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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. ûûPrior 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.ûûJM 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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Stories by JM Rieger:

Jindal: Federal Education Regulations 'Cynical, Immoral and Hypocritical'

Aug. 27, 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., a vocal critic of the federal government's role in education, sued the Obama administration Wednesday over its implementation of the Common Core in Louisiana.

"Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C. in control of everything," Jindal said in a statement.

During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, Jindal slammed the administration, calling its education policies "cynical, immoral and hypocritical.”

Earnest: Obama Will Act on Immigration Despite Threat of Government Shutdown

Aug. 27, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday President Barack Obama will act unilaterally on immigration, despite new speculation that Republican lawmakers may shut down the government to block executive actions Obama plans to announce by the end of the summer.

"It certainly was a shame when Republicans engaged in a strategy to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act," Earnest said. "We would hope that Republicans wouldn't do the same thing again ... over a common sense, bipartisan effort to try to mitigate at least some of the worst problems that are caused by our broken immigration system."

To avoid a shutdown, lawmakers must pass legislation to fund the government before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.

Democrat Describes Race as Party's Best Pickup Opportunity (Video)

Aug. 26, 2014

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar called his bid for California’s 31st District the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a Republican seat in the midterms.

Candidate Interview: Pete Aguilar (D) CA-31

Aug. 26, 2014

The mayor of Redlands, Calif., who is running for the open seat in California's 31st District, visited Roll Call on July 16.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Harry Reid (Video)

Aug. 22, 2014

As Heard on the Hill’s look back at 2014 rolls on, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid organizes his calendar, greases pigs and pays tribute to his favorite Americans — the Koch brothers.

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizona's 7th District (Video)

Aug. 22, 2014

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat, hopes her community ties and political experience will boost her to victory in Tuesday’s primary in Arizona’s 7th District.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Harry Reid

Aug. 21, 2014

As Heard on the Hill's look back at 2014 rolls on, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid organizes his calendar, greases pigs and pays tribute to his favorite Americans, the Koch brothers.

Candidate Interview: Mary Rose Wilcox (D) AZ-07

Aug. 21, 2014

The former member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors who is running for the open seat in Arizona's 7th District, visited Roll Call on July 24.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Nancy Pelosi (Video)

Aug. 15, 2014

Heard on the Hill continues its look back at the best Hits and Misses from 2014, this week focusing on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s love for children, baseball and fist pumps.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Nancy Pelosi

Aug. 15, 2014

Heard on the Hill continues its look back at the best Hits and Misses moments from 2014, this week focusing on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's love for children, baseball and fist pumps.

Flashdance: Lawmakers Drench Themselves in Ice Water for Charity (Video)

Aug. 14, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t just for late-night funnymen and down-for-whatever daytime news anchors anymore.

Flashdance: Lawmakers Drench Themselves in Ice Water

Aug. 14, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t just for late-night funnymen and down-for-whatever daytime news anchors anymore. Lawmakers have caught the water hurling-bug and Roll Call has compiled the best of the best into two minutes of glory.

Party on, congressional splash dancers!

Ex-Congresswoman Ready to Return (Video)

Aug. 11, 2014

It’s easy to see former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., misses Congress.

Candidate Interview: Nan Hayworth (R) NY-18

Aug. 8, 2014

The former congressional representative who is challenging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., visited Roll Call on Tuesday, July 22.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Mitch McConnell (Video)

Aug. 8, 2014

With the August recess underway, Heard on the Hill is looking back at the best Hits and Misses moments you may have missed — or just need to watch again. This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell focuses on nodding, smiling and clearing his throat.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Mitch McConnell

Aug. 8, 2014

With the August recess underway, Heard on the Hill is looking back at the best Hits and Misses moments you may have missed — or just need to watch again. This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell focuses on nodding, smiling and clearing his throat.

