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August 30, 2015

July 15, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: Joke’s on Newt

 

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Republicans’ new majority closed in on its first 100 days in power, Speaker Newt Gingrich’s colleagues arranged an April Fools’ antic during the April 4, 1995, GOP conference meeting. Chris Farley, who impersonated Gingrich on “Saturday Night Live,” burst into the room in a full Gingrich get-up. According to an Associated Press report at the time, Farley announced his own “Contract With America,” which included a bill declaring “all Democrats officially weird, changing the song ‘Hail to the Chief’ to ‘Hail to the Speaker’ and moving the Capitol to Atlanta.”

 

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July 7, 2015

Behind the Photo: I-Day

By Al Drago

Al Drago/CQ Roll Call

Al Drago/CQ Roll Call

On July 1 I woke up before the sun and headed to Annapolis for one of my favorite assignments to shoot: The Naval Academy Induction Day. Also known as “I-Day,” parents drop off their kids and say their goodbyes for the next six weeks. During these weeks the new students, known as “plebes,” will learn all the ins and outs of the Navy, the Academy, and what is expected of them for the next four years.

On Induction Day, plebes have their heads shaved, new uniforms issued and get their first taste of a superior yelling (read “commanding”) over them. By the end of the day, the plebes literally look different and are ready to begin their Navy careers.

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June 24, 2015

Hot Enough for You?

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As Capitol Hill endures the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how cold it can get here in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s why we’re amused by this archive photo from February 1958 of Capitol Police Sgt. G. Pendley standing in 18 inches of snow on the Capitol grounds. Perhaps unamused, he holds the previous day’s newspaper predicting a mere 3 inches of snowfall. Note the lines marked to crop the photo and help Roll Call’s layout staff as they were physically putting the newspaper together. You can see the end result below.

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May 31, 2015

Photos: Beau Biden Through the Years

Beau Biden, the 46-year-old son of the vice president, died Saturday following a fight with brain cancer.

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May 21, 2015

Man on the Run

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, nears the finish line on the 3-mile ACLI Capital Challenge race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Runners from Capitol Hill and beyond descended Wednesday morning on the banks of the Anacostia River for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge.

On a surprisingly cool day, members of Congress and the executive branch were joined in the 3-mile run at Anacostia Park by their staff, private industry and representatives from the Fourth Estate, including a number of CQ Roll Callers.

Read more about the race at Heard on the Hill.

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May 18, 2015

Capitol Lens: Darling Ducks

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If you need some cute to start your week, Photo Editor Bill Clark captured these 2-day-old ducklings in Lower Senate Park on May 14. The 10 ducklings swam in the pool and walked across the plaza trying to keep up with their mother.

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

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

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May 13, 2015

How to Get a Front-Page Photo (Video)

Sometimes capturing just the right moment requires you to move fast. Roll Call Photographer Tom Williams had only a few seconds to capture the hesitant Faye, a potbelly pig, avoiding a selfie attempt by Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

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Capitol Lens: Front and Center

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, center, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow listen to testimony during a May 7 hearing on child nutrition programs.

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May 12, 2015

Capitol Lens: Remember

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Capitol Police chief Kim Dine salutes after U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Clinton J Holz’s mother places a flower in Holz’s memory during the Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service outside of DC Police headquarters on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Standing before the Henry J. Daly Metropolitan Police Headquarters — so named for a slain officer — police officers remembered another one of their own Monday, Sgt. Clinton Holtz, a 6-foot-11-inch Capitol Police sergeant with a lot of friends and a lot of nicknames.

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May 8, 2015

Capitol Lens: V-E Day

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WWII veteran Les Jones of San Clemente, Calif., and Army Spec. Tyler Amaker attend the flyover Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Photo Editor Bill Clark and Staff Photographer Tom Williams attended the Arsenal of Democracy flyover Friday and captured some stunning moments.

Many veterans from WWII were on the Mall to watch the commemorative event. According to the organizing group, the flyover included dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historical warbird formations representing the major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan.

Williams, looking to get IDs for captioning asked one feisty veteran his age. “None of your business,” the vet replied.

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