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Will Trump’s Goal to Reorganize the Government Get Anywhere? Look to Congress
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

President Donald Trump has some bold ambitions for restructuring the federal government. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings looks back at how Trump’s reorganization plans compare to his predecessors’, who may or may not have had a willing partner in Congress.

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Why Are the Dreamers Called the Dreamers?
 

Congress is continuing its debate on immigration this week during an ongoing furor over the Trump administration’s family separation approach to border security. Senior editor David Hawkings takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy put in place by President Barack Obama and rescinded by President Donald Trump and how it affected the so-called Dreamers, named for a long-embattled bill that was never signed into law.

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What Is a Discharge Petition Anyway?
 

Senior editor David Hawkings breaks down the seldom-used House tactic that members are wielding to try to force an immigration vote to the floor: the discharge petition.

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What’s a Senate Blue Slip and Why Is It Losing Power?
 Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

It’s a literal blue slip of paper that for decades meant a senator could block a president’s nominee to a federal judgeship in their home state. These days, however, the Senate’s blue slip might be becoming defunct. Senior editor David Hawkings explains.

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What You Need to Know About Voter Registration and Turnout This Midterm Season
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings — Wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

Who votes, and who doesn’t, will effectively decide control of the next Congress — and turnout has recently been weak in midterm elections. In part that’s because millions who could vote never get registered. But for 2018 there is still time to register nationwide.

Registration deadlines are about a month before the election in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

How Congress’ Schedule Is Supposed to Work
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

What’s the Nuclear Option? Dismantling This Senate Jargon
 Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

A Guide to Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

Roll Call has completed its analysis of Congress’ wealth, and the results are clear: Congress is getting richer. Senior editor David Hawkings walks you through the findings of the Wealth of the 115th Congress.

If There’s a Deal, Then What’s Up With Trump’s Budget Request?
 

Why Does Congress ‘Retreat?’