Aug. 3, 2015

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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That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

July 31, 2015

Long before the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minneapolis dentist triggered an international outcry over the illegal hunting, one U.S. Congressman confidently bragged about killing — and eating — his own conquests.

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

July 30, 2015

“But if you‘ll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

#tbt Disgraced Member Finds Love After Prison

July 30, 2015

As any reader of Roll Call knows, there is life after Congress, but what about life after Congress after prison?

HOH Word of the Week: Salt

July 27, 2015

“Salt. To mark a memo or document in such a way that if it is leaked to press, the leaker will be identified. Commonly, a document is salted when one word is placed in one person’s copy, a different in the next person’s, and so forth. When it appears in print, the salter will know whose copy is leaked.”

Josh Oppenheimer Looks Into the Abyss With 'The Look of Silence'

July 24, 2015

Josh Oppenheimer has an open invitation to the world with his new film, “The Look of Silence.”

Another Schumer for Washington to View

July 17, 2015

This could be a first for Washington: When someone refers to “Schumer,” it may now require clarification. The senator or the comedian?

A 'Pixels' Party at Atlas Arcade

July 16, 2015

Atlas Arcade, the H Street establishment that serves up healthy dollops of vintage arcade games, libations and nostalgia, is hosting a “Throwback Thursday Pixels Party,” a nod to the upcoming flick “Pixels” and featuring a Ms. Pacman and Donkey Kong tournament.

The Cross-Border Chaos of 'Cartel Land'

July 10, 2015

“Cartel Land” is not for the faint of heart, nor mind.

Major Owens Throws Shade #tbt

July 9, 2015

It was 25 years ago that HOH reported on what was one of the early rap performances by a member of Congress, when Rep. Major Owens, D-N.Y., threw some rhymes toward Rep. William Dannemeyer, R-Calif., for what the Californian said about Nelson Mandela.

An Appointment With 'The Exorcist' in Georgetown

July 7, 2015

As the Georgetown Sunset Cinema series gets underway Tuesday night with “St. Elmo’s Fire,” the organizers have announced the TBA part of the program on Aug. 4, which they had initially left open.

Landmark Signs Off on West End Cinema Sequel

July 7, 2015

The West End Cinema, shuttered suddenly in March, will be reanimated by Landmark Theaters on July 17, the latest incarnation for the Foggy Bottom venue’s movie spot.

The GOP Hunger Games

July 2, 2015

“They’ll have enough for an actual ‘Hunger Games.'”

Jody Arlington Heads to SXSW

July 1, 2015

Jody Arlington, a veteran D.C. communications pro with years experience heading up publicity for the former SilverDocs Film Festival, is heading south by southwest to head up SXSW Film Press & Publicity, spreading the good word on the SXSW Film Conference & Festival. Next year’s festival runs in Austin, Tex., from March 11-19.

What a Good White House Pool Report Looks Like

July 1, 2015

“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

When Nancy Invoked Tip ... Fair Comparison?

July 1, 2015

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was questioned about any retirement plans by CNBC’s John Harwood, she was having none of it, and invoked Democratic royalty, former Speaker Thomas J. “Tip” O’Neill, as a point of comparison. So is it a fair point to compare the two?

Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers

June 30, 2015

Alabama: It’s complicated.

Georgetown Goes All-D.C. for Sunset Cinema, Starting With 'St. Elmo's Fire'

June 29, 2015

Georgetown is practicing the cinematic equivalent of farm-to-table for its new Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series, and it gets things started with maybe the most Georgetowny movie of all time, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.

Harry Reid to Burning Man's Rescue?

June 26, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants the Bureau of Land Management to suck it up when it comes to Burning Man.

Mario Biaggi, Bronx Democrat Who Resigned in Scandal, Dies at 97

June 25, 2015

Former Rep. Mario Biaggi, a 10-term New York Democrat who resigned in scandal in 1988 and went to prison for a range of corruption crimes, died Wednesday. He was 97 years old.

Hot Enough for You?

June 24, 2015

As Capitol Hill endures the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how cold it can get here in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s why we’re amused by this archive photo from February 1958 of Capitol Police Sgt. G. Pendley standing in 18 inches of snow on the Capitol grounds. Perhaps unamused, he holds the previous day’s newspaper predicting a mere 3 inches of snowfall. Note the lines marked to crop the photo and help Roll Call’s layout staff as they were physically putting the newspaper together. You can see the end result below.

The Two Gentlemen of AFI Docs: Les Blank and Albert Maysles

June 22, 2015

Dead men tell no tales, the proverb goes. This year’s AFI Docs disproved the old-timey, noirish axiom, though, with documentaries by the late Les Blank and Albert Maysles highlighting a diverse and strong slate of films.

Screen on the Green 2015, With a Washington Focus

June 22, 2015

A menacing crop duster. An upside-down cruise liner. A machine threatening a way of life. A time-traveling DeLorean. Sounds like a good mix for the 2015 edition of Screen on the Green, the template and still reigning champ of Washington’s vibrant outdoor movie scene.

'An Evening With' Christopher Dodd

June 17, 2015

Former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd wanted to be president. He fell short, but now has what is widely regarded as the best job in Washington as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. And he seems to be having a blast.

AFI Docs Features Multiple Oscar Winners

June 16, 2015

AFI Docs gets underway Wednesday evening at the Newseum with “Best of Enemies,” a documentary feature by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Neville, who won an Academy Award for best documentary feature for “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” in 2014, is just one of the Oscar winners in the film festival’s schedule.

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