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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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Senate Confirms Judge, and the Queue is Now Empty

Feb. 12, 2016

The Senate confirmed Leonard Terry Strand to be U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa on Thursday, in what might be the final judicial nominee confirmed for the foreseeable future.

Tense Floor Exchange Blocks Juvenile Justice Bill

Feb. 11, 2016

A tense exchange on the Senate floor presaged the blocking of bipartisan legislation to overhaul the juvenile justice system.

North Korea Brings Polarized Congress Together

Feb. 10, 2016

What do you have to do to bring a politically polarized Congress together? Conduct a nuclear weapons test, launch a long-range rocket and restart a reactor that can provide weapons-grade plutonium.

Budget Day's Wintry Mix of Bluster and Rhetoric

Feb. 9, 2016

“I don’t have any news to make today on that subject,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, when asked about President Barack Obama latest spending blueprint that landed on Capitol Hill a few hours earlier. It was just one indication of the diminished public debate over the president’s budget.

Kasich's Moment of Truth Comes on Budget Day

Feb. 9, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary is his last stand, and the pivotal election of his career comes, coincidentally, on Budget Day, when proposed federal spending levels are released. The budget is an issue to which Kasich traces his biggest accomplishments, and he has embraced those in his run for the presidency.

The Threat, and the Politics, of Homegrown Terrorism

Feb. 8, 2016

The threat of domestic Islamic terrorism is a political issue wielded by political candidates and debated hotly in Congress. But how serious is the threat?

Marlow Cook: Mitch McConnell's Political Pathfinder

Feb. 5, 2016

Shortly after he got the news that former Sen. Marlow Cook, R-Ky., had died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about the man who showed him the political blueprint to success in Washington.

Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee

Feb. 5, 2016

Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a plum spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest move in a string of events that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile.

Overheard: Joe Manchin Explains How the Senate Works

Feb. 5, 2016

“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda.”

Is an Audit on the Way for Iowa Caucuses?

Feb. 4, 2016

Iowa Democrats are facing increased pressure to re-examine Monday’s incredibly close and uncomfortably messy vote, especially after the Des Moines Register called for “a complete audit of results.”

Don't Stop Catching Fire for the Bern

Feb. 4, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the great political exodus from Iowa got underway following Monday’s presidential caucuses, it was just another winter day at Des Moines International Airport: Planes got de-iced, souvenirs were purchased and celebrities like Josh Hutcherson (Peeta from “The Hunger Games”) and Mark Foster of the band Foster the People — fresh off their days of rallying for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. — rushed to catch flights to warmer climes and future caucuses.

Democrats Had a Lot of GOP Help on Energy Bill Vote

Feb. 4, 2016

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was mad, and he knew just whom to blame: Democrats, who were insisting on an emergency aid package for the city of Flint, Mich., to address its poisoned water system. But the truth, as it often is, was a little more complicated.

In Iowa, Fight Over Democratic Votes Might Linger

Feb. 3, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Has the Hanging Chad become the Hung-Up App?

Dust Begins to Settle in Iowa With Clinton Edge

Feb. 2, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a tense night and early morning trying to account for missing votes in errant precincts, the Iowa Democratic Party declared Tuesday that it had received results from 100 percent of the state’s precincts and could confirm a razor-thin victory for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Caucuses: Bringing the World to Iowa

Feb. 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Historic Museum went from virtually deserted at 6 p.m. Monday to teaming with about 1,000 caucus-goers by 7 p.m, all of them streaming into one of six precincts — three Democratic and three Republican — as the Hawkeye State officially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

Rand Paul Doubles Down on Wonky

Feb. 1, 2016

WAUKEE, Iowa — Sen. Rand Paul has employed a close-to-the-bone strategy for the Iowa caucuses, relying on the enthusiasm of student volunteers to get out the vote and, down to the wire, going all in on wonky policy to make his case.

Going Full Grassley on the Iowa Caucuses

Feb. 1, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican candidates learn a lot on the trail when they’re competing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Along with the sanctity of ethanol and the primacy of pork products, they eventually grasp this is Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s state. When you run for president here, at some point, Iowa’s senior senator will appear alongside you, and everyone knows who he is.

Huckabee and Santorum and Coffee and Pizza

Jan. 31, 2016

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The last two Republicans to win Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses have formed an odd fraternity: mired in the low-single digits in polling, marooned in the undercard debates and even finding themselves attending a campaign rally Jan. 28 for the frontrunner, Donald Trump.

Trump Plays Veterans Trump Card

Jan. 29, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s veterans’ rally at Drake University started with a stark admission from the GOP front-runner: “I didn’t want to be here. I have to be honest with you.”

3 Things to Watch for in the Senate Judicial Vote

Jan. 27, 2016

The Senate returns Wednesday for its first vote since Winter Storm Jonas slammed the East Coast, on the confirmation of John Vazquez to be a district judge in New Jersey. While the vote is a seemingly routine calendar item, Vazquez’ nomination brings up issues across all three branches of government, and even the 2016 presidential race.

For the Senate, a Breezy Confirmation Vote

Jan. 27, 2016

This one was easy.

Democrats Return to D.C. for a Hot Minute

Jan. 27, 2016

Being in Congress means never having to wait for the Office of Personnel Management. On Tuesday, the government was closed because of Winter Storm Jonas’ aftermath, but the Senate returned for a few minutes for a pro forma session run entirely by some of its female members.

Congress Stays Away, but Not Sledders

Jan. 25, 2016

When Congress is away, the people will play. Amid the weekend’s historic snowfall and its digging-out aftermath, Washingtonians went to Capitol Hill in droves to enjoy their newfound freedom to sled. It is hard to imagine, when looking out at festive atmosphere on the House side of the grounds on Monday that it took an act of Congress to allow sledding.

Word of the Week: Weather

Jan. 25, 2016

Weather. The climate of an hour. A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The setting up of official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle.

'Courting Des Moines' the Night Before the Iowa Caucuses

Jan. 21, 2016

‘Twas the night before the Iowa caucuses, and all through the state — candidates, political reporters and anyone interested in the next president of the United States were invited to the Jan. 31 premiere of “Courting Des Moines.”

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