Sara Wise

4 charts explain post-shutdown public opinion
Nancy Pelosi approval rises but so does her disapproval

Public opinion of Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears on the rise heading into next week’s State of the Union address.

Since the midterms and throughout the longest government shutdown in history, Pelosi’s approval rating jumped 17 points to 34 percent, according to a poll released Monday from Monmouth University. The jump in her overall approval is thanks mostly to support from Democrats. Among those respondents, the survey found a huge leap from 16 to 68 percent between January and November 2018.

Ryan, McConnell and Pence Honor McCain at the Capitol

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence shared memories of John McCain from the Capitol Rotunda where the senator will lie in state before his funeral Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral....
Timeline: Paul Ryan's Two Decades as a Lawmaker
A look back at his career and speakership

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election this fall, bringing his two-decade career in the House of Representatives to an end in 2019. Here’s a look at what Ryan is leaving to the history books.

Nov. 1998: Ryan is first elected to the House with 57 percent of the district’s vote.

The State of the Union in Trump's Words: American, Great and Tax
Analysis of how his speech stacks up to his past big addresses

During his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump continued the nationalist theme he emphasized during his campaign, mentioning America or some variation 79 times. His other top mentions were the words “great” (26 times) and “tax” (15 times).

Here’s a look at the topics that Trump covered and how his use of certain words compares to his previous major speeches as a president and a candidate, and to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union in 2016.

Trump’s DACA Flip-Flops: A Timeline
A look at the president's varied opinions ahead of his first State of the Union address

Since launching his presidential campaign in 2015, President Donald Trump has gone back and forth on his opinion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

The waffling even contributed to a federal government shutdown earlier this month. Both parties in Congress are scrambling to find a compromise to maintain the program ahead of an early March deadline that could result in recipients’ deportation if no solution is reached.

The Many Ways to Draw a Gerrymander
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings: wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

There’s a constitutional limit to partisanship in election mapmaking, courts have ruled in four states – including Pennsylvania this week. How does the process work to make one state disproportionately blue or red? Senior editor David Hawkings explains while trying his hand at the dark art of political cartography....
Fleischmann Talks Friends and Phone on His Walk to Work

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., walks to his office in Rayburn every morning. Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano walked alongside him one morning last week as he talked about finding friends in D.C. and what he uses his time on his walks for....
Summing Up 2017 With 17 Graphics
Roll Call’s data reporters spent the year breaking down the breaking news

After one of the most politically charged presidential campaigns in many Americans’ lifetimes, a new administration swept into town at the beginning of 2017, and the Roll Call graphics team got to work reporting, investigating and explaining the new Washington.

As we all close the books on 2017, Roll Call dug through our work and put together a year in review, starting at the beginning:

47 Images of the Wild Ride That Was 2017 in Congress
The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

With 2017 coming to a close, Roll Call sorted through its photo archive for some of our best images of the year.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Two Bills Become One Law

Members of the House and Senate will be going to conference committee to iron out the many differences between the two chambers’ tax bills. However, this means of hashing things out is divergent from the norm. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains the various means Congress has used to reconcile disagreements between House and Senate versions of a bill....
Primary Primer: Your Guide to the 2018 Midterms
Roll Call Decoder 

Election Day 2018 — when the question of which party will control Congress — is one year out on Nov. 6. While midterm elections don’t get as many voters or as much media attention as presidential ones, these congressional races are important too. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings has a reminder on how these biennial elections work....
Photos of the Week: Costumed Dogs and Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
The week of Oct. 30 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

A busy Halloween day brought a parade of dogs as well as representatives of Twitter, Facebook and Google to the Capitol on Tuesday.

A North Korean defector joined a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. And Thursday, the Republican tax overhaul proposal was unveiled.

Search For Where All 533 Members of Congress Stand on Bump Stocks
Legislation comes to a halt along partisan lines

Updated Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m. | In the wake of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting — the deadliest in U.S. history — lawmakers from both parties were quick to call for a review of the bump stock attachments found on 12 of the rifles in the gunman's hotel room.

Most lawmakers have signaled they support more strictly regulating the devices. But GOP and Democratic leaders diverge on whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already has the authority under current gun laws to regulate them.

What’s Congress’ Role in the Russia Investigation? One Senator Explains

Before eating lunch at Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse near Capitol Hill, Maine Sen. Angus King broke down the major points of the ongoing Russia investigation for Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski. ...
The Status of Guns in the U.S. — in 3 Charts
At least 58 killed in Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting

A gunman began firing on Sunday in Las Vegas on a country music festival. At publication time, at least 58 people were dead and over 500 were estimated to be injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Here’s a series of charts depicting the status of guns in America:

Three Things to Watch This SCOTUS Session

With the nation’s highest court gearing up for its first full session in two years with nine justices, they’re taking on bigger and more politically charged cases. CQ Legal Affairs reporter Todd Ruger has a look ahead to the court’s session and the big themes he’ll be watching as the year gets underway....