Adriel Bettelheim

Ep. 26: GOP Assesses Damage After Trump’s Lewd Comments
The Big Story

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, says CQ Roll Call’s Elections editor Nathan Gonzales. Senior political reporter Simone Pathé is watching the most vulnerable House Republicans and Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt, whose surprisingly competitive race is trending in the wrong direction for the GOP.

Ep. 21: US Is Failing Some Families of the Fallen
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Usually easy to laugh at bureaucratic and political dysfunction, but man oh man oh man this is awful. https://t.co/4YM6TUmBfK

Ep. 20: Funding Fight Doesn't Squelch Zika Research
The Big Story

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. CQ Roll Call’s managing editor Adriel Bettelheim talks to senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski to learn more. 

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CQ Now: Jane Norman Looks Ahead at a Post-Boehner Congress (Podcast)
 

CQ Now’s Adriel Bettelheim and Budget Editor Jane Norman give a quick analysis at how the drama in Congress is expected to unfold after Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation announcement....
CQ Now: Todd Ruger Looks at Upcoming Supreme Court Cases (Podcast)
 

CQ Now’s Adriel Bettelheim is joined by legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger, looking at the controversial cases that could occupy the Supreme Court’s new term....
CQ Now: Why the House May Cause a Government Shutdown (Podcast)
 

CQ Roll Call’s Adriel Bettelheim is joined by Economy and Budget Editor Jane Norman to map out Speaker John A. Boehner’s options with a government shutdown looming. With more members voicing opposition to any measure that doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood, it is increasingly likely Boehner will need Democratic votes to pass a “clean” funding bill....
Piero di Cosimo's Breakout Show

It took almost 500 years for one of the bad boys of Renaissance art to get a major retrospective. But if recent crowds at the National Gallery of Art are any indication, Piero di Cosimo may be starting to  emerge from the shadows cast by famous contemporaries such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to take a long overdue star turn.  

“Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence,” features 44 altarpieces, portraits and mythological and allegorical scenes painted by an enigmatic figure who was described in his day as uncivilized, eccentric and prone to “building castles in the air.” Piero (1462-1522) lived in squalor, largely limiting his diet to eggs, which he cooked dozens at a time with the glue he used in his work. He ranted at everyday sounds like ringing bells and crying infants, according to Giorgio Vasari’s “Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,” a somewhat unreliable but essential chronicle of the Florentine masters.  

Piero di Cosimo's Breakout Show

It took almost 500 years for one of the bad boys of Renaissance art to get a major retrospective. But if recent crowds at the National Gallery of Art are any indication, Piero di Cosimo may be starting to emerge from the shadows cast by famous contemporaries such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to take a long overdue star turn.

“Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence,” features 44 altarpieces, portraits and mythological and allegorical scenes painted by an enigmatic figure who was described in his day as uncivilized, eccentric and prone to “building castles in the air.”

Doctors May Shun Patients After Medicaid Compensation Cuts

Starting this month many doctors who were likely to expand basic medical care offered to low-income Americans — a goal of the 2010 health care law — could see Medicaid fees drop an average of almost 43 percent.

GOP Haunted by Phantom Health Advisory Board

It seems cynical or pointless to kill a medical advisory board that doesn’t have any members and hasn’t issued a single recommendation. But in the caustic battle over President Barack Obama’s health law, Republicans are now asking the Supreme Court to do just that.

Collections Pool Art Resources for El Greco

The 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death this year put the National Gallery of Art in an unusual bind. As keepers of one of the largest collections of the painter’s work outside of Spain, curators made a priority of loaning four of their prized pieces to exhibits abroad. That complicated efforts to mount their own commemoration of an artist whose startlingly modernist style, with its vivid colors and elongated figures, has spawned centuries of praise and criticism.

Roll Call's 50 Richest Members of Congress for 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.  

The richest members of Congress found myriad ways to get wealthier in 2013, CQ Roll Call’s annual survey of congressional wealth shows.  

Arms and the Man: Shakespeare Edition
Folger exhibit details playwright’s quest for a coat of arms

William Shakespeare was celebrated during his lifetime as a leading poet and dramatist. But by 1596, the Bard sought something more to cement his standing among the Elizabethan upper crust: A family coat of arms.

Degas/Cassatt Exhibit Leaves Quite an Impression

Sometimes, the story behind a great painting is literally found behind the painting. Consider Mary Cassatt’s 1878 impressionist gem “Little Girl in a Blue Armchair.”

Sackler Gallery's Whistler Exhibit Shows an Artist in Transition

One of the season’s biggest art shows features more than 80 works of a French-trained American working in London, arrayed in a gallery normally devoted to Asian art.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

Smithsonian's Kiyochika Exhibit Illuminates a Bygone Tokyo

The scenes of late 19th century Tokyo capture a city on the rise, with multistory brick buildings, gas lighting, telegraph poles, railroads and warships cruising the surrounding rivers.

In Garry Winogrand Exhibit, a Completed Body of American Work

Few museum exhibits offer an occasion to actually complete an artist’s body of work. But a retrospective of the legendary street photographer Garry Winogrand now at the National Gallery of Art offers a rare exception by displaying haunting, unconventional portraits of mid-20th-century America — many of which weren’t developed or known to exist before his death in 1984.

2013's Most Interesting Financial Disclosures

The annual congressional financial disclosure forms come in various sizes (from three pages to hundreds), styles (some are hand-written, others are farmed-out to third party accountants) and submissions (from on-time to extensions and even, possibly, amendments) with listed assets varying from college savings plans  to professional sports teams.

As another year comes to an end, here is a look back at some of the most notable items gleaned from this year’s forms, which report assets from the 2012 calendar year.

'The Dying Gaul': Dignity With a Mustache

The last time the celebrated Roman sculpture known as “The Dying Gaul” left Italy was in 1797, when Napoleonic forces carted it off as a war prize with every intention of keeping it in France.

Since it was repatriated in the early 19th century, the figure of a Gallic warrior in his final moments has become a focal point of the collection of the Capitoline Museum in Rome and a must-see for visitors including Lord Byron, Mark Twain and Henry James. Thomas Jefferson included it on a list of antiquities he hoped to house in a never-realized art gallery he planned for Monticello. And dramatist Craig Lucas borrowed the name for the title of his 1998 play about Hollywood intrigues that he later adapted into a feature film.