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David Eldridge

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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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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."

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.

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.

Paul Ryan to IRS Commissioner: 'Nobody Believes You'

June 20, 2014

Rep. Paul D. Ryan led a parade of House Republicans Friday ripping into IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and the tax agency's handling of emails related to the targeting of conservative groups.

The Wisconsin Republican told the former Clinton and Bush administration official, who was brought in last year by the White House to clean up the IRS, "Nobody believes you."

Questions about the IRS and its handling of conservative groups during the early days of the Obama administration have ramped up dramatically in the past week, amid revelations the agency has irretrievably lost months of emails from Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the scandal.

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.”

Paul Ryan to IRS Commissioner: 'Nobody Believes You' (Video)

June 20, 2014

Rep. Paul D. Ryan led a parade of House Republicans Friday ripping into IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and the tax agency’s handling of emails related to the targeting of conservative groups.

Kevin McCarthy to Religious Conservatives: 'Proud to Be a Christian'

June 20, 2014

One day after winning the House Majority Leader election, Rep. Kevin McCarthy told a Washington gathering of religious conservatives that he’s “proud to be a Christian.”

A Look Back at Congress' Most Memorable Leadership Battles

June 19, 2014

While everyone on Capitol Hill is waiting for the results of Thursday afternoon’s House GOP leadership races, CQ Roll Call remembers Ben Pershing’s 2005 piece on the “10 Best Leadership Races of the Last 50 Years.”

Hagel: I Take My Responsibilities 'Damn Seriously'

June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifying Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee, told lawmakers that the Obama administration could have done a better job communicating with Congress on the decision to trade five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"Wars are messy, and they're full of imperfect choices," the defense secretary told the panel in his opening remarks. But he defended the White House decision to make the trade without notifying Congress, and he made it clear the decision came from the top.

"The President's decision to move forward with the transfer of these detainees was a tough call," Hagel said. I supported it. I stand by it. As Secretary of Defense, I have the authority and the responsiblity, as has been noted here, to determine whether detainees ... at Guantánamo Bay can be transfered to the custody of another country. I take that responsiblity, Mr. Chairman, members of this committee, damn seriously. Damn seriously. As I do any responsibility I have in this job."

Hagel: President Made Final Decision on Bergdahl Swap (Video)

June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifying Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee, told lawmakers that the Obama administration could have done a better job communicating with Congress on the decision to trade five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

'Moneyball'-Style Political Consultant Helped Brat Defeat Cantor

June 10, 2014

Political consultant John Pudner was a happy man Tuesday night, and why not? His candidate, Dave Brat, just walloped one of the most powerful Republican incumbents in the nation, despite being outspent by millions.

Immigration: McDonald's, Coke, Tyson CEOs Urge Congress to Act

June 10, 2014

A group of business leaders, including the CEOs of McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, sent an open letter to Congress Tuesday urging lawmakers to take action to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

Diaz-Balart: Immigration Overhaul on Track Despite Hurdles

June 4, 2014

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart says momentum is growing in the House for action on immigration — despite some tough election-year rhetoric recently from fellow Republicans and what the Florida congressman considers ill-advised threats of unilateral action by President Barack Obama.

McKeon: Obama Broke Law in Bergdahl-Guantanamo Prisoner Swap (Updated)

June 2, 2014

Updated 7:45 p.m. | The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday there will be hearings on whether the Obama administration broke the law in trading five Guantánamo Bay detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who’d been held by the Taliban for five years.

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