Balancing Risk and Reward in Trump’s Surprising First Hill Battle
Delaying budget finish until he’s president means his priorities must wait, creates an opening for Democrats

Donald Trump’s presidential transition is already salted with plenty of big surprises. For Congress, the most unsettling may be his decision to start his legislative agenda-setting by ignoring this famous life lesson:

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” goes the aphorism often attributed to one of Trump’s most accomplished predecessors, Thomas Jefferson.

Roll Call Decoder: How Does New Member Orientation Really Work?
 

The newly elected members of Congress are back for more orientation after a break for Thanksgiving. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains what these freshmen do during their time learning about the workings on Capitol Hill....
Why Trump’s Term Limits Push Is DOA in Congress
President-elect’s executive assertions have senior Republicans leery of ceding sway

It makes increasingly perfect sense why President-elect Donald Trump wants congressional term limits. And it makes just as much sense why his putative Republican helpmates on the Hill will overlook short-term political expediency and take the lead in rebuffing him.

Atop Trump’s “drain the swamp” campaign platform was the promise to push restrictions on time served in the House or Senate, although he’s not specified how short the maximum congressional tenure should be.

A Tale of Two Democrats
Minority leader candidate more collaborative, DNC candidate a liberal and never a Trumper

The losers dominate the soul-searching after every election. And the strategic, ideological, generational and even regional identity crises confronting the Democrats are all embodied in the pair of congressmen most overtly ready to springboard to the party’s dispirited national forefront after years as insider players.

Should Rep. Tim Ryan end up running a credible race for House minority leader in two weeks, even if he’s unsuccessful, that will be a sign the party is ready for a deal-making and somewhat centrist approach to the Trump administration.

The Week When the Capitol Is Like College in the Fall
Freshman orientation: a time of wide-eyed wonder, bureaucracy and savvy positioning

While the capital remains convulsed over Donald Trump’s astonishing election and transfixed by every aspect of his presidential transition, the second-most important transfer of federal power will have a straightforward start this week.

The freshly elected members of the House arrive on Capitol Hill on Monday to begin an elaborately choreographed and photographed orientation, while incoming senators are expected Tuesday to begin an indoctrination that’s both less formal and more secretive.

Trump, Hill GOP Must Get Along and Produce — Fast
An angry electorate demands results, uninterested in ideological infighting

They broke it. Now they own it.

Republicans have won total control over the federal government for the first time in a decade. Two interconnected revolutions have shattered the old order in Washington and brought the country to a fresh political juncture: The tea party movement that gave a new breed of confrontational conservative decisive sway on Capitol Hill starting six years ago, and now the extraordinary triumph of the infuriated outsider personified with the election of Donald J. Trump.

Trump, Hill GOP Must Get Along and Produce — Fast
An angry electorate demands results, uninterested in ideological infighting

They broke it. Now they own it.

The Republican Party has won total control over the federal government for the first time in a decade. Two interconnected revolutions have brought the country to this juncture: The tea party movement that gave a new breed of confrontational conservative decisive sway on Capitol Hill starting six years ago, and now the extraordinary triumph of the infuriated outsider in the form of Donald J. Trump.

Election 2016 Video Blog: A Good Night For Republicans

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: More on Democrats’ Net House Gains

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: Wisconsin Senate Surprise

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: More on Democrats’ Net House Gains

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: More on Democrats’ Net House Gains
 

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: Senate Makeup Taking Shape
 

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: Indiana Senate Trending Toward Young

Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
Election 2016 Video Blog: House and Senate Analysis from Roll Call's Newsroom
Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts senior political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé

Updated as of 2 a.m. ET

Election Day 2016 has come and got. Get insight into how this year's congressional races progressed throughout the night, straight from the Roll Call newsroom. Senior Editor David Hawkings hosted political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour. Follow along, the most recent updates appear first.

Election 2016 Video Blog: The 4 Senate Races Democrats Must Win
 

Election 2016 is here. Get insight into this year's congressional races straight from the Roll Call newsroom as Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour....
10 Moments That Shaped the Path to Election Day
Not all the turning points toward the Clinton-Trump showdown made the headlines

Every national campaign has a unique rhythm and historic consequence, but the one climaxing Tuesday is destined to stand out. The United States is going to choose its first woman president, or else its first president without any experience as a public servant.

How the Hill's Endangered Have Been Voting
Some Republicans in Democratic turf have moderated, others have stayed hard right

The year’s desultory legislative track record offers this insight into the closing days of the campaign for Congress: The already compacted political middle is threatened with additional shrinkage.

In the Senate, especially, but also in the House, the collection of lawmakers running scared less than a week before Election Day is overstocked with an endangered ideological species — the independent-minded centrist.

8 Things Lawmakers Do When They Campaign

It's been weeks since members of Congress left the Hill to hit the campaign trail, and they're rounding the corner to Nov. 8. Senior Editor David Hawkings explains what lawmakers really do when they head home to their districts and states to try to keep their jobs in Washington....
Ep. 28: Assured Freshmen Will Boost House Diversity
The Big Story

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 2016. CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim examine the newcomers and explain how demographics assure more diversity on Capitol Hill next year.