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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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Opening Day Wasn't Always a Given in D.C.

April 6, 2015

It’s opening day for Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals are the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. It wasn’t always like this.

Meet the New Boss. Not the Same as the Old Boss

April 1, 2015

Relationships are everything in the Senate, and Charles E. Schumer, the presumptive top Democrat in the next Congress, has them down pat.

West End Cinema Leaves 'Em Laughing

March 30, 2015

Every moviegoer knows the ending is important. Josh Levin ended the five-year run of his West End Cinema on March 29 with one last screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” choosing to go out with a laugh.

Senate Loses Top Baseball Nut (Video)

March 27, 2015

Updated March 30, 2:30 p.m. | With Harry Reid’s retirement, the Senate is not just losing its top Democrat. It’s losing its foremost baseball fan.

West End Cinema Preps Its Own Last Picture Show

March 27, 2015

Alas, it’s not just a flesh wound. This weekend is it for the West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, and owner Josh Levin is going out like a true cinephile.

Congress Losing Another Constituency

March 26, 2015

Attention, Congress. You lost the approval of the American public a long time ago, but you’re in danger of losing a key part of your base: Washington think tanks.

A Documentary Looks to Influence Legislation, NFL Draft

March 13, 2015

When a documentary comes around that might influence legislation in Congress, a few people might raise their eyebrows. But when a documentary comes around that might influence the NFL draft? That’s how you get attention.

Vote for Your Favorite Snowball Capitol Quip

March 12, 2015

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

The Last Days of the West End Cinema

March 9, 2015

The West End Cinema will close out its nearly five-year run as the redoubt of art house film in Washington this month with the cult and documentary classic, “Grey Gardens.”

Winter Storm Bibi Arrives as DHS Funding Fight Fizzles

March 4, 2015

Yellow police tape blocked access to the Capitol, a sign of enhanced security for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a colorful accent to the fight over funding the Homeland Security Department.

HOH Word of the Week: Groan

March 2, 2015

“GROAN, n. — The language in which a Republican Federal officeholder expounds his view of the political situation.”

The 'Real Congresswoman From Selma' Has Her Say

March 2, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rep. Terri A. Sewell has her constituents in Alabama. Then she has “the” constituent.

This Is Today's Selma

March 2, 2015

SELMA, Ala. — There’s “Selma” the movie, a powerful testament to the Civil Rights Era. And there’s Selma the city, where vacant storefronts abound on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare leading to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

March 2, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here,” Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.

What to See and Do in Selma

Feb. 27, 2015

SELMA, Ala., — Every year, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., makes a pilgrimage here to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, tracing the fateful steps he took on March 7, 1965, when he and others marching in favor of voting rights were savagely beaten by state troopers and thugs.

The Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride: Civil Rights and Bamas

Feb. 26, 2015

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — A partial list of things not present at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march: A drone mini-copter, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Viola Liuzzo’s roadside memorial.

The Democrats' Lost Opportunity in Birmingham

Feb. 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Walk into any barbecue place in the South and you’re pretty certain to find walls of fame and photos of the area’s local sports heroes. Dine at Carlile’s BBQ here in Magic City and you’ll see prominent politicians, mostly rock-ribbed Republicans, interspersed among the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Bear Bryant.

Native Son Bidding for a Sweet Return to Montgomery | Life After Congress

Feb. 24, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Perhaps it’s fitting that an African-American man who addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama and the 2012 Republican National Convention against Barack Obama is running in a nonpartisan race here against a man named “Strange.”

Terri Sewell Proves You Can Come Home Again

Feb. 20, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “I come to places like Sidney Lanier so you can see, congresswomen look like me,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell tells a roundtable of student journalists here at Sidney Lanier High School.

Washington Jewish Film Festival Casts Wide Net

Feb. 17, 2015

The Washington Jewish Film Festival gets underway on Thursday, an 11-day showcase for the global tapestry of Jewish life. What you’ll see — a range of films that includes repertory classics like Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro” and Louis Malle’s “Au Revoir Les Enfants” to contemporary Israeli selections such as Nissun Dayan’s “The Dove Flyer” — is by turns dark, funny, religious, secular, musical and everything else under the sun.

Allow Capitol Ink to Color Politics for You

Feb. 17, 2015

Spotted: Roll Call’s newest blog, Capitol Ink, a multimedia platform for R.J. Matson’s cartoons, as well as his animated perspective on the news and issues of the day.

Don Beyer Commercial Gets Cameo on 'The Americans'

Feb. 13, 2015

Why, yes, that was a circa-1982 commercial for Don Beyer Volvo playing in Wednesday’s episode of “The Americans.”

David Carr's Raspy Voice Lives On in 'Page One' and 'Night of the Gun'

Feb. 13, 2015

For those still processing David Carr’s sudden death, The New York Times scribe lives on in two great works he left behind, the 2011 documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times” and Carr’s memoir, “Night of the Gun.”

MLB to Take its Talents to Miami, Not D.C.

Feb. 11, 2015

Major League Baseball has selected Miami for the 2017 All Star Game, shunning Washington, D.C., and the riverfront confines of Nationals Park.

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