Rubio Faces Immigration Questions From Both Sides

Rubio leaves a campaign event near Samford University in Birmingham, Ala on Feb. 27. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — "If you are elected president, what is my pathway towards citizenship?"  

That might not be a question Sen. Marco Rubio expected to face at a forum sponsored by the conservative Yellowhammer News on a university campus here.  

Burr's 'Thing' Needs Repairs

Burr drives the Thing all over Washington. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Senator Richard Burr’s, R-N.C., beloved Volkswagen Thing faced some problems on Wednesday, with the North Carolina Republican tweeting a photo of three men pushing his car on the side of a road.

'Courting Des Moines' the Night Before the Iowa Caucuses


The feature film is "a fake story about the real Iowa caucuses" and is the brainchild of writer/director and Roll Call contributor Brent Roske. The movie, a sequel to Roske's "Chasing the Hill" series, follows the fictional presidential campaign of Rep. Samantha Clemons, played by Melissa Fitzgerald, as well as real-life candidates as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other public officials who traipse through the Hawkeye State in the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.  

The show starts at Des Moines' Varsity Theater at 9 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session with Roske, former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and the film's co-star Catherine Urbanek. Invitation follows the jump: Roll Call, former Sen. Tom Harkin and Brent Roske invite you to the premiere of the new political feature film "Courting Des Moines" on Sunday, Jan. 31st - the night before the Iowa caucuses - at the Varsity Theater in Des Moines at 9 p.m. Harkin and writer/ director Roske will be at the Q&A following the film, moderated by Roll Call's own Jason Dick and actress Catherine Urbanek. The Wrap premiered the movie's trailer last week featuring cameos from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and more.  

Rand Paul Celebrates Birthday on the Trail

Paul celebrated his 53rd birthday on Jan. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., celebrated his 53rd birthday this year on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa.  

On Jan. 7, hundreds of supporters presented the presidential hopeful with a birthday gift, a scroll of 1,007 precinct captains committed for caucus night.  

Graham Looks at Early States as 'the Way Forward'

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GREENVILLE, S.C. At a Republican primary debate watch party in suburban Charleston last week, there was something missing: any sign of support for home-state Sen. Lindsey Graham.  

Ted Cruz Opens His Playbook for the 'SEC Primary'

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Roll Call on the Road logo HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sen. Ted Cruz said the turnout and raucous reception he received Sunday at a pair of campaign rallies in Alabama reminded him of the Iron Bowl.  

Congress' Captive Commencement Audiences

Lewis frequently takes time to speak to students. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress’ most popular commencement speaker this year is Rep. John Lewis. By the end of graduation season, the Georgia Democrat will have spoken at six ceremonies, including one Saturday at Antioch College in Ohio.  

At Virginia's Hampton University on May 10, he told the graduates, “You must find a way to get in the way. You must find a way to get into trouble — in good trouble, in necessary trouble,” — a familiar message from the civil-rights icon. So far in 2015, Lewis has spoken at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, Elms College in Massachusetts and Goucher College in Maryland.  

Cruz's Liberty Speech: Why It's Happening Monday

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — The night before Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to deliver a speech launching his 2016 presidential bid, the Texas Republican's political operation sent a text message to supporters, telling them to pay attention.  

"Ted Cruz will make an exciting announcement soon," the message read. "Stay tuned to @tedcruz on Twitter around midnight to be the first to know!"  

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Thousands are expected in Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — "Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here," Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.  

Strange was speaking to cyclists and their supporters gathered for the Feb. 21 Montgomery Bicycle Club 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. He was referring to the visitors set to descend upon his fair state and the capital region to commemorate the half-century mark of the voting rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. March 7 marks a grimmer anniversary, that of "Bloody Sunday," when now-Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Hosea Williams and marchers were beaten by state troopers and vigilantes on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma as they set out for the capital. Lewis walks the bridge every year on the anniversary, usually bringing along House colleagues and anyone else interested. Sometimes it's been a lonely walk. But this year, organizers are expected more than 100 members of Congress and thousands more regular citizens to make the trip.