When Campaigning Means Not Knowing About Your Potential Job
Another wave of outsiders attack insiders for justifiable behavior in Congress

The Phi Beta Kappa biochemist doesn’t press for admission to medical school by deriding its faculty as lazy and the curriculum as behind the times. And the collegiate business whiz doesn’t bid for a spot in a Wall Street training program by labeling the current partners as self-serving and their investment strategy as all wrong.

What makes the would-be member of Congress so different? When did it become more than tolerable for these candidates to base their campaigns not only on derision and disrespect for Capitol Hill — but also on outright ignorance of the place where they hope to make their new careers?

There's Plenty Left to Talk About in the Next Clinton-Trump Debate
Both candidates shortchanged substance, many attack lines sidelined

Since they got all the way through the all-important Rosie O’Donnell issue by the end of their first debate, maybe they’ve run out of things to talk about next time?

Hardly. And for the next dozen days, Hillary Clinton will be making a list, and Donald Trump a much longer list, of subjects they want to introduce at their second encounter.

3 Things Clinton and Trump Might Cover in the Next Debate

Following the most watched presidential debate of all time, Senior Editor David Hawkings lays out what topics candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn’t cover, looking ahead to what voters might expect from the two remaining primetime showdowns. The next debate is Sunday, Oct. 9....
Roll Call's Guide to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Senior Editor David Hawkings and Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano discuss their experience previewing the new Smithsonian museum opening Sept. 24th. In an attempt to manage crowds and a large interest from the public, the museum has issued "timed passes" and many weekday passes are taken through mid-November (you'll have to wait even longer for weekends.) If you can't make it to the museum for awhile, Roll Call has your in with this video....
Planning Your Visit to the African American History Museum Way, Way Ahead
No weekend passes available through the end of the year

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the 20th facility operated by the Smithsonian Institution, and the first to open since the National Museum of the American Indian a dozen years ago.

Interest in visiting has been overwhelming — so much so that a system of timed passes has been put in place to regulate the crowds. And, as of Wednesday morning, the earliest available tickets that could be reserved online were a handful at midafternoon on Election Day, Nov. 8, with nothing at all available on weekends through the end of the year.

How a Museum Struggled to Overcome Years of Gridlock
Story behind newest Smithsonian museum echoes African-American struggle

There’s a long and convoluted creation story for most important civic institutions, but the tale behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture is in a category of its own.

This backstory is easy to read as a metaphor for the very narrative the newest part of the Smithsonian wants to tell, because the museum’s progress toward its triumphant opening has been set back so often by enervating experiences familiar to black Americans: Passive aggression, overt discrimination, willful ignorance, simple neglect, ethnocentrism, broken promises, financial shape-shifting and political pandering, to name a few.

The 15th Anniversary — of a Functional Congress
Big, bipartisan things got done in the 10 weeks after 9/11

At the Capitol, this Sept. 11 heralded more than the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist strike on American soil. It also revived memories of one of the most intense surges of big-ticket policymaking in modern times.

Congress was so infused with a sense of national resolve — mixed with more than a small amount of abject fear — it operated with a measure of apolitical collaboration that’s barely imaginable in the paralytic partisan atmosphere of today.

Mike Pence Makes Surprise Visit to Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
Spends about a half-hour at memorial after speaking in Washington

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence spent half an hour Saturday afternoon on an unannounced visit to the memorial at the Pentagon.

Pence, the Indiana governor, and his wife, Karen, laid a bouquet of white roses at the portion of the memorial honoring Army Lt. Gen Timothy Maude.

Ep. 21: Funding Feud, Political Plotting & Deadly Drugs
The Week Ahead


Three weeks before the government runs out of money, Congress has two options: a three-month extension of current spending favored by most lawmakers or a six-month fix pushed by a group of House conservatives, says CQ Roll Call’s Budget and Economics editor Jane Norman. Each option has political advantages and pitfalls, which CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings spells out. On another front, soon after lawmakers passed a bill to deal with the epidemic of opioid abuse, they’re confronted with the dangerous presence of lab-made synthetic drugs like fentanyl, blamed for hundreds of overdoses, including that of music icon Prince.

What Is a Continuing Resolution?
Stopgap spending bills are now the norm to keep federal agencies running

The twinned letters on the Capitol’s collective lips this month are C and R. Together they stand for “continuing resolution,” the colloquial name for legislation that keeps money flowing to federal programs whose regular spending bills are unfinished.

Anywhere from two to 21 of these stopgap measures have been required in each of the previous 19 years to maintain regular operations for some time in most, if not all, agencies and departments. The last time not a single CR was needed was two decades ago, in 1996, because Congress had enacted every one of the regular spending bills by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

David Hawkings' Whiteboard: Continuing Resolutions

Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks down Congress' favorite budgetary procrastination tool: the continuing resolution.

Fall Forecast: What to Look for as Congress Returns

With Congress back in action, Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings previews what the House and Senate must get done in the month of September, as well as leadership and political issues at play in the two chambers....
What to Expect From the Final Days of the 114th Congress
Congress faces a budget hurdle as it speeds toward Election Day — but then what?

Congress is returning with its pre-election finish line, and just one immovable hurdle, already in sight just three weeks from now.

After the longest summer break in modern times, lawmakers are required to accomplish a single legislative task before leaving again. But it’s a job far more politically fraught than it is procedurally simple: Assuring normal government operations continue through the end of this budgetary year and into the new one.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Is August Recess Work or Play?

A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?

DNC Day Four Highlights and A Look to the General Election

Senior Editor David Hawkings wraps up the last night of the Democratic National Convention and looks out to what both candidates have set up for their campaigns in the general election....
Ep. 19: Is Russia Trying to Manipulate the US Elections?
The Week Ahead

The alleged hacking of Democratic party computer systems by Russian interests pose a dilemma for U.S. officials tasked with looking for the source of the infiltration and coming up with a response. CQ Roll Call’s national security reporter Ryan Lucas, political editor David Hawking and managing editor Adriel Bettelheim unravel the web of intrigue. #CozyBear #FancyBear  

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As Clinton Takes the Stage, Her Legislative Agenda Starts Coming in View
Immigration, minimum wage, public works could dominate early months

PHILADELPHIA –Thursday night’s acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton will be mostly a symbolically resonant and broad-brush appeal to millions of undecided voters who still perceive her as the most famous but least understood and mistrusted presidential nominee of modern times.  

But, just off stage this week, her closest campaign and policy advisers along with some senior congressional Democrats are already looking beyond the fall campaign. They are starting to plot the course for a presidency that would very likely begin in a divided government.  

Reid Lacerates McConnell as ‘Craven’ for Countenancing Trump
His sharpest words by far were directed directly at his longstanding rival

PHILADELPHIA - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid used his valedictory moments before the Democratic convention to unspool some of the most withering rhetoric so far this week — reserving his most vituperative putdowns Wednesday night not for Donald Trump but for congressional Republicans.  

His sharpest words by far were directed directly at his longstanding rival for Senate supremacy, the GOP floor leader.  

Ep. 17: Hillary Clinton Makes History As Democrats Stress Unity
The Week Ahead: Convention Special

From Philadelphia, CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and Senior Editor David Hawkings recap and reflect on the historic events on the second day of the Democratic National Convention and look ahead to Wednesday when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are scheduled to speak.  

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DNC Day Two Highlights and A Look Ahead

Senior Editor David Hawkings reflects on the second night of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and looks to Day Three's speakers, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden....