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CQ Roll Call Aug. 22, 2014

Chambliss Wants Special Counsel to Investigate Bergdahl Swap

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants a special counsel to investigate President Barack Obama’s swap of five Taliban members for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

McCaskill to Hold Police Militarization Hearings

With lawmakers questioning the militarization of law enforcement, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will hold hearings next month on the federal programs supplying local authorities with surplus military gear.

McKeon Wants Probe Into Leak of Covert Rescue Attempt

A leading House Republican says the Obama administration needs to plug the leaks that led to revelations of an unsuccessful covert mission earlier this summer to rescue journalist James Foley.


Politics Once a GOP Staffer, Candidate Now Vies to Be Main Event

Once a GOP Staffer, Candidate Now Vies to Be Main Event

ADEL, Iowa – When David Young first became Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s chief of staff seven years ago, the senator sat him down for a talk. Young thought he was in for the riot act or a long list of rules.

Politics

Slip of the Tongue in South Dakota Senate Debate (Video)

South Dakota Democratic Senate hopeful Rick Weiland apparently is not so hopeful.

Paul Ryan Rules Out Another Government Shutdown

Paul Ryan Rules Out Another Government Shutdown

PHILADELPHIA — House Republicans won’t shut down the government in September, Heritage Action is “constructive at the end of the day” and a person can write a book without necessarily running for president.

Politics

Scott Peters Airs First Ad in California House Contest

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., released his first ad of the cycle Thursday, touting work he’s done that he says has helped “hold Congress accountable.”

Politics Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The national political tide isn’t looking good for Democrats, but in Illinois this November, down-ballot candidates have an even bigger problem: the drag of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Politics

Alaska Post-Primary Outside Spending Surge Continues

A Republican-aligned outside group launched a $1.25 million ad buy Thursday against Alaska Sen. Mark Begich.

Vilsack, Shaheen Visit the Farm

Vilsack, Shaheen Visit the Farm

LOUDON, N.H. | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen at a hilltop farm here Tuesday to tout new federal grants.

Spend the Rest of Recess With ‘The Simpsons’

FXX is effectively hijacking the rest of any animation-lovers’ summer by airing every Simpsons in consecutive order — all 552 episodes plus the 2007 feature film — beginning Thursday at 10 a.m.

Politics John McCain Holds Court in 'Second Favorite State'

John McCain Holds Court in 'Second Favorite State'

DERRY, N.H. – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has returned to New Hampshire to campaign — but this time, it’s for former Sen. Scott P. Brown.

Politics

NRSC Launching Coordinated Ad Buy in North Carolina

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a coordinated TV ad buy next month with North Carolina Senate hopeful Thom Tillis.

Politics Peterson's Greatest Challenge Yet, but GOP Still Looks to 2016

Peterson's Greatest Challenge Yet, but GOP Still Looks to 2016

Minnesota Democrats think Rep. Collin C. Peterson is nearly unbeatable in the 7th District. For the first time in more than a decade, that theory is about to be put to the test.

Policy

Uber Hires Former Obama Strategist Plouffe To Run Its PR Efforts (Video)

Uber, the company with the popular car-hailing app that has spawned taxi driver protests in cities from Milan to San Francisco, has hired President Barack Obama’s former political strategist David Plouffe to run its political and public relations operations.

Politics Not Your Typical Southern Democrat in South Carolina

Not Your Typical Southern Democrat in South Carolina

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Brad Hutto, wants you to know two things: He has a path to victory against the two-term Republican, and it doesn’t require him to run from traditional Democratic positions.

Veteran Staffer to Head Port of Pittsburgh Commission | Hill Climber

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s deputy staff director is leaving Congress to become executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

Politics Jeff Merkley Touts Efforts to Stop Outsourcing in New Ad

Jeff Merkley Touts Efforts to Stop Outsourcing in New Ad

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is going up with a new ad Tuesday focusing on his efforts to prevent companies from outsourcing jobs.

Opinion

U.S. Must Help Attack the Root Causes of Border Crisis | Commentary

Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old from Honduras, lost his father in March after he was robbed and murdered by gangs while working as a security guard protecting a pastry truck. Three others he knows were killed this year. “I’m going [to the U.S.] this year no matter what,” he told The New York Times in early July. If he follows through, Cristian would join the 57,000 children fleeing the “Northern Triangle” of Central America — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — making the perilous journey to the U.S. that sparked the crisis on our Southern border last month.

Hill Life In Wake of Recent Arrests, Security Tightens at House Garages

In Wake of Recent Arrests, Security Tightens at House Garages

Law enforcement officials on Capitol Hill are making it harder for people without congressional identification badges to avoid security checks in the wake of recent arrests for carrying handguns.

Hill Life

How to Leave the Private Sector for Capitol Hill

Want to land a job on Capitol Hill? Don’t get too comfy in that private sector Aeron chair; Hill Navigator discusses how and when to start networking to cross “working on Capitol Hill” off your bucket list.

Politics Martha McSally Tries to Fly to Victory

Martha McSally Tries to Fly to Victory

TUCSON, Ariz. — Operatives couldn’t make up a better candidate resume if they tried: retired Air Force Colonel, first in her class at the U.S. Air War College, the first female fighter pilot in combat who flies the very plane — an A-10 Warthog — that’s economically essential to the 2nd District.

