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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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How Cap and Trade Works

Congress is considering a complex proposal called cap and trade to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But how does it actually work?

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Craig Newmark on Newspapers, Sex Ads and Craigslist's Legacy

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says his site is not responsible for the death of newspapers and discusses the flap over Craigslist's handling of sex ads. 2nd of a 3-part interview.

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Craigslist Founder on Transparency, Open Gov.

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is a staunch advocate of transparency and free access to information. He tells D.C. Decoder host Craig Crawford how social media and the Internet will make government more transparent.

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K Street’s Health Czar

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Craigslist Founder on How to be a Better Online Activist

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark gives some tips on how to be a better online activist. Look for the full interview between Newmark and veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford next week on Congress.org.

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Kentucky Senate Primary Derby Enters Home Stretch

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is retiring and there are competitive Democratic and Republican primaries on May 18 to decide the nominees for the November race to succeed him. Roll Call reporter John McArdle and photographer Tom Williams traveled to the Bluegrass state to get a sense of where the races stand.

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Supreme Fight

In this episode of 'D.C. Decoder,' veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford tells you what to look for in the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle.

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Ex-Blue Dogs Start Fiscal Policy Nonprofit

Six former Blue Dog Coalition members and aides are banding together to form the Blue Dog Research Forum. In August, Roll Call sat down with two of the ex-Blue Dogs, former Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) of Olsson Frank & Weeda and former Rep. Bud Cramer (D-Ala.) of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, to talk about their new venture.

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A Conversation with C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb

In this week's episode of D.C. Decoder, veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford interviews C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb about C-SPAN's new online video archive, as well as why C-SPAN never screen its talk show callers.

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Around the Hill: A Day Among the Cherry Blossoms

Each spring the nation's capital explodes in the vibrant white and pink hues of the cherry blossom trees. While the main attraction is the Tidal Basin and the hundreds of trees that ring it, many visitors are pleasantly surprised to find an assortment of blossoms decorating the Capitol grounds. Roll Call videojournalist Andrew Satter captured the beauty of the blossoms around the Capitol, starting in Upper Senate Park and making his way around the front of the building to the House side. For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, go to http://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

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C-SPAN's Brian Lamb On Offensive Callers

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb talks about offensive C-SPAN callers. Excerpted from a recent interview with Congress.org's Craig Crawford.

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Office Space: Rep. Braley Plays Ball

In this episode of Office Space, Roll Call's occasional look at Members' office digs, Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley shows off his favorite items from his home district.

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Play of the Week: Kucinich at the Bat

In this week's episode of D.C. Decoder, veteran Washington journalist Craig Crawford examines how political bosses cajole their rank and file into supporting their causes.

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Taste Test: Best Burgers on the Hill

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