Obama Signs VA Overhaul

Aug. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday at Fort Belvoir in Virginia — but not before dinging the Senate for failing to confirm more of his nominees for senior VA jobs.

Several members of Congress received shoutouts from the president: Sens. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., and Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine.

Obama called the long wait times "outrageous" and suggested the bill would help newly appointed VA Secretary Robert McDonald get rid of employees who have engaged in misconduct.

Watch Live: CDC Director Testifies on Ebola Threat Before House Committee

Aug. 7, 2014

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations holds a 2 p.m. hearing on the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed more than 900 people.

MTV Plugs Interior Department's Instagram

Aug. 7, 2014

MTV admirably took a break from showcasing Teen Moms and Teen Wolves to advertise the Instagram account belonging to the US Interior Department. The only problem? The department was completely in the dark about the commercial, until HOH tipped them off.

“You saw our Instagram on a commercial? We are not running TV ads anywhere in the US to our knowledge. Do you have more info?” the Interior Department tweeted.

The brief commercial — which flashes serene nature shots plucked from Interior’s Instagram account while featuring a soothing, female voice — appears to have been created by MTV, since it ends with the station’s logo in the corner.

“Did you know the US Interior Department has an Instagram account?” the commercial begins. It continues: “So pretty, oh yea, right there, beautiful. Thanks America.”

Sessions Warns Obama's Immigration Plans 'Unlawful' (Video)

Aug. 5, 2014

Prior to effectively adjourning for five weeks, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., used Tuesday’s Senate session to hammer President Barack Obama for proposing changes to immigration enforcement at the end of the summer without consent from Congress.

Senate Republican: US Immigration System 'Unlawful,' Lacks 'Integrity'

Aug. 5, 2014

Prior to effectively adjourning for five weeks, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., used Tuesday's Senate session to hammer President Barack Obama for proposing changes to immigration laws at the end of the summer without consent from Congress.

The administration is reportedly considering an executive order to provide legal status and work authorization cards to 5 million to 6 million of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, which Sessions called 'unlawful.'

"I've urged the president to reconsider this plan and to adhere to his plain statements where he has expressely stated he did not have the power to do what he now, in a complete reversal, states that he will do," Sessions said during a nearly 30-minute floor speech. "It is important for the Congress to stand up and resist the complete errosion of its powers. If these actions are taken, we will have effectively opened the borders of America. We are nearly there already."

Following a pro forma session Friday, the Senate will reconvene for legislative business at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8.

C-SPAN Caller: 'Liberalism' to Blame for DC Homeless Population, Alcoholism

Aug. 4, 2014

The District of Columbia's "No Taxation Without Representation" license places can apparently be quite jolting to tourists, but perhaps not in the way advocates hope.

An Oklahoma woman who identified herself as "Donna" called into C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program on Aug. 1, griping about a three-day family vacation to the District and the many things that "appalled" her family, including the license plates.

Donna told Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., that she saw alcoholics and people sleeping on the streets and said her family "couldn't find a park bench to sit on" because of the large homeless population.

Norton, a lawyer and civil rights activist in her 12th term representing the District, had a long list of positives about her hometown to rebuff the caller's claims.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 28 (Video)

Aug. 4, 2014

As cell phones, rhetorical questions and Chinese drywall graced the House and Senate floor, some members prepped for “summer vacation,” while others just could not wait to get to Waffle House.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 28

Aug. 4, 2014

As cell phones, rhetorical questions and Chinese drywall graced the House and Senate floor, some members prepped for "summer vacation" while others just could not wait to get to Waffle House.

Gutiérrez to House Republicans: 'Only Cowards Scapegoat Children'

Aug. 3, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., a vocal advocate of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, delivered a blistering floor speech Friday night before the House voted to effectively end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“Only cowards scapegoat children, and only those who are ashamed of themselves do it in the night on a Friday,” Gutiérrez said to House Republicans. “In January you were saying that all of the Dreamers should get green cards and citizenship … Now, Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party.”

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