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Why Are the Dreamers Called the Dreamers?
 

Congress is continuing its debate on immigration this week during an ongoing furor over the Trump administration’s family separation approach to border security. Senior editor David Hawkings takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy put in place by President Barack Obama and rescinded by President Donald Trump and how it affected the so-called Dreamers, named for a long-embattled bill that was never signed into law....
‘Divine Intervention’: The Congressional Baseball Game in Members' Words
 

With the first hit of the 2018 Congressional Baseball Game sending the ball right to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was severely injured in a shooting at the GOP baseball practice last year, members of both teams had something to be excited about at Nationals Park on Thursday. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano recaps this year's game with several players.

Watch: Scalise Talks About His Recovery and Return to Baseball
 

Roll Call sat down with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise ahead of the June 14 Congressional Baseball Game to discuss his recovery from the shooting that nearly took his life last year, his love of the national pastime and how an enduring friendship with a fellow Louisiana congressman grew stronger in his darkest hour....
How the Midterms Might Affect the Congressional Baseball Lineup
 

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales likes his day job covering politics, but he loves when he can combine that with his baseball hobby. With the annual Congressional Baseball Game coming up June 14, Gonzales takes a look at how a wave of retirements and competitive races in November could affect both the Democratic and GOP rosters going forward.

Below is a transcript of the video.

The History of the Congressional Baseball Game
 

The annual baseball face-off between Republicans and Democrats continues Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m. Roll Call editor Jason Dick takes a step back to recap the history of the game, Roll Call's involvement in its renaissance and more. ...
Seersucker, Hemp and the Caps: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of June 4, 2018

D.C. is abuzz with the Washington Capitals’ first Stanley Cup win on Thursday night, but the U.S. Capitol was abuzz all week with talk of hemp products, seersucker suits and walking trails to Vermont.

What Is a Discharge Petition Anyway?
 

Senior editor David Hawkings breaks down the seldom-used House tactic that members are wielding to try to force an immigration vote to the floor: the discharge petition.

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The Men Behind the Names of the 3 Senate Office Buildings
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski tells the story of how each of the three Senate office buildings came to be named in this week’s edition of Undercover Capitol.

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Kids, Flags, Bizarro World and the Excremental Product of a Bull: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 21, 2018

Kids always get bored watching adults at work, even if that workplace happens to the U.S. House of Representatives, as Rep. Greg Walden and his pint-sized guests learned on Tuesday. See this week’s Congressional Hits and Misses for that plus flag-waving, a Superman reference and a euphemistic way of swearing during a news conference.

What’s a Senate Blue Slip and Why Is It Losing Power?
 Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

It’s a literal blue slip of paper that for decades meant a senator could block a president’s nominee to a federal judgeship in their home state. These days, however, the Senate’s blue slip might be becoming defunct. Senior editor David Hawkings explains.

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McConnell and Klobuchar High-Five After Passage of Sexual Harassment Bill
 

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Written by Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt, the bill would eliminate mandatory counseling and mediation for accusers and would require that members of Congress pay for settlements to victims if they are the alleged harasser.

Ryan, McCarthy Say Reports of Leadership Coup ‘Not True’
 

Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday morning addressed a Weekly Standard report that said McCarthy was gunning for Ryan to leave the speakership early....
Lawmakers Address Santa Fe Shooting on the Senate Floor
 

Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, Charles E. Schumer and John Cornyn on Monday addressed the mass shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas high school last week....