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JM Rieger

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JM Rieger oversees video production for Roll Call. He began his career as an editorial intern for Roll Call in 2013 and started full time as Roll Call's video editor in September 2013.

Prior to joining Roll Call, he interned at Fox Sports in Los Angeles, NBC’s “Meet the Press" and Performics, a Chicago-based performance-marketing company.

JM graduated with honors from Miami University with degrees in journalism and political science. At Miami he worked as an editor for The Miami Student, covering higher education, campus life and sports, and also worked as a broadcaster and producer for the campus television and radio stations.

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Ukrainian President Pleads for Military Aid Before Congress

Sept. 18, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued an impassioned plea for U.S. weaponry Thursday to help his country’s defense against Russia and the Ukrainian separatists that Moscow has been supporting for the past year.

Speaking before a rare joint meeting of Congress, the Ukrainian leader acknowledged the non-lethal military aid that the Obama administration has provided Ukraine so far. But he said Ukrainian soldiers needed weapons.

“They need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal,” Poroshenko said to loud applause and one of many standing ovations from lawmakers assembled in the House chamber. “Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but they can’t win the war with blankets.”

FBI Chief: Terrorists Can Attack US 'in Their Pajamas in Their Basement'

Sept. 18, 2014

A day after a New York man was indicted on charges of trying to provide support to the Islamic State, top federal officials expressed concern to Congress about the reach the terrorist group could have via the Internet to inspire Americans to carry out domestic attacks.

“Someone can do it in their pajamas in their basement,” FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Homeland Security Committee during a hearing Wednesday morning. “These are the homegrown violent extremists that we worry about, who can get all the poison they need and the training they need to kill Americans, and in a way that is very hard for us to spot."

Obama Praises Congress for Funding Syrian Rebels, Passing CR

Sept. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama praised Congress Thursday for passing a measure to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 and to arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS.

"I'm pleased that Congress, a majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans in both the House and the Senate, have now voted to support a key element of our strategy: our plan to train and equip the opposition in Syria so they can help push back these terrorists," Obama said. "I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue."

Former Congressman Speaks Publicly of Son's Suicide

Sept. 18, 2014

Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, but not in his capacity as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, or for any business connected to his Miami-based consulting firm.

The Florida Republican who retired from the House in 2010, instead, came to testify at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing "to examine federal efforts on suicide prevention."

Diaz-Balart — whose brother, Rep. Mario-Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., still serves in office — appeared before the panel to speak, for the first time in public, about the May 2013 suicide of his son, Lincoln Gabriel, who was then 29-years-old.

Senator: White House 'Exercising the Worst Judgement Possible' on ISIS

Sept. 18, 2014

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., hammered Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday, telling the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the administration is “exercising the worst judgement possible” in handling the threat posed by ISIS.

“Do you realize how unserious, the things that you have laid out and the things that were laid out yesterday, sound?” Corker said. “You’re asking us to approve something that we know, the way you’ve laid it out, makes no sense. … It seems like a political answer.”

Kerry Slams Code Pink at Senate Hearing

Sept. 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the anti-war group Code Pink while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, telling the group to think about how it would deal with ISIS. The group protested administration officials testifying on Capitol Hill this week, as the White House laid out its strategy to combat ISIS.

“I understand dissent. I’ve lived it. I respect the right of Code Pink to protest … but you know what? I also know something about Code Pink. Code Pink was started by a woman, and women, who were opposed to war but who also thought that the government’s job was to take care of people … and if that’s what you believe in, and I believe it is, then you ought to care about fighting ISIL. Because ISIL is killing and raping and mutilating women,” Kerry said. “And frankly Code Pink and a lot of other people need to stop and think about how you stop them and deal with that.”

Senator: NFL Response to Ray Rice "Out of an Episode of 'Madmen'"

Sept. 17, 2014

A Senate Democrat is floating a proposal that could increase the government's leverage over the activities of professional sports leagues like the NFL.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that he's planning legislation to impose a sunset on the antitrust exemptions enjoyed by the National Football League and the other pro sports. The former Connecticut attorney general called the response of the NFL to the domestic violence incident involving now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice something "right out of the 1950s, out of an episode of 'Madmen.'"

Pelosi: 49ers Player Accused of Domestic Violence Should Not Play

Sept. 17, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hammered her hometown football team Wednesday, saying the San Francisco 49ers should not allow Defensive End Ray McDonald to play following allegations he assaulted his pregnant fiancée in August.

“It’s hard for me to understand how people are punching-out their wives at home … but it does happen an it’s and issue we’ve been working on for a very long time,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “Our coach says, ‘innocent until proven guilty, due process,’ all of that, but the fact is he shouldn’t have played.”

House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, Pass CR

Sept. 17, 2014

After voting to give President Barack Obama the authority to arm and train Syrian rebels, the House passed legislation Wednesday to fund the government until Dec. 11, moving the bill to avoid a government shutdown and address Islamic State organizations to the Senate.

