for. On this episode of …

Gearing up for many upcoming Un-Super Tuesdays

March 4th, 2020


So it turns out Super Tuesday was pretty spectacular. Race dynamics changed dramatically, several marquee House and Senate races were set up and the …

Our Texas-sized Super Tuesday Jamboree

February 27th, 2020


Everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas is even bigger when it's part of Super Tuesday. And while the Democratic presidential primary gets a lot of …

Nevada is next: takeaways from the state's early caucuses

February 21st, 2020


Taco trucks, cookies and a ‘Battle Born’ caucus interview with Julián Castro: CQ Roll Call reporter Niels Lesniewski joins Political Theater to share …

The upside of populism: A chat with Daron Acemoglu

February 19th, 2020


With populist leaders like President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders leading their parties' primaries, it seems people are fed up with their …

New Hampshire scramble: Dems power into primary with little clarity

February 12th, 2020


New Hampshire's 2020 Democratic primary was the mirror image of Republicans' 2016 primary. We're still lacking clarity even as the the field winnows. …

Donald Trump: How to win kitsch and influence people

February 5th, 2020


President Donald Trump's State of the Union was a master class in deploying conservative rhetoric, entertainment kitsch and Americana tropes before a televised audience. Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post discusses …

Wildest caucus ever? Iowa goes down to the wire

January 29th, 2020


Less than one week to go, and it's anyone's guess who will win the Iowa Caucuses. What's the biggest thing on Iowans' minds as they decide? …

Comic Maz Jobrani is seriously funny about politics

January 24th, 2020


In a special edition of Political Theater, PhD drop out and comic Maz Jobrani takes Heard on the Hill's Kathryn Lyons "back to school" to talk Trump …

The White House and The Lion King

January 22nd, 2020


There is a lot to learn from covering the White House for four years. For former CQ Roll Call White House correspondent John T. Bennett, that …

Impeachment Clouds Hang over Iowa Debate

January 15th, 2020


This week's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa was the last chance for the significantly winnowed field to make a big impression -- not just before the Feb. 3 caucuses but also before the Senate impeachment trial …

Waiting for Pelosi: The Senate theater of the absurd

January 9th, 2020


Senators are getting a little antsy waiting for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver articles of impeachment of Donald Trump so they can start a trial. We …

Picture perfect: CQ Roll Call's photographers explain their favorite images of 2019

December 18th, 2019


From Jon Stewart’s smirk to a scrum at the Iowa State Fair to the frenzy surrounding former presidential aide Hope Hicks, CQ Roll Call photographers …

Sitting at 'Desk 88' with Sen. Sherrod Brown

December 10th, 2019


Democrat Sherrod Brown was first elected to the House in 1992 and just won a third Senate term in 2018. Perhaps aware of the history that surrounds him and his own place in it, he has a new book out, Desk 88. That is …

The ‘center’ of Mitch McConnell's legacy building

December 4th, 2019


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not shy about using his namesake McConnell Center at the University of Louisville as a platform for showcasing his allies, adversaries and his own ability to steer the national …

Off-year election debrief: Trump 'always makes it about him'

November 20th, 2019


 It is tempting to read into 2019's off-year elections for clues into next year’s big political brouhaha. Since President Donald Trump campaigned in …

When Art Imitates Life: "The Report"

November 12th, 2019


The new movie "The Report" turns to real life to create art. The film is based on the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report of 2014. Senate investigators took seven years to detail the CIA's use of its …

The four most likely scenarios for 2020 elections, explained

November 5th, 2019


The 2020 elections are shaping up as the most significant in memory, but predicting them is a handicapper's nightmare. Nevertheless, CQ Roll Call …

The most vulnerable 2020 House and Senate incumbents, explained

November 4th, 2019


One year out from Election Day 2020 and Senate Republicans and House Democrats find themselves in parallel universes. The GOP is on defense in Senate races, where more Republicans are on the ballot, and it's the …

