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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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'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.”

Taste of America Sweet 16 Shows Off Slugfests

May 21, 2015

The chimichanga crowd is not messing around. In early voting for the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America, Arizona’s deep-fried pork burrito is outpacing New Mexico frijoles by a nearly 14-to-1 margin, one of the more lopsided contests in the hard-fought round of 16.

AFI Docs Highlights Old School, New School

May 20, 2015

AFI Docs released its full slate Wednesday for its June 17-21 run, and among its 81 movies are documentaries from one of the field’s most influential directors, as well as some of its most contemporary trailblazers.

Congress Concerned by Capitol Police Conduct With Protesters

May 20, 2015

Congress has been critical of the Capitol Police this year when it comes to the department’s handling of protesters. Now, one member is demanding to see the department’s policies on removing demonstrators from House and Senate hearings.

Overheard: Amy Klobuchar's Dream Date

May 20, 2015

“I look to my right, Harry Reid. I look to my left, Mitch McConnell. I know: Every girl’s dream, right?”

DC Film Society Trailer Night Parks It at E Street

May 19, 2015

The Washington DC Film Society is hosting its “Coming Attractions” program Tuesday night at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, its twice-yearly gathering of those looking to watch and gab about the season’s top movie offerings.

Enter the Dragon ... Boat Festival That Is

May 19, 2015

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but competition among Capitol Hill staffers and alumni only intensified at the recent DC Dragon Boat Festival, with teams looking for bragging rights among their colleagues. As long as it wasn’t too early.

Taste of America Showcases Agony of Regional Defeat

May 18, 2015

The road to regional supremacy runs through the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America. The second round of voting is over, and to the vittle victor go the spoils. Just ask Maryland crab cakes, which pinched D.C. half smokes to move to the sweet, or savory, round of 16.

GI Film Festival Comes to Canadian Soil

May 18, 2015

The 2015 GI Film Festival gets underway Monday, and while the bulk of the films and events surrounding the all-things-military fest are at the Angelika Film Center at Mosaic in Fairfax, Va., the international bloc gets the (maple leaf) red carpet treatment on Tuesday at the Canadian Embassy.

HOH Word of the Week: Personally Obnoxious

May 18, 2015

“Personally Obnoxious (or Objectionable) A characterization a senator sometimes applies to a president’s nominee for a federal office in that senator’s state to justify his or her opposition to the nomination.”

D.C. Outdoor Movie Season Kicks Off

May 16, 2015

The D.C. outdoor movie season kicks off in the middle of the city on May 22, when the Golden Cinema series starts up with its inaugural flick, “Empire Records.”

'The Birds' Descends on Congressional Cemetery

May 14, 2015

If you have orinthophobia, perhaps the only thing more terrifying than the thought of a bird attack is watching birds attack Tippi Hedren among thousands and thousands of dead people. Congressional Cemetery is happy to oblige.

Alex Garland and the 'Strange' Fallout From Snowden

May 13, 2015

Alex Garland’s film “Ex Machina” arrived in U.S. theaters at a time of heightened cultural awareness of artificial intelligence. But a key plot point centers on another current issue of resonance: the bulk collection of telephone records.

AFI Docs to Open With Flick About Epic Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley Brawls

May 13, 2015

People think cable television pundits are rough on each other now. They don’t know for rough.

Defending Champs Go Down in Taste of America

May 11, 2015

Round 1 of the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America was brutal on former winners. There will be no repeat for the 2014 champion, Utah’s cherry cobbler. Ditto for the 2013 victor, West Virginia’s pepperoni roll.

There Be Dragons — and Horses

May 11, 2015

Start off the week with a rock-star historian and end it with the spectacle of dragons gliding down the Potomac River. In between, mix with a little splash of ginger and take in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

HOH Words of the Week: Nighthawks Two and Three

May 11, 2015

“Nighthawks Two and Three: Helicopters that transport senior staff, Secret Service, other staff and press when traveling with the president.”

#tbt Richard Gephardt as Hamlet?

May 7, 2015

The success of “House of Cards” has reminded people of the beauty of a Shakespearean yarn. Which reminds us that back in the May 8-14, 1989, edition of Roll Call, we released the results of our “You Be the Bard Contest” that gave readers the chance to match members of Congress to Shakespeare’s iconic characters.

At Tortilla Coast, Strasburg or Strasburger?

May 5, 2015

What’s more American than margaritas on Cinco de Mayo? How about a margarita on Cinco de Mayo at the capital of political Tex-Mex pubs, Tortilla Coast?

Taste of America Returns for 2015

April 30, 2015

Mark the calendar: Roll Call’s Taste of America 2015 food-on-food competition returns soon. Will Utah’s cherry cobbler repeat? Or will West Virginia’s pepperoni roll restore glory for the Mountain State?

Getting the Run of the Place at Congressional Cemetery

April 30, 2015

Even the dead need a cold beer now and then. Hence the “City of Silence” coozies Historic Congressional Cemetery sells for five bucks a pop.

HOH Word of the Week: Optics

April 27, 2015

“Optics: How voters and the media perceive something. In politics, it often is an event, phrase, or policy that is pushed front and center because of the belief that it will help win the politician more votes.”

Capitol Lens: Rep. Bruce Alger, 1918-2015

April 27, 2015

Rep. Bruce Alger, R-Texas, made no bones about how much he disliked Washington, D.C. The take-no-prisoners congressman (He led a confrontational protest in Dallas against a 1960 campaign visit by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson that Richard Nixon said likely cost him the election.), died on April 13, the Washington Post reported.

Senate Leaders Are Sports Throwbacks

April 27, 2015

A couple of generations ago, America’s top sports were baseball, horse racing and boxing. Times change, but the Senate’s top two leaders love to kick it old school.

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