Nathan Ouellette

Who’s Next? The Presidential Line of Succession, Explained
 

The vice president is first in line if something happens to the president, but there's a lot more to the presidential line of succession. Roll Call explains who comes next in matters of impeachment, death and other extraordinary situations....
What is Ballot Harvesting? Explaining the Mostly Illegal Practice
 

Ballot harvesting helped deliver many Republican-held California districts to Democrats in 2018, but it is illegal in North Carolina, where it's being alleged in the 9th District race there. Roll Call explains what ballot harvesting is in the context of this controversial race....
Watch: President Trump Announces His Picks for AG and UN Ambassador
 

President Donald Trump signaled some new shifts in his administration Friday by officially announcing William Barr as his pick for Attorney General before departing on a trip to Kansas City. Trump also announced Heather Nauert as his pick for United Nations Ambassador and hinted at more changes to top cabinet posts in the coming days. ...
Pelosi on N.C.'s 9th, Sage Grouse in Spotlight and CR-unch Time: Today in Washington 
Your guide to the news of the day 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took questions Thursday on the contentious race for North Carolina’s 9th District. President Donald Trump rolled back more environmental protections pertaining to a chicken-like bird that roams oil country, and Congress passed a continuing resolution, or CR, that will fund the government for two more weeks, as lawmakers hunker down for ...
Elissa Slotkin on Her Mission in Congress: Homeland Over Party, and 'We Cannot Be in Endless Wars'
Meet the New Congress

Elissa Slotkin became an integral part in the Democratic takeover of the House on Nov. 6 by winning her seat in the Michigan 8th — a district that went for Trump in 2016. In a new interview with Roll Call, Slotkin discusses her history as a former CIA analyst working for both Democrats and Republicans, and her philosophy of reaching across the aisle to benefit her constituents and the country as a whole.

Bush 41, Awkward Moments and Tumultuous Tariffs: Today in Washington 
Your guide to the news of the day 

The day in Washington began as it often does, with an early morning tweet from President Donald Trump — this time about tariff talks with China. And the city, and nation, remembered the life of George H.W. Bush, as friends, family and dignitaries gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects. Watch for 60-seconds on today in Washington. ...
Ayanna Pressley Says She Won't Be a Single-Issue Representative
Meet the New Congress

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley will soon become the first woman of color to hold a congressional seat in Massachusetts and she did so by mobilizing a constituency of students and minorities in the Massachusetts 7th District — what she describes as the state’s most diverse and unequal district. Pressley talked with Roll Call about the issues she'll take on as a member, her thoughts on Democratic leadership and more....
Paul Ryan Is Grateful for Speakership on 'My Terms,' Something 'Nancy Does Not Now Have' 
 

Speaker Paul Ryan sat down with the Washington Post on Thursday as part of his goodbye tour as he prepares to leave Capitol Hill in Decemeber. Ryan’s wide ranging interview allowed for reflection on his assent to the speakership and how his experience differed from Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's current situation....
Sweet Surprise: Gingerbread Masterpiece Kicks Off Holiday Season at the Capitol
 

A year-end spending bill isn’t the only thing that the House of Representatives is cooking up this holiday season. A six-foot-long gingerbread model of the Capitol Building is currently on display just outside the members-only dining room. Sodexo Executive Chef Fred M. Johnson III told Roll Call that sampling the masterpiece is suspended until January 3....
Rashida Tlaib Can't Stand Bullies and Is Keenly Aware Her District is Third-Poorest in Nation 
Meet The New Congress 

Rashida Tlaib made history on Nov. 6 as one of the first two Muslim women elected to the Congress, but she says her constituents elected her because of the issues she stands for. In a new interview with Roll Call, Tlaib — an activist and former Michigan state representative — introduces herself and her issues for our occasional series getting to know the new members of the 116th Congress, which begins in January....
Watch: Bill Nelson Makes a Statement on Florida’s Senate Race Recount 
 

Sen. Bill Nelson — locked in a tight race for his seat with Gov. Rick Scott — released a statement Friday about the impending vote recount to decide the outcome. Republicans have already flipped three seats in the Senate. ...
Trump Says He Doesn’t Know Matt Whitaker
 

President Donald Trump addressed his appointment of Matt Whitaker to acting attorney general ahead of his trip to Europe on Friday. The president denied ever knowing Whitaker despite having worked as former attorney general Sessions’ chief of staff, and pushed back against the notion that Whitaker may limit the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. ...
New Members Could Spell Trouble for Pelosi's Speaker Bid
 

Nancy Pelosi hopes to regain her role as speaker when the 116th Congress commences in January, yet her path to the top House job — which is third in line of succession to the presidency — will be met with some opposition. Many of the new members joining the Democratic majority have indicated they could be looking for a new leader.

17 to 70: Poll Volunteers of All Ages, Backgrounds Give Back on Election Day
 

Many of us set aside a small chunk of our day to vote, yet none of that would be possible without the host of volunteers who set aside their entire days to facilitate the process. Watch Election Day unfold behind the scenes with the volunteers at Lake Braddock Secondary’s precincts 118 and 125, in Burke, Virginia (Fairfax County).

Why You Might Lose Sleep Over the Midterms
 

You’ll need plenty of coffee if you plan to keep an eye on election results during Tuesday’s midterms. Some high-profile races won’t begin counting ballots until 11 p.m. with official results sure to come much later. Roll Call’s Stephanie Akin breaks down each set of poll closings and what to look for late into the evening....
Chuck Schumer May Give You Chobani For Halloween
 

Congress may be in recess on Halloween, but their staff isn't. Which got us thinking, could we trick-or-treat for all the state-specific goodies that senators and their staff keep on hand for visitors at their offices? Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano took on the task and shows you how to eat your way through the 50 states right on Capitol Hill....
Watch: New Trump Ad Declares The Future ‘Isn’t Guaranteed’ 
 

 With control of Congress on the line, President Donald Trump's campaign released a new ad making a final pitch to his base ahead of the midterm elections on Nov. 6 — just eight days away. The ad trumpets a strong economy and job growth, declaring how far the country has come and that a good future is "not guaranteed" unless Americans "vote Republican."...
Trump’s Tempered Tone Erased by Early Morning Tweet
 

President Donald Trump swapped his unscripted style for a more curated approach at a Wednesday rally in Wisconsin, where he addressed a series of mysterious explosive devices were sent to a number of Trump’s most vocal critics and rivals. His more tempered tone dissipated by early Thursday morning with a tweet, blaming the media for anger in society....
Initial Early Voting Data Appears to Favor GOP in Several Key States
 

The 2018 midterms are just under two weeks away and some early voter data shows that GOP turnout might be outpacing Democrats in several states — a phenomenon not common for early voting trends in previous years....
Watch: The Trump and Cruz Rally in Under 2 Minutes
 

President Donald Trump traveled to Texas on Monday to campaign for his one-time rival Sen. Ted Cruz, who is locked in a tight re-election race with Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Trump spoke on a wide range of issues from Hillary Clinton to an ambiguous tax cut — hoping to increase enthusiasm throughout his base ahead of the midterms on Nov. 6....