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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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Stories by David Eldridge:

'Do-Nothing Congress' Rewrites Legacy With 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 18, 2014

Updated: 6:37 p.m. | They say numbers don’t lie. But in this case, numbers don’t tell the whole truth, either.

Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Dec. 16, 2014

Retiring Rep. John D. Dingell, hospitalized last week after a hip fracture, will likely spend the holidays at George Washington University Hospital recuperating, according to a Facebook update from the congressman’s wife.

Issa to Gruber: 'Are You Stupid?'

Dec. 9, 2014

Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare consultant who has become a lightning rod for critics of the health care law for his comments about “the stupidity of the American voter,” apologized again on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Republican Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in opening remarks, called the comments “deceitful,” before asking the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write the Affordable Care Act if he was stupid.

"Does MIT employ stupid people?" Issa said.

"Not to my knowledge," Gruber replied.

Lawmaker Responds to 'Morning Joe,' Defends 'Hands Up' Symbol

Dec. 3, 2014

"Hands Up, Don't Shoot" as a symbol of protest against injustice is here to stay, Rep. Al Green said Wednesday on the floor of the House.

"This is not going to go away," the Texas Democrat said during a short response to critics — chiefly MSNBC's Joe Scarborough — who have taken issue with Green's and other black lawmakers' use, during congressional proceedings two days earlier, of a gesture that has come to symbolize frustration over the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Green said the "Hands Up" movement that has germinated in the wake of last summer's shooting is the latest in a long line of historic protests, including the Boston Tea Party, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Selma march and Rosa Parks' refusal to sit at the back of the bus in Montgomery.

'Hands Up' Joins Legacy of Boston Tea Party, Rosa Parks, Selma, Lawmaker Says (Video)

Dec. 3, 2014

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” as a symbol of protest against injustice is here to stay, Rep. Al Green said Wednesday on the floor of the House.

Jeh Johnson: Obama's Plan Is 'Simple Common Sense' (Video)

Dec. 2, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration before skeptical Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Jeh Johnson: Obama’s Immigration Plan Is ‘Simple Common Sense’

Dec. 2, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration before skeptical Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Johnson, who has become the administration's point person on immigration, told the House Homeland Security Committee that the president's order to stay the deportations of millions of illegal immigrants is "simple common sense."

"The reality is that, given our limited resources, these people are not priorities for removal. It’s time we acknowledge that and encourage them to be held accountable," Johnson said.

Thanksgiving Shouldn't Be About Wal-Mart, Says Florida Congressman

Nov. 26, 2014

Ah, Thanksgiving: football, parades, turkey and stuffing, Rep. Alan Grayson going after Wal-Mart.

Boehner Reappoints Gowdy to Head Benghazi Panel

Nov. 24, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner announced Monday he will reappoint Rep. Trey Gowdy as chairman of the Select Committee on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya in the 114th Congress.

Gutiérrez: There Are '40, 50, 60' GOP Votes in House for Immigration

Nov. 14, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, the Illinois Democrat who has been at the forefront of efforts to overhaul immigration in Congress, said Friday there are enough votes in the House Republican caucus now to pass a bipartisan bill.

McMorris Rodgers Re-Elected as GOP Conference Chairwoman

Nov. 13, 2014

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday won her second term as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.

Boehner, Republicans Blast 'Job-Crushing' Emissions Deal With China (Updated)

Nov. 12, 2014

Updated 10:20 a.m. | Republicans in Washington are already pushing back hard against the carbon-emissions deal President Barack Obama and Chinese leaders announced Wednesday in Beijing.

Steve Israel: 3 Issues Democrats, GOP Can Work on Together

Nov. 5, 2014

Sifting through the ashes of the previous day’s disappointing results, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Wednesday there are at least three issues on which the two parties can find common ground in the new year.

Still Undecided: 11 House, 2 Senate, 5 Gubernatorial Races (Updated)

Nov. 5, 2014

Updated 6:36 p.m.| After a night of historic wins by the GOP, there are still a handful of key races around the country — mostly in California — that The Associated Press had not called as of Wednesday.

Bachmann Predicts Joint Retreat for House, Senate Republicans

Nov. 4, 2014

She won’t be around to attend, but outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann likes the idea of a joint House-Senate retreat if Republicans end up winning control of the upper chamber.

Democrats Blame Budget Battles for Fumbled Ebola Response (Updated)

Oct. 16, 2014

Updated 1:50 p.m. | Democrats at Thursday’s rare mid-recess Ebola hearing pushed back at criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis, arguing that missteps in the federal response are due in part to budget standoffs and last year’s government shutdown.

McCarthy Riffs on SNL's 'The Californians' With Highway Tips for Obama

Oct. 9, 2014

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, showing off a lighter side rarely seen in his predecessor, offered some overly-elaborate highway navigation tips — a la Saturday Night Live’s soap-opera parody “The Californians” — for President Barack Obama’s fundraising trip to the West Coast.

Pelosi, Democrats Tweak 'Blank' Boehner Jobs Plan on Twitter

Oct. 7, 2014

Democrats had some fun on social media Tuesday ribbing Republicans over what looks like a Twitter snafu that popped up earlier in the day on the official feed of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Murphy: CDC Needs Tighter Ebola Screening Rules

Oct. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention need to move more quickly to tighten restrictions on travelers coming to the U.S. from Ebola-afflicted areas, said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.

Montel Williams Urges Obama to 'Make the Call!' on Jailed Marine (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

President Barack Obama and Mexico each took a tongue-lashing from Republican House members at a rare mid-recess Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday on the case of a U.S. Marine imprisoned for six months in Mexico on questionable charges.

Montel Williams to Obama on Jailed Marine: 'Make the Call'

Oct. 1, 2014

President Barack Obama and Mexico each took a tongue-lashing at a rare mid-recess Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday on the case of a U.S. Marine imprisoned for six months in Mexico on questionable charges.

Talk-show host Montel Williams, a former Marine who has become a leading advocate for the release of the Afghanistan veteran, urged Obama to call Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to free Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who has been held in Mexico since March.

“If this hearing’s going to stop in 10 minutes, I think the president needs to pick up the phone in 15," Williams said, his voice breaking with emotion. "Make the call. Make the call today."

Get Ready: Attorney General Confirmations Are Partisan Skirmishes

Sept. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama hasn’t named a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., but that future nominee can count on a contentious Senate confirmation process, whether it happens in the November lame-duck session or next year.

113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

Sept. 22, 2014

Say this about the 113th Congress: It’s managed to live down to low expectations.

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