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Jason Dick


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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What a Good White House Pool Report Looks Like

July 1, 2015

“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

When Nancy Invoked Tip ... Fair Comparison?

July 1, 2015

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was questioned about any retirement plans by CNBC’s John Harwood, she was having none of it, and invoked Democratic royalty, former Speaker Thomas J. “Tip” O’Neill, as a point of comparison. So is it a fair point to compare the two?

Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers

June 30, 2015

Alabama: It’s complicated.

Georgetown Goes All-D.C. for Sunset Cinema, Starting With 'St. Elmo's Fire'

June 29, 2015

Georgetown is practicing the cinematic equivalent of farm-to-table for its new Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series, and it gets things started with maybe the most Georgetowny movie of all time, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.

Harry Reid to Burning Man's Rescue?

June 26, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants the Bureau of Land Management to suck it up when it comes to Burning Man.

Mario Biaggi, Bronx Democrat Who Resigned in Scandal, Dies at 97

June 25, 2015

Former Rep. Mario Biaggi, a 10-term New York Democrat who resigned in scandal in 1988 and went to prison for a range of corruption crimes, died Wednesday. He was 97 years old.

Hot Enough for You?

June 24, 2015

As Capitol Hill endures the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how cold it can get here in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s why we’re amused by this archive photo from February 1958 of Capitol Police Sgt. G. Pendley standing in 18 inches of snow on the Capitol grounds. Perhaps unamused, he holds the previous day’s newspaper predicting a mere 3 inches of snowfall. Note the lines marked to crop the photo and help Roll Call’s layout staff as they were physically putting the newspaper together. You can see the end result below.

The Two Gentlemen of AFI Docs: Les Blank and Albert Maysles

June 22, 2015

Dead men tell no tales, the proverb goes. This year’s AFI Docs disproved the old-timey, noirish axiom, though, with documentaries by the late Les Blank and Albert Maysles highlighting a diverse and strong slate of films.

Screen on the Green 2015, With a Washington Focus

June 22, 2015

A menacing crop duster. An upside-down cruise liner. A machine threatening a way of life. A time-traveling DeLorean. Sounds like a good mix for the 2015 edition of Screen on the Green, the template and still reigning champ of Washington’s vibrant outdoor movie scene.

'An Evening With' Christopher Dodd

June 17, 2015

Former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd wanted to be president. He fell short, but now has what is widely regarded as the best job in Washington as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. And he seems to be having a blast.

AFI Docs Features Multiple Oscar Winners

June 16, 2015

AFI Docs gets underway Wednesday evening at the Newseum with “Best of Enemies,” a documentary feature by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Neville, who won an Academy Award for best documentary feature for “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” in 2014, is just one of the Oscar winners in the film festival’s schedule.

In the Beginning, There Was Baseball

June 16, 2015

Since the first edition of Roll Call was published on June 16, 1955, a big part of the editorial mission has been chronicling life around Capitol Hill, what our founder Sid Yudain referred to as “our little community.”

Obama's Beer Was Cold, Yet Not Influential

June 12, 2015

Like any thoughtful guest dropping by unannounced, President Barack Obama brought some homebrews with him when he dropped by the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Congressional Baseball Game 2015: Year of the Tiebreaker?

June 11, 2015

The best American traits are represented in baseball, so it’s OK to expect America’s representatives to be at their best playing baseball.

#tbt: When the Congressional Baseball Game Broke the Gender Barrier

June 11, 2015

The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is Thursday, the latest iteration of a tradition dating to 1909. But it wasn’t until the 32nd annual outing that female members of Congress made their first appearance on the diamond, a milestone marked in our Aug. 2, 1993, game program by Tim Curran.

Among the People at Canal Park Movie Series

June 8, 2015

The Capitol Riverfront’s increasingly busy pace of life is bringing back its summertime complement of outdoor movies at Canal Park on Thursday nights, a cinematic interlude between the baseball game and the Metro, or for nearby residents, another backyard night-time activity option.

Selma Congresswoman Opposed to Renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge

June 4, 2015

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., who represents Selma and grew up there, has come out strong against renaming the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the Bloody Sunday clash between civil rights marchers and Alabama law enforcement.

Union Market Drive-In Returns With Blasts From Recent Past

June 3, 2015

The Union Market Drive-In movie series returns for the summer Friday, and it’s aiming squarely at those nostalgic for big studio fare from the 80s and 90s.

McConnell Goes Down Swinging, Hard, on Freedom Act (Video)

June 2, 2015

Members of Congress are frequently told to hold their noses and vote for something, to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was having none of that Tuesday.

Savoring a Taste of Taiwan

June 2, 2015

“Edelweiss, Edelweiss/Bless my homeland forever.”

Viva la Rivoluzione at Movie Nights in Adams Morgan

May 29, 2015

No, “Bicycle Thief” is not a documentary about the perils of owning a nice two-wheeler in a gentrifying part of Washington.

Crab Cakes Dominating Taste of America 3rd Round

May 26, 2015

Maryland crab cakes are dominating the third round of the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America voting, crushing its rival, Connecticut New Haven Pizza, by a more than 2-to-1 margin and amassing the highest vote total thus far.

Nobody Puts NoMa in a Corner

May 26, 2015

NoMa Summer Screen kicks off its schedule Wednesday at its new location, and with its 2015 theme, “Dance, Dance, Dance.”

'Idiocracy' a Fine Film for Friday's Brand of Fun

May 22, 2015

Filibusters and FISA got you down, Senate watchers? Look no further than a fine piece of film masterwork for solace as you contemplate yet another busted recess weekend.

Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Capitol Police 'Potty Training'

May 22, 2015

The SNAFU over their lost guns has launched Capitol Police into the ultimate pop-culture orbit: Being the butt of a late-night TV joke. After Chief Kim C. Dine told Congress officers would now undergo special training on weapons handling, Jimmy Kimmel panned the department’s “potty training” with a mock instructional video, “So You Want to Use the Bathroom While Carrying a Firearm.”

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