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Election Day 2018 in Photos
Roll Call's photographers are in Virginia and Florida to cover the midterms in America

Updated at 12:36 a.m. on Nov. 7 | The midterms are winding down as Democrats claim control of the House and Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Roll Call's photographers have been covering the day from Florida to Virginia.

The Florida Senate race appears to be an upset of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The seat will go to Republican Gov. Rick Scott who spoke from his election night party in Naples, Fla. 

Photos of the Week: Kavanaugh Protests and Tension on High as Senators Cast Historic Vote
The week of Oct. 1 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

All eyes were on the Senate last week. Results of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were considered late Wednesday and Thursday by senators. And by Friday, a majority of them were ready to vote

Protests against the nominee erupted across the Capitol throughout the week as activists made their opinions known, both for and against.

Photos of the Week: A Historic Hearing and Vote as Nation Watches Hill
The week of Sept. 24 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

A very long and powerful week has nearly come to a close in Washington. Senators reached a deal Friday to delay a floor vote on the Supreme Court nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault by the nominee.

Earlier in the week, the Supreme Court pick’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified in the Senate, followed by testimony from Brett Kavanaugh. 

House Democratic Women Join Kavanaugh Protest at Senate Offices
Members went to shore up Senate colleagues on day of panel confirmation vote

House Democratic women marched over to the other side of the Capitol on Friday to join their Senate colleagues in registering their opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

As Democratic senators left the Judiciary Committee hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, their House colleagues assembled in a show of support. 

Whodunit? A Note of Encouragement Awaits Ford in Senate Judiciary Room
The note, photographed Wednesday afternoon, reads ‘Good luck, Dr. Ford’

Just hours until one of the most anticipated Senate hearings in decades, someone has left a message for Christine Blasey Ford.

It’s unknown who left a note that says, “Good luck, Dr. Ford,” on the witness table where the California professor will testify about accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who is also set to testify on Thursday.

Photos From the Road: Minnesota Loves a Parade
Roll Call visits the Gopher State, home to several key races this cycle

Minnesota is ground zero for the 2018 midterms. With four competitive House races, two Senate elections and a gubernatorial contest, there’s been no shortage of campaigning across the Gopher State. 

Roll Call is in the state all week, capturing the candidates and talking to voters, so keep following along for more coverage.

A Hurricane, a Kavanaugh Vote and a Spending Package: Photos of the Week
The week of Sept. 10 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

There was a watershed moment in Washington this week — three spending bills were cleared ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline and sent to the president’s desk for signature. That’s the first on-time delivery of a quarter of the annual appropriations measures in a decade.

Elsewhere in the Capitol, the Senate Judiciary panel set a final vote on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, for Sept. 20, despite controversy. 

Photos of the Week: Back on the Hill Again
The week of Sept. 3 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The week began with a solemn yet powerful tribute to Sen. John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday before he was laid to rest on Sunday in Maryland at the Naval Academy.

On Tuesday, both chambers were back on the Hill and focus turned in the Senate to the three-day-long hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who sat for hours and hours of questioning on Wednesday and Thursday. The protests for this nominee were plentiful.

Images From McCain Memorial at the National Cathedral Saturday
Former presidents, world leaders present and past and congressional colleagues pay tribute

Former presidents, world leaders present and past, some of the other Americans like him held prisoner of war and much of Washington on Saturday celebrated the life of Sen. John McCain at a memorial service at the National Cathedral.

After a ceremony earlier this week back home in Arizona, McCain, who died Aug. 25 at age 81, was remembered in ceremonies in the nation’s capital for his service to the country, first as a Navy pilot who was a held as a POW in North Vietnam for five years, later as a congressman, and then as a longtime senator.

Images From John McCain’s Capitol Memorial
Arizona senator lies in state in Capitol Rotunda before services on Saturday

Senator John McCain paid a last visit to the Capitol on Friday before services Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.

The longtime Arizona senator, who died from brain cancer on Aug. 25, was borne into the Capitol by representatives from the different branches of the armed services before former colleagues, friends and family paid their respects.

In Montana, Searching for Votes in the 'Teepee Capital of the World'
At the Races: An inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

At the Crow Fair in Crow Agency of eastern Montana, Republican and Democratic candidates for the Senate and Montana's lone House seat attended an annual Native American gathering, hoping to gain support from a potentially crucial voting block....
Photos of the Week: House Recess Begins — But See You Monday, Senate
The week of July 23 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The House has dashed out of town for its annual five-week summer recess, with plenty of work left on the table for when members return Sept. 4.

Of course, the Senate plans to be in session for four out of the five coming weeks thanks to a plan from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chip away at backlogged legislative and executive business (with the side benefit of preventing Senate Democrats in tough races from going home to campaign.)

Photos of the Week: Summer ’18 Continues With Hot Dogs, a Flood and, Of Course, Protests
The week of July 16 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The summer is in full swing in Washington with the Hill abuzz after the president’s Helsinki meeting earlier this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The week saw demonstrators gather in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s overseas summit.

Back at the Capitol, a summer staple — the hot dog lunch giveaway brought free food and former Major League Baseball greats to staffers of all kinds.

Podcast: A Peek at Congress
Political Theater, Episode 26

Photographers Bill Clark and Tom Williams are veteran journalists whose images define not just Roll Call but also the new book “Under the Dome” by Political Theater host Jason Dick. They discussed their craft and approach in the latest Political Theater podcast. “One of the sayings we’ve always kind of had here is, is the closer you get to the podium, the worse the photo gets,” Clark says in a freewheeling conversation with Williams and Dick. 

 

Photos of the Week: Summer Arrives in Earnest on Capitol Hill
The week of June 25 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Congress has left town for the 4th of July recess week. As the jet fumes fade, the heat is up in the swamp with temperatures expected in the high 90s. We hope your air conditioner is functioning properly.

Before lawmakers left, the Senate passed several appropriations bills, but the process could slow as the chamber’s focus will presumably shift toward a possible Supreme Court nominee. (President Donald Trump is reportedly considering names now.)

Photos of the Week: Immigration Protests and the Congressional Women’s Softball Game
Photos of the week of June 18 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

As always, it was a busy week in Washington as the summer heat hits in full force. The issue of families being separated at the border dominated Hill hearings and led to several protests throughout the capital city.

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game took place on Wednesday with the press team defeating the Congress team 5-0 in a five-inning victory that was called due to rain.

Photos of the Week: A Parade, Virginia Holds Primaries and, of Course, the Baseball Game
The week of June 11 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The annual Congressional Baseball Game in mid-June marks the unofficial start of summer in Washington. Below are photos from Thursday night’s game as well as the rest of the week:...
Hoyer: ‘There Is Joy in the Washington Capital Region Today’
Maryland lawmaker celebrates Stanley Cup win in Friday floor remarks

“Mr. Speaker, I rise with great joy and excitement to celebrate the tremendous victory last night by the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals,” Minority WhipSteny H. Hoyer said on the House floor Friday morning.

The Maryland Democrat continued: “The Caps had an extraordinary season and brought home a victory for the national capital region — its first major sports championship since 1992.”

Photos of the Week: A Moose, Some Ducks and a Stanley Cup
The week of June 4 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

We’re All Caps at Roll Call this Friday. We captured some of the celebrations Thursday night of the Washington Capitals’ defeat of the Las Vegas Knights to win the Stanley Cup.

Also this week, there were several foodie activities on the Hill, a large moose in the Senate’s Hart Building for the Experience New Hampshire event put on by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and a look at the ducks on the National Mall (if you don’t know the history of the ducks in the nation’s capital, read this and watch this).