Thomas McKinless

Watch: Suspicious substance investigated outside Schiff’s office

Capitol Police closed off the hallway outside Rep. Adam B. Schiff’s office Thursday due to reports of a suspicious substance. The media was kept from app...
Watch: Romney to vote to convict Trump
The Utah Republican is the first to break ranks

In an emotional floor speech, Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said he would break with his party and vote to convict Trump. The vote makes him the first person in U.S. history to vote to convict a member of his own party in an impeachment trial of a president.

Strong, hateful and inspiring? — Lawmakers react to State of the Union in 3 words

How can you distill an hourlong speech into just three words? Use a whiteboard. Roll Call asked lawmakers to scribble their reactions to President Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address. Check out the video to see what three words Reps. Kevin Brady,
Happy Birthday, Mr. Chief Justice: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 27, 2020

“I’m sure this is exactly how you planned to celebrate,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said to birthday boy John G. Roberts Jr., the chief justice, as another week of the Senate impeachment trial got underway. While the Senate squabbled over calling witnesses, Rep. Read more...
How can a cookie sway the democratic process? The Iowa caucuses explained

Iowa is a state of ample charms. It’s also the center of the political universe with its first-in-the-nation caucuses. Roll Call Deputy Editor Jason Dick explains how a sugary act of bargaining as the 2016 caucus unfolded in Des Moines went down — and how the kooky-cookie-kickback exemplifies the neighborly vibe of the democratic process there....
Watch: Roll Call is tired of Congress’ weak sports bets
Clyde McGrady has had enough

Heard on the Hill’s Clyde McGrady has seen it all when it comes to members making “friendly wagers” for big championship games, like Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Read more...
Pelosi signs articles of impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening. The articles were then taken across the Capitol to the Senate....
Pelosi announces impeachment managers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday morning that Reps. Adam B. Schiff and Jerrold Nadler would be among the managers for the Senate impeachment trial.

Watch: Capitol Police are ‘West Wing’ fans, too
What’s next? President Bartlet is on the Hill

Forgive our lawmakers for falling short: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 6, 2020

In closing out the first session of the 116th Congress at the beginning of 2020, House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy asked for “forgiveness” when “the efforts of this Congress have fallen short.” If that’s any indication of what’s to come for the rest of 2020, we’re in for a long year....
Trump to Lee: Other people called it ‘best presentation they’ve ever seen’

President Donald Trump disagreed with GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s comments that Wednesday’s Iran briefing was the worst briefing he’d ever seen on a military issue.

What the heck is franking and why did Dan Newhouse get a wrestling belt for it?

How do you make franking (member-directed taxpayer-funded mass mailing) fun? Make it a competition where the prize is an enormous championship wrestling belt. House GOP lawmakers held a franking “contest” to see who could increase their outreach to constituents the most. Rep Rodney Dav...
Weather cam: D.C.’s first snowfall of 2020

Washington had its first snowfall of the year Tuesday. Although the Office of Personnel Management ordered federal government employees in the district to leave work by 1 p.m., Congress remained in session. Here’s a look at the Capitol as the snow fell....
Protesters and police in disarray amid anti-Trump demonstrations

Demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump and the prospect of war in Iran occupied the Hart Senate Office building Monday. Active protests are prohibited in the Senate office buildings, but demonstrators maintained that they would work within those limitations by not chanting or waving signs, occasionally invoking the ire of Capitol Police but not the handcuffs....
Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2019
It’s been quite a year

It’s been a long year on Capitol Hill. As we head into 2020 for a bruising election season, a looming Senate impeachment trial and continued partisan standoffs, Hits and Misses looks back at Congress’ best and worst moments from 2019.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Impeachment edition
The House voted Wednesday to adopt two articles, setting up expected Senate trial

Democrats have repeatedly referred to the impeachment of President Donald Trump as a “solemn” occasion. But the months (and years) leading up to the historic moment Wednesday have been marked with Congress’ usual antics, from taunting the attorney general with a chicken to comparing the president to Jesus....