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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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Hill Center Revisits 'Dream City' 20 Years Later

June 6, 2014

Twenty years ago, Washington, D.C., was a very different place, and it was artfully chronicled, from success to failure, by Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood in their seminal book, “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.”

Can Obama's Tumblr Town Hall Compete With 'Texts From Hillary?'

June 6, 2014

With President Barack Obama getting ready to host a Q-and-A on Tumblr on education, it’s worth revisiting one of the best Tumblr memes ever, which started with a little old exchange between Obama and a very in-charge Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Rock Lobster! Maine Crustacean Cruising in Taste of America

June 5, 2014

The Maine lobster roll continues to claw its way to the top of the Taste of America 3rd Round vote totals, steamrolling (so far) Delaware’s boardwalk fries in a regional seafaring fight.

'Drones' Gets a D.C. Premiere, and a Moral Debate

June 4, 2014

“I think you’re going to be intensely affected by the movie you’re about to see,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said to an audience awaiting the Washington, D.C., premiere of “Drones,” a taut film about the use and morality of unmanned drones in combat zones. The Oregon Democrat wasn’t kidding.

Beer, Bikes and Doughnuts — Like You Need Anything Else

June 2, 2014

This is a good week if you like to drink beer, ride a bike and eat doughnuts and Nashville hot chicken.

Matisyahu, Klezmer Brunch Kick Off Washington Jewish Music Festival

May 30, 2014

Any music festival that kicks things off with brunch is A-OK with Roll Call After Dark.

Fat Tire's Tour de Fat Rolls Toward Capitol Hill

May 29, 2014

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday than riding your bike and drinking beer. Thanks to the New Belgium Brewing Company, one may do both come this weekend, at the 2014 Tour de Fat at Yards Park on the Anacostia riverfront.

Bacon or Ice Cream? Taste of America, Round Deux, Will Decide

May 28, 2014

Round Two of this year’s Roll Call Taste of America is underway, with last year’s champ, West Virginia’s Pepperoni Roll, after polishing off Boston Cream Pie in Round One, facing off against Delaware Boardwalk Fries.

Ian Fleming's Birthday Is Today, so Drink a Martini

May 28, 2014

Need an excuse to have a martini? It’s Ian Fleming’s birthday on Wednesday, so hoist one to the creator of Bond, James Bond.

Time to Start Hanging Out Outside

May 27, 2014

The mercury is climbing in Washington, which means it’s time to start scoping out your outdoor lounging sites, including open-air movies right next to Capitol Hill.

Shinseki, Waiting His Turn in Line | Capitol Quip

May 26, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has faced a number of tough situations in his military and public service career, and now he finds himself in hot water over wait times at VA clinics. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Willie Wonka's Congressional Factory | Capitol Quip

May 26, 2014

Thanks to the many 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.

Squire Sanders, Patton Boggs Decide NOT to Call The Whole Thing Off | Downtown Moves

May 23, 2014

Talk about a Friday news dump. At 5:42 p.m., when just about everyone was either a couple of sheets in at Happy Hour or halfway to Rehoboth, the announcement came in, subject line: “Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs Announce Agreement to Combine Firms.”

'D-Day: Normandy 1944' Movie Arrives in Time for Memorial Day, 70th Anniversary

May 22, 2014

This year’s Memorial Day weekend is followed shortly by the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a primo movie to go along with it all that opens Friday at its fancy-pants IMAX theater: “D-Day Normandy 1944.”

Potty Humor at ACLI Capital Challenge

May 21, 2014

One of the more charming aspects of Wednesday’s ACLI Capital Challenge were, um, how do we say this? The bathrooms. Every race has its porta-johns set up for runners seeking last-minute relief before the starting gun. This 3-miler, though, had some fun with it, labeling each receptacle in a tongue-in-uhh-cheek manner: Senate, House, Media/Left Wing, Media/Right Wing, VA (please move to back of line) and much more.

Overheard: Gohmert and Holder, Buddies Forever

May 21, 2014

“He called me his buddy. It’s a term of endearment.”

AFI DOCS Announces 84-Film Full Slate

May 21, 2014

The AFI DOCS documentary film festival announced its full slate of 84 movies today, and the list includes several films that touch on issues with contemporary political currency.

Georgetown Cupcake; or, the Wait

May 19, 2014

Call me cupcake skeptical. Some days ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or nothing to do on a Saturday, and nothing particular to interest me otherwise, I thought I would stand in line at the original Georgetown Cupcake.

A Monumental Capitol Quip

May 18, 2014

The Washington Monument has reopened! Gone are the structural problems caused by the 2011 earthquake. Back are, well, elevator problems. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Pick a Scandal, Any Scandal | Capitol Quip

May 18, 2014

Thanks to the many 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 Coveted Roll Call Cup, or Golf in the Capital

May 16, 2014

“This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere. Former greenskeeper and now about to become the Masters champion. . . . He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2-iron I think. . . . It’s in the hole!”

AFI DOCS to Begin With Hal Holbrook, End With Roger Ebert

May 15, 2014

AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s documentary film festival, announced its opening and closing night shows on Thursday — they’ll focus on some serious Americana in the form of Hal Holbrook (and his long-time Mark Twain show) and the late, great film critic Roger Ebert.

Calendar: Roll Call Book Club Scours 'HRC'

May 12, 2014

Are you or your boss on an enemies list? It’s not as paranoid as you might think to wonder.

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