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Jason Dick


Jason Dick is the House editor for Roll Call and coordinates Congressional leadership coverage of Capitol Hill. He previously 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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Joke, Flatter, Dig In: Handling Post-Shellacking SOTUs

Jan. 18, 2015

If President Barack Obama is looking to break the ice at Tuesday’s State of the Union, he could do worse than quote Harry S. Truman, who in 1947, just a few months after his party lost its majorities in the House and Senate, told the assembled Congress: “It looks like a good many of you have moved over to the left since I was last here!”

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Jan. 17, 2015

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

Jan. 15, 2015

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

Dahntay Jones' Proud Father-in-Law, G.K. Butterfield

Jan. 14, 2015

Those interested in keeping up with the latest pro-basketball deals could do worse than observe the House floor.

HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

Jan. 14, 2015

HOH’s Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.

Randy Weber 'Now' Realizes Hitler Comparison Wasn't Cool

Jan. 13, 2015

“I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.”

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

Jan. 12, 2015

“SATIRE, n. — An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author’s enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim’s outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent.

The Capitol Quip Blues

Jan. 10, 2015

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The Dangerous Lives of Satirists

Jan. 9, 2015

“Foreigners are sometimes amazed at the suffering that we are willing to undergo here, and at the same time they are amazed at the things we are still able to laugh at. It’s difficult to explain, but without the laughter we would simply be unable to do the serious things. If one were required to increase the dramatic seriousness of his face in relation to the seriousness of the problems he had to confront, he would quickly petrify and become his own statue.”

#FF: She-Span on Tumblr

Jan. 9, 2015

If you’re waiting for a bus and are startled by a facsimile of a female member of Congress looking at you, fret not. It’s just another manifestation of She-Span, an art project dedicated to representing the women in Congress and ably chronicled both in public spaces and at she-span.tumblr.com.

Capito Mourns Her Father, Former Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore (Updated)

Jan. 8, 2015

Updated Jan. 9, 6:53 p.m. | Former West Virginia Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore, the father of newly sworn in Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., died in Charleston on Wednesday. He was 91.

#tbt: 'Vitter Dissed' on Swearing-In Day 2009

Jan. 8, 2015

My, how things change. When the 111th Congress was sworn in six years ago, on Jan. 6, 2009, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., walked down the chamber aisle to be sworn in for her third term — sans her home-state colleague, Republican David Vitter.

Random Awesome Passages From Rep. Steve Israel's 'The Global War on Morris'

Jan. 7, 2015

As Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., rolls out his book tour for his satirical novel “The Global War on Morris,” Roll Call After Dark makes note of some of the book’s passages, in a random and hopefully entertaining manner.

HOH Name Game: Don't Mispronounce These

Jan. 6, 2015

Anyone new to Capitol Hill has to get to know a big group of people right away, and with 535 members of Congress, plus non-voting delegates and Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner all roaming the halls, getting all their names right is no easy feat.

'The Interview' Playing at a D.C. Theater Near You

Jan. 5, 2015

For those inclined to see “The Interview” on the big screen instead of video on demand or online, two theaters in Washington, D.C., are screening the Seth Rogen-James Franco-faux assassination of Kim Jong Un movie, differentiating themselves from what one outlet has pegged Hollywood’s Wussiest Moment of 2014.

Capitol Quip and the World's Reddest Deliberative Body

Jan. 5, 2015

For the first time since 2006, Democrats will head into a Senate controlled by the Republicans, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

Jan. 5, 2015

“Obstructionism: What politicians routinely accuse the opposition party leaders of doing when their legislative priorities are blocked. The charges are often deeply hypocritical, depending on the majority or minority status of the politician making the charge.”

A Capitol Quip Message for the 114th Congress

Jan. 5, 2015

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Out With the Old Capitol Quip ...

Dec. 31, 2014

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Meet the New Capitol Quip ...

Dec. 29, 2014

Out with the old Congress and in with the new! The 114th Congress will be sworn in soon, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Have a Cuba Libre With Capitol Quip!

Dec. 21, 2014

President Barack Obama’s new positioning toward Cuba provides this week’s Capitol Quip.

A Gold Star for Capitol Quip

Dec. 20, 2014

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

D.C. Helps Stephen Colbert Say Goodbye

Dec. 19, 2014

Citizens of #ThisTown were among the pop culture illuminati sending off faux conservative blowhard Stephen Colbert on the final episode of “The Colbert Report,” all to a resounding singalong of “We’ll Meet Again.”

The Five Capitol Quips of Christmas

Dec. 17, 2014

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Liver Let Die, Foie La La Ducks Controversy

Dec. 17, 2014

The second annual Foie La La competition is under way on H Street Northeast, with nine establishments going beak to beak for the hearts and minds (and livers?) of diners with a taste for foie gras.

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