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David Hawkings


Senior Editor David Hawkings writes the “Hawkings Here” blog and column for Roll Call.

His aim is to provide penetrating, non-partisan and forward-looking analysis of policies being formed on Capitol Hill – and the people and politics driving the debates.

Hawkings has been a passionate Congress-watcher at CQ Roll Call for two decades.

Before his current assignment, he spent two years as founding editor of the company’s Daily Briefing and six years as managing editor of CQ Weekly.

He’s also been senior editor for legislative affairs; the magazine’s economics editor and its congressional affairs editor; and co-editor of “Politics in America,” the signature reference work on members of Congress.

He offers analysis every Monday and Friday on NPR’s Washington affiliate, WAMU, and is a regular guest analyst on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before joining the company, 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:

Seat Scramble for Big Speech Loses Its Crossover Appeal

Jan. 27, 2014

Seems like “date night” just isn’t a thing anymore.

At Retreat, House GOP Will Decide Best Way to Sound Retreat on the Debt

Jan. 24, 2014

Better-than-even odds say the Great Debt Limit Debate of 2014 will be over before it really gets started, maybe by the end of this week.

The Real 'American Hustle': Could Abscam 7 Happen Today?

Jan. 22, 2014

In a year when the label “worst Congress ever” is being invoked as never before, a movie about the most over-the-top corruption scandal in congressional history is topping the roster of Oscar contenders.

This Year's Legislative Acid Test: Immigration Rewrite

Jan. 15, 2014

In theory, some people are refocusing attention on Congress this month after a period of total disconnectedness that began after the last election. For them, the most astonishing thing is surely that an immigration overhaul remains on the to-do list.

Will Miller's Exit Leave Pelosi Too Lonely at the Top?

Jan. 13, 2014

The long list of George Miller’s prominent official titles being unfurled is a reminder of why he is easily the most important member of the current Congress who has announced a retirement.

A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance

Jan. 12, 2014

One of the biggest congressional stories of the decade starts unfolding Monday — not at the Capitol, but across the street.

An Ethics Conflict Avoidance Period?

Jan. 10, 2014

This week’s belated appointment of two new board members for the Office of Congressional Ethics suggests the independent watchdog agency is approaching the sixth anniversary of its creation with a fading shroud of controversy.

The Other Reed Begins to See His Senate Spotlight Brighten

Jan. 8, 2014

If January’s award for biggest out-of-the-shadows move by a Senate Republican goes to Michael B. Enzi, then the companion prize for a Democrat must surely be given to Jack Reed.

3 Reasons Congress' Year Might Start Unexpectedly Strong

Jan. 5, 2014

Congress is reopening for business this week, to begin what President Barack Obama says “needs to be a year of action.”

The 7 Most Important Things Congress Did in 2013 (and the Top 25 Things It Didn't)

Dec. 23, 2013

Every lawmaker and staffer at home for the holidays is surely spending much of the break answering some version of this same derisive question: What’s it like, being a part of the least productive Congress in modern times? Two numbers frame the discomforting answer: 7 and 25.

With His BFF Leaving, Is Boehner Eyeing the Exit, Too?

Dec. 18, 2013

With the postmortems of this year’s biggest congressional events winding down, it’s not too early to start forecasting the top Hill stories of the year ahead.

Lackluster Final Score for Congress This Year: 8 to 22

Dec. 16, 2013

Every lawmaker and staffer who’s about to head home for the holidays knows to expect to spend the break answering some version of the same dreaded and derisive question: What’s it like, being a part of the least productive Congress in modern times?

Obama Replaces His Hill Lobbyist With a Senate Veteran

Dec. 13, 2013

President Barack Obama replaced his chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill today, concluding that his legislative affairs director for the past year had lost the confidence of too many congressional Democrats and made minimal inroads with the Republicans.

Daschle World Is Back at a Zenith, 5 Years Later

Dec. 10, 2013

For the Washington fantasists who like speculating about what might have happened in policy and politics “if only,” one of the most interesting questions at the moment is this: How would the administration be faring now if only Tom Daschle had properly paid his taxes.

Obama Skips Holiday Balls and Chance to Repair Congressional Relations

Dec. 9, 2013

This time there is a rock-solid excuse, but the sense of a continuing snub is sure to linger: Most members of Congress will not have any opportunity to socialize with the president this year.

Senators Return for 2 Weeks That Could Last a Needless Eternity

Dec. 8, 2013

The answer is 178 and a half hours.

Purse Strings Passed to a Different Sort of Republican

Dec. 4, 2013

Three weeks ago, and thanks mainly to the seniority system, an unusual midyear rearrangement of the House Appropriations power structure produced promotions for a quartet of relatively moderate and old-school Republicans.

Mixed Economic News Faces Budget Talkers as Congress Returns

Dec. 2, 2013

Updated: 6:00 p.m. | Some decidedly mixed economic signals are greeting lawmakers as they begin their balky return for the final month in this historically lackluster year of legislating.

Politics as Family Business: When Bad Moods Trump Big Dynasties

Nov. 25, 2013

What’s up with the family business is a perennial default conversation starter at so many Thanksgiving dinners. And that’s likely to be especially true around the tables of families in the business of winning federal campaigns.

Don't Bet on a Tax Code Rewrite Happening Anytime Soon

Nov. 20, 2013

In the current congressional climate, it’s wiser to assume something won’t happen than it is to assume it will — even when it’s the chairman of an important committee proposing a sweeping policy rewrite.

Sleeper Alert: Disabilities Treaty May Rise Anew in the Senate

Nov. 19, 2013

His approval rating may have sunk to a new low, right there with the portion of cooperative spirit left in the Republican ranks, but President Barack Obama is gambling that he can somehow reverse a searing, if low-profile, loss from a year ago on a proposal with global implications and domestic political import.

Defense Bill's 52-Year Record Will Be Tested Once Again

Nov. 18, 2013

The defense authorization bill, which the Senate looks set to debate at least for the rest of the week, is the congressional version of the movie blockbuster that has it all: An amazing array of cool hardware, whiz-bang special effects, political intrigue, spymaster secrecy and some inappropriate sexual behavior — not to mention a staggeringly big price tag.

How the Capitol Turned the Day JFK Died

Nov. 17, 2013

Nov. 22 falls on the Friday before Thanksgiving this year, just as it did 50 years ago. And that extraordinary day in 1963 began on the Hill in ways that would seem familiar to the congressional denizens of today.

Yellen Takes a Grilling, but Will Soon Head the Fed

Nov. 14, 2013

Janet L. Yellen faced intense and skeptical questions from several Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee, but nothing appeared to threaten her prospects for becoming the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

4 Centrists Get Money Seats in Appropriations Gavel Shuffle

Nov. 13, 2013

The House Appropriations Committee executed a rare midterm leadership shuffle Wednesday.

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