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January 15, 2016

Tom Cotton and ’13 Hours’ Have a Date Tonight

Cotton plans to attend America Rising and Future45's screening (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cotton plans to attend America Rising and Future45’s screening (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has Friday night plans to go to the movies.

At the Georgetown AMC theaters, America Rising PAC and Future45 is hosting a private screening of the film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” at 4:30 p.m. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 5 a.m.
media, Sens

January 14, 2016

Facebook Users Not That Into Rubio

Rubio is not very popular on Facebook (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio: Not so very popular on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Facebook, at least, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the least talked about on sitting senator running for president.

In the last month leading up to Thursday night’s Fox Business debate, 1.49 million people in the United States posted about, shared, like or commented on content about Rubio over 4.5 million times, according to data released by the social media platform. Full story

January 13, 2016

Foreign Policy Responses to SOTU High on Social Media

Biden SOTU

Maryland and Virginia were the most social states Tuesday night (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

The top social moment on Facebook on Tuesday night was when President Barack Obama spoke on anti-Muslim sentiment in his final State of the Union, according to follow up data from the social media platform.

The top issues among Facebook users in general seen through engagement were Iran, Islam and Muslims, ISIS, terrorism, and food stamps.

Maryland and Virginia were the top one and two most-engaged states. Georgia was third, followed by New York and North Carolina.

For women, the top issues were food stamps, education and Wall Street. And for men, the top issues were Islam and Muslims, ISIS and terrorism.

According to data released by Twitter, the top tweeted topics were foreign affairs, energy and the environment, and then the economy.

“I stand here confident that the state of our union is strong,” was Obama’s most-tweeted statement, followed by, “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics.” Coming in third: “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo. It’s expensive, it’s unnecessary.”

Turning to the 2016 campaign on Tuesday night, presidential candidate Donald Trump gained more Twitter followers than any other White House hopeful, followed by Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who was present at the address.

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 10:25 a.m.
media, SOTU

January 12, 2016

Facebook Sees SOTU Chatter From Millions

SOTU aides

People are discussing guns Guns in the context of the State of the Union on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Guns are currently the most talked about topic on Facebook in the context of President Barack Obama and the State of the Union address, according to data released by the social media platform.

The second most talked about is “Islam and Muslims,” according to Facebook, then ISIS, crime and criminal justice and terrorism. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 12:26 p.m.
media, SOTU

January 8, 2016

Rubio, Ellison on ‘Roske on Politics’ This Week

Coming up on this Sunday’s “Roske on Politics,” Rep. Keith Ellison tells Brent Roske that he’s a supporting Sen. Bernard Sanders for president because he has been “the most consistent supporter of the American working family.” Roske also speaks with Sanders’ Iowa State Robert Becker, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Pat Weiler, CEO of Weiler Manufacturing.

Check out the new episode at 11 a.m. on WHAG, NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”

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January 4, 2016

Schock Recounts Office Redecorating Timeline

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., walks up the House steps to the Capitol for a series of votes on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schock dings the Chicago Tribune on social media. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., has some words to say about the press Monday morning.

A Dec. 31 Chicago Tribune article reported that Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., has redecorated Schock’s old office, which became infamous for its “Downtown Abbey” décor. A fellow Tribune reporter tweeted the story out on Jan. 2 and Schock just responded. Full story

December 7, 2015

The View From 1982: The Washington Monument Standoff

(Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A young Komarow. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been more than three decades since Steve Komarow, news director and vice president at CQ News, was thrust into the national spotlight when he negotiated with a political activist threatening to blow up the Washington Monument. It’s a situation he is positive would play out much differently in the post-9/11 world.

“You can imagine someone trying to do that today,” the veteran reporter said of the hours-long standoff on Dec. 8, 1982, after nuclear disarmament advocate Norman D. Mayer drove a truck purportedly packed with explosives right up to the doors of the Washington Monument.

The then-mystery man trapped nine people inside the historic structure and demanded to speak to a single, childless member of the media. Enter Komarow. Full story

November 30, 2015

Democrats Won’t Charge Press for 2016 Convention Seats

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic National Convention has opted not to charge print media for a seat in the convention hall in July, more than a month after the GOP decided to do so.

“As has been the practice in past conventions, we do not plan to charge media for the writing press stands in 2016,” April Mellody, a DNC spokeswoman, wrote Monday in an email to Roll Call. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:27 p.m.
2016, Drama, media

November 5, 2015

Presidential Debates Can’t Hack It? ‘Hack the Debate’ Instead

 

Donald Trump, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, left, are both running for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donald Trump, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, left, are both running for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Think the presidential debates can’t hack it when it comes to informing the electorate? Well now you can turn the tables and “hack the debate.”

Independent Journal is teaming up with Georgetown University this weekend for the first ever hackathon aimed at improving presidential debates. On Sunday, the event will bring together techies, project managers, politicians, developers and more to develop websites, apps or whatever else they can think up to boost millennial engagement in the debates. Full story

November 1, 2015

New Title, but No New Digs for Ryan

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:53 a.m. | Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t be getting a new home in the District of Columbia, but he is looking into some new carpet for the speaker’s office.

The Wisconsin Republican made the rounds to all five of the Sunday morning political talk shows and informed both CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he plans to continue sleeping in his office. Full story

October 26, 2015

Roske Gears Up for ‘Courting Des Moines’ Debut

The film makes its D.C. debut in January, (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

The film makes its D.C. debut in January. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Brent Roske bills “Courting Des Moines,” as the quintessential film about the Iowa Caucuses and a must-see for political junkies who want more than a “30-second sound byte from cable news” on the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. Full story

October 22, 2015

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Don Beyer Wins Press Club Spelling Bee

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

One thing’s for sure after Wednesday night: If you want to win a spelling bee, you better be a Democrat from Virginia.

Freshman Rep. Don Beyer Jr. bested fellow lawmakers and journalists to take home the National Press Club spelling bee trophy, taking the title of best speller on Capitol Hill from the 2013 champion: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 9:25 a.m.
Baller, Drama, media, Reps, Sens

October 20, 2015

Kaine Prepares to Defend Spelling Bee Crown

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kaine cramming for the spelling bee? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers are of very different minds as to what’s going to help them carry the day Wednesday, when they face off against political scribes at the National Press Club’s biennial spelling bee. Full story

October 2, 2015

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

September 30, 2015

Paul Gosar Seeks to Capitalize on Pope-a-Dope

Perhaps Rep. Paul Gosar is feeling a little left behind after his very public spat with Pope Francis? He appears willing to bear that cross for just a bit longer — assuming his continued suffering translates into a flood of donations from outraged right-wingers.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Arizona Republican, a self-described “proud Catholic” bailed on hearing the pontiff speak on Sept. 24 over a difference of opinion on climate change. Not much happened in the interim until Wednesday, when he appealed to fellow conservatives for an infusion of cash just ahead of the third quarter fundraising deadline.

“I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar railed in an email blast. Full story

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