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‘Grab your popcorn if you’re watching C-SPAN’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 20, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves the Capitol for a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump. It didn’t go well. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Buckle your seat belts, grab your popcorn if you’re out there watching C-SPAN,” Rep. Hank Johnson said during a rollercoaster week on the Hill.

Who’s the guy in the background of all those Capitol Hill TV hits?
Undercover Capitol: taking you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

CQ Roll Call's Jason Dick chats with Rep. Tom Cole about Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call).

He was a Cherokee, a cowboy, an actor and a political commentator. He was born in 1879, but he’s in the background of a handful of Capitol Hill TV news hits every day. 

He’s Will Rogers, Oklahoma’s favorite son. And his statue sits between the House floor and Statuary Hall in one of the few Capitol rooms where TV cameras can regularly shoot interviews. CQ Roll Call’s Jason Dick spoke with Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole about the ‘Old Country Boy’ himself, a Native American multimedia icon whose celebrity star still shines on Capitol Hill.

Is Artificial Intelligence the final frontier? Probably not

(Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

Watch CQ Roll Call’s senior writers Gopal Ratnam and Kate Ackley dispel some common misconceptions about artificial intelligence.

Yes, you can ride in a bow tie, and other lessons from Bike to Work Day
Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined packs of cyclists for the annual commute and free T-shirt frenzy

(Ed Felker/CQ Roll Call)

We caught up with Rep. Earl Blumenauer as he whizzed down the street during his Friday commute to Capitol Hill.

(And by “we” I mean my colleague and cycling enthusiast Ed Felker, who puts the pedal to the pavement rain or shine and kindly wore a GoPro for the occasion.)

‘Mr. President will correct the record:’ Trouble with names, speakers and Roman numerals — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 12, 2019

Workers begin setting up the stage for the annual Memorial Day Concert on the West Front of the Capitol on May 16. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress was abuzz this week with flip phones, mispronunciations and confusion over who’s turn it was to speak.

How does Mike Gallagher fuel up for the ACLI Capital Challenge? He doesn’t

Rep. Mike Gallagher and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pose after running the ACLI Capital Challenge (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

The ACLI Capital Challenge ran for its 38th year Wednesday as members of Congress, the judiciary and executive branch, and the media came together for an early morning jaunt through Anacostia Park.

Watch: Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown advocates for LGBTQ adoption, teases political career

Karamo Brown, star of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” advocates on Capitol Hill against LGBTQ discrimination in the foster care and adoption process. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

2 minutes with CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo
Fintech Beat's Chris Brummer talks blockchain, derivatives and Hollywood

Chris Brummer (left) of Fintech Beat interviews CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo in Washington. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

Seth Moulton is running for president, here are some congressional basics
Eye on 2020

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., arrives for a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

‘I’ll be sore tomorrow’: Solidcore, staring contests and scarfing some candy — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 6, 2019

A Capitol tour guide demonstrates the whisper spot in Statuary Hall on Wednesday, May 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: Schumer pays tribute to journalist and former classmate Robert Pear

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer mourned Washington journalism legend Robert Pear on the Senate floor Wednesday, May 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kristina Baum is an avid runner and a top House staffer. She’s also battling cancer

Kristina Baums stretches during an early morning run on the National Mall (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Kristina Baum isn’t letting her third bout with cancer slow her down. The GOP communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee told Roll Call “press waits for no one,” as she fielded phone calls during her monthly cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins. And in November, she hopes to run the New York City Marathon.

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons sat down with Kristina during a break in one of her early morning runs before a long day of work on the Hill. Here’s Kristina’s story.

Michael Bennet is running for president, here are some congressional basics
Eye on 2020

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., arrives for a vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's announcement that he's running for president makes him the 21st Democrat and the 11th sitting member of Congress to vie for the nomination. Bennet, who was recently given a clean bill of health after surgery for prostate cancer, is making health care a central issue of his campaign. He cites his opposition to GOP efforts to roll back the 2010 health care law as a motivation for running.

KFC, the Grim Reaper and an epically long bill reading: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 29, 2019

An aide adjusts the name plate for Attorney General William Barr before a House Judiciary Committee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

‘Chicken Barr’: Steve Cohen brings fried chicken to Barr’s no-show committee hearing

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., brought a ceramic chicken to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building in an effort to illustrate that Attorney General William Barr was scared to testify. Barr did not show up for the hearing citing displeasure with the format. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)