Thomas McKinless

FBI Director: Trump Didn’t Seek Advice Before Tweeting on ZTE

When asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet about Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, FBI director Christopher Wray said he could not "speak to what anybody else was thinking,” and that he’s “not really a Twitter guy.”...
Ryan Weighs In on Laurel vs. Yanny Debate

In the divisive atmosphere of Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul D. Ryan is standing his ground: it’s laurel, not yanny. 

“It’s the craziest thing,” Ryan said at a news briefing on Wednesday of the viral audio clip where some people hear the word laurel and others, the word yanny.

Ryan: Gambit to Bring Immigration Bills to Floor Is ‘Big Mistake’

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that the discharge petition led by some Republicans to bring four immigration bills hurts the GOP majority....
Smokey Robinson Testifies to Senate in Support of Closing Music Royalties Loophole

Singer Smokey Robinson testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill to protect music creators, specifically a provision that would close a loophole that denies music copyright holders from being paid for songs from before 1972....
Mispronounced Names, Mother’s Day and a Kid in Committee: Congressional Hits and Misses
 Week of May 7, 2018

Is it Rep. Steve Cha-bot or Rep. Steve Chab-bit? If you’re presiding over the House you can pronounce it any way you want, according to the Ohio Republican. Watch this week’s video for more name mispronunciation, a Mother’s Day reminder from Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Sen. Angus King’s best “19th century senator voice.”...
What You Need to Know About Voter Registration and Turnout This Midterm Season
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings — Wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

Who votes, and who doesn’t, will effectively decide control of the next Congress — and turnout has recently been weak in midterm elections. In part that’s because millions who could vote never get registered. But for 2018 there is still time to register nationwide.

Registration deadlines are about a month before the election in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Which House Races Are the Parties Targeting? Look to the Money, the TV Ad Money
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, an authoritative look at where things stand for 2018

While both parties may talk a big game in terms of their targeted House races, our Roll Call elections analyst has one thing to say: Show me the money. Gonzales breaks down the various campaign groups that are making pricey ad reservations in some media markets and not others, which can provide insight about the seats the parties really see as most flippable.

Below is a transcript of the video.

Tillis Wants to Set the Record Straight on His 2017 ACLI Mishap

Like a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Sen. Thom Tillis wants everyone to know he’s not dead yet. During the 2017 ACLI Capitol Challenge, Tillis was taken to the hospital after passing out beside the race course. The GOP senator is going to run the race again this year, but won’t eat the same thing the night before the run as he did last year.

What to Watch as Supreme Court Prepares Major Decisions

The Supreme Court will decide on several big issues before the end of its current session. CQ legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger breaks down what to watch from the high court, including a ruling on President Donald Trump’s travel ban and decisions on partisan political gerrymandering....
Freshman 15 Is Real, Even in Senate, Tillis Says
At the Table, where lawmakers show Roll Call their favorite place for a meal on the Hill

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis joined Roll Call’s Alex Gangitano for breakfast at his favorite local spot, The Market Lunch in Eastern Market. Eating a low-carb breakfast of eggs and sausage, Tillis talked about using diet and exercise to move past the freshman 15 weight-gain he said afflicted him and some of his Senate colleagues. Below is a transcript of the video.

Upside Down Posters, Dandruff and Take Your Child to Work Day: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 23, 2018

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fielded some tough questions from pint-sized reporters on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Sen. Bob Corker got choked up about a bipartisan vote change and President Donald Trump helped out his “special” friend, French President Emmanuel Macron....
Here’s How Three Ratings Changes Could Help Democrats in Their Quest For Senate Majority

While Democrats’ prospects for controlling the Senate are tough, they can’t be ruled out, says Inside Elections editor Nathan L. Gonzales. The Roll Call elections analyst has shifted three ratings toward Democrats and explains his thinking in this video....
Quitting Congress For Cash is a Recent Phenomenon
 Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings — Wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

Senior editor David Hawkings takes a look at members of Congress who are leaving their posts for more profitable positions in lobbying and on TV, a phenomenon that’s seen an uptick in recent decades (and was virtually nonexistent before the 90s)....
Pet Birds, Group Houses and Babies: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 16, 2018

While the Senate made history this week by changing the rules to allow Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s newborn daughter to join her for votes, members of both chambers talked baby diapers, avian pets, affordable group housing and paid tribute to the late First Lady Barbara Bush and their beloved colleague Rep. Louise M. Slaughter....
Watch: Duckworth Brings Her Newborn Daughter to the Senate Floor for Vote

Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois cast a mid-afternoon vote in the chamber Thursday with her newborn daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey in tow. The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to change the rules and allow infants to be brought to the Senate floor. Duckwo...
There Won’t Be Clothing Requirements for Baby: Senate Changes Floor Rules, Allowing Infants

The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday changing the Senate rules to allow mothers to bring infant children to the floor. The change came shortly after Sen. Tammy Duckworth on April 9 became the first sitting senator to give birth....