Jason Dick

When Donald Glover Met Roseanne …
Two TV shows, two moguls, and the shared anxieties of blue and red America

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What do Donald Glover’s Atlanta and Roseanne Barr’s Lanford have in common? At first glance, not a whole lot. 

Podcast: Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV
Political Theater, Episode 20

President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped up their seasons reflect the political, cultural and economic anxieties of the era of Trump, CQ Staff Writer and cultural observer Clyde McGrady tells Jason Dick in this week’s Political Theater podcast.

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No Representative in Congress? Don’t Worry, the House Clerk Has Your Back
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

The Political Turnpike Runs Through Pennsylvania
Resignations, retirements and redistricting scramble the midterm calculus

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If you’re confused about what comes next in Pennsylvania, even after this week’s primary elections set the midterm slate, don’t worry. That just means you’re paying attention. 

Podcast: Keystone Races Now Set in Keystone State
Political Theater, Episode 19

Women were big winners in Tuesday's primaries as they are poised to change the midterm dynamics in states like Nebraska and Pennsylvania, explains Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman.

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Way Out in West Virginia, the Political Vortex
The Mountain State keeps taking the stage for U.S. politics

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West Virginia occupies a unique place in the political universe. A small state, it hosts one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the midterms. But it also finds itself in the political conversation again and again. 

Podcast: Joe Manchin and the Mountain State Midterm Melee
Political Theater, Episode 18

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Ready for Her Close-up
‘People ask me, don’t you feel uncomfortable, being with a name like Notorious B.I.G.’

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“RBG,” the documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opens in theaters Friday. 

Podcast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Unlikely Pop Icon
Political Theater, Episode 17

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bona fide pop icon, perhaps strange territory for an 85-year-old, diminutive, reserved constitutional scholar. In the latest Political Theater podcast, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen speak about their documentary, “RBG,” including what it was like to be in the same theater when Ginsburg saw their movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary opens in theaters on May 4.

Special, Special, Special Elections
Gearing up for the midterms amid one special election after another

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Podcast: Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert
Political Theater, Episode 16

Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the midterm election season continues to heat up, Political Theater looks at the takeaways from this duel in the desert with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales and Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman. 

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How to Change Senate Rules, Slowly, With the 'Book of Spells'
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., made history when she brought her newborn daughter to the Senate floor to cast a vote. Changing the rule to allow that to happen took a Senate vote that set a precedent — and (eventually) a new entry in Riddick's Senate Procedure, the parliamentarian's road map for getting things done correctly....
Congress’ Ch-Ch-Changes
Retirements, resignations and deaths around the Capitol

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Congress is going through one of those times when everything seems to be changing, especially the personnel, and that’s not even counting the mounting pile of retirements and resignations among lawmakers. 

Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit
Political Theater, Episode 15

Members of Congress are the players we see on stage, but the production that is politics would go nowhere without the backstage people making up the staff, the chaplains, sergeants-at-arms, chiefs of staff and more who make sure the show goes on. Ed Pesce, the editor of CQ Senate and a former congressional staffer himself, talks about those dynamics. ...
Conor Lamb Sworn In as House Member
Democrat fills Western Pennsylvania seat previously held by Republican

Democrat Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania took his oath of office as a member of the House a little after 5:30 p.m., on Thursday.

“The essential truth of our situation is, we are all in this together. We need solidarity with each other. We need universal programs and aspirations. And we need to honor the service of our fellow citizens. I will do my level best to reach out, to find common ground, and to help this great American institution deliver the results we need and deserve,” Lamb said on the floor after being sworn in. 

Help Wanted: Must Lead GOP, Raise Money, Give Up Life
Paul Ryan knew a speaker’s job is never done, and time was short

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When the going gets tough, the tough … head back to Wisconsin to spend time with their kids in non-weekend situations.

Manchin Munchin': The Pepperoni Roll Explained
West Virginia delicacy makes its way to nation's capital -- at last

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III decamped Capitol Hill on Wednesday in search of a little slice of home, and he found it in far Northwest D.C., in the form of pepperoni rolls. But what are pepperoni rolls?

“Mmm-hmm. It’s the real thing,” the Democrat said as he bit into his state’s signature dish at Pepperoni Chic, the pop-up restaurant at 5111 Georgia Ave. NW, north of the Petworth neighborhood, as duly noted on social media. 

Daniel Akaka, Long-Serving Hawaii Senator, Dead at 93
Genial Democrat carried himself with mellow presence throughout career

For C-SPAN junkies, his was the first name called by the clerk at every Senate roll call for years: “Mr. Akaka.”

Mr. Akaka — that is, Sen. Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii — died Thursday, April 5 in the Aloha State, according to local media reports and the office of Sen. Brian Schatz