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April 16, 2015

#tbt: History With Hillary Clinton

#tbt: History With Hillary Clinton

As you probably know by now, Roll Call is celebrating our 60th birthday all year long.

That is why we are posting #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed each week. Follow along here! In case you missed last week’s edition, here it is.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a long history in Washington, D.C.,  — though not as long as Roll Call! With Sunday’s announcement she’s running for president, she might be back in the District soon. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 3:48 p.m.
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April 9, 2015

#tbt Trivia: A Whole Lot of Elephants

#tbt Trivia: A Whole Lot of Elephants

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60 and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

Every week we will memorialize Roll Call’s 60th with #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Here are the links in case you missed our #tbt last week, and the week before that.

This week features Bill Clinton, quilts and some old-school tech. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 12:59 p.m.
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March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, ‘Where do you put the pool table?’ So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

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#tbt Trivia: Strange Mailings Edition

#tbt Trivia: Strange Mailings Edition

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60 and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Miss the previous iterations? Find them here and here and here.

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March 19, 2015

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hill’s Past

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hills Past

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Miss the previous iterations? Find them here and here.

Now get started on the next round, crafted from Roll Call’s archives.

Q:Who set a new record for being the longest-serving member in the House on Jan. 6, 1992?

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hills Past

The front page from the day that Rep. Whitten broke the record for longest time in office.

A: Rep. Jamie Whitten, D-Mass., won the honor after serving 50 years, two months and 14 days. He still holds the title as the fifth longest-serving member of Congress. He retired three years after breaking the record. Retired Rep. John D. Dingell currently holds first place, with 59 years and 21 days of service. The top 10 longest office holders are all Democrats.

Q: What is a Lenny Skutnik?

 

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hills Past

The front page of Roll Call after the incident, praising Skutnik.

A: A Skutnik is someone who performs an act of heroism and, as a result, is invited to be a guest at a State of the Union address or other meeting of Congress. Why a “Skutnik?” The term comes from 1982, when Air Florida Flight 90 crashed moments after takeoff from Washington National Airport. The plane crashed into the 14th Street Bridge before falling into the Potomac. Lenny Skutnik, who was an employee at the Congressional Budget office, jumped into the ice-riddled river to rescue one of the crash survivors. President Ronald Reagan mentioned Skutnik in his State of the Union address, and a tradition was born.

 

Q: What famous hotel ran ads in several issues of Roll Call from 1964 to 1968?

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hills Past

An advertisement for the “Water Gate Inn” in 1964. Their claim to fame? Popovers.

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hills Past

Advertisement for the Watergate Hotel a few years later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A: The Watergate Hotel. Originally called the “Water Gate Inn,” the first examples of an ad list the address as “On-the-Potomac-At-F, NW.” The ad says the inn is famous for its popovers. Not anymore! In 1968, the hotel, which had changed its name, was marketed as, “A truly lovely place to stay, to meet and entertain.”

Do you have a suggestion for future questions? Other fun stuff found in your stack of newspapers? Let us know by emailing christinabellantoni – at – rollcall.com.

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#tbt: Roll Call Interviews Bill Clinton as Lewinsky Scandal Breaks

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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By Megan Evans Posted at 11:30 a.m.
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#tbt: Roll Call Interviews Bill Clinton as Lewinsky Scandal Breaks

#tbt: Roll Call Interviews Bill Clinton as Lewinsky Scandal Breaks

In a photo printed on the front page of Roll Call on Jan. 29, 1998, Clinton delivers his State of the Union address. (Rebecca Roth/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded on Jan. 21, 1998, President Bill Clinton went ahead that afternoon with three scheduled interviews with PBS, NPR and Roll Call, which were originally set up to boost interest in his upcoming State of the Union address.

Below is the article published above the fold in Roll Call the next day, Jan. 22.

Clinton: Relationship Was ‘Not Sexual’

Intern Allegations Won’t Lead to Impeachment, President Tells Roll Call

By Ed Henry and Morton Kondracke

President Clinton yesterday denied that he had a sexual relationship with a former White House intern in an exclusive print interview with Roll Call.

“The relationship was not sexual,” Clinton said in a telephone interview yesterday afternoon. “And I know what you mean, and the answer is no.”

Clinton said that he did not ask the intern, Monica Lewinsky, “not to tell the truth” about their relationship.

When asked whether the investigation will ultimately lead to his impeachment, Clinton replied, “Well, I don’t believe it will. I’m going to cooperate with this investigation. I’ve made it very clear that the allegations are not true.”

Independent counsel Kenneth Starr reportedly is investigating whether Clinton and his close friend, Vernon Jordan, urged Lewinsky to lie about whether or not she had a sexual affair with the President. Starr is investigating allegations of suborning perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice.

House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), whose committee would initiate the impeachment proceedings, said yesterday if Starr verifies the authenticity of these charges, “impeachment might very well be an option.”

But the President insisted to Roll Call that he did not try to cover up anything. “I did not ask anyone not to tell the truth and I’ll cooperate,” Clinton said. “So I think that there will be a lot of stirring and a lot of speculation about how all this was done and what it portends. You all will handle this as you will. I’m just going back to work.”

When asked whether the Lewinsky scandal would overshadow his State of the Union speech next Tuesday, Clinton said, “Well, I hope not. But you guys will have to make that decision. The press will make that decision.”

As for whether it will cloud the President’s ability to work with Congress, Clinton said, “That will be up to them. I don’t think so. It’s an election year — they’ll want to get some things done, too. We’ve got a lot to do.”

