Thomas McKinless

Barr and Mueller are friends? Hearing unlikely to derail attorney general confirmation
 

Attorney general nominee William Barr (who previously served in the position under President George H.W. Bush) faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The nominee's position on the investigation is a top priority for several senators. Despite Barr's past criticism of the investigation, the former attorney general called Mueller a good friend who would not engage in a “witch hunt.” 

Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski takes a look at how Barr’s performance at the hearing suggests his nomination will likely proceed unimpeded.

Candy, hand slams and trash at the White House: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 7, 2019

Here’s Carol Miller’s advice for GOP women thinking of running for office
Meet the New Congress

Rep. Carol Miller is tired of people telling her she was the only new Republican woman elected to Congress in 2018.

“The leadership in our party, we’ve got sharp women,” Miller said in an interview with Roll Call. “We will all work hard to bring other women back into the fold.”

Trump says no sign of GOP disunity, may still declare national emergency
 

President Donald Trump joined Republican senators at their weekly caucus luncheon on Wednesday to confab on border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Trump’s border wall address vs. Democrats’ response
 

President Donald Trump gave a televised primetime address from the Oval Office Tuesday night to discuss what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” as negotiations on funding the federal government continue to stall over Trump's proposed border wall.

Congress for newbies: practical advice from a pro
Political Theater, Episode 51

Former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., talks about how to get things right out of the gate in your first year in Congress on Roll Call’s Political Theater podcast. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

 “Decide what kind of member of Congress you want to be,” says Tom Davis, the former congressman from Virginia. “Voters see through phoniness pretty quickly.”

‘You’re such a smartass’: Kellyanne Conway, Jim Acosta clash outside West Wing
Outburst came after the CNN reporter alleged Conway has an ‘alternative facts problem’

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, sits at the outdoor patio at BLT Steak restaurant in Washington, D.C. April 10, 2017. (Photo by Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

The Trump White House and CNN did battle again on Tuesday, with Kellyanne Conway calling reporter Jim Acosta “a smartass” during a sharp exchange outside the West Wing.

The exchange began when the network’s chief White House correspondent asked the longtime confidant and adviser to Donald Trump if the president intends to “tell the truth” during a prime-time address Tuesday night from the Oval Office.

‘Down with NDP,’ dabbing in the House and the ‘club soda of beers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 31, 2018

The 116th Congress began on Jan. 3, 2019, in the midst of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi took over as speaker, Rep. Daniel Lipinski brought a Schoolhouse Rock toy to the House floor and Sen. Elizabeth Warren opined about her New Year’s Eve beer choice.