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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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Roll Call After Dark Nosh of the Week: Tastease Midi Doughnuts

Aug. 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. There is more to the Nutmeg States capital city than the insurance industry, homes that Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe used to live in and heartbroken Whalers fans. There are doughnuts.

Overheard: Rep. Steve Cohen on Guns

Aug. 26, 2014

A lot of people in America like guns.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'The War Room'

Aug. 26, 2014

Once upon a time, in a political galaxy not so far away, George Stephanopoulos was not the host of Good Morning America and James Carville was not a cable television combatant.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Road Scholar'

Aug. 11, 2014

Its August, when many people take vacation and are lured by the open road. Road Scholar, Roger Weisbergs 1993 chronicle of Andrei Codrescus journey across America in a red Cadillac, is the perfect documentary to illustrate what could lay ahead: fast food, kitschy motels, machine guns and an exploration of what it means to be an American.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of The Week: B3K Black Lager by Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Aug. 8, 2014

DENVER Its not what the president drinks when he visits Wynkoop Brewing Co., but its still a great beer worth a quaff: B3K Black Lager.

#flashbackfriday: Even Nixon Was Young Once

Aug. 8, 2014

As the 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixons Aug. 9 resignation nears, the image of the 37th president is often one of a haggard, jowly chief executive, hanging by his fingernails as the world caves in on him. So its worth noting, as this photograph of the 1953 inaugural program shows, that Nixon, being sworn in as Dwight D. Eisenhowers vice president, didnt always look tired.

Roll Call After Dark Tunes of the Week: 'San Clemente's Not The Same,' by Barbara Foster (Video)

Aug. 7, 2014

Is anything the same post-Nixon? Not really. But singer Barbara Foster was one of the first to put such sentiment to words and tunes when she released her song San Clementes Not The Same (Mr. Nixon, Youre To Blame), in 1969, bemoaning the effect of President Richard Nixons taking up part-time residence in the picturesque California beach town.

#tbt: Richard Nixon Smiles! With Roll Call's Mort Kondracke

Aug. 7, 2014

President Richard Nixon had a life after leaving the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, and part of it can be glimpsed in this undated-but-most-definitely-post-1970s pic from the Roll Call archives with our own Morton M. Kondracke, former executive editor and current contributing editor. Not to look too much into it, but Nixon looks relaxed, smiling even.

Overheard: Ed Perlmutter Lathers a Snowboard

Aug. 7, 2014

We arent afraid to try new things, and that has given us great traction.

Overheard: Jared Polis Steps In It Back Home

Aug. 6, 2014

I stepped into a void and tried to move the issue forward. Next time we do this, itll be a people-powered initiative.

Roll Call After Dark Book of the Week: 'Watergate' by Thomas Mallon

Aug. 6, 2014

Watergate, a novel by Thomas Mallon, is a hoot, a fictional interpretation of the political saga that ended the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and irrevocably altered the lives of those around him, not to mention the American political system.

Roll Call After Dark Nosh of the Week: Canolis From Lechugas Italian Restaurant and Lounge

Aug. 5, 2014

DENVER Here in what used to be called North Denver then Highlands, then LoHi theres a restaurant that does something that feeds the masses in an exemplary way, combining Italian and Mexican influences to produce a savory canoli.

Who's the Fairest Nixon of Them All?

Aug. 4, 2014

President Richard Nixon resigned the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, capping off a political career and providing writers, historians and filmmakers creative fodder the likes of which Shakespeare would have drooled over.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: Graham Cracker Porter From Denver Beer Company

Aug. 4, 2014

DENVER When at 5,280 feet elevation, drink Denver Beer Companys Graham Cracker Porter. On what passes for a hot day here in Americas mile high city (90 degrees, no humidity, not a cloud in the sky), DBCs headliner beer is the way to go. The brewery describes their creation this way: Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate diving into a semi-dry finish of roasted malt and biscuit. Its hard to add to that, except to say that it goes down way too easy. The dog friendly, relaxed vibe reminds everyone that drinking beer on a summer day is a communal thing.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Our Nixon'

Aug. 4, 2014

The Aug. 9 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixons resignation is almost upon us, and its being accompanied by the recent releases of archival material and re-interpretations of the 37th president that portray Nixon as more than just a disgraced caricature.

Touch Dear Readers, Touch | Capitol Quip

Aug. 3, 2014

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last weeks Capitol Quip contest. Heres the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Eric Cantor's Intent to 'Serve Out My Term' Didn't Last 2 Months

Aug. 1, 2014

In the aftermath of Rep. Eric Cantors defeat in Virginias June 10 Republican primary, he stated the very next day that he would step down as majority leader but intended to stay through the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Roll Call After Dark Tunes of the Week: Farewell to the Leader

July 31, 2014

The art of the mix-tape lives, particularly when its so useful in wishing a fond fare-the-well to outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Brother blog Heard on the Hill compiled a Spotify list that could be used as a substitute soundtrack for the tribute video Republicans prepared for Cantor. We present the play list here as our tunes of the week, with our personal favorites coming from two disparate films: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Sound of Music.

Roll Call After Dark Book of the Week: 'The Final Days' by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

July 30, 2014

If All The Presidents Men is about the chase, the follow-up by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Final Days is about the long, slow, bleeding out and death of the hunted. A denser, complicated, multi-layered, sad descent into resignation, both literal and figurative, the recounting of the last few months of President Richard M. Nixons presidency is a master telling of the slog of a White House staff who knows that time is running out.

Bill Foster, Congress' Science Guy

July 30, 2014

Not everyone gets cards from Fermilab.

Roll Call After Dark Nosh of the Week: Chocolate Chip Cookies From Batter Bowl Bakery

July 29, 2014

Try as we might, its difficult to think of a better snack than the humble chocolate chip cookie. Theres something about the combo of chocolate chips, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter and the like that satisfies that most basic instinct to nosh.

Bill Foster Recognizes 'Star Wars Day' on House Floor

July 29, 2014

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., discusses the fifth annual "Star Wars Day" at the Joliet Public Library during a June 12 speech on the House floor.

The Music That Should Have Played on the Eric Cantor Tribute Video

July 29, 2014

By now, youve likely seen the tribute video House Republicans made for Rep. Eric Cantor, who is stepping down as majority leader on Thursday after losing his primary earlier this year. Along with images of the Virginian purposefully talking, it has a musical score described best as cable television network commercial humble-brag about Emmy-winning programs.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Nixon by Nixon' (Video)

July 28, 2014

Sometimes, I regret . . ., President Richard M. Nixon intones at the beginning of the documentary Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words. The voice trails off, leaving the viewer, or Nixon himself perhaps, to fill in the rest.

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