Jinitzail Hernandez

Footraces, odysseys and waning decorum
View of impeachment trial from the gallery

Coverage of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has been famously restrictive, specifically if you're trying to capture visuals in the room. 

Watch as CQ Roll Call's Griffin Connolly breaks down some of the weird, wonky and devolving atmosphere that you're not seeing on camera. 

State of the Union: Draft after draft

Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of the youngest staffers on the Clinton administration’s speech writing team.

“The good news is I was only 23 so I don’t think I realized just how overwhelmed I should have been by being in the West Wing,” said Gottheimer while showing CQ Roll Call the Clinton speech memorabilia adorning his walls.

Senate's electronic-device ban bars Parnas from chamber

Parnas’ Wednesday morning visit coincided with the first day of the trial’s question-and-answer phase and included a trip to Sen. Chuck Schumer‘s office in the Hart  building.

Parnas once intended to spend time in the Senate Visitors’ Gallery to watch part of the impeachment trial proceedings. However, Senate rules bar the use of electronic devices in the chamber and Parnas is under court order to wear a GPS tracking device.

Coronavirus transmission: Scientists need basic answers

“Our current assessment is that the immediate health risk of this new virus to the general public is low in our nation,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told a group of reporters about the coronavirus at a news conference Tuesday.

Do points of order eat up all of a committee’s time?
There are rules in the House Judiciary Committee to ensure that both parties get their allotted time

While there were a number of them in Monday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, points of order do not take up the opposing party’s time in House Judiciary committee proceedings, according to Communications Director Shadawn Reddick-Smith, and there are several rules in place to ensure that. 

The new way prosecutors are using an old act
And how it's affecting drug CEOs

As the effects of the opioid crisis are felt across the country, federal prosecutors are taking action and prosecuting CEOs of pharmaceutical companies. The Controlled Substance Act is one of their most novel weapons. 

Live: First public impeachment hearing
William Taylor and George Kent will be the first two people to testify publicly in the House impeachment inquiry

Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent will be the first two people to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Watch: With DACA on the line, protesters raise voices at Supreme Court

Arguments over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Protesters gathered before the white stone steps surrounded by major news organizations and joined by politicians and actors.

Homestead: On the front lines of the migrant children debate

The immigration debate in southern Florida is not like those of any of the other detention centers around the U.S. Homestead sits on 55-acres of land sandwiched between buildings abandoned due to hurricane damage and the Homestead Air Reserve Base. The ground is a mix of gravel and grass and locals say heavy rains hit every afternoon.

Juul's day at Oversight and Reform

"As a parent of three young kids myself... I was shocked to hear Juul had access to children without teachers or administrators and without parental permission," said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi during the hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing was meant to examine Juul's role in the youth nicotine epidemic.

I.C.E, C.B.P. and O.R.R. What's the difference, explained

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Office of Refugee Resettlement have been at the epicenter of the border debate and reports of grisly conditions continue to surface.

Blockchain Caucus co-chair: Ease up on Facebook's Libra

Rep. David Schweikert, co-chair of the Blockchain Caucus, warns that members of Congress may be letting their "disdain for Facebook" cloud their judgement on what he says is an opportunity....
Immigrant raids could lead to more family separations
CQ on Congress, Episode 161

The Trump administration says it will round up undocumented immigrants who have missed a court date in an effort to deter others migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. But raids could exacerbate family separations, report CQ Roll Call’s Tanvi Misra and Jinitzail Hernandez, who just returned from visiting one of the largest migrant detention centers in Homestead, Fla., where the government is holding 2,000 teenage immigrants.

The mountains between Congress and modernization

Time is running out for the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to find bipartisan consensus on a variety of issues.

Watch: Meadows, Cummings get in fiery exchange over Kellyanne Conway Hatch Act subpoena

During a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Elijah E. Cummin...
Bracing for impact: Is the military climate-ready?

When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, it rolled right over the top of Tyndall Air Force Base, damaging nearly every single structure on the base and decimating much of the surrounding area.

Politics aside, everyone hates burpees

It's 7 a.m. on a Wednesday and the sun isn't even warm yet. Do you know where your congressman is? He might be working out outside Longworth while Rep. Markwayne Mullin makes fun of him.