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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:

#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

#TBT: Capitol Parking Was a Problem in the '60s Too

May 29, 2014

In 1955, the Additional House Office Building Act was passed to allow more office space and parking around Capitol Hill. In the summer of 1962, the House Office Building Commission approved construction of two underground garages south of the Rayburn and Longworth House Office Buildings. Prior to this, members of Congress and their staff were parking on the grass and empty lots. Multilevel garages were approved to allow for more parking of an estimated more than 1,200 cars. Estimates in 1963 put the garage’s overall cost at $8 million, or $5,800 per parking space.

Behind the Photo: Bill Clark's Favorite Photos

May 28, 2014

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Bill Clark discusses his favorite photos he’s taken over years on Capitol Hill and on the road.

Behind the Photo: Bill Clark's Favorite Photos

May 28, 2014

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Bill Clark discusses his favorite photos he’s taken over years on Capitol Hill and on the road.

Memorial Day: A Photo Essay

May 24, 2014

Roll Call has been privileged to document many funerals and special occasions on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery through the years. This has allowed our photographers to capture some of the most human and vulnerable moments in our nation’s history. In honor of of Memorial Day, we’re taking a look into our archives and sharing a moving photo essay by former Roll Call photographer Chris Maddaloni. Maddaloni completed a photo essay in 2010 of mementos left on the grounds at Arlington. It shows different and very personal way that families and friends mourn their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.

Photos of the Week: May 19-23

May 23, 2014

This week around the Capitol we had celebrities, crawfish and golf. CQ Roll Call photographers were here to show you the latest in political showmanship and the funny moments as Hollywood and Washington collide.

#TBT: Got Game?

May 22, 2014

Behind the Photo: Tom Williams' Favorite Photos

May 21, 2014

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Tom Williams discusses his favorite photos he’s taken over years on Capitol Hill.

Behind the Photo: Tom Williams' Favorite Photos

May 21, 2014

In the second installment of our series, “Behind the Photo,” Williams discusses his favorite photos he's taken through the years on Capitol Hill.

Watch Live: House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Boko Haram

May 21, 2014

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. The hearing, “Boko Haram, The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria, and Beyond,” begins at 9:45 a.m.

Opinion Duel: CQ Roll Call Moderates Debate on Raising the Minimum Wage

May 21, 2014

In the third installment of The Purple Network’s “Opinion Duel,” Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion with Charles C. W. Cooke, from National Review and The Nation’s Zoë Carpenter over the politically charged topic of increasing the minimum wage.

Opinion Duel: CQ Roll Call Moderates Debate on Raising the Minimum Wage

May 20, 2014

In the third installment of The Purple Network’s “Opinion Duel,” Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion with Charles C. W. Cooke, from National Review and The Nation’s Zoë Carpenter over the politically charged topic of increasing the minimum wage.

Carpenter contended that "even Republicans in the South" want the minimum wage raised to $10.10 an hour, but said that hike might not be enough. "There's a lot of momentum" for legislative action, Carpenter said. Cooke took issue with the idea that raising the minimum wage would "lift people out of poverty" saying that most who currently make minimum wage are not below the poverty line. "When you're looking at how to help people in need," Cooke said, minimum wage is "often not the best way to do it."

Carpenter and Cooke discussed whether labor unions and their influence have affected the debate and how the mid-term elections will affect any change this year.

Led by Bellantoni, Carpenter and Cooke discussed if the economy could sustain and grow with a raise in the minimum wage and if President Barack Obama's current actions will make any difference.

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