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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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Lawmakers Grill Secret Service Over White House Security Breach

Sept. 30, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson took a beating from nearly 20 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers who traveled back to Washington for Tuesday's rare, three-and-a-half hour recess hearing.

Droves of photographers packed into the panel's Rayburn meeting room to capture Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., demanding succinct responses from Pierson about botched security and the Sept. 19 incident in which Iraq war veteran Omar J. Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and made it into the building.

Watch Live: House Committee Hearing on White House Security Breach

Sept. 30, 2014

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing examining the Sept. 19 intrusion into the White House by 42-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez, who officials say climbed the north fence of the complex and bolted into the North Portico with a 3 1/2-inch serrated blade folding knife in his pocket.

Republican Tells Secret Service Director About ADT

Sept. 30, 2014

A Florida Republican brought a prop to illustrate his point during Tuesday's hearing on the Sept. 19 security breach at the White House.

After asking about broken glass following a 2011 shooting at the White House, Rep. John L. Mica held up a the blue shield of ADT Security Systems and asked, "Have you ever heard of these guys?"

The congressman plugged ADT as a solution for the 2011 incident, when a window broken by a bullet went undiscovered for at least three days.

Gowdy Slams Secret Service Director Over 2011 WH Security Breach

Sept. 30, 2014

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., hammered Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday over a 2011 White House shooting, asking her to rehash what a jury had learned about the case in light of new revelations in a Washington Post article.

"Director, I'm actually a big fan of law enforcement and I don't take any delight in asking the questions I'm going to ask you, but law enforcement are given unique powers in our society and with those unique powers come unique responsibilities," Gowdy said. "So as I understand it, several agents [in 2011] believed that shots were fired and a supervisor concluded that it was a vehicle backfiring. Even if that were true, given the very small investment of resources, why not investigate the shots fired?"

How to Approve That Message …

Sept. 30, 2014

"I'm Candidate X, and I approve this message."

Despite being the bane of political admakers everywhere, campaigns creatively weave messaging around this legal disclaimer.

Roll Call has compiled the best from this year's election cycle, featuring mom and dad, dramatic music and cows.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of James Traficant (Video)

Sept. 29, 2014

Following his death Saturday, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to the colorful career of James A. Traficant Jr., who regularly reminded C-SPAN audiences of manure studies, his “weed-whacker” hair and his ability to kick liars in the crotch.

Florida Congressman Sings 'Stand by Me'

Sept. 29, 2014

Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., sings Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" on the campaign stump.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of James Traficant

Sept. 29, 2014

Following his death Saturday, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to the colorful career of James A. Traficant Jr. — a lawmaker who regularly reminded C-SPAN audiences of manure studies, his "weed-whacker" hair and his ability to kick liars in the crotch.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Bill Nelson (Video)

Sept. 26, 2014

With Congress out until after the midterms, Heard on the Hill kicks off election season by saluting the members who go the extra mile to make Capitol Hill such a unique place to work.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Bill Nelson

Sept. 26, 2014

With Congress out until after the midterms, Heard on the Hill kicks off election season by saluting the members who go the extra mile to make Capitol Hill such a unique place to work.

This week, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., teaches us about outer space, drywall and how to win a football game.

Eric Holder Resigns With a Wink and a Nod (Video)

Sept. 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. likes to wink, apparently.

Obama Announces Eric Holder's Resignation

Sept. 25, 2014

President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at the White House Thursday, praising Holder's track record during his six-year-tenure.

Holder thanked Obama for allowing him to serve in, what he called, "the greatest honor of my professional life."

"I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never -- I will never leave the work," Holder said. "I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals."

Eric Holder Resigns with a Wink and a Nod

Sept. 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. likes to wink, apparently.

Last Call: Where Should We Travel to Cover the Midterms? (Video)

Sept. 24, 2014

Less than 36 hours remain for readers to vote on a locale to send two Roll Call politics reporters to cover the midterms.

Where Should Roll Call Travel to Cover the Midterms?

Sept. 23, 2014

Less than 36 hours remain for readers to vote on where to send Roll Call reporters Alexis Levinson and Emily Cahn to cover the final weeks of the midterms.

Vote: http://atr.rollcall.com/midterms-2014-finalist-house-senate-races/

Obama on Ordering Airstrikes: US Will Do 'What’s Necessary' to Fight to ISIS

Sept. 23, 2014

During a Tuesday speech on airstrikes launched against the terrorist organization ISIS, President Barack Obama touted bipartisan congressional support and said the United States will do "what's necessary to take this fight to this terrorist group."

"I've spoken to leaders in Congress, and I'm pleased that there's bipartisan support for the actions that we're taking," Obama said before heading to New York for meetings at the United Nations. "America's always stronger when we stand united, and that unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what's necessary to defend our country."

Obama touted the Arab coalition that joined in the strikes — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar — while also pointing to the vote Congress took to support Syrian opposition forces that oppose ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 15 (Video)

Sept. 19, 2014

With Congress set to leave for seven weeks, members spent their final work week forgetting names, talking baseball and discussing the bad food at their uncle’s house.

Rand Paul Lambasts White House, Congress for Arming Syrian Rebels

Sept. 19, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., slammed the Obama administration and Congress Thursday for waging a "dishonest" war in Syria based on the 2001 AUMF.

"Listen carefully: Your representatives are sending $500 million to people who will tactically ally with al-Qaida," Paul said. "We voted to go to war in Afghanistan and I supported going into that war because we were attacked and we had to do something about it. But the thing is, that vote had nothing to do with this. Absolutely nothing to do with this. You are a dishonest person if you say otherwise."

The Senate later passed a continuing resolution 78-22, funding the government through Dec. 11 and arming and training Syrian rebels to fight the terror group ISIS.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 15

Sept. 19, 2014

With Congress set to leave for seven weeks, members spent their final work week forgetting names, talking baseball and discussing the bad food at their uncle's house.

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.

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.”

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.”

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."

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.”

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