Last week, the White House agreed to give Roll Call an Oval Office interview on Wednesday afternoon in order to discuss the state of Clinton’s relationship with Congress as he prepares for his sixth State of the Union address. But on Tuesday evening, with the Lewinsky story set to break the next morning, a White House official called to say that the interview would have to be conducted over the telephone because of a scheduling conflict.

Despite the latest controversy, Clinton went forward with the phone interview, which began at 4:20 p.m. yesterday and lasted for 15 minutes. On Monday, Roll Call will publish the President’s exclusive comments on his Congressional agenda and his relationship with individual leaders, such as House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.).

Earlier yesterday, Clinton had released an official statement saying that he did not have an “improper relationship” with Lewinsky.

When pressed to characterize the nature of the relationship, Clinton told Roll Call, “Let me say, the relationship is not improper and I think that’s important enough to say. But because the investigation is going on, and because I don’t know what is out — what’s going to be asked of me, I think I need to cooperate [and] answer the questions. But I think it’s important for me to make it clear what is not. And then, at the appropriate time, I’ll try to answer what is.”

Throughout the day, the White House tried to portray an image of business as usual for the Administration. Clinton noted that he had been playing during the day with Buddy, his new chocolate Labrador, who could be heard barking periodically during the interview with Roll Call.

But Clinton already has some Congressional Republicans nipping at his heels over the latest revelations. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), who has been calling for Clinton’s impeachment since November, fired off an explosive press release.

“For those in the House who have been waiting for a smoking gun, both barrels are smoking,” Barr said. “These latest allegations of witness tampering, obstructions of justice, perjury, and improper moral behavior should not be dismissed out of hand as the President would have us do. Rather, they should be investigated by the Judiciary Committee.”

Barr urged the House to immediately take up an inquiry of impeachment, which would lead to proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation of the allegations.

Most Republican leaders, however, were reluctant to talk about the latest allegations against Clinton. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Majority Leader Trent Lott (Miss.) both refused to comment on the matter.

Even House Government Reform and Oversight Chairman Dan Burton (R-Ind.), a constant critic of Clinton who reopened his campaign finance hearings yesterday, refused to comment on the sexual allegations.

On the Democratic side, Gephardt and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.) also refused to comment.

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said in a brief interview, “It’s kind of sad that as we embark on this New Year that this is what we’ll be talking about.”

Hyde, meanwhile, said that if the allegations are proven true, Congress could begin the impeachment process.

“When we get a report from the independent counsel it would seem to me that if they verify the authenticity of the charges, impeachment might very well be an option,” Hyde said. “He is not immune from impeachment if … these charges are true.”

In November, Barr filed an inquiry of impeachment against Clinton, which is a parliamentary rarity. The inquiry must by approved by a majority of the House Rules Committee and the full House before it takes effect; Barr, however, only has about 20 co-sponsors.

Prior to introducing his inquiry, Barr had urged Hyde to start impeachment hearings, but the respected, cautious chairman said it was too early.

Since Watergate, three impeachment resolutions have been introduced and all of them died a quick death. The late Rep. Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.) filed one against Ronald Reagan on March 19, 1984, for ordering the 1983 invasion of Granada and preventing news coverage of the military strike.

In 1987, Rep. Henry Gonzalez (D-Texas) tried to impeach both Reagan and George Bush in protest of the Iran-Contra sandal [sic]. Then in 1991, he filed one against Bush over the Persian Gulf War.

Jim VandeHei and Francesca Contiguglia contributed to this report.

 

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
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March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock Discussed Government Transparency in First Floor Speech (Video)

Perhaps it was fate. 

But Rep. Aaron Schock, who tendered his resignation following allegations of improperly using of taxpayer and campaign money, ironically gave his first floor speech in 2009 on transparency. Full story

March 12, 2015

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Full story

March 5, 2015

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

To kick it off, and in honor of #throwbackThursdays, we’re doing congressional trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

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February 5, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

This photo is from the Roll Call archives of a call-in show hosted at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-SPAN first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.

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January 29, 2015

#tbt: ‘Go Time’ for the Ladies

#tbt: Go Time for the Ladies

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

At least that was some of the thinking back in our Jan. 29, 2007 HOH, when we observed that a member of the House had taken an interest in gender equity when it came to bathrooms.

“Go Time. Hey ladies, you’ve got a new champion on Capitol Hill, fighting for your equality. Full story

January 22, 2015

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

The late ex-Rep. Boggs, right, hangs out with her “baby” Cokie Roberts, left and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cuba’s in the news these days, as it was in the Jan. 22, 1998, HOH edition of Roll Call, albeit in a roundabout way.

Crippled in Cuba. Congressional reporters worried about being scooped by Cokie Roberts can breathe easy because everybody’s going to have a leg-up on the ABC News star for at least a few weeks,” Ed Henry wrote.  Full story

January 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015 (Video)

Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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January 15, 2015

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

What a drag! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

A pioneer for minority rights for decades, Kennedy did more than just pursue legislation. When given the opportunity, he even walked a mile in a woman’s heels, as we observed in our Jan. 17, 1988, edition in HOH: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
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January 8, 2015

#tbt: ‘Vitter Dissed’ on Swearing-In Day 2009

#tbt: Vitter Dissed on Swearing In Day 2009

Vitter, still standing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

My, how things change. When the 111th Congress was sworn in six years ago, on Jan. 6, 2009, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., walked down the chamber aisle to be sworn in for her third term — sans her home-state colleague, Republican David Vitter.

HOH took note in the Jan. 7, 2009, edition of Roll Call:

“If the first day of a Congressional session really is like the first day of high school, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was totally exiled to the cafeteria losers’ table.” Full story

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