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Tea Party Rallies to Cut Spending

Tea party protesters rallied in front of the Capitol on Wednesday. The tea party supports a government shutdown unless Congress agrees to cut $61 billion in spending, the amount included in a continuing resolution that the House passed in February.

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What Happens During a Government Shutdown?

Everyone is talking about a government shutdown if Congress can't agree on a budget. But what exactly happens when the government shuts down? D.C. Decoder host Craig Crawford explains.

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CBC at 40: Part 2 — Conscience and Controversy

Part 2 of Roll Call’s series on the Congressional Black Caucus examines the organization's rise, its legislative successes, its recent scandals and what it will look like in another 40 years.

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CBC at 40: Part 1 — Doubts and Triumphs

Photographs of the first Congressional Black Caucus, in 1971, show a group of 12 men and one woman. Back then, it was a small club, and yet its message was huge: These 13 legislators, standing on the steps of the Capitol, had claimed their rightful place in Washington. Congress would never look the same. Part 1 of Roll Call's series examines the trials and triumphs of the CBC's early years.

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CBC at 40 - Trailer

Watch the trailer for a two-part mini-documentary series chronicling the history and growth of the Congressional Black Caucus. This year, the CBC celebrates its 40th year in Congress. Look for the full mini-documentary on rollcall.com on Wednesday.

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For Quigley, Hockey Is the ‘Greatest Game’

Rep. Mike Quigley grew up playing hockey on frozen ponds behind his house. The Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Hockey Caucus — yes, there really is such a thing — talks about his love for the ice. Produced by Andrew Satter / Roll Call

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A Valentine for Erma

On May 29, 1937, Robert Byrd married his childhood sweetheart, a coal miner’s daughter named Erma Ora James. Byrd, who would become the longest-serving Senator in history, would often deliver poetic odes to his wife on the Senate floor. On this Valentine’s Day, Roll Call brings you some of our favorites.

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C-SPAN Viewer's Guide

If you've ever watched C-SPAN, you know that Congress can be incomprehensible. In this week's episode of D.C. Decoder, host Craig Crawford cuts through the jargon to explain the procedural mess.

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Office Space: Hanging 10 with Dana Rohrabacher

In the latest installment of Roll Call’s occasional look at Members’ office digs, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) shows off his surfboard collection and his wall of Ronald Reagan photos, and even strums us a tune.

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Perfect Strangers: State of the Union Edition

For the first time in more than a century, members of Congress from different parties sat together during the State of the Union. Some of the pairings made for odd couples indeed, at times seeming more like an '80s TV sitcom than the United States Congress.

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D.C. Decoder: State of the Union Viewer’s Guide

The president’s State of the Union address to Congress is one of Washington’s most hallowed — and overhyped — traditions. D.C. Decoder host Craig Crawford tells you what rituals to expect.

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Members Reflect on Giffords Shooting

As Members of Congress returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, they held a prayer service for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and reflected on what effect her shooting will have on upcoming legislative battles.

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Protest Outside White House as Gitmo Enters 10th Year

A coalition of activist groups protested outside the White House on Tuesday against the 173 detainees being held at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Produced by Andrew Satter for Congress.org

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Obama Reacts to Giffords Shooting

President Barack Obama reacts to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz.

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112th Congress: Big Family, Big Day

A pizzeria owner and father of 10 children, Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) is one of the more unlikely Members of the 112th Congress. Roll Call spent the day with Schilling and his entire family, who all made the trip to Washington from Moline, Ill. Produced by Andrew Satter.

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Exit Interview: Cao Reflects on Unlikely Term

Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.) only has a few days left as a Member of Congress, but he isn’t quite ready to leave government.

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D.C. Decoder: Unemployment Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story

Each month the nation breathlessly awaits the latest unemployment and job growth numbers. 'D.C. Decoder' host Craig Crawford shows how those numbers are determined and why they don't tell the whole story.

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Exit Interview: Rep. Mike Castle

Nine-term Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) talks about his surprise loss to Christine O’Donnell in the 2010 Delaware GOP primary and reflects on what it was like to be a moderate in an increasingly conservative Republican Party.

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Exit Interview: Rep. Bart Stupak

Retiring congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) reflects on his 18 years in office.

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Exit Interview: Rep. John Spratt

After 28 years in office, longtime South Carolina Rep. John Spratt reflects on his life in Congress.

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"Miss Kansas" Says Farewell

Carolyn Anderson, a staffer for 28 years, talks about some of her favorite memories from her time on the Hill.

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Can Tea Party Stop New Members from "Going D.C."?

Congress.org examines the tea party's efforts to keep newly elected Members faithful to its cause.

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Decoding the Lame Duck

Congress has a lot on its plate during this lame-duck session, but how much will it actually accomplish? D.C. Decoder host Craig Crawford looks at past lame ducks to find out how effective they really are.

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How to Make Your Voice Heard 101

Politicians get thousands of letters, e-mails, phone calls and even Tweets a year. Veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford dishes some helpful tips on how to get your message through the clutter.

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The Year's Best Political Ads in 120 Seconds

Roll Call takes a look at some of the 2010 midterm election's more memorable political ads.

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Sights and Sounds From the Republicans' Victory Party

Sights and sounds from the National Republican Congressional Committee victory party as they celebrate reclaiming the House of Representatives for the first time since 2006.