Politics

Republicans Gain Steam in House Races

While political reporters and party strategists argue over whether there is an electoral wave ahead, district-level data demonstrates a difficult landscape for Democratic candidates in House races.

Jim Jeffords, Veteran of Three Decades in Congress, Dead at 80

Jim Jeffords, Veteran of Three Decades in Congress, Dead at 80

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont, a longtime Republican who flipped control of the Senate to the Democrats after switching parties in 2001, has died.

Cantor Communications Director Lands at Purple

Former Eric Cantor communications director Rory Cooper has joined Purple Strategies, moving from Capitol Hill following his boss’ shocking loss to work as managing director for the Alexandria-based public relations shop.

Politics Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

Nearly a week after most of the state voted, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has now defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.

Hill Life

Folger Shakespeare Library Staff Mourns Death of Cataloger

Next to the guest log at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Monday sat a manilla folder containing a sympathy card for the family of an employee killed on Aug. 15 in a tragic traffic crash.

Senate Will Review Militarization of Police in Defense Bill, Levin Says

Senate Will Review Militarization of Police in Defense Bill, Levin Says

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee will look into the program that provides Pentagon surplus to local police before the full Senate considers the next defense authorization.

Politics

Revised Election Schedule Submitted in Florida Map Case

The Florida Secretary of State submitted an alternative election schedule Friday to a state judge who is considering whether or not a redrawn congressional map should apply to the midterms.

Politics

Joni Ernst Tells TIME She Was Sexually Harassed in the Military

Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst told TIME Friday that she was sexually harassed in the military. Separating herself from many of her fellow Republicans, Ernst also said she would support taking sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command.

Politics Montana Democrats Nominate John Walsh's Replacement

Montana Democrats Nominate John Walsh's Replacement

The Montana Democratic Party nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis on Saturday to replace retiring Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.

Energy Secretary Calls Industry Criticism of Natural Gas Export Overhaul 'B.S.'

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz in a one-on-one interview Friday with CQ Roll Call signaled that any further changes to how his agency processes natural gas export applications will have to come from Congress, as the Energy Department tries to end a controversy over how the United States ships gas to nations that are not trading partners.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Nancy Pelosi (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Nancy Pelosi (Video)

Heard on the Hill continues its look back at the best Hits and Misses from 2014, this week focusing on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s love for children, baseball and fist pumps.

Hill Life

Statehood Push: Take Over D.C. Prisons, Save Money

Coming up with a practical plan for management of the Washington, D.C.’s courts and prisons could be a great way to sell GOP deficit hawks on making it the 51st state, advocates pitching statehood for D.C. believe.

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Flashdance: Lawmakers Drench Themselves in Ice Water for Charity (Video)

The Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t just for late-night funnymen and down-for-whatever daytime news anchors anymore.

Hill Life

Capitol Hill Gun Case Delayed in Wake of D.C. Ruling

For the second time in less than a week, federal prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed to delay a case involving a man carrying a gun to Capitol Hill.

Hill Life Portraits of Committee Chairmen: They're Up the Wall

Portraits of Committee Chairmen: They're Up the Wall

A House chairman usually ends up hanging around the committee room years after he or she retires.

Politics

Freshman Congresswoman Moves to the Middle

PHOENIX — Once known for her progressive politics, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has coasted to the center in her first re-election.

Politics It's the Chuck Grassley Show at the Iowa State Fair

It's the Chuck Grassley Show at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Iowa State Fair, the walk from the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building to the swine barn should take about five minutes.

Politics

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress

The media’s narrative about Congress is clear: It is unproductive, members care only about getting re-elected and they have failed to do their jobs.

Hill Life Democrats Target Health Care Used by Congress

Democrats Target Health Care Used by Congress

The latest challenge to Office of Personnel Management rules on congressional health benefits comes from President Barack Obama’s own party.

Hill Life

The Ghost of Drunk Nights Past

Think your past can come back to haunt you when searching for a job on Capitol Hill? What if it includes a less-than-stellar record that hasn’t been scrubbed? Hill Navigator discusses.

House Democrat: Look for Obama Impeachment if GOP Wins

House Democrat: Look for Obama Impeachment if GOP Wins

During a Twitter town hall event Monday, Rep. James E. Clyburn, the assistant minority leader, predicted that if Republicans retain the House, President Barack Obama will be impeached.

McAllister Moving Past 'Kissing Congressman'

TALLULAH, La. — Vance McAllister’s political career flatlined earlier this year, a victim of self-inflicted wounds from an embarrassing infidelity scandal.

Politics Shooting in the Rear View, Ron Barber Drives His Own Way

Shooting in the Rear View, Ron Barber Drives His Own Way

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Ron Barber guides his Ford through the flat, four-lane paved streets, ticking off landmarks on the corners of his desert city surrounded by jagged mountains.

Cuts to National Guard Motorsports Sponsorships Draw Mixed Reviews

Lawmakers are predictably split on the National Guard’s announcement it will be slashing motor sports sponsorships — just days after a car sporting the Guard’s livery won a major NASCAR race.

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