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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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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.

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 speaker’s 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 Republican’s third term as speaker by posting a documentary-style, 10-minute film on the congressman’s 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. Grimm’s ouster from Congress.

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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