House lawmakers voted 319-108 to pass the continuing resolution, with 143 Democrats joining 176 Republicans in support of the measure. 55 Democrats and 53 Republicans voted against the bill.

Republican on State Department Policies: Benghazi Can Happen Again

Sept. 17, 2014

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., slammed the State Department during the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s inaugural hearing Wednesday for failing to change its structure on approving temporary facilities abroad, which Roskam said could lead to another Benghazi-like situation.

“[When asked], ‘Are there any plans for temporary facilities in the future?’ you were pretty clever in how you responded. You said, ‘We don’t have any plans for it and I’m not likely ... to approve it,'” Roskam said, addressing the State Department’s Gregory B. Starr. “You’re not offering anything as it relates to fundamental change.”

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes'

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren't whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used her regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning news conference to make an impassioned case for members to support their president.

"I don't know how the vote will turn out," the California Democrat said. "It's not a vote we whip. We just don't whip war votes. But I do think that, as members weigh the factors, that they will, I think, give points to the president for all that he has done, diplomatically, politically, humanitarian-wise and ask for this distinct piece."

McConnell Backs CR, Syrian Rebel Aid

Sept. 16, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he would support a stopgap measure to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 while also signaling his support for a separate measure to arm Syrian rebels to combat ISIS.

McConnell Says Midterm Races 'Yet to be Won'

Sept. 16, 2014

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would not discuss what a Republican-led Senate agenda would look like if the GOP recaptures the majority this November, but said there's "almost no likelihood" Democrats would win the House.

"I think the races are yet to be won," McConnell said at his weekly news conference Tuesday. "We're hoping to have a really good year. We're hoping the American people will agree with us that it might be time to try something different after six years in a row of the same old thing."

Reid: Talk of GOP Taking the Senate is 'Premature'

Sept. 16, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid would not answer hypotheticals about losing control of the Senate this November, instead reasserting the strength of Democratic candidates during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

"All elections are the same in this sense: anything six weeks or two months out from an election is all based upon the candidates, not what's going on nationally," Reid said. "I just think any talk about Republicans taking control of the Senate is really premature and not based upon fact."

Robert Byrd Proposes Constitution Holiday in 2004

Sept. 16, 2014

A decade ago, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., pushed on the Senate floor for a holiday to celebrate the Constitution, "the document that establishes the duties and rights of citizenship," according to the late senator.

During a Sept. 20, 2004, speech on the Senate floor, Byrd detailed his proposal while speaking to the relationship between the president and Congress with respect to war powers.

"The framers ensured that the people, through their elected representatives in Congress would control the military so that it could not become a tool of government repression against their own people or a way for presidents to lead the nation into foreign misadventures.”

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

The Tamworth Hogs at Turner Farm in Maine

Sept. 12, 2014

A shot of the Tamworth hogs at Turner Farm in Maine, courtesy Roll Call's Warren Rojas.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8

Sept. 12, 2014

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the "crisis with ISIS" and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to "tweet, tweet, tweet."

Earnest: 'The United States is at War with ISIL'

Sept. 12, 2014

The White House is not ducking the word “war.”

Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the United States is “at war with ISIL” during a Friday news conference, but was also insistent in noting it will not be like the previous Iraq War, reiterating no ground forces would be engaged in combat.

"In the same way that the United State is as war with al-Qaida and its affiliates around the globe, the United States is at war with ISIL," Earnest said. "This is not a situation of ISIL against the United States. ISIL is waging a war against the broader international community.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8 (Video)

Sept. 12, 2014

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the “crisis with ISIS” and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to “tweet, tweet, tweet.”

Boehner: ‘An F-16 Is Not a Strategy’

Sept. 11, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner forcefully beat the drums of war Thursday, suggesting more action would be needed to defeat Islamic State group terrorists than just U.S. air strikes or the arming of Syrian rebels.

“An F-16 is not a strategy,” Boehner said during his weekly news conference. “And airstrikes alone will not accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Boehner said President Barack Obama had made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground. “Well somebody’s boots have to be on the ground,” Boehner said.

Pelosi Predicts Holiday Surprise on Immigration

Sept. 11, 2014

If Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is correct, President Barack Obama's delayed executive action on immigration may be coming sooner than expected.

During the California Democrat's weekly press conference on Thursday, Pelosi asked for those affected by the immigration issue to be hopeful that "by Thanksgiving or Christmas" there'd be "more security in their lives."

Senate Holds Moment of Silence on 13th Anniversary of 9/11

Sept. 11, 2014

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Senate remembered those who lost their lives before the start morning business on Thursday.

Obama Announces Strategy to Destroy ISIS

Sept. 10, 2014

President Barack Obama wants the approval of Congress as he announces a broad new air war against ISIS, including strikes in Syria, but says he already has the authority he needs.

In a speech outlining a new strategy to destroy the group also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, Obama announced an extensive air campaign with no set end date, and plans to rely on others to engage in a ground war — Iraqi forces in Iraq, and Syrian moderates in Syria.

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” Obama said.

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