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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:

The One Washington Power Lunch the Political Class Cares About Today

July 29, 2013

“It’s just lunch!” insist the handlers for both participants in today’s most closely watched inside-the-Beltway meal.

Rush to the August Exits Makes for High-Stakes September

July 28, 2013

The final week before the August recess in a non-election year: Customarily, it’s the occasion for climactic votes on some of the most important matters of the year. This time, it will come and go with little more than a rhetorical torrent about how little’s been done to justify a five-week vacation.

Worst Poll Numbers Ever Don't Stop Backbiting by Obama and His Critics

July 24, 2013

President Barack Obama’s effort to pivot Washington’s attention back onto the economy — and claim the public opinion upper hand before his budget battle with Congress is rejoined this fall — had all the hallmarks of a recent State of the Union address.

GOP's White House Wannabes Still Neck and Neck: Poll

July 24, 2013

The four members of Congress likeliest to run for president in 2016 are all bunched together near the top of a front-runner-free Republican field, according to this year’s most extensive poll about the next race for the White House.

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 year’s 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 résumé of Edward J. Markey points to one of the more unusual characteristics of the Capitol this year: It’s 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 he’s got more work to do than he expected.

New Voting Rights Law Hinges on Some Less-Visible Republicans

July 17, 2013

There’s 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

There’s a strong argument that the most important meaning of Tuesday’s pivotal roll call isn’t that the Senate has saved the Senate from itself. The filibuster showdown was averted, for now, but it hasn’t 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 summer’s 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.

Senate ‘Nuclear’ War at Turning Point

July 9, 2013

A Senate nuclear showdown is looking almost inevitable this month.

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 aren’t quickly put back in charge.

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

July 8, 2013

Wednesday’s all-House-Republicans-on-deck meeting on immigration has lost its potential to generate the summer’s 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, “Where did the time go?”

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 it’s 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 that’s 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 didn’t 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.

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