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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:

Hill Staff Health Care: Will Voters Care About This Sideshow?

Nov. 1, 2013

For better or worse, but at least with some finality, congressional staffers’ three-year run as pawns in the Obamacare debate is ending.

16 Senate Women Say 'Run, Hillary, Run' in 2016

Oct. 31, 2013

With President Barack Obama’s approval ratings near a new low this week, the Democratic water-cooler talk is focusing especially early on hopes for 2016 — with the bulk of today’s attention on news that all 16 of the Senate’s Democratic women have written to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to run.

From Churchill to Mandela: A Torch of Generational Leadership

Oct. 30, 2013

In a city studded with statues commemorating foreigners who have inspired the United States, no world figure has attained more tribute than Winston Churchill. At least for the time being.

Judicial Wars: Senate Readies the Next Main Event

Oct. 29, 2013

The first battle in the newest round of the judicial wars is intensifying today — and is on course to climax next week, when the Senate will decide whether to fill even one of the three vacancies on what’s considered the second most important federal bench in the nation, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Filibuster Holiday? Christmas Comes Early for Obama in the Senate

Oct. 29, 2013

Seven skirmishes in the Senate confirmation wars are being fought more or less simultaneously this week.

5 Lessons for D.C. on Sandy's First Anniversary

Oct. 28, 2013

On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the communities along the Jersey Shore and surrounding New York Harbor are living with a profoundly complex mixture of emotions: stubborn triumph at the resilience of their recovery efforts and deep frustration at how much work remains.

Three's a Crowd at These House-Senate Negotiating Tables

Oct. 28, 2013

Dozens of member of Congress and hundreds of their aides have never come close to experiencing a formal, or even informal, legislative conference committee. Divided government and intense partisanship have made a real rarity out of actual dealmaking between the House and Senate. But this week promises to see three sets of negotiations getting started — on the budget, the farm bill and perhaps the water projects package.

Gay Civil Rights Bill, a Test for the GOP, Moves to Hill Forefront

Oct. 27, 2013

The Senate’s partisan balance will move a tick to the left Thursday, when Cory Booker takes his seat as the 55th member of the Democratic caucus. And the New Jersey newcomer looks increasingly likely to make a bit of history befitting his national profile only a few days later, by providing an essential vote to advance the most important civil rights bill of the decade.

Sebelius' Tenure as Obamacare Overseer Hangs With Vulnerable Democrats

Oct. 23, 2013

Will the star witness who isn’t there become the sacrificial secretary?

Gabby Giffords Takes Another Uphill Run at Gun Control

Oct. 23, 2013

Another grass-roots lobbying push for gun control legislation is being staged today by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. But there is no sign at all that the Arizona Democrat and her former astronaut husband will gain any new support at the Capitol.

Bill Young Funeral Arrangements Turn Tributes Into Disputes

Oct. 22, 2013

Maybe it’s tautological, but maybe, too, it’s worth a reminder that the funerals of politicians are inherently political affairs.

Obama Concedes Obamacare's Web Flaws

Oct. 21, 2013

President Barack Obama is going much farther than he has in the past in conceding the problems with the health care law’s rollout. He’s hoping today’s promised improvements will ease the public apprehension that’s surged to the forefront of Washington’s attention now that the shutdown and default drama has been set aside.

Many Existing and Would-Be GOP Leaders Opposed Budget Deal

Oct. 17, 2013

All of the congressional Republicans with viable 2016 presidential ambitions voted against the bill enacted overnight to reopen the government and increase federal borrowing. So did two members of the Senate GOP leadership and three members of the party’s House leadership. The opponents also included a majority of the Republicans who are chairmen of House committees and most of the members of the House GOP caucus who aspire to election to the Senate next year.

Long National Nightmare May Soon Be Over

Oct. 16, 2013

The dam is breaking today. The two Senate leaders finalized an agreement this morning to reopen the government until Jan. 15 and avert an imminent debt default by giving the Treasury authority to continue borrowing through Feb. 7.

29 Reasons a Budget Deal Is in Reach, and 1 Reason It Isn't

Oct. 16, 2013

They couldn’t have scripted it any more obviously: The can is getting kicked to Friday the 13th.

Justices to Take Up Climate Change Case Created by Gridlock

Oct. 15, 2013

Divided government gridlock spawned an important new consequence Tuesday. At a time when there’s no chance Congress and the president will agree on any environmental legislation, the Supreme Court agreed to settle a benchmark question about federal powers to control pollution and climate change.

Beltway Version of 'Groundhog Day' Makes Us All Feel Jaded

Oct. 11, 2013

It’s clear from last week’s polls why congressional Republicans decided to blink first in the budget standoff: Their party’s approval rating is at the lowest point in a quarter-century.

Bill Young's Departure Hastens the End of a Legislative Era

Oct. 9, 2013

The C.W. stands for Charles William, but since he arrived at the Capitol more than 42 years ago, he’s been known to just about everyone by the rest of the name on his official letterhead: Bill Young.

Cracks in the Budget Impasse? Both Sides Searching for Daylight

Oct. 9, 2013

The formal nomination of Janet L. Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve may be anticlimactic, but it comes at a crucial moment: It creates a daylong diversion when both sides in the fiscal deadlock can assess the chance of seizing the same sliver of an opening.

What's in a Name? Plenty of Super-Bad Memories on Both Sides (Video)

Oct. 8, 2013

Legislation is enacted empowering an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, senators and House members to set to work on a hurry-up timetable in search of a way out of a thick budgetary morass that has brought the country near the brink of default.

One-Story Town Gives a Furlough to Nonessential Legislation

Oct. 7, 2013

And on the seventh day, Congress did not rest. Instead, lawmakers decided for the first time since the shutdown began to take votes on something wholly unrelated to their own budgetary wheel-spinning.

Obamacare Recedes as GOP Attention Turns to Entitlements, Tax Code

Oct. 7, 2013

The certainty of the government shutdown lasting into a second week became unavoidably clear today, along with the solidifying probability that the impasse will only be ended as part of a debt-ceiling resolution.

McConnell's Real Legacy Now Hangs in Supreme Court's Balance

Oct. 6, 2013

The first high-profile oral argument of the new Supreme Court term comes Tuesday morning in a campaign finance case officially called McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Across the street, the dispute may come to be known instead as McConnell v. Donation Limits.

A Weekend of Wheel-Spinning Ahead, but Probably No Deal

Oct. 4, 2013

Although there’s no viable prospect for ending the government shutdown, members of Congress were told today to stick around for weekend votes, caucus meetings and news conferences that might at least promote the illusion — if not the possibility — of progress toward the end of the impasse.

GOP Rebels Scour the Back Pages of the Rule Book

Oct. 2, 2013

In competition of all kinds, it’s reliably true that folks on the losing side are far likelier to reach for the rule book — hoping some procedural wrinkle can be found to save them in time from a shortage of skill or good fortune.

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