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Candidate Conversation: Heather Wilson, New Mexico Senate

A conversation with former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

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The Congressional Baseball Game Turns 50

Stories from past and present stars of the Congressional Baseball Game.

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Around the Hill: How to Order a Drink Using Sign Language

Bartenders near Gallaudet University, the elite college for the deaf and partially deaf in Northeast Washington, D.C., have had to learn how to read sign language for drink orders. Fritz Wood, general manager of the Rock N Roll Hotel, demonstrates how to sign a Red Bull and vodka, rum and Coke, Jägerbomb and other drinks.

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The Beat - June 13, 2011: Politics With Christina Bellantoni

In this week’s episode of CQ Roll Call’s “The Beat,” host Ryan Teague Beckwith talks with Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Christina Bellantoni about whether a House Member can win the presidency and what will be the big issues in the 2012 elections.

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D.C.-Area Establishments Display Their "Power Walls"

Framed photos of the city’s power brokers adorn the walls of bars, restaurants, delis, gas stations and barbershops all over the Washington region. Roll Call takes you on a tour a few of the area’s establishments with the best “Power Walls.”

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The Beat - May 31, 2011: Paul Singer on HowGovtWorks

In this week’s episode of CQ Roll Call’s “The Beat,” host Ryan Teague Beckwith talks with Roll Call Associate Editor Paul Singer about a new project exploring the behind-the-scenes mechanisms that make government function.

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The Beat: CQ's John Donnelly Talks About Defense Issues

In this week's episode of CQ Roll Call’s “The Beat,” host Ryan Teague Beckwith talks with defense reporter John Donnelly about budget cuts at the Pentagon, the war in Afghanistan and the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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Office Space: Landry's Louisiana Lair

In the latest version of Office Space, Roll Call's occasional look at Members' Capitol Hill digs, Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) shows off his office's Cajun pride.

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The Beat: CQ’s Joe Schatz on the Budget and Economy

In the debut episode of CQ Roll Call’s “The Beat,” host Ryan Teague Beckwith talks with budget and economy reporter Joseph J. Schatz about the ongoing debt ceiling debate and the 2012 budget.

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Imagining C-SPAN’s New Soundtrack

What would C-SPAN sound like with a more modern soundtrack? In this video we sub out the network's traditional 17th century chamber music for the likes of jazz, trip hop and pop.

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Washington Reacts to bin Laden’s Death

The day after President Barack Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden, Congressional leaders from both parties and visitors react to the news.

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Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden (Video)

In a surprise address late Sunday, President Barack Obama informs the nation that terrorist Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

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Election 2012: A Southerner Storms New England

Roll Call’s Steve Peoples asks New Hampshire voters how they feel about Haley Barbour’s strong Southern roots.

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Obama Lays Out Deficit Plan

Excerpts from President Barack Obama’s speech on fiscal policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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Mort Kondracke: Memorable Moments in Journalism

After 20 years, Roll Call Executive Editor Morton M. Kondracke is going into semi-retirement. During a party in his honor at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Kondracke reflected on some memorable moments in his journalism career.

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Mort Kondracke: Assessing the Presidents

After 20 years, Roll Call Executive Editor Morton M. Kondracke is going into semi-retirement. During a party in his honor at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Kondracke shared his thoughts on each of the eight presidents he has covered.

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Boehner, Reid Trade Barbs Over Shutdown

Less than 24 hours before a potential government shutdown, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trade barbs over which party is to blame.

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The Rise of the Congressional Black Caucus

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. Roll Call's mini-documentary examines the trials and triumphs of the CBC's 40 years.

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Tourists React to Potential Government Shutdown

If the government shuts down this weekend, many Washington, D.C., tourist hot spots such as the Smithsonian museums would close and the Cherry Blossom Parade would be canceled. Roll Call asked visitors to the nation's capital whom they would blame for a shutdown and what it would mean for their weekend plans.

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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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