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Midterm Election Voter's Guide: 5 Races to Watch

Roll Call presents a video guide of five bellwether races to watch on election night. We explain why they are important and what their results could mean for the balance of power in Washington. Produced by Andrew Satter.

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Around the Hill: Segway Sightseeing

One cannot walk the National Mall these days without spotting a line of Segway riders — like chicks behind a mother hen — following a tour guide. Three companies offer Segway tours. For updated tours, schedules and pricing call the numbers or click on the links below. Capital Segway http://www.capitalsegway.com 202-682-1980 Segs in the City http://www.segsinthecity.com 800-734-7393 City Segway Tours http://citysegwaytours.com/washington-dc 877-734-8687

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Deconstructing the Hope Ad

With the midterm elections fast approaching, some candidates are trying to appeal to voters' better side. 'D.C. Decoder' host Craig Crawford deconstructs the use of hope in ads and examines why it can be such an effective technique.

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Democrats Rally The Base In Pa., but Will It Be Enough?

Roll Call visits Pennsylvania's 8th district, where Rep. Patrick Murphy hopes he can rally his base to fend off a tough challenge from former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Produced by Andrew Satter.

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Deconstructing the Fear Ad

With the midterm elections just around the corner, fear is all around us - in the form of political campaign ads. 'D.C. Decoder' host Craig Crawford deconstructs the use of fear in ads and examines why it's such an effective technique.

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Office Space: Living History With Rep. Honda

In this episode of Office Space, Roll Call’s occasional look at Members’ office digs, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) talks about growing up in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and how the experience shaped his worldview.

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Do Taxpayer-Funded Political Videos Break Rules?

Roll Call Associate Editor Paul Singer examines a series of ads on the GOP House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s website to see whether they violate Congressional rules barring the use of official funds for political purposes.

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Office Space: Raúl Grijalva's Little Tucson

In this episode of Office Space, Roll Call’s occasional look at Members’ office digs, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) shows off the items from his district that he says keep him grounded in his Sonoran desert roots.

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The Long Shot's Long Walk

Democrat Jeff Barnett is taking on 15-term Rep. Frank Wolf in Virginia's 10th district. While the race is not expected to be competitive, Barnett sought to drum up support — and media attention — by walking the 80-mile district in six days.

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Delaware's Civil Senate Race

With voters across the country angry at Washington and incumbents from both parties on the run, the Delaware Senate race is remarkable for its civility. Longtime Republican Rep. Mike Castle is the favorite over both his tea party-backed opponent in the primary and Democrat Chris Coons (pictured above) in the general election.

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Around the Hill: Barbershop Board Games

Roll Call's occasional "Around the Hill" video series shines its lens on some of Capitol Hill's lesser-known attractions. This week we visit Mason's Barber Shop on H Street Northeast and meet a group of men who live to play checkers. Produced by Andrew Satter / Roll Call Photography by Tom Williams / Roll Call

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Around the Hill: Muslim Prayer Service in U.S. Capitol

Members of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association gather on Fridays in the U.S. Capitol for Jummah, the Muslim weekly prayer service.

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Ordinary People of the Union

Presidents honoring regular Americans during speeches has been a time-honored tradition ever since President Ronald Reagan introduced it. Here we've compiled every mention of an ordinary citizen during a State of the Union since 1982.

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Colorado Senate Race Gets Rocky

Colorado's Senate primaries are Aug. 10, but many voters are already mailing in their ballots. The Republican primary between Weld County District Attorney and tea party favorite Ken Buck and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton has gotten most of the attention, but the Democrats have a hotly contested race as well. Learn all about the ups and downs of both races in this Roll Call midterm elections video special. Produced by Andrew Satter.

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How to Read A Political Poll

These days, it seems there's a poll for everything. In this episode of Congress.org's D.C. Decoder, host Craig Crawford shows you how to tell if a poll's results are legitimate.

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Around the Hill: 2010 Congressional Baseball Game

The Democrats used some late-inning heroics to beat the Republicans 13-5 in Roll Call’s 49th annual Congressional Baseball Game, held at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C. We present some of our favorite moments from the game, set to music. Special thanks to Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) for wearing the Helmet Cam.

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Around the Hill: Preview of the 2010 Congressional Baseball Game

Everyone in Washington has been buzzing about whether the Republicans are going to regain Congressional control — of a winning title in the 49th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, that is. Come out to Nationals Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to cheer on the Democrats and Republicans and to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington and the Washington Literacy Council.

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Elena Kagan's Guide to Better SCOTUS Hearings

In 1995, Elena Kagan wrote a paper blasting 'vapid and hollow' Supreme Court nomination hearings. Veteran Washington reporter Craig Crawford says her critique should be a guide to better hearings - starting with her own.

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Office Space: Gone Fishing With Rob Wittman

In this episode of Office Space, Roll Call's occasional look at Members' office digs, Virginia Republican Rep. Rob Wittman takes us inside his personal office, affectionately known as the "fishbowl."

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Anatomy of a Political Takedown

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal is not the first politician to get in trouble for saying something stupid. In this episode of D.C. Decoder, veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford explains the anatomy of the political takedown.

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Office Space: Pence's Inner Sanctum

In this episode of Office Space, Roll Call's occasional look at Members' office digs, Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence shows off his most cherished possessions.

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Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for SCOTUS

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