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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. űűPrior 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.űűJM 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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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of John Boehner (Video)

Aug. 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner reminds us of his love for tans, long hair and monkeys as Heard on the Hill concludes its 2014 look back.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Act on Immigration

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment Thursday to act unilaterally to change the nation's immigration laws before the end of the summer, nearly two months since announcing his plan in a Rose Garden speech.

"I've been very clear about the fact that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed," Obama said. "My preference continues to be that Congress act. I don't think anybody thinks that Congress is going to act in the short term, but hope springs eternal that after the midterm elections they may act."

Obama on ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy'

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday it's premature to go to Congress to authorize a strategy to defeat ISIS — because he doesn't have one yet.

"We don't have a strategy yet," Obama told reporters after being asked about striking ISIS in Syria, saying he didn't want to "put the cart before the horse."

The line — sure to be repeated often by his critics — came as Republicans have been repeatedly demanding a strategy to defeat ISIS.

Obama said he's asked the military for options to take on ISIS, but a decision to expand strikes into Syria isn't imminent and he suggested it would not happen before Congress returns from recess.

Obama: US 'Not Taking Military Action to Solve the Ukranian Problem'

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed any suggestion of military intervention to address Russia’s further incursion into Ukrainian territory, as Republican lawmakers renewed calls for stronger action.

“We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem. What we’re doing is to mobilize the international community to apply pressure on Russia,” Obama said. “But I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of John Boehner

Aug. 28, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner reminds us of his love for tans, long hair and monkeys as Heard on the Hill concludes its 2014 look back.

Dreamers Ambush Paul Ryan at Colorado Book Signing

Aug. 28, 2014

Immigration protesters ambushed Rep. Paul D. Ryan Thursday at a book signing in Thornton, Colo., asking about the lack of congressional action on immigration.

Ryan was confronted by Greisa Martinez, a national organizer with United We Dream.

“I do not understand why you want to deport me and my mother? Why didn’t your party pass immigration reform when you had the opportunity,” she loudly questioned, mentioning the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. “Rep. Ryan, My name is Greisa Martinez I am DACA-mented and I am hear to stay!”

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.

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.”

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.”

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