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David Hawkings

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David Hawkings has been editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing – which offers forward-looking, non-partisan analysis of the top stories in Congress and around official and political Washington, online or by e-mail before lunchtime every weekday – since its launch in November 2010. For six years before that he was managing editor of CQ Weekly, a magazine covering federal policies, people and politics. He’s has also been the senior editor for legislative affairs, economics editor, congressional affairs editor, managing editor for daily news and co-editor of "Politics in America," the company’s signature reference work on members of Congress. He offers analysis every Monday and Friday on NPR’s Washington affiliate, WAMU, and makes frequent appearances as a guest commentator on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before joining the company in 1995, he was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of Thomson Newspapers and a reporter, columnist and editor at the San Antonio Light. He’s a native of New York and a graduate of Bucknell University.

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Stories by David Hawkings:

Senate Democrats Eye a Third Fall Showdown

Sept. 24, 2013

Top Senate Democrats signaled today that they may amend the continuing resolution to last only seven weeks, to Nov. 15 instead of Dec. 15. That would move the fall’s second shutdown showdown to just after the looming dogfight over the debt limit.

CR Timeline Gives Appropriators a 'Jingle Bells' Endgame

Sept. 24, 2013

Wednesday’s anticlimactic vote on the continuing resolution — Ted Cruz’s pretzel-logic faux filibuster notwithstanding — isn’t the most important Senate move so far this week in the budget endgame.

Senators Want Obama to Hold Hard Line on Iran, Confident He's on the Same Page

Sept. 23, 2013

One of the more reliable tricks in the congressional publicity playbook is to write and release a letter demanding the president do something — right after getting word that the hoped-for decision has already been made.

House GOP Sets Up Staredown With Obama Over Debt Limit

Sept. 23, 2013

While House Republican leaders are waiting for the Senate to restore funding to Obamacare in the stopgap spending bill, they are also refining their approach to the second fiscal showdown of the fall — over the debt limit.

Inside the Inconsistent Way Congress Would Implement Its Share of Any Shutdown

Sept. 22, 2013

One week to go, and still no word from Capitol Hill officials about how the place is going to be different if there’s a partial government shutdown.

Food Stamp Vote Shows GOP Leadership Challenge

Sept. 20, 2013

A couple of clues about the dynamics of the government shutdown endgame can be found in the roster of 15 House Republicans who voted Thursday against the food stamp overhaul.

DeLay Wins Appeal of Charges That Forced Him From GOP Pinnacle

Sept. 19, 2013

Tom DeLay was preparing to make a triumphant return to the Capitol this afternoon, hours after his political corruption conviction was overturned by a Texas appeals court.

Shutdown-Averting Endgame Buys All Sides a Second Play

Sept. 18, 2013

Consider the notion that a deal is already baked and that sometime next week Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell will unspool a maneuver that not only averts a partial government shutdown but also saves Speaker John A. Boehner’s bacon.

Shutdown Prospects Soar as Obama, GOP Square Off

Sept. 18, 2013

The prospect of a partial government shutdown increased significantly this morning.

Day of Indecision Doesn't Bode Well for Decisions to Come

Sept. 17, 2013

As Capitol Hill returned to its usual levels of edginess and partisanship Tuesday, there was general thankfulness that the boots on the ground — the men and women of the Capitol Police — had provided the requisite competence and comprehensive calm during the mayhem down the street at the Navy Yard.

The 50 Richest Are Different, Yes, Even From Other Members of Congress

Sept. 16, 2013

At first glance, our annual roster of the wealthiest people in Congress brought to mind one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most quoted lines: “Let me tell you about the very rich,” goes the opening of “The Rich Boy,” his 1926 short story. “They are different from you and me.”

50 Richest Are Different From You and the Rest of Congress

Sept. 16, 2013

The 50 Richest Members of Congress are different from the rest of their colleagues in so many ways, but here’s one way in which they are the same: There are nine women on the roster, or 18 percent of the lawmakers with the highest minimum net worth last year. And women hold precisely 18 percent of all the combined seats in the House and Senate.

Bachmann's Cautionary Tale: Sweat the Small Stuff, or Pay the Price

Sept. 15, 2013

Few members of Congress sustain higher name identification than Michele Bachmann, even though her shooting-star prominence has had almost nothing to do with her work as the representative from the Twin Cities suburbs.

GOP's Next Move Against Obama? Judicial Wars, Round II

Sept. 12, 2013

The judicial wars have not gone away. They’re just on hold for at least another week.

After Bowing to Congress on Syria, Then Pulling Back, Will Obama Ever Return?

Sept. 11, 2013

Have the first congressional votes in a decade on authorizing military force been postponed indefinitely, or effectively canceled altogether?

Were They Aiming for the Dome on Sept. 11? A Capitol Myth That's Hard to Shake

Sept. 10, 2013

A dozen years on, it remains the biggest unsolved mystery connecting the congressional community to the defining moment in 21st-century American history: Were the United 93 hijackers aiming for the Dome when the passengers revolted and forced the plane to crash into a bucolic southwestern Pennsylvania field?

New Consensus in Budget Wars: Truce Until Dec. 15

Sept. 10, 2013

While the situation with Syria is getting more fluid by the hour, the next step in the other morass confronting Congress is getting clearer: A truce in the budget wars is going to be declared until the holidays.

Razorback's Edge: Why Are Arkansas Rivals Split on Syria?

Sept. 9, 2013

For one of the clearest illustrations yet of the complex and unpredictable nature of the Syria strike voting dynamics in Congress, consider the Arkansas delegation and its pair of statewide candidates.

Rand Paul-Chris Christie Feud Gets a New Jersey 'What Sup Witch Yew?'

Sept. 8, 2013

By the end of this first week back, a Capitol that’s emotionally spent from the Syria debate and still anxious about a budget impasse will be sorely in need of a diversion.

On Syria, McConnell Remains Lone Hill Leader on the Fence

Sept. 3, 2013

Only one of the top five members of the bipartisan congressional hierarchy still sits on the fence about launching a punitive strike against Syria: Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader.

Ahead of Hearing, Solid Support for Syria Strike at Senate Foreign Relations

Sept. 3, 2013

While President Barack Obama spent the morning behind closed doors rallying the bipartisan congressional leadership to his side, an equally important hurdle for his Syria policy comes this afternoon, when 18 senators on the Foreign Relations Committee will publicly reveal whether they’re for, against or undecided on authorizing U.S. military intervention.

GOP Missed an Opportunity in Skipping MLK March Anniversary

Sept. 2, 2013

As the world was reminded anew last week, the last living bridge between the 1963 March on Washington and the Washington of today is John Lewis, a civil rights icon since the movement flowered in the early 1960s and Atlanta’s congressman since the late 1980s.

Congress of Quitters: Early Exits Promise Better Prospects, Less Bile

Aug. 12, 2013

After a decade in the House, Rodney Alexander never made as much news as he did as a freshman, when he secured a hold on his northeastern Louisiana seat by quitting the Democratic Party just in time to run for re-election as a Republican.

Obamacare Hostage Takers Get a GOP Comeuppance

Aug. 5, 2013

The rhetorical preliminaries will last at least another 33 days. Once Congress returns to work in September, this year’s budget battle royal will be joined for real, then last for months. Or so the thinking goes.

Congress Scatters for Summer Recess on Heels of Tepid Job Growth

Aug. 2, 2013

The White House reacted to today’s middling employment numbers by insisting that the less-than-expected addition of 162,000 new jobs is just a reminder the economy won’t get any better until the sequester is turned off.

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