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‘More practices for this one game than any NFL preseason’: Reps. Gonzalez and Allred on congressional baseball
The former NFL players are bringing their athletic prowess to Congress' big game

Reps. Anthony Gonzalez and Colin Allred both had careers in the NFL before heading to Congress. Now ...
Angus King gives Susan Collins a rose after her 7,000th Senate vote

Republican Sen. Susan Collins cast her 7,000th vote on the Senate floor Tuesday, having never missed a roll call vote since joining the Senate in 1997.

Swalwell, a dad on the campaign trail

Rep. Eric Swalwell is one of the many Democrats running for his party’s presidential nomination. He’s also one of several fathers in the 2020 race raising a young family while hitting the campaign trail. The California congressman and his wife, Brittany Swalwell, spoke to Roll Call abou...
Tariff tussles, stilt walkers and a single ‘kudos’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of June 3, 2019

Members had a short week on the Hill before a large delegation jetted off to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But that didn’t stop them from bickering about tariffs on guacamole and margaritas. Plus, Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. dons a stylish pink suit, and Rep. Read more...
What is McConnelling? How campaigns skirt coordination laws to help PACs make ads
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell electrified the nation in 2014 when he released 2 minutes and 22 seconds of high-definition footage of himself smiling and going about his day.

Politics aside, everyone hates burpees

It's 7 a.m. on a Wednesday and the sun isn't even warm yet. Do you know where your congressman is? He might be working out outside Longworth while Rep. Markwayne Mullin makes fun of him.

Former CBO director: If Congress wanted to change Obamacare, they ‘blew it’ with their process
“I’m on the way out so I can say this”

Keith Hall finally broke his own rule and publicly defended the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring process as he prepared to leave the office’s top spot in late May. Republicans in Congress criticized the CBO in 2017 for its report that said their bill to repeal the 2010 health care law would cause millions to lose their insurance.

Congressman TJ Cox talks Filipino food, heritage and why he decided to run
At the Table

As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close, we sat down with Rep. TJ Cox and a helping of assorted Filipino dishes at Kaliwa, a restaurant in D.C's Wharf area.

‘Grab your popcorn if you’re watching C-SPAN’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 20, 2019

“Buckle your seat belts, grab your popcorn if you’re out there watching C-SPAN,” Rep. Hank Johnson said during a rollercoaster week on the Hill.

Who’s the guy in the background of all those Capitol Hill TV hits?
Undercover Capitol: taking you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

He was a Cherokee, a cowboy, an actor and a political commentator. He was born in 1879, but he’s in the background of a handful of Capitol Hill TV news hits every day. 

He’s Will Rogers, Oklahoma’s favorite son. And his statue sits between the House floor and Statuary Hall in one of the few Capitol rooms where TV cameras can regularly shoot interviews. CQ Roll Call’s Jason Dick spoke with Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole about the ‘Old Country Boy’ himself, a Native American multimedia icon whose celebrity star still shines on Capitol Hill.

‘Mr. President will correct the record:’ Trouble with names, speakers and Roman numerals — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 12, 2019

Congress was abuzz this week with flip phones, mispronunciations and confusion over who’s turn it was to speak.

Watch: Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown advocates for LGBTQ adoption, teases political career

Karamo Brown joined several other activists to discuss discrimination against LGBTQ parents and children in the foster care and adoption process. Heard on the Hill’s Clyde McGrady spoke with the “Queer Eye” star about his efforts on the Hill and the potential for a future career in politics....
Seth Moulton is running for president, here are some congressional basics
Eye on 2020

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine veteran from Massachusetts, is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination with a campaign that vows to challenge the Washington establishment. Moulton is known for his unsuccessful push to unseat Speaker Read more...
Kristina Baum is an avid runner and a top House staffer. She’s also battling cancer

Kristina Baum isn’t letting her third bout with cancer slow her down. The GOP communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee told Roll Call “press waits for no one,” as she fielded phone calls during her monthly cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins. And in November, she hopes to run the New York City Marathon.

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons sat down with Kristina during a break in one of her early morning runs before a long day of work on the Hill. Here’s Kristina’s story.