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Jason Dick is the interim editor for Roll Call. He was previously the publication's Capitol Hill editor, Heard on the Hill editor and House leadership editor. Prior to his time at Roll Call, he was editor of National Journal Daily and its predecessor publication, CongressDaily. He began his journalism career in Washington at National Journal’s environmental news daily, GreenWire, in 1998. A native of Arizona and a resident of Capitol Hill, he has also worked for the AmeriCorps program in West Virginia, and taught in Arizona and West Virginia.

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Louisiana: After the Runoff, So Bipartisan

Nov. 23, 2015

All of a sudden, everything’s bipartisan in Louisiana. It was only last December Sen. Mary Landrieu was bounced from office by Republican Bill Cassidy after being unrelentingly tied to national Democrats. But Saturday’s runoff elections seemed to have released statewide love among Pelican State partisans.“I want everyone to recognize that this victory, this effort was a bipartisan effort,” former Rep. Jeff Landry said in his victory speech after winning the Louisiana attorney general’s race over fellow Republican Buddy Caldwell.

In the House, Personal Debates on Refugees

Nov. 20, 2015

The House debate on refugees and national security this week took a turn for the personal and for good reason: Several members are refugees or the children of refugees, have family ties to the Middle East or were imprisoned in U.S. internment camps on the basis of their ethnicity.

Jeff Landry's Life After Congress Might Be Statewide Office

Nov. 19, 2015

Former Rep. Jeff Landry rode a tea party wave into office in 2010, but was the odd Republican out in Louisiana’s 2012 redistricting, a maverick mostly abandoned by the establishment in his member-on-member loss to GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.

#tbt Bobby Jindal: CrackBerry Catholic

Nov. 19, 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s dreams of being president came to a screeching halt Tuesday, when the Louisiana Republican dropped out of the 2016 race.

Michael Moore Invades D.C. Next With New Flick

Nov. 17, 2015

AFI Docs kicked off its monthly film series of documentaries this week with Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next,” an exploration of what makes a country strong, with everyone still reeling from Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Vitter Keeps Satirists Busy With T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers

Nov. 17, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Sen. David Vitter, locked in a tight gubernatorial runoff election in Louisiana with Democrat John Bel Edwards, has given Big Easy satirists a lot of material.

'Trumbo' Shows Hollywood's Ugly Political Side

Nov. 9, 2015

Washington might be Hollywood for ugly people, but in “Trumbo,” the new movie about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the ugliness of politics comes straight from the movies’ dream factory.

#tbt Howard Coble Drapes the Capitol in Denim

Nov. 5, 2015

Former Rep. Howard Coble, the North Carolina Republican who died Tuesday, was a character, known as much for his tennis game and proud tobacco habit as his policy interest in intellectual property.

Fred Thompson's Best Washington Roles

Nov. 3, 2015

As Washington mourns the death of one of its own, former Sen. Fred Thompson, Hollywood is also contending with the loss of a reliable Washington heavy.

Afghanistan Is for Documentarians

Nov. 2, 2015

The United States’ longest war has not led to the type of feature cinema that helped define previous conflicts.

HOH Word of the Week: Full Ginsburg

Nov. 2, 2015

“The impressive-for-Washington feat of a cable chatterer appearing on all five Sunday talk shows in one day. Monica Lewinsky’s then lawyer William Ginsburg appeared the same February 1998 Sunday on ABC’s This Week, Fox News Sunday, CBS’s Face the Nation, Meet the Press and Late Edition on CNN. Like a perfect game in baseball, the Full Ginsburg is a rare feat in punditry; fewer than two dozen people have accomplished it. Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio pulled off a version of this in 2013 that also included appearances on Univision and Telemundo, something quickly dubbed the ‘Full Marco.'”

Gutiérrez: Immigration Letter Buries GOP's Chances for 2016

Nov. 1, 2015

It’s a little more than a year out from Election Day, but Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez has already made plans, and he’s thanking his Republican colleagues for helping set the schedule.

'The Armor of Light' Comps NRA for Screenings

Oct. 28, 2015

This isn’t your average Disney movie. For one, the makers of “Armor of Light,” a documentary that explores the morality of being pro-gun, are offering NRA members free tickets in select theaters.

Riverby Books Rebounds From Tragedy

Oct. 27, 2015

The Capitol Hill space of Riverby Books was perilously close to being leased to an insurance office. Then owner Paul Cymrot got a call from a former employee, and everything changed.

Farewell, My Lovely Crime and Punishment Museum

Oct. 23, 2015

The Crime and Punishment Museum had to blow after getting the bum’s rush from its downtown D.C. joint. “Sadly, due to unforseen circumstances,” the sign said.

They Do Make Movies Like That Anymore

Oct. 21, 2015

The type of movies Hollywood supposedly doesn’t make anymore are getting a lot of screen time in Washington, D.C.

HOH Word of the Week: Tedious

Oct. 19, 2015

Tedious. Verbose and wearisome. A bit of friendly advice from “Jefferson’s Manual” is that if members find they are being drowned out by other conversations or unruly noises, they should take the hint and sit down, “for it scarcely ever happens that they are guilty of this piece of ill manners without sufficient reason, or inattention to a Member who says anything worth their hearing.” The House Rule Book observes that, since House procedures limiting debate and calling the question are deterrents to lengthy speeches, “the parliamentary method of suppressing a tedious Member has never been imported into practice.”

Overheard: Obama Channel Surfing

Oct. 16, 2015

“The Democratic debate was taking place at the same time as some ball games, so there was a little bit of clicking back and forth.”

Afghan Ambassador on Hand for Documentary Screening

Oct. 15, 2015

Talk about timing.

Former Journo Helps Prep Riverby Books Reopening

Oct. 13, 2015

That big sigh of relief you hear among Capitol Hill bibliophiles comes from the recent news that Riverby Books at 417 East Capitol St. SE will be reopening soon. A former journalist, Lori Grisham, previously at USA Today and NPR, will manage the store.

Coming to a National Mall Near You

Oct. 13, 2015

The various Smithsonian and related government institutions around the capital region always offer a healthy serving of gratis good cinema in grand facilities such as the National Gallery of Art, the Freer and Sackler museums and the National Archives.

HOH Word of the Week: Ad Hoc Select Committee

Oct. 13, 2015

Ad Hoc Select Committee. A temporary committee selected for a special purpose or to deal with a specific subject. Conference committees are ad hoc joint committees. A House rule adopted in 1975 authorizes the Speaker to refer measures to special ad hoc committees, appointed by him, with the approval of the House. These committees are supposed to consider measures that overlap the jurisdictions of several standing committees.

With No Plan, Republicans Sputter Over What's Next (Video)

Oct. 8, 2015

It was that rarest of spectacles: politicians at a loss for words.

D.C.'s Spotlight on 'Spotlight'

Oct. 1, 2015

David Simon was right at home on stage at the National Portrait Gallery, moderating a post-screening panel of people who made the film “Spotlight” happen.

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