From Impeachment's High Solemnity to High Farce

October 30th, 2019


Every impeachment inquiry has its own distinct identity. CQ Roll Call contributor Finlay Lewis discusses the first impeachment inquiry he covered, …

Inside the unique tributes to Elijah Cummings

October 25th, 2019


The memorials for the late Rep. Elijah E. Cummings illustrate the unique way the nation remembers figures like him, a tradition of grieving both in public and private in places important to the deceased. Longstanding …

Between a Trump and a hard place

October 16th, 2019


Republican senators up for re-election in swing states have a delicate balance to strike. They need to get almost all Republican voters in their …

The Supreme Court is ready for its closeup

October 3rd, 2019


Hot topics? The Supreme Court’s got ‘em this term. LGBTQ rights. Guns. Immigration. With the High Court's new term starting Monday, CQ Roll Call …

This is not your father's impeachment

September 25th, 2019


The conventional wisdom is that impeachment could imperil Democrats in 2020. But beware the conventional wisdom, and relying on dated data and small …

That 70s show: Biden Edition

September 19th, 2019


Joe Biden is among the most recognizable politicians. But even he was an upstart once. In 1972, he was just a 29-year old lawyer running an uphill …

K Street doesn't want your retired and hungry lawmakers

September 11th, 2019


Lobbying firms on K Street and trade associations used to be a sure bet for retiring members of Congress. Not anymore. Julian Ha, a recruiter on K …

2018 election wraps up in NC with poll showing Democrat in lead

September 4th, 2019


When voters in North Carolina's 9th district vote in the Sept. 10 special election, the 2018 election cycle will finally conclude. Democrat Dan …

Stage managing ’The Trump Show on the Road’ in Biarritz

August 28th, 2019


How do you plan for the unplanned? That was the challenge for advance teams paving the way for the recent G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, and for …

Mysteries of the Senate, bathtubs and beyond.

August 21st, 2019


Politicians and pundits are fond of saying that Washington has never been more polarized and that the Senate in particular may never recover from …

The Iowa State Fair: Our hits, misses and lessons learned

August 16th, 2019


For all its quaintness and fun, the Iowa State Fair does a pretty good job of approximating politics at the national level, be it questions about …

Iowa State Fair: Why do you have to come here to be president?

August 15th, 2019


Iowa plays a big role in presidential politics because of its first in the nation caucuses. Even by that standard, though, this time around feels …

The Iowa State Fair: A day in the deep-fried life

August 13th, 2019


Yes, there are lot of politicians who attend the Iowa State Fair to court voters. But there is so much else to this unique event, from the almost 70 …

The Iowa State Fair: Our pro-active primer on politics, pork and public officials

August 7th, 2019


Political Theater is heading to the Iowa State Fair to check out how the 2020 races for president, Senate and four competitive House races are …

'The Great Hack,' Cambridge Analytica and our blurred reality

July 31st, 2019


How do you make a story about data interesting? That was the challenge of documentary The Great Hack. Filmmaker Karim Amer discusses the challenges and human tragedies behind chronicling the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Robert Mueller was sobering. That spilled over to D.C. bars

July 24th, 2019


The Mueller Report might animate members of Congress and political operatives, but when it comes to drawing people to the bar in D.C., it's no …

Get used to it: Trumpism with or without Trump

July 17th, 2019


Why does President Donald Trump attack his opponents so viciously, sometimes using racist tropes? Because it’s effective. And Republicans know that. Our conversation with Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution is …

Harry Reid in winter: still grappling, and dabbling, in politics

July 10th, 2019


Harry Reid might have retired from the Senate in 2017 and started battling cancer in 2018, but the former Democratic leader doesn’t seem to be the …

‘Mike Wallace is Here‘ shows how we got here

July 3rd, 2019


The new film “Mike Wallace is Here,” shows how legendary journalist Mike Wallace shaped modern journalism and politics. But this world is one where …

