Thomas McKinless

Joe Biden eulogizes friend and Senate partner Fritz Hollings
 

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke at the funeral service for former Sen. Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday.

Trump on Notre Dame flames: ‘A terrible sight to behold’
 

President Donald Trump commented on the burning of Notre Dame in Paris Monday, saying the tragedy “is beyond countries, that’s beyond anything.”

Banging gravel, pseudoscience and texts from mom: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 8, 2019

The House had a short week on the Hill due to the Democratic legislative retreat, but that didn’t stop several committee hearings from going off the rails. Squabbles erupted about political science degrees being pseudoscience, and a witness needing to leave for a planned meeting. Meanwhile in the Senate, Sen. Edward J. Markey busted out his Wheel of Fortune impression to roast Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Sen. Debbie Stabenow got snubbed on the floor.

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Markey spins the ‘Wheel of Giveaways’ in opposition to Bernhardt’s confirmation
 

It wasn’t the first colorful protest of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s confirmation this week, but Sen. Edward J. Markey’s “Wheel of Giveaways” surely caught some eyes on the Senate floor nonetheless.

Swamp monsters return to the Hill to protest Interior secretary nominee
 

There has been an uptick in monster sightings on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. Protesters from Public Citizen, a liberal think tank, and Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group, wore in swamp creature masks on various occasions to protest the nomination of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

“Donald Trump often talked about wanting to drain the swamp, but really with a choice like David Bernhardt he is filling D.C. with more swamp monsters,” Madeline Page, a campaign coordinator with Public Citizen, told Roll Call.

Tina Smith pays tribute to Heard on the Hill in annual Minnesota hotdish competition
Heard on the Hill

Sen. Tina Smith dished it out with her Minnesota colleagues for the 9th Annual Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition on Tuesday. While the row of Minnesotan casseroles all looked delicious, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons had an obvious favorite....
Financial technology is changing how we do business, and regulators are trying to catch up
Fintech Beat

Whether you’re paying a friend for drinks on Venmo or logging in to your online banking, you’ve probably engaged with fintech.

Grassley: Congress has given too much trade authority to the president
 

Sen. Charles E. Grassley sat down with CQ policy editor Peter Cohn and discussed President Donald Trump’s use of tariffs in negotiating trade deals, and whether the White House has too much authority in that realm.

“We’ve delegated too much to the president, we’ve got to recoup some of that,” Grassley said.

‘Roll Call’s not printed by the Koch brothers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 1, 2019

Two lawmakers praised Roll Call stories this week, but the real excitement on the Hill came from the hordes of staffers chasing after the “Queer Eye” guys and some members still struggling to pronounce their colleagues’ names. All that, plus nose-picking, belabored Final Four chants and questionable brownies. 

Watch: ‘Queer Eye’ guys grace the Hill
 

Four stars of Netflix’s hit show “Queer Eye” were in the Capitol on Thursday for impromptu meetings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The reality show hosts were mobbed by adoring fans for photos and selfies....
Watch: Matt Gaetz unveils ‘Green Real Deal’
 

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz unveiled the so-called Green Real Deal, a conservative resolution to combat climate change, named to mimic the often-derided Green New Deal heralded by many Democrats. The plan calls for investment in alternative energy technology, including solar and nuclear. 

Check out DC’s cherry blossoms in peak bloom this week
 

Washington’s iconic cherry blossoms are in peak bloom starting Monday, April 1, according to the National Park Service. Locals and tourists swarmed to the Tidal Basin Monday for picnics and selfies with the cherry trees, a gift from Japan in the early 20th century....
Flashback: Roll Call’s April Fools’ front page in 2002
 

In an era of actual fake news, a serious political newspaper running joke stories on April 1 may not be the best idea. But in the simpler days of 2002, then-Roll Call editor Tim Curran joined C-SPAN’s Peter Slen on the air to discuss Betty Ford running for Senate, oil being discovered under the Capitol and a government conspiracy against former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.: three things that never actually happened but appeared on Roll Call’s front page for April Fools’....
Happy Birthday to C-SPAN and Pelosi, from swamp monsters and velociraptors: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of March 25, 2019

The creature from the Black Lagoon paid Capitol Hill a visit this week, as D.C. institutions like C-SPAN and Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated their birthdays. Plus, Sen. Mike Lee roasted the Green New Deal resolution with a poster of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor, and Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Ann McLane Kuster clashed over a certain word that starts with the letter “S.”

Also, while it was technically last week during recess, Roll Call is thrilled to wish the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) a happy 40th birthday! Thanks for letting us borrow your footage to make dumb congressional blooper reels.

Watch: Republicans call for Schiff to step down as Intel chairman during committee hearing
 

The nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter calling for Chairman Adam B. Schiff to resign as chairman a few days after Attorney General William P. Barr told Congress that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report found no evidence President Donald Trump colluded with Russia.

“Despite these findings, you continue to proclaim to the media that there is significant evidence of collusion,” Rep. K. Michael Conaway said during a committee hearing. “As such, we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties … and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee.”

The back and forth on why Mueller’s report hasn’t been released yet
 

Democrats are demanding that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report be made public, but various Republicans are quick to object, saying Attorney General William Barr needs time to determine how to do that.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday there are “two things [Barr] will have to grapple with,” including classified information that may appear in the report and “innocent people’s reputations.”

Mike Lee makes fun of the Green New Deal using Reagan riding a dinosaur, Star Wars tauntauns and Sharknado
 

Sen. Mike Lee took to the Senate chamber with a series of bizarre and comical floor charts. They included one depicting former President Ronald Reagan holding a machine gun while riding a velociraptor and another showing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert fending off a shark from the movie “Sharknado 4.”

The goal of the Utah Republican's humorous floor speech? “To consider the Green New Deal with the seriousness it deserves.” 

Lindsey Graham calls for a special counsel investigation on ‘the other side of the story’ following Mueller report
 

Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke highly of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's work Monday, following the delivery of his report late last week on Russian interference. The report found that President Donald Trump and his campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russian actors to influence the 2016 election.

Graham then called for further investigation into “the other side of the story,” referring to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant allowing the Justice Department to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

Trump: ‘I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be’
 

President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he “was never a fan of John McCain” after a series of recent tweets critiquing the Republican senator, who died in August. Trump said Tuesday that