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CQ Roll Call Sept. 2, 2014
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Cantor's New Gig Will Pay More Than $1M Per Year

Cantor's New Gig Will Pay More Than $1M Per Year
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At the Races

Landrieu Ranked #1 Most Vulnerable Senator

There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators.

Politics

Grimm Won't Face Trial Until After Midterms

Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the New York Republican facing a litany of federal indictments on tax evasion charges, will not face a jury until after the November midterms a federal judge said Tuesday — welcome news for one of this cycle’s most endangered incumbents.

Heard on the Hill

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of John Boehner (Video)

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Hill Blotter

Fattah Aide's Corruption Case Shakes Up Bowser Campaign

The federal investigation into the finances of Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has hit close to home in District politics, costing a consultant for Muriel Bowser’s mayoral campaign his job.


Politics Ted Cruz to Rally for Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire

Ted Cruz to Rally for Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire

Sen. Ted Cruz is stumping for congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia this weekend, just ahead of New Hampshire’s Republican primaries next week.

Politics

Jerry Brown Backs Mike Honda in Democratic Duel

California Gov. Jerry Brown has stepped in to one of the most competitive and aggressive Democratic races of the cycle.

Obama Hasn't Decided When to Act on Immigration

Obama Hasn't Decided When to Act on Immigration

President Barack Obama might act in the next few weeks on immigration. Or he might not. He might wait until after the November elections. But politics isn’t his top priority.

Politics

Likely Stockman Successor Has Deep Texas Roots

WOODVILLE, Texas — Brian Babin, the small-town dentist poised to take over Steve Stockman’s House seat in November, may be a political unknown in Washington — but don’t try peddling that line to folks here.

Still Waiting for Obama's Strategy to Fight ISIS in Syria

Still Waiting for Obama's Strategy to Fight ISIS in Syria

As news broke Tuesday that the Islamic State had posted a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the White House still hasn’t figured out how to take on the group in Syria.

Politics

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.

Hill Life

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: Iced Coffee Challenge Part 3

“Please autumn hold your breath/ While summer collects the last/threads of her dress.”— Carol Trawick, as viewed on a bench outside the Bethesda Library

Top Judiciary Republicans Demand Answers on DACA Changes

Top Judiciary Republicans Demand Answers on DACA Changes

Top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary committees are asking the Obama administration to explain changes made this summer to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that they say loosen requirements and invite fraud.

Russian Stock Market Up Despite Jay Carney 'Short' Talk

It’s been more than five months since CQ Roll Call asked Jay Carney about the stock market in Russia — and he talked about shorting it. You’d have lost a bundle if you followed that advice.

Hill Life U.S. Attorney: Police Response to Navy Yard Killing Was a Clean Shoot

U.S. Attorney: Police Response to Navy Yard Killing Was a Clean Shoot

No criminal charges will be filed against the officers who responded nearly a year ago to the Navy Yard shooting, U.S. Attorney Office for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Wednesday.

Army Veteran Shane Scherer Joins Roskam's Staff as Constituent Advocate | Hill Climber

As President Barack Obama addressed the American Legion Wednesday and stressed the importance of regaining veterans’ trust after the Veterans Affairs health care crisis, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Scherer was in the middle of his second week as a congressional staffer.

Hill Life Gray Hails End of Federal Oversight at St. Elizabeths as Victory for Local Autonomy

Gray Hails End of Federal Oversight at St. Elizabeths as Victory for Local Autonomy

Mayor Vincent Gray is hailing an agreement between the District and the Department of Justice ending federal oversight of Saint Elizabeths Hospital as a “milestone” in his administration’s effort to loosen the federal government’s grip on local affairs.

Armed Services Chairman Calls for Strategy to Combat ISIS

More House lawmakers are warning President Barack Obama he needs to articulate a broader anti-terrorism strategy — and consult with Congress on that plan — before ramping up military action against anti-U.S. jihadists in northern Iraq and Syria.

Politics And the Winner of the GOP’s Civil War Primary Is. . .Part II

And the Winner of the GOP’s Civil War Primary Is. . .Part II

Three and a half months ago, I wrote about the state of the fight between the Republican establishment’s pragmatic conservative candidates and tea party/libertarian/anti-establishment conservatives.

Guilty Plea: Iowa State Senator Paid for Ron Paul Switch

A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Politics Thom Tillis Rebuts Democratic Attacks in New Ad

Thom Tillis Rebuts Democratic Attacks in New Ad

North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is going up with a new ad Tuesday to combat Democratic ads attacking him for cuts to education.

Hill Life

How and When to Switch Political Parties

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America.” Wise, congenial words from then-Sen. Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention. But has a post-partisan world come to Capitol Hill? Are we indeed a United House of Staffers? Not necessarily. Hill Navigator discusses when and how to switch political parties as a congressional staffer.

Guilty Plea: Iowa State Senator Paid for Ron Paul Switch

Guilty Plea: Iowa State Senator Paid for Ron Paul Switch

A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Sherrod Brown: Switch to Wendy's or White Castle if Burger King Goes to Canada (Video)

In a statement that might make the late Dave Thomas proud, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Monday that if Burger King sets up shop in Canada as part of a tax inversion, customers should switch to Wendy’s or White Castle.

Congressman: Get Ready for Immigration Move From Obama

Congressman: Get Ready for Immigration Move From Obama

Reacting to a report that President Barack Obama is mulling unilateral action that could impact almost half the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said Monday, “It’s music to my ears.”

Gowdy Hires Top Lawyer for Benghazi Committee

After an extended period of quiet, the special committee for investigating the attacks in Benghazi may be readying for action.

Politics In New Hampshire, Town Halls and an Arrested Chicken (Video)

In New Hampshire, Town Halls and an Arrested Chicken (Video)

LOUDON, N.H. — Will the 2014 midterms prove the death-knell for the traditional New Hampshire town hall?

Hill Life

Christmas in August? Boehner Planning for Capitol Tree

A 65-foot spruce or balsam fir growing somewhere along Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Trail will stand on the West Front Lawn this winter.

Hill Life Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada Hopes to Change Perception of 'Melting Pot' With National Mall Exhibit

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada Hopes to Change Perception of 'Melting Pot' With National Mall Exhibit

The National Mall is getting a new face this fall, composed of approximately 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil, 10,000 wooden pegs and miles of twine.

Politics

Judge OKs New Florida Congressional Map for 2016

A state judge upheld the Florida legislature’s newly revised congressional map Friday, ruling the redrawn House districts should apply to the 2016 elections.

Hill Life

Capitol Police Pay Tribute to First Line-of-Duty Death

Thirty years ago Sunday, tragedy struck the Capitol Police.

Hill Life Behind the Camera in Ferguson

Behind the Camera in Ferguson

On Aug. 14, I was in St. Louis with reporter Emily Cahn waiting to fly back to D.C. the next day. I knew about the protests in Ferguson and thought about going, but I had to file pictures from the Illinois State Fair and had little storage space on my computer after nine days in the Midwest for our Roll Call on the Road project.

Schumer Praises New FitBit Privacy Policy

Less than two weeks after criticizing the company at a Central Park press conference, Sen. Charles E. Schumer is lauding FitBit’s privacy policy.

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.

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.

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