Field notes from a North Carolina runoff and a reparations hearing

June 26th, 2019


A North Carolina House race is dividing the GOP in Washington, D.C., reports CQ Roll Call's senior political reporter Simone Pathé. And Clyde McCrady …

James Inhofe and the art of the bipartisan joke

June 19th, 2019


As the Senate starts to debate one of the most consequential policy bills, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the chairman of the …

‘Running with Beto’: the off-stage version of Beto O’Rourke

June 12th, 2019


It was on when Beto O'Rourke, center fielder for the Los Diablitos de El Paso, jumped up on hay bale when filmmaker David Modigliani, first baseman …

Why the Grim Reaper thing works for Mitch McConnell

June 5th, 2019


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a successful politician without being a typical one. He's proudly uncharismatic, relatively unpopular in …

When Werner Met Mikhail in "Meeting Gorbachev“

May 29th, 2019


Everything about Werner Herzog becomes theater. His documentary “Meeting Gorbachev” combines his iconic narrative style, never-before-seen footage of …

Get used to talking about Pennsylvania

May 22nd, 2019


For pure Political Theater, it will be hard to beat Pennsylvania during the 2020 campaign. The Keystone State will be, well, key to an Electoral …

These Democratic women don't want to be 'show ponies'

May 15th, 2019


Five Democratic freshmen, all women with military or intelligence backgrounds, are banding together to help each other fundraise for their 2020 races. They all flipped Republican districts in 2018, and they know winning …

Movie Night: The Catholic priest who shepherded civil rights

May 14th, 2019


A documentary about the late Notre Dame president Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, a real life "Forrest Gump" who challenged presidents and popes in the last …

Who's afraid of gerrymandering?

May 8th, 2019


Political gerrymandering is losing friends fast, at least in the courts. Ohio and Michigan recently got smacked by federal judges for rigging the …

Movie Night: "Hail Satan?"

May 4th, 2019


Penny Lane’s documentary “Hail Satan?” is among the most entertaining civics lessons to come around in a long time. Chronicling in jaunty manner the origins and growth of the Satanic Temple, which the IRS just recently …

No holds Barr as Democrats grill attorney general

May 1st, 2019


Anytime Attorney General William Barr talks about the Mueller report it’s a big deal. It's a bigger deal in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Add a leaked letter, a bunch of presidential candidates on the …

Movie Night: "Knock Down the House"

April 30th, 2019


If you listen to this podcast, you know Jason Dick loves movies, especially if they relate to politics. So on occasion, we’re going to bring you …

Why a crowded 2020 ‘knife fight’ is good for Democrats

April 24th, 2019


  Democrats continue to throw their hats into the 2020 presidential race, and veteran strategist Rodell Mollineau thinks that’s a healthy way to …

When Fritz Hollings ‘made the turn’ as a Southern politician

April 16th, 2019


Before the late Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings was elected to what would become a distinguished congressional career, the South Carolina Democrat …

Why 'Queer Eye' stormed Capitol Hill

April 10th, 2019


Washington might be Hollywood for ugly people, but every once in a while Hollywood pretties the place up. That was certainly the case when the cast …

Why we should care that the Senate will debate less

April 3rd, 2019


The Senate has changed its rules again and it will result in less debate on many judicial and executive nominations. Who cares? The public should, if …

Will Mueller matter in 2020?

March 27th, 2019


CQ Roll Call senior political reporters Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé explain the political ramifications, if any, on the conclusion of the Russia …

‘The River and the Wall,’ a journey down the wall’s path

March 20th, 2019


When Ben Masters began the 1,200-mile journey along the Rio Grande to film his new documentary “The River and the Wall,” he had no idea the border …

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


Every campaign season is defined by moments when the big picture starts to come into focus. A parade outside Kansas City where Republican Rep. Kevin …

"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.

Learn …

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.

Learn …

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 …

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 …

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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