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David Eldridge


David Eldridge has covered Washington news and politics since 1999, when he joined The Washington Times after managing daily newspapers in Nebraska (the North Platte Telegraph) and Texas (The Baytown Sun). At The Times, he covered 9/11 and the following year's sniper attacks, oversaw operation of the organization's website and helped direct political reporting for more than a decade. He also wrote an occasional column on country music. The native Texan and father of three came aboard at Roll Call in 2014 as House editor.

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Benghazi Hearing Opening Statements From Gowdy, Cummings

Sept. 17, 2014

The House Select Committee on Benghazi got off to a relatively subdued start Wednesday, though the panel’s Republican chairman and ranking Democrat managed to take a few veiled jabs at each other in their opening statements.

ISIS Puts Spotlight Back on Terror as Benghazi Hearings Kick Off

Sept. 15, 2014

Updated 12:16 p.m. | After months of behind-the-scenes work that saw the House Benghazi Select Committee virtually disappear from the media landscape, the much-hyped investigatory panel returns to the spotlight this week with its first public hearing.

Inhofe: Obama Speech Prompts 'Sigh of Relief' From ISIS

Sept. 11, 2014

Reaction to the president’s prime-time speech on ramping up efforts to take on the terror group ISIS ranged, not surprisingly, from very supportive — loyal huzzahs from Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Richard J. Durbin — to openly dismissive: Sen. Ted Cruz called the president “unserious.”

House, Senate Laying Groundwork for War on ISIS

Sept. 3, 2014

As President Barack Obama weighs U.S. options for confronting ISIS, the insurgent group in control of parts of Iraq and Syria, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are moving to ensure that the administration has the authority to take military action if necessary.

Congressman, Immigration Activists Urge Obama to Act Before Elections

Sept. 3, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez and a group of immigrant-rights activists urged President Barack Obama Wednesday to unilaterally reduce deportations before the November elections, despite concerns such action could hurt vulnerable Democrats at the polls.

Likely Stockman Successor Has Deep Texas Roots

Aug. 29, 2014

WOODVILLE, Texas — Brian Babin, the small-town dentist poised to take over Steve Stockman’s House seat in November, may be a political unknown in Washington — but don’t try peddling that line to folks here.

House Lawsuit Against Obama Price Tag: Up to $350K

Aug. 25, 2014

D.C. law firm BakerHostetler will handle the House Republicans’ lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Congressman: Get Ready for Immigration Move From Obama

Aug. 25, 2014

Reacting to a report that President Barack Obama is mulling unilateral action that could impact almost half the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said Monday, “It’s music to my ears.”

Pope Francis Hints at U.S. Visit, Address to Congress

Aug. 19, 2014

A papal visit to Washington next year — including a possible address to Congress — could be in the works.

Obama Dispatches Holder to Ferguson, Cites Progress in Iraq (Video)

Aug. 18, 2014

Updated 7:03 p.m. | President Barack Obama, back in Washington for a day of meetings in the midst of his August vacation, on Monday reported “progress” in the expanded campaign of U.S. airstrikes on Iraqi insurgents near Mosul, and again called for calm in the riot-torn streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Washington Leaders Praise Police Tactic Changes in Ferguson (Video)

Aug. 15, 2014

Updated 11:03 a.m. | Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Friday praised a change in police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., that was followed, finally, by a peaceful night in the troubled St. Louis suburb.

Garamendi on McCain, Graham: 'Those Two Would Like to Bomb Everywhere'

Aug. 13, 2014

Rep. John Garamendi on Wednesday joined the chorus of lawmakers from both parties warning against mission creep in Iraq drawing the U.S. back into a war in the Middle East.

McAllister Moving Past 'Kissing Congressman'

Aug. 11, 2014

TALLULAH, La. — Vance McAllister’s political career flatlined earlier this year, a victim of self-inflicted wounds from an embarrassing infidelity scandal.

GOP Calls for Troops on Border, Speedier Deportations

July 23, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner’s hand-picked House GOP ”working group” on the border crisis released its recommendations Wednesday.

Anger on Capitol Hill Grows as Details on Flight MH17 Emerge

July 18, 2014

Updated 3:29 p.m. | Members of Congress from both parties and chambers took to the airwaves, to social media and the Internet Friday to express a growing anger over indications of Russian involvement in the missile attack that took down an airliner and all 298 aboard over Ukraine on Thursday.

Wolf Wants Washington's Birthday Restored to Correct Date

July 15, 2014

Frank R. Wolf wants George Washington’s birthday celebrated on . . . well, his birthday.

Text of Stockman Resolution Calling for House to Arrest Lois Lerner

July 10, 2014

Texas Republican Steve Stockman filed a resolution Thursday directing the House sergeant-at-arms to arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.

Boehner's Memo to Members on Obama Lawsuit (Complete Text)

June 25, 2014

Here’s the complete text of the letter Speaker John A. Boehner sent Wednesday to House members, regarding his decision to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House against President Barack Obama over the administration’s use of executive actions.

Gowdy Says IRS Has 'No Idea' Whether Lerner Engaged in Criminal Wrongdoing

June 24, 2014

Former prosecutor and South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy relentlessly questioned whether the IRS had mishandled or destroyed evidence in what potentially could be a criminal case during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday.

"How would you know what elements of the crime existed?" he demanded of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "You don't even know what statutes are in play. You don't have any idea.”

Issa to IRS Commissioner: 'I've Lost My Patience With You'

June 24, 2014

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa.

Issa, involved in a high-profile clash earlier this year with ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., hammered Koskinen over the lost emails of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the investigation, concluding his opening questions by telling the IRS commissioner, "I've lost my patience with you."

Issa, Cummings Clash Anew Over IRS Loss of Emails (Video)

June 23, 2014

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa.

Trey Gowdy's 'Boehner Goes to Heaven' Joke

June 23, 2014

Currently catching fire on the Internet: a YouTube video of Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., cracking up an audience of Maryland Republicans last week with a joke about Speaker John A. Boehner, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Maryland Rep. Andy Harris dying and going to heaven.

Stockman Offers Up 'Dog Ate My Taxes' Bill

June 20, 2014

Lame-duck Texas Rep. Steve Stockman offered up a tongue-in-cheek rebuke of the IRS and its handling of the missing Lois Lerner emails Friday, introducing “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.”

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