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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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Clinton Gets Presidential Endorsement

Dec. 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton has locked down a coveted 2016 endorsement — from President Fitzgerald Grant, the fictional chief executive from the hit ABC television show “Scandal.”

Is Any '16 Frontrunner Likable Enough?

Dec. 15, 2015

“You’re likable enough, Hillary.”

HOH Word of the Week: Endgame

Dec. 14, 2015

Endgame. “The pursuit of the ultimate outcome. It could be an electoral victory, pushing a bill through Congress, or, just as often, blocking legislation. The term derives from chess; it’s the period when only a handful of playing pieces remain on the board. Although William Safire says it was coined in 1881, it’s become more and more popular — in addition to politics, it’s been the title of songs (R.E.M. and others), albums (Megadeth, Rise Against, and others), books, TV shows and movies. Let’s face it: It sounds so much cooler than ‘at the end.'”

Cruz Surges, and Trump Goes on the Attack

Dec. 13, 2015

As new polls show Sen. Ted Cruz surging among Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus-goers, Donald Trump has gone on the attack against the Texas Republican, going so far as to call him a “maniac” on national television.

#tbt When Brian Ross Got Tossed

Dec. 10, 2015

Some things never change, like how sensitive folks get about reporters and television cameras showing up at lobbyists’ swanky holiday parties.

Congress and the Omnibus Endgame: It's 'Complicated'

Dec. 9, 2015

“It’s all complicated. Every day is complicated.”

Congress, Having a Ball at the White House

Dec. 8, 2015

Monday was a work day for Congress, but the first order of business was making sure senators and representatives got to the White House congressional holiday ball, a festive event hosted by a president not a few lawmakers regularly accuse of treason.

It's That Time of Year: The Roskam Calendar Arrives

Dec. 8, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and there is no more visible symbol of it than the arrival of the Roskam family calendar on Capitol Hill.

ACLI Capital Challenge Sets 2016 Race Date

Dec. 7, 2015

The fastest men and women in Congress have until May 18 to enhance their speed.

Joni Ernst Retires From Military

Dec. 1, 2015

Sen. Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican who is the Senate’s only female veteran, has retired from the Iowa National Guard as a lieutenant colonel, ending a 23-year stint in uniform. Ernst’s decision leaves only one female reservist in Congress, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who, like Ernst, is a combat veteran.“The decision to hang up my uniform after more than two decades in the military is not one I have made lightly and has been incredibly difficult. However, this decision provides me with a greater opportunity to continue meeting with, hearing from and serving Iowans in my capacity as a United States Senator, as well as spending more time with my family,” Ernst said in a statement.

Feel the Bernia

Nov. 30, 2015

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., underwent outpatient surgery Monday at George Washington University hospital to repair a hernia.

A Much Earlier State of the Union for 2016

Nov. 30, 2015

The 2016 State of the Union will be by far the earliest delivered by President Barack Obama.

Dueling D.C. Christmas Trees

Nov. 30, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t have to compete with Miss Piggy.

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.

#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.

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.

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.

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