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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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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.

About That Do-Nothing Congress ... | Capitol Quip

July 27, 2014

The 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern memory. So what does a do-nothing Congress do on recess? This brings us to this weeks Capitol Quip captioning contest.

The Before Recess D.C. Bucket List

July 25, 2014

As recess approaches, its always useful to have a list of only-in-D.C. activities at the ready as one faces the prospect of time away from the capital, whether spent on the campaign trail, the beach or otherwise. So here you have it, the sample Roll Call After Dark before-recess bucket list.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: 3 Stars Danny Greene

July 25, 2014

Cleveland has certainly gotten its props lately, scoring the 2016 Republican National Convention and the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers. If one is looking for further evidence of Cleveland Rising, look no further than D.C.-based 3 Stars Brewing Companys Danny Greene, an American Double/Imperial IPA.

Roll Call After Dark Tunes of the Week: 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou' Soundtrack

July 24, 2014

Portugese renditions of David Bowie, Ennio Morricone, Sven Libaek the soundtrack of Wes Andersons 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has its own unique vibe.

Roll Call After Dark Book of the Week: 'Overwhelmed' by Brigid Schulte

July 23, 2014

Im a work in progress myself, Bridgid Schulte, the author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time, says. The Washington Post scribe is well aware of the pressure people are under, because she lives the same D.C. vida loca.

Roll Call After Dark Nosh of the Week: Jamaican Patties at Sunrise Caribbean Cuisine

July 22, 2014

Bring us your beef, chicken or vegetable Jamaican patty at Sunshine Caribbean Cuisine.

Back in the Beltway and Looking for a Capitol Hill Job

July 22, 2014

Sometimes it takes time away from D.C. to realize this is where you want to be. But how do you get back on the job market after you return? Hill Navigator discusses.

Congressional Baseball Game Box Score Tells a Tale

July 22, 2014

Hot off the presses comes the box score for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, which tells a tale of offensive firepower and creative defensive statistics, combined with an attendance of 8,503 at Nationals Park.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Code Black'

July 21, 2014

Not for the faint of heart, Code Black by Ryan McGarry is a documentary about Los Angeles Countys emergency trauma center. Right off the bat it plunges the viewer into the most graphic elements of health care, as well as doctors concerns about how they can balance the optimism that led them to their profession with the brutal reality they face on a daily basis. McGarry, who was in his residency at County while he was filming the movie, is just one of the many doctors who make the movie hum along.

Chubbies' Gadsden Flag Shorts Bare All for Freedom

July 21, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to wear shorts again, Chubbies the uber-shortmaker of the fashion world brings to you its Gadsden flag edition, a model of leg-baring boldness with its coiled snake and thigh-high Dont Tread on Me motto.

Distractions Abound for Capitol Quip

July 20, 2014

Sometimes you have to take your medicine and go before Congress, like General Motors this past week. Until, of course, other events interfere and blow things a little off course. Which brings us to this weeks Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Sign of the Times For Capitol Quip

July 20, 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.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: Dead Rise Summer Ale

July 18, 2014

If its summer in the capital region, its time for beer, crabs and Old Bay. And sometimes, its good to combine as many as possible in one package, such as Flying Dog Brewerys Dead Rise Summer Ale.

'Al The Pal' Could Get Air Force Facility Named After Him

July 18, 2014

Sen. Alan J. Dixon, the Illinois Democrat who died earlier this month, might have an Air Force facility at Scott AFB, a site near Al the Pals home of Belleville, Ill.

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