Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
April 25, 2015

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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April 13, 2015

Capitol Lens: Cloudy With a Chance of Dirt Clods

Heavy machinery dumps dirt on the National Mall near Seventh Street on April 9 as part of a restoration project that includes installing more durable grass and improving soil drainage. The project is expected to be completed by January 2017.

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March 4, 2015

‘When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own’

I am not a morning person. It’s 5 a.m., my alarm is blaring at some random interstate-exit hotel near Montgomery, Ala., and all I want to do is go back to sleep. But I really want to get some beauty shots of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the town of Selma bathed in sunrise light for our coverage of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

Edmund Pettus Bridge

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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