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January 13, 2016

#SOTUin3Words: 2016 Edition

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Sen. Tim Scott offers his three-word take on the State of the Union address.

Following President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, CQ Roll Call reporters Eli Yokley, Eric Garcia, Katherine Tully-McManus, Hugh Ferguson, Katherine Scott and Andy Van Wye caught up with members of Congress in Statuary Hall to get their reactions to his speech in their own words (and handwriting).

Obama Urges ‘Better Politics’ to Tackle Challenges

In Statuary Hall, Snapchats and Notorious RBG

Members Cast as Foils, if Not Spoilers, in Obama’s Final SOTU

360 View of the House Chamber on SOTU Night

The State of the Union in 9 Charts

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November 16, 2015

Kevin Yoder’s Newest Addition

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder's office)

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder’s office)

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and his wife Brooke added to their family earlier this month, with the birth of their second daughter. Eloise Jane — Yoder’s office said her name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers — arrived at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured about 21 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sister Caroline Lucille.  Full story

November 13, 2015

Wedding Bells (and Brews) for Jason Dick, Fawn Johnson

Early Tuesday evening, #thistown experienced a wedding for the ages.

Roll Call Capitol Hill Editor Jason Dick and Morning Consult’s Fawn Johnson tied the knot in front of a crowd of friends and family gathered at Atlas Brew Works in Northeast D.C. in a ceremony that perfectly expressed their personalities.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

NPR’s Sue Davis officiated, and the vows, written by Dick and Johnson, included Latin phrases, references to Kurt Vonnegut and numerous mentions of the Washington Nationals. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss, the bride and groom orchestrated a T-shirt toss, showering guests with mementos from the couple’s vast collection. (Johnson put her crafting skills to good use ahead of time, turning their overflow shirts into table cloths.)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

Guests were treated to a variety of brews, as well as barbecue from DCity Smokehouse and soft pretzels from The Pretzel Bakery before decamping to Boundary Road on H Street. The after-party featured a custom cocktail named after their PG-13 wedding hashtag (#FawnLovesTheD) and made with Pikesville Rye, Capitoline rosé vermouth, St. George spiced pear liqueur and Bittercube Jamaican bitters.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

The CQ Roll Call family was well-represented at the party, along with a contingent of National Journal reporters past and present and Morning Consult staffers. The happy couple decamped to New Orleans the following morning — on a reasonably timed midday flight.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)


Did you know Roll Call features Capitol Hill staffers and their nuptials in our Roll Call Weddings feature? Have a story to share? Submit wedding and engagement details through our easy form here.

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October 8, 2015

Takano Trolls GOP Over Speaker Chaos

Takano couldn't help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takano couldn’t help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Mark Takano had some fun with the GOP leadership scramble Thursday afternoon. As Republican after Republican said they were not interested in seeking the speakership, the California lawmaker tweeted out a mockup of a Craiglist ad.  Full story

August 26, 2015

National Dog Day: Congress and Its Furry Friends

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Harry S. Truman famously instructed politicians looking for friends to “buy a dog” and it seems many on Capitol Hill have taken that advice to heart. As social media celebrates National Dog Day, CQ Roll Call digs into the archives to retrieve our favorite photos of our furry friends on Capitol Hill.

Click through to see Bill Frist meet some big bloodhounds, Kent Conrad and his longtime companion Dakota, images of Capitol Police K9s at work and the tourist dogs that come to sightsee with their people.


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March 13, 2014

Members of Congress Sum Up SXSWi — in 3 Words

South By Southwest Interactive wrapped up Tuesday, just as the madding crowds for the music festival were arriving in Austin, Texas. Roll Call correspondent Grace Dobush was in town along with a surprising number of congressmen — 12 by our count. In addition to attending the panels they spoke on, covering topics from patent trolls to tech innovation, she caught up with a handful of members to get their sense of the experience — in three words.

Read more about Washington’s takeover of SXSWi (and see a photo of Darrell Issa testing out a new Microsoft dance game) here.

February 26, 2014

Reykjavik Provides ‘Simply the Best’ Party Pitch We’ve Ever Seen

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A Marist College poll released Wednesday shows District Mayor Vincent Gray ahead of a crowded pack of candidates vying to capture the Democratic mayoral nomination on April 1. But when queried about their level of excitement for the upcoming race, only 32 percent of Democrats polled claimed to be “very enthusiastic” about voting. That number might be different if we were in Iceland, where the mayor here told a magazine he would only work with politicians who have watched “The Wire” and agree it was the best thing to happen to TV.

Reykjavik Mayor Jón Gnarr, a comedian turned elected official, took office in 2010 after running mostly on a lark as a Best Party candidate. He promised to “do away with all debt,” get a polar bear for the Reykjavik Zoo and to economize, saying, “We only need one Santa!”

The Best Party platform is worth digging into. Thankfully, they’ve made that an entertaining task by shooting a “We Are the World”-esque music video laying out their priorities to the tune of, you guessed it, “Simply the Best.” (The production values are impressive, but we’d expect nothing less from a party that counts the Sugarcubes’ Einar Örn Benediktsson as a member; he joined the city council in the same election cycle.)

Unfortunately for us, the mayor announced in the fall he would not seek re-election, which means we only have until May to enjoy his antics.

Sure, Gray attends the 17th Street High Heel Race, but being photographed with drag queens is different than donning the wig and gold earrings yourself, as Gnarr did in 2010 at the Icelandic capital’s Pride parade.

January 29, 2014

3-Word Stories: State of the Union Edition

We sent CQ Roll Call reporters Emily Cahn, Sarah Chacko and Cristina Marcos to Statuary Hall after President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address to get reactions from members of Congress in their own words (and their own handwriting!) You can see the original #SOTUin3words photos on Instagram, or view them all in one place below.


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