Thomas McKinless

Trump Protesters and Supporters in Their Own Words

While intense protests leading to arrests were taking place in downtown Washington, D.C., Roll Call talked to some calmer protesters and Trump supporters alike while they waited outside an inauguration security checkpoint at 7th and D Street NW....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Pence Borrows Reagan’s Bible
 

With Capitol Hill gearing up for the Inauguration all week, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill Reporter Alex Gangitano shares how the Bible Ronald Reagan was sworn in on was delivered to D.C. for Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s inaugural oath. See the video for more, including an update on the saga of the controversial student painting that was removed from Cannon this week....
Perry’s ‘Fun on Your Couch’ Gaffe to Franken
 

In a lighter moment Thursday at Rick Perry’s confirmation hearing to be secretary of Energy, the former governor said to Sen. Al Franken “I hope you’re as fun on that dias as you were on your couch.”

Murphy, Warren Hammer Price on Conflicts of Interest

Several Senate Democrats pointed to the issue of Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Republican Rep. Tom Price’s investments at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, raising concerns that Price had invested in companies that would profit off of legislation he supported....
Warren and Price Spar Over Medicare Funding

At the confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services nominee Republican Rep. Tom Price on Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned Price on whether he would defund Medicare and Medicaid if confirmed as secretary, noting that President-elect Donald Trump had previously commented he would not cut funding for either program....
Graham Questions NAACP President on Republicans’ Low Ratings with Organization
 

As race relations in the U.S. continue to make headlines, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham took the opportunity Wednesday to question NAACP President Cornell Brooks on a scorecard the organization uses to rate lawmakers. Brooks was a witness at the confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be attorney general....
Senate Preview: DeVos and Price Face Skeptical Dems
 

In the week leading up to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Senate is continuing it’s marathon of confirmation hearings for Trump’s Cabinet appointees. With eight hearings on the schedule this week, Senate reporter Bridget Bowman breaks down what to look for Read more...
Heard on the Hill This Week: The Saga of the Student Painting Heist
 

Throughout a week filled with heated confirmation hearings and a late-night vote-a-rama, one story continuously dogged Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano: some lawmakers kept taking down a controversial student painting in the Cannon tunnel. Watch the video for a play-by-play from Gangitano.

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Watch Booker’s Full Testimony Against Sessions
 

In an unprecedented move in the Senate, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey testified against attorney general nominee and fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Watch Booker's full remarks here....
Protesters Escorted Out of Sessions Hearing
 

Several protesters were escorted out of the room throughout attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing Tuesday, including two dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes....
Ferguson Painting Comes Down, Again

Two Republican lawmakers have removed a student painting hanging in the Cannon corridor yet again, a continuing escalation over artwork from Ferguson, Mo., depicting what could neutrally be called police-citizen relations....
Clay Returns Controversial Ferguson Painting to Capitol (Video)

A controversial student painting from Rep. William Lacy Clay’s St. Louis district has been returned to the Cannon tunnel after it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter last week....
House and Senate Preview: Obamacare Repeal Set Up and Trump Cabinet Hearings

As Senate Democrats prepare for a late night on the floor Monday to defend the Affordable Care Act, Roll Call reporters Rema Rahman and Niels Lesniewski detail what to expect from both chambers of Congress in the coming week. From confirmation hearings on Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks to a vote-a-rama that sets up an Obamacare repeal, Rahman and Lesniewski detail what we know now....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Swearing-In the 115th Congress
 

Out with the 114th and in the 115th Congress. Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. swore in the new members and Roll Call's Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was all over the Capitol to fill you in on the proceedings....
Pence: Repeal and Replace Obamacare ‘First Order of Business’

Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined Speaker Paul D. Ryan for a GOP leadership news briefing Wednesday, telling reporters that working with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be the incoming administration’s “first order of business.” See the video for highlights from Pence and Ryan’s remarks.

Office Space: Roger Williams’ Texas Ranch

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, shows off his cowboy boots, saddle and baseball bats....
Office Space: Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Ode to Statehood

In this week’s edition of Office Space, District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, takes us on a photographic tour of the District’s political history. Fresh off the capital city’s vote for statehood on Nov. 8, explore some of the Democratic delegate’s advocacy work for D.C. rights (though, even the mayor says the likelihood of congressional action to enact the ballot measure is slim). Plus, Holmes Norton’s personal ties to the city runs de...
Heard on the Hill This Week: What’s the Post-Election Vibe in D.C.?

With the District of Columbia having voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton on Election Day, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano checked in on D.C. residents and tourists to the capital city to see how they were handling Donald Trump’s stunning upset of the former secretary of State....
Millennials Take to Pennsylvania Avenue on Election Night
 

As votes from across the country began to point increasingly toward a victory for Donald Trump, hundreds of college students took to the front of the White House. It was a non-violent mixture of Hillary Clinton supporters protesting the GOP nominee’s rhetoric and Trump supporters energized by their candidate’s impending upset....
Obama ‘Heartened’ by Trump’s Acceptance Remarks
 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that he spoke to President-elect Donald Trump, congratulating him on his victory. While acknowledging his many political differences with the Republican businessman, Obama noted that Americans are “all on one team.”...