Thomas McKinless

Brooklyn Bourbon, the Music Man and Senate Friendships: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 12, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer brought some bourbon to the McConnell Center, Sen. Charles E. Grassley lamented the behavior of a friend and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi quoted songs from “The Music Man” this week in Congress....
Behind the Scenes of Race Ratings: The Candidate Interview
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the Roll Call-Inside Elections political handicapping factory? Well wonder no more as Nathan Gonzales and the Roll Call team give you an inside look at what happens in the candidate interviews. 

Warren Rebukes Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Nickname in Speech to National Congress of American Indians

Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded to President Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” nickname for her in a speech to the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday afternoon.

“…Now we have a president who can’t make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing native history, native culture, native people to be the butt of a joke,” Warren said.

A Slice of Louisiana: Inside Scalise’s Leadership Office

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., shows Roll Call his leadership office in the Capitol, which included Mardi Gras decorations and a king cake, a view of the Washington Monument and a copy of the recently-passed tax bill. He also spoke about his recovery from being shot during a Congressional baseball practice last year....
Intelligence Officials Aware of Russian Activity Aimed at 2018 Elections

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday that the intelligence community has seen “Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here.”...
Pizza Toppings, Grandpuppies and Quails on Cocaine: Congressional Hits and Misses

With an eight-hour House floor speech from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a budget vote-delaying diatribe against government spending — on quail sexuality studies no less — from Sen. Rand Paul, it’s been a very long week on Capitol Hill....
Curbelo Talks Basketball and Bipartisanship at Eastern Market Spanish Joint
At the Table, where lawmakers show Roll Call their favorite place for a meal on the Hill

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo joined Roll Call reporter Eric Garcia at Joselito Casa de Comidas, a Spanish restaurant near Eastern Market, to talk Hispanic cuisine, bipartisanship and how working as a basketball referee prepared him for life in Congress....
Flake Slams Trump For ‘Treason’ Comments

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake offered a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s assertion that congressional Democrats are “treasonous” for not applauding during his State of the Union.

State of the Union Breath Mints, Groundhog Day and Trump Pointing, Pointing, Pointing: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 29, 2018

Congress hosted the State of the Union, then Republicans retreated to West Virginia where President Donald Trump followed....
Members of Congress Arrive With Guests: State of the Union 2018

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., brought professional baseball player Jayson Werth as his guest for the State of Union, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., invited a local fisherman....
Watch Senators’ Bipartisan Procession to House: State of the Union 2018

Senators made their way across the Capitol on Tuesday evening to hear the president address Congress....
Shutdown Hooey, Buying a Car and the Musical Stylings of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 22, 2018 (plus shutdown weekend of Jan. 20 and 21)

Despite several days of shutdown negotiations, members discussed the age-old philosophy of Mick Jagger, drinking seltzer water and the musical career of retiring Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch....
The Many Ways to Draw a Gerrymander
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings: wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

There’s a constitutional limit to partisanship in election mapmaking, courts have ruled in four states – including Pennsylvania this week. How does the process work to make one state disproportionately blue or red? Senior editor David Hawkings explains while trying his hand at the dark art of political cartography....