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Meredith Dake

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Meredith Dake moved to join the CQ Roll Call team as the multimedia editor in Washington, D.C., from her home in Oklahoma City in December of 2013. Outside of her specialty in breaking news video and editorial content, Meredith has a background in HR/training and development as well as energy-related legal research. She currently lives in Maryland.

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Stories by Meredith Dake:

Pelosi: Democrats Won't Be 'Irrelevant' Next Year

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted she doesn't gloat when House Republicans can't shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it's Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes.

"I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldn’t have to bail them out every time," the California Democrat quipped of her GOP counterparts. "I don’t think anyone is irrelevant. We have leverage if they don’t have the votes," she said. "They have leverage because they know we will be responsible. And that allows them to be irresponsible to a certain extent."

McConnell Manages Expectations on Obamacare Repeal

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said while Republicans would work to roll back President Barack Obama’s health care law, opponents of the law should be realistic about a full repeal.

"Number one: We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It is a statement to the obvious, however, that Obama — of Obamacare — is the president of the United States," he said of the job with the veto power.

McConnell: New GOP Senators Not in 'Make a Point' Wing of Party

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had high praise for the incoming class of majority-makers.

"I always think there is sort of two kinds of people in politics: those that want to make a point and those that want to make a difference," McConnell said. "And I think we've just added 12 new members to the 'make a difference' caucus. And I think we, you know, have some occasional differences over tactics, but I think we are gonna have a broad support within our conference for right-of-center progress."

Pelosi on Hillary: 'When She Runs, She Will Win'

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic about the 2016 presidential election, saying by then the country could see its first female president.

"Let me say this about Hillary [Rodham] Clinton: When she runs, she will win. And when she wins, she'll go to the White House as one of the most prepared people in modern history to go there," Pelosi said, stopping just short of an endorsement.

McConnell Plans to Keep Committee Seats in New Congress

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intended to keep his seat on the Appropriations Committee in the 114th Congress.

“I have not been active in committee work since I became leader. But I think it is to the advantage of my state to have the opportunity to come to meetings occasionally and to vote in person, rather than just by proxy,” McConnell said.

Photos: Freshman Welcome Week

Nov. 14, 2014

From showing Cornell University’s mascot the whole kingdom to kissing constituents, it was an eventful first week for many freshman on the Hill. Check out Roll Call’s photos of the week taken by Bill Clark and Tom Williams.

SHOCKED: Congressional African-American Leaders React to Holder Resignation

Sept. 25, 2014

African-American Congressional leaders expressed shock at the news of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation today during a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel over African-American voters and the midterm elections. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivered the news. Representatives Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and John Lewis, D-Ga., along with legal advocates were on the panel.

The Oklahoma Guide to Getting Along

Sept. 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — This is a state that knows what it’s like to recover from a disaster.

50 Richest Members of Congress: Why We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call reporters and editors explain why the newsroom undertakes the 50 Richest Members of Congress list each year. The project takes weeks and isn't easy — and it can even be agonizing — but they detail why 50 Richest is critically important to understanding Congress.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 "poorest" members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

50 Richest Members of Congress: How We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call's Jay Hunter describes the methodology for the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 Richest Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 richest members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

#tbt: Eric Cantor Edition

July 31, 2014

As Eric Cantor gave his last speech as majority leader on the House floor, Capitol Lens decided to dig into the Roll Call archives for different views of the outgoing majority leader’s time on the Hill.

Earnest: WH 'Confident' in Legal Basis for Health Care Law

July 22, 2014

The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law's success.

"You don't need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.”

State Department Not Attributing Responsiblity for Plane Shot Down in Ukraine

July 17, 2014

As the White House continues to gather intelligence surrounding a crashed Malaysia Airlines flight that may have been shot down in Eastern Ukraine on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki did not confirm nor deny whether separatists in Ukraine aligned with the Russian government were responsible for the incident.

Photos: Storm Clouds Over Washington

July 10, 2014

Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

July 3, 2014

July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities, which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.

Slideshow: Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

June 26, 2014

Check out the best shots of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game by Photo Editor Bill Clark and photographer Tom Williams. There really was some action on the field – a few times.

#tbt: Recess Is Almost Here

June 26, 2014

It’s getting muggy out there. If you were at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game last night you definitely felt the humidity and the heat. Never fear, Capitol Hill, recess is coming!

#TBT: Baseball and Cigars

June 19, 2014

Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass., was an prominent figure on Capitol Hill during his years in office from 1959 to 1991. A major player in the Congressional Baseball Game, Conte was rarely seen on the field without a cigar. Capitol Lens dug into our archives to find some of Conte’s most iconic pictures.

Caption Contest: All Smiles

June 18, 2014

Our award-winning photojournalists Bill Clark and Tom Williams were on the Hill today, as they are every day, trying to capture the news and mood at the Captiol. Clark filed this photo of Eric Cantor in an elevator and Capitol Lens thought we would hand over captioning duties to you.

These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

June 16, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.

Throwback Thursday: Don't Forget Your Umbrella

June 12, 2014

This gem was on the front page of the July 25, 1957, Roll Call edition. The caption under the photo reads:

Hill Flashback: Hello, Ladies

June 10, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid was a little disappointed he missed the crowning of Miss USA over the weekend.

#TBT: We've Got Spirit

June 5, 2014
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