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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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Boehner Promises Sanctions Action if Iran Talks Fail

March 29, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, in an interview that aired Sunday, said the House will act quickly to tighten sanctions on Iran should the administrations nuclear talks with the Islamic republic fail.

Boehner: Obama is an 'Anti-War President'

March 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed Barack Obama Thursday as an "anti-war president" unwilling to lead an international coalition against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL; al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

"The world is starving for American leadership, but America has an anti-war president. We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with a growing terrorist threat, and it's not just ISIS or al-Qaida and all of their affiliates," the Ohio Republican said at his weekly news briefing.

"If America leads, our allies would be tickled to death and be happy to join our coalition."

No Criminal Charges for Drone Lost on White House Grounds

March 18, 2015

The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday there will be no criminal charges against the intelligence agency employee who set off a national security furor after crashing a drone on the grounds of the White House early Jan. 26.

Gowdy: Benghazi Panel Will Ask Clinton to Appear Twice

March 10, 2015

Saying Hillary Rodham Clintons Tuesday afternoon news conference raised more questions than it answered, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call the former secretary of State to appear at least twice before his investigative panel.

House Looks to Get Out of Town Before Snow

March 4, 2015

With a snowstorm expected to hit the nations capital Thursday, the House canceled scheduled sessions, giving lawmakers many headed to Selma, Ala., for a Saturday event to take part in the 50th anniversary of the towns historic civil rights marches a chance to fly out ahead of the weather.

Fire Boehner? Mia Love Says Maybe McConnell Needs the Boot

Feb. 26, 2015

Amid new speculation that John A. Boehners speakership somehow hangs in the balance as Republicans struggle with the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff, freshman Rep. Mia Love said maybe its Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who should be worried.

Gowdy: 'Southern Politeness' Isn't Working in Benghazi Probe

Jan. 27, 2015

Well, that honeymoon is over. After months of public deference toward one another, the top Republican and the ranking Democrat on the House Benghazi committee put on the gloves Tuesday.

Clyburn Offers Personal Perspective on the Relevance, Power of 'Selma'

Jan. 22, 2015

Selma may have been snubbed by the Oscars, but Rep. James E. Clyburn gave the civil-rights movie a very personal endorsement Wednesday during a Democratic Party news conference on voting rights.

Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Address Congress (Updated)

Jan. 21, 2015

Updated, 2:26 p.m. | House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 an invitation the White House called a breach of normal protocol.

Boehner Invites Anti-Castro Cubans to Obama Speech

Jan. 20, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehners list of invitees to Tuesday nights State of the Union address includes two prominent Cuban dissidents, Jorge Luis Garca Prez (known as Antnez) and Yris Tamara Prez Aguilera.

Louie Gohmert: Does Leadership Staff Call the Shots?

Jan. 7, 2015

Louie Gohmert, the Texas Republican who came up short in his bid to wrest the speakers gavel from John A. Boehner a day earlier, asked Wednesday if leadership staff has too much authority in running Congress.

Boehner Film Features Football Legend Gerry Faust

Jan. 6, 2015

Team Boehner marked the first day of the Ohio Republicans third term as speaker by posting a documentary-style, 10-minute film on the congressmans life that features a crucial 2006 pep talk from former Notre Dame football coach Gerry Faust.

Pelosi: Boehner Has to Oust Michael Grimm (Updated)

Dec. 23, 2014

Updated 11:05 a.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi became the first member of leadership on either side of the aisle to call for Rep. Michael G. Grimms ouster from Congress.

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

Dec. 18, 2014

Updated: 6:37 p.m. | They say numbers dont lie. But in this case, numbers dont 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 congressmans 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, Dont 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 Obamas executive action on immigration before skeptical Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Jeh Johnson: Obamas 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. Its 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.

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

Nov. 14, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutirrez, 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.

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