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David Hawkings


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:

Voting by Remote Control Is a Recipe for Voter's Remorse

July 23, 2013

At first blush, one of the first measures introduced by one of this yearís youngest, tech-savvy House freshmen sounds as virtuous as it does innovative.

Obamacare or Government Shutdown? That's the GOP Question

July 23, 2013

With the new fiscal year starting 10 weeks from today, and the budget process on a collision course with total impasse, it was only a matter of time before talks of a government shutdown would bubble to the Capitol surface.

Bob Dole's 90th Conjures Visions of Senate Long Gone

July 22, 2013

Seventeen years and 774 cloture petitions after he left the Senate, Bob Dole celebrated his 90th birthday Monday with the sort of plain-spoken tough love that marked his run as one of the most accomplished congressional leaders of all time.

Newbies Take Over Congress; Now What Will They Make of It?

July 21, 2013

The just-updated rťsumť of Edward J. Markey points to one of the more unusual characteristics of the Capitol this year: Itís swarming with newbies.

Obama Touts Health Law as Some Nervous Democrats Defect

July 18, 2013

President Barack Obama is making another attempt today to sell his health care law to the public. He learned Wednesday that heís got more work to do than he expected.

New Voting Rights Law Hinges on Some Less-Visible Republicans

July 17, 2013

Thereís a ready temptation for those who dismiss any talk that Congress might agree on a way to revamp the Voting Rights Act.

Biggest Threat to U.S. Economy Is Congress, Bernanke Says

July 17, 2013

Congress is the main impediment to a more robust economy, Ben S. Bernanke told Congress today in what may well be his swan song on Capitol Hill.

Consumer Bureau Gets a Leader, and Dodd-Frank Gets an Enforcer

July 16, 2013

Thereís a strong argument that the most important meaning of Tuesdayís pivotal roll call isnít that the Senate has saved the Senate from itself. The filibuster showdown was averted, for now, but it hasnít gone away.

Senate 'Club' Convenes in Secret to Resolve Its Public War

July 15, 2013

For evidence of just how close the Senate has come to seizing up, consider the forum chosen by its leaders to conduct a last-ditch search for a restorative tonic.

Zimmerman Probe Goes Federal as Hill Critics Sound Off

July 15, 2013

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have been at the forefront of the campaign for federal prosecution of George Zimmerman on civil rights or hate crimes charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Why the D.C. 'Living Wage' Fight Matters to Congress

July 14, 2013

One of the summerís hottest local stories has become the standoff between the D.C. Council and Wal-Mart over how much the big-box behemoth should have to pay its Washington workforce.

LGBT Civil Rights Get a Late Boost From a Lagging Congress

July 10, 2013

Updated 5:06 p.m. | It would have been unthinkable, maybe only a year ago, that legislation to expand gay civil rights would win more bipartisan support than legislation protecting college kids from a doubling of their student loan rates.

Bipartisan Divide on Hill Means Egypt Aid Will Keep Flowing

July 9, 2013

Very unusual fault lines are hardening in Congress on the most consequential foreign policy dispute of the summer, with senior lawmakers in both parties taking opposite stances about whether aid to Egypt should be withheld if civilians arenít quickly put back in charge.

Senate ĎNuclearí War at Turning Point

July 9, 2013

A Senate nuclear showdown is looking almost inevitable this month.

GOP Immigration Feint in the House? Or Just a Faint of Heart?

July 8, 2013

Wednesdayís all-House-Republicans-on-deck meeting on immigration has lost its potential to generate the summerís biggest congressional news.

As Pentagon Furloughs Start, Congress Yawns

July 8, 2013

One of the most consequential effects of the sequester began today: Weekly unpaid furlough days for more than 650,000 civilian workers at the Defense Department, who will effectively see their pay cut by 20 percent for the final 11 weeks of this budget year.

There's Less to This Congress Than Meets the Blind Eye

July 7, 2013

Lawmakers and aides pouring back into the Capitol this week may be tempted to glance at their desk calendars, smack their foreheads and exclaim, ďWhere did the time go?Ē

Bill Gray, First Black in the Congressional Leadership, Dead at 71

July 2, 2013

William H. Gray III, who as House majority whip from 1989 to 1991 was the first African-American ever in the top tier of congressional leadership, died on Monday.

How Student Loan Impasse Went From Bad to 'So What?'

July 1, 2013

Next Wednesday has already been established as a critical date in the House, because itís when Republicans will meet to decide their next move in the immigration debate. But July 10 also looms as a big day in the Senate, because thatís when a pair of roll calls will decide whether the student loan impasse will be broken before it becomes a potentially expensive hassle for millions.

Tea Party Freshman Puts D.C. Speed Cameras in the Cross Hairs

June 28, 2013

House Republicans have shown their interest in micromanaging the municipal affairs of Washington, D.C., time and again. The range of their interests may soon get stretched again.

Senate to House: Immigration Is in Your Court (of Public Opinion)

June 27, 2013

So, the Senate immigration bill didnít hit the 70-vote threshold that was going to magically melt all House Republican resistance to opening the narrow new path to citizenship even before the border is totally locked-down tight. The solemn roll call came up two senators short.

70 Votes for Immigration Seems a Stretch, and May Be Moot

June 27, 2013

The Senate is on course to finish its immigration bill this afternoon, with the penultimate pair of procedural test votes to be taken before lunch and the roll call on passage set to start at 4 p.m.

Gingrich's 17-Year Culture War Against Gay Marriage Falls Flat

June 26, 2013

Itís a remarkable coincidence that Newt Gingrichís latest career move was announced Wednesday morning, moments before the Supreme Court struck down his most consequential legislative victory in the culture wars.

Gingrich, a DOMA Architect, Returning to D.C. as Talking Head

June 26, 2013

The Defense of Marriage Act was the biggest legislative victory for social conservatives that Newt Gingrich was able to engineer as speaker of the House. This morning, an hour before that law was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, the peripatetic Georgia Republican and failed presidential candidate announced he was leaving traditional politics altogether.

Both Parties Play Rope-a-Dope on Obama's Climate Agenda

June 25, 2013

Thereís nothing congressional Republicans can do to stop President Barack Obamaís assertive new moves against carbon pollution. Thereís nothing the Democrats can do to help him. And both sides have concluded that trying could make their own political fortunes worse.

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