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April 28, 2015

April 27, 2015

Capitol Lens: Rep. Bruce Alger, 1918-2015

Alger, middle, poses with his daughter and her friends on the Capitol steps in 1964. (Roll Call File Photo)

Alger, middle, poses with his daughter and her friends on the Capitol steps in 1964. (Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bruce Alger, R-Texas, made no bones about how much he disliked Washington, D.C. The take-no-prisoners congressman (He led a confrontational protest in Dallas against a 1960 campaign visit by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson that Richard Nixon said likely cost him the election.), died on April 13, the Washington Post reported.

But Alger thought enough of the Capitol to pose for a picture for the June 18, 1964, edition of Roll Call with his daughter and a couple of her friends. From the caption: “Rep. Bruce Alger (Tex) smiles, and who can blame him. Daughter Jill (center) brought Texas friends Fran Wehler and Jean Snipes to Hill for a visit.”

Alger was first elected in 1954 and lost re-election in 1964. Full story

Capitol Lens: Like Father, Like Daughter

Eloisa hangs out in the Capitol's Senate Press Photographers Gallery. Her father, Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images, appears in the background. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Eloisa hangs out in the Capitol’s Senate Press Photographers Gallery. Her father, Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images, appears in the background. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 

Eloisa Somodevilla, 8, of Takoma Park, Md., in the photo below works with news photographers on April 23 during a news conference in the Capitol’s Senate Studio on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.

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April 23, 2015

Capitol Lens: #MURICA

 

Eric Heigis, left, from the office of Rep. Thomas Massie, takes a selfie Wednesday with Christian Knatt of the American Eagle Foundation and Challenger, a 26-year-old bald eagle. Challenger and members of the foundation were on the Hill to promote the creation of an American Eagle Day, which would fall on June 20.

 

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April 22, 2015

Capitol Lens: Honey, I Blew Up the Tulips

Red tulips on the West Lawn of the Capitol frame the Dome on Monday.

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April 20, 2015

Sen. Robert Griffin, 1923-2015

Griffin with Julie Ann Hamilton, 1968 Michigan National Cherry Queen. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Griffin with Hamilton, 1968 Michigan National Cherry Queen. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Sen. Robert Griffin died on April 17, much of the news coverage that followed focused on his filibuster against the nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice of the United States and his political alliance with Gerald Ford, a fellow Michigan Republican who rose through the House ranks to become minority leader, vice president and eventually president after Richard M. Nixon resigned.

Lost in the ether, perhaps, was the Griffin who was an indefatigable partisan for his home of Traverse City, Mich., particularly its signature event, the National Cherry Festival. Full story

Capitol Lens: What’s Up Doc (Fix)?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on April 16, after a signing ceremony in the Capitol’s Rayburn Room for a bipartisan bill to “strengthen Medicare and fix its payment formula for doctors.”

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April 16, 2015

From Selma to the Capitol Steps

Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon whose experiences fighting for racial equality are being chronicled in a series of graphic novels, recounts his experience in Selma, Ala., Wednesday to a group of students gathered on the House steps. Explore our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montogmery, Ala., from Photo Editor Bill Clark and Hill Life Editor Jason Dick.

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April 15, 2015

Capitol Lens: Staring Contest

From left, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin conduct a news conference Tuesday in the Capitol’s Ohio Clock Corridor after the Senate policy luncheons.

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April 14, 2015

Why You Want News Photographers to Roam Free at Political Events

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300)One of the most important assets a news photographer has is the ability to move. Even a few inches can make the difference in having a clean background for your shot. You want to be able to look at as many angles as possible and determine where you need to be to make the best picture. Most of the time you can make a good guess, but it is always a good idea to take a spin around the venue to rule out other vantage points.

When covering news events where there is a lot of media interest, photographers are at the mercy of organizers giving them access to roam around and get good art. Two of my recent assignments — one in Boston and one in Virginia — demonstrated how some event officials have very different views on how to handle photographers.

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Capitol Lens: Reflections of Spring

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Jefferson Memorial is reflected in the Tidal Basin as the cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom at sunrise Sunday. See more photos on Pages 3 and 16 of today’s Roll Call. According to Photo Editor Bill Clark, the Tidal Basin was packed with photographers and tourists at sunrise.

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