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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Handful Away? The House Republicans Who've Had Enough

Oct. 2, 2013

Advocates of reopening the government without Obamacare strings attached are within striking distance today of securing a House majority for a “clean” continuing resolution. But Republican leadership is giving no indication of relenting and allowing a vote that would bring the partial government shutdown to an end on its second day.

How Defense Wonks Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept Sequester

Oct. 1, 2013

Important shutdown news is getting lost in the rhetorical histrionics about Obamacare, the partisan power plays over blinking first and the personal strife for the furloughed federals. Topping the list: The sequester is surviving.

The Public's Pox on Washington Deepens

Sept. 30, 2013

For those looking for an agreement that would genuinely “give the American people what they want,” it was painfully easy to turn off the news and tuck in early Monday night.

Shutdown Looks Inevitable Unless Boehner Changes His Mind

Sept. 30, 2013

A partial government shutdown starting tonight is now looking like a certainty.

Whither Immigration Overhaul? Big Dreams Are Made on Such Little Stuff

Sept. 29, 2013

First it was going to be July, right after the Senate did its part. Next it was going to be September, once lawmakers had a chance to gauge constituent opinion. And then it was supposed to be this coming month of October, filling a window between two fiscal fights.

Ted Cruz Showed He Can Talk the Talk, but His Walk Is Harder to Measure

Sept. 25, 2013

Ted Cruz undeniably secured a spot in the annals of senatorial theatrics at the stroke of noon Wednesday, when parliamentary inevitability required him to yield the floor after 21 hours and 19 minutes.

Gridlock in Congress Leads to 3-Cent Hike in Postal Stamps

Sept. 25, 2013

While the spending and debt deadlines move inexorably closer with no deals in sight, Congress is getting a stark reminder about the consequences (and cost) of its gridlock for everyday Americans.

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.

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.

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.

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