Thomas McKinless

Members and Journalists’ Kids Take Over Capitol Hill
 

Kids were spotted all over the Hill on Thursday for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” — from Sen. Tom Cotton’s two-year-old hanging out at an Armed Services committee hearing to a pack of journalists’ kids storming the stage after the House leadership press conferences. Also, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles addressed a crowd of children, pare...
Inside Elections: What You Need to Know About the Gubernatorial Landscape
 

While most of Washington’s focus is on the 2018 midterms, 38 states are also having gubernatorial elections in the next two years. Roll Call Election Analyst Nathan L. Gonzales takes a look at key governor races and how their outcomes could affect the balance of power in Congress. Virginia and New Jersey will both select governors in 2017, the rest of the elections happen in 2018.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Trump’s Next Budget Battle Begins Soon

The whiteboard is back! Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings looks past the current battle to fund the government to sketch out President Donald Trump’s next budget task – funding the government for fiscal 2018. His ambitions are big, find out how likely they are to get accomplished.

4 Arrests After Pot ‘Smoke In’ on Capitol Lawn

Four demonstrators with the pro-marijuana group DCMJ were arrested after lighting up joints on the Capitol lawn Monday afternoon, several days after a 4/20 event nearby that lead to seven arrests. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was at the scene....
3 Things to Watch as Trump Hits 100 Days
 

With President Donald Trump’s 100th day in the Oval Office arriving this weekend, Roll Call’s White House reporter John T. Bennett delves into what to watch for in the days leading up to this administration’s first big milestone.

7 Major Battles Ahead on the Environment
The environmental state of play on Trump's first Earth Day
On the 47th Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22, green groups are fearing a new wave of deregulation on environmental policies. CQ reporters outline seven areas that could be most impacted by President Donald Trump’s White House....
7 Major Battles Ahead on the Environment
 

On the 47th Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22, green groups are fearing a new wave of deregulation on environmental policies. CQ reporters outline seven areas that could be most impacted by President Donald Trump’s White House....
Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event
 

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Trump’s Foreign Doctrine? There Isn’t One

Amid a week of policy flip-flops from President Donald Trump, Roll Call’s White House reporter John T. Bennett unpacks the Oval Office’s shifting stances on China, Russia and more....
Watch Gorsuch’s Swearing-In Ceremony at the White House
 

Neil Gorsuch became the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court on Monday morning. After a private swearing-in with the chief justice, this public ceremony was performed by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

On Nuclear Option, McConnell in 2017 Sounds a Lot Like Reid in 2013
 

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deployed the “nuclear option” on Supreme Court nominees Thursday morning, his rhetoric may have sounded a little familiar. That’s because he covered many of the same points as then-Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2013 when the Nevada Democrat eliminated the filibuster on all other federal nominations, setting the precedent for Thursday’s action....
Trump’s Next Tests While Congress Recesses: Syria, N. Korea and Health Care
 

As lawmakers head out of town for two weeks, Roll Call’s White House correspondent John T. Bennett looks at what the break may hold for the White House....
Going ‘Nuclear’: Watch the Senate Change its Rules for Supreme Court Nominees

To ensure clearance of the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in face of a Democratic filibuster, the Senate voted on Thursday to reduce cloture vote threshold from 60 to a simple majority. Watch the historic vote....
Members Dance, Sing with Wynonna Judd at ‘Grammys on the Hill’
 

Over a dozen members of Congress got on stage with country singer Wynonna Judd on Wednesday night during the Recording Academy’s “Grammys on the Hill” event. The event, which featured performances from Judd and Keith Urban, was part of a push for representation and compensation for music creators. Watch the video for lawmakers attempting to sing along to Judd’s country classic “No One Else on Earth.”

Here’s What Merkley’s Overnight Senate Speech Was About

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley now holds the record for the eighth-longest floor speech (since 1900) after an overnight talk-a-thon over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Watch for highlights and more about Merkley’s speech....
Members Tour Holocaust Museum: ‘Important for Leaders to Stand Up’ Against Anti-Semitism
 

Several lawmakers took a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday in an effort by a bipartisan task force to combat anti-Semitism. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano spoke to Reps. Ted Deutch, Kathy Castor and Marc Veasey about their experience. Watch for more....
How Senate Republicans Will Likely Invoke the Nuclear Option
 

With 41 senators having announced they will vote against cloture on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans will need to change Senate procedure in order to ensure the Colorado appeals court judge makes it to the high court. Here’s how the historic rules overhaul will likely go down when the cloture vote takes place — slated for this Thursday.

After Health Care Bill Defeat, White House Signals Possible Second Try

After Speaker Paul D. Ryan told reporters “Obamacare is the law of the land” last week following the defeat of the Republican bill to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health law, Republicans and President Donald Trump have begun to signal willingness to take another shot at health care legislation in the coming weeks. Roll Call’s White House...
A Woman’s History Month Talk With the First Female GPO Director
 

Davita Vance-Cooks became the Government Publishing Office’s first female and first African American executive director in 2013. Vance-Cooks sat down with Roll Call to discuss the importance of women’s work at the GPO and her own “humbling” place in the agency’s history....
Feinstein, Collins and Others Call For Better Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Athletics

Four Olympic gymnasts testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to tell their stories of being sexually abused as young athletes by the U.S. team doctor. The testimony was part of the legislative push for a bipartisan anti-sex abuse bill, which was introduced by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins. The bill would require amateur athletics governing bodies to immediately report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement. See the vid...