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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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Pelosi Cites Fattah's Service, Calls Charges 'Saddening' (Updated) (Video)

July 29, 2015

Updated 2 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released the following statement Wednesday after news that Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has been indicted on 29 counts of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of an FBI and IRS probe.

Democrats Push Back Hard on Clinton Email Story

July 24, 2015

For months, it looked like the partisan wrangling over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails might be relegated to the occasional House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing and that panel’s increasingly contentious clashes between Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy and ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings.

Jumpers Beware: White House Fence Is a Lot Spikier

July 1, 2015

With the nation on a high terror alert three days before the July 4 holiday weekend, security is being tightened just about everywhere — including at the two symbolic buildings at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ryan Still Optimistic on Trade Deal: 'Heavy Lift Is Done'

June 14, 2015

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan, Capitol Hill’s biggest Republican proponent of “fast-track” trade legislation, said Sunday he remains optimistic, despite the recent collapse of a deal that would have cleared the way for President Barack Obama to negotiate a 12-nation Pacific pact.

House Votes Headed for Extra Innings?

June 9, 2015

Talk about your extra innings.

Pew Poll: Immigration Pessimism on the Rise

June 4, 2015

Support for a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants remains strong, but the number of Americans who believe immigrants are a drain on the country is on the rise, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Democrat Tosses 'Shame' Card Back at Boehner

May 14, 2015

Shaming the other guy into submission is pretty much impossible on Capitol Hill (this is Congress, after all), but that doesn’t stop Democrats and Republicans from trying.

Michael Steel Trades Boehnerland for Bushworld

May 11, 2015

Michael Steel, one of John A. Boehner’s top aides, is leaving the speaker’s office for a job in Miami as an adviser to a Jeb Bush political action committee.

Boehner on Hillary Clinton: 'I Don't Have a Word for Her'

May 3, 2015

If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

April 16, 2015

Two Republican House members, both former prosecutors, said at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday that White House immigration policies are contributing to low morale at Homeland Security.

Funeral Services Held in Ohio for Boehner's Brother

April 15, 2015

Funeral services were held Wednesday in Ohio for House Speaker John A. Boehner’s younger brother, Richard “Rick” A. Boehner, who died Saturday of natural causes. He was 60.

Conservatives Find Political Red Meat in USDA Diet Guidelines

April 9, 2015

From the IRS to the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, federal agencies are under more scrutiny from congressional Republicans concerned about regulatory overreach than at any time in Barack Obama’s presidency.

Best Bracket in Congress? Maybe, but It's Tough to Top Romney

April 6, 2015

After correctly calling each of the teams in the Final Four, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., was bragging on April 4 — deservedly so — about his NCAA bracket.

Boehner's Travels: Speaker Shares Details on Trip

April 3, 2015

John A. Boehner’s trip to the Middle East this week was covered extensively by the press both here and overseas, but few news organizations offered the behind-the-scenes details the House speaker himself shared on a new blog.

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 administration’s 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. Attorney’s 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 Clinton’s 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 nation’s 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 town’s 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. Boehner’s speakership somehow hangs in the balance as Republicans struggle with the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff, freshman Rep. Mia Love said maybe it’s 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. Boehner’s list of invitees to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address includes two prominent Cuban dissidents, Jorge Luis García Pérez (known as Antúnez) and Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera.

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