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Always Ready for the Recount

atr.rollcall.com — As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator's attorneys. On that day, more than five years ago, standing alongside his two Franken campaign co-counsels was Marc Elias, the Democrats' go-to attorney.
Oct 31, 2014

"Election Day is a lot more sitting around and waiting than ppl think” @rollcall on Senate Dems' super lawyer bit.ly/1zRI5zV

Oct 31, 2014

RT @STetreaultDC: Probs on Election Day, who are Dems gonna call? This guy. @kyletrygstad: ow.ly/DCijn #lvrj

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Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl

hoh.rollcall.com — Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown. During a recent sit-down with " Bills and Brews," the Northern Virginia Democrat shared his take on what transpired after he and former Rep.

The 2014 Elections Guide to Recount Rules

atr.rollcall.com — After the polls close Tuesday, it's likely at least a handful of House and Senate races will be too close to call. What would happen next for these tight contests? In most cases, once all the votes are collected and counted, it's a pesky procedure that keeps candidates and canvassers up at night for days or weeks: the recount.
Oct 31, 2014

Every cycle we've published a recount guide there hasn't been one (since '08). You're welcome. roll.cl/1tlINRn

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Rogers Begins Work on Possible Lame Duck Omnibus

rollcall.com — Away from the din of the campaign, House and Senate appropriations staffers are quietly laying the groundwork for an ambitious wrap-up spending package in the lame duck. The push is coming in part from Republican leaders, who are making the case that they want to clear the decks for the 114th Congress and the prospect of Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell becoming Senate majority leader.

Democrat Wants Elizabeth Warren, Not Harry Reid, as Leader

blogs.rollcall.com — Democratic South Dakota Senate candidate Rick Weiland ramped up his effort to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Friday kicking off a campaign to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., or anyone else to challenge Reid.
Oct 31, 2014

RT #WGDB" href="http://twitter.com/wgdb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@wgdb: Democrat Wants Elizabeth Warren to Dethrone Harry Reid as Leader (Updated) roll.cl/1nWTclZ via #WGDB

Oct 31, 2014

RT @StevenTDennis: Wherein Harry Reid's spokesman says Rick Weiland is ending his brief political career in desperation blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/rick-weil… #SDSEN

Oct 31, 2014

RT @StevenTDennis: Wherein Harry Reid's spokesman says Rick Weiland is ending his brief political career in desperation blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/rick-weil… #SDSEN

Oct 31, 2014

Wherein Harry Reid's spokesman says Rick Weiland is ending his brief political career in desperation blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/rick-weil… #SDSEN

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What Mary Landrieu and Vance McAllister Have in Common

atr.rollcall.com — Vulnerable Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and embattled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, also known as the " Kissing Congressman," have something in common on Election Day. Though on opposite sites of of the aisle, the two Pelican State incumbents are fighting for their political lives Tuesday.
Oct 31, 2014

How Mary Landrieu and the "Kissing Congressman’s" fates are tied on Tuesday roll.cl/1u192On #LAsen #LA05

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CahnEmily: What Mary Landrieu and the Kissing Congressman have in common: bit.ly/108d2Q2

Oct 31, 2014

What Mary Landrieu and the Kissing Congressman have in common: bit.ly/108d2Q2

Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

blogs.rollcall.com — President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row. In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.
Oct 31, 2014

President Obama could have dubious distinction of racking up historic midterm losses, @StuPolitics reports. bit.ly/1wKM23Y

Oct 31, 2014

about 100 in and yuck RT @shiracenter: Bless @Cam_RollCall, who is sorting through 6,000 comments on this story roll.cl/1tlBo4F

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George Clinton Book Signings in D.C.

hoh.rollcall.com — Singer, bandleader and newly minted author George Clinton is scheduled to crisscross Chocolate City over the next few days, starting with an under-the-radar trip to the Library of Congress.

Among Lowest in Decades Ahead of Midterms

blogs.rollcall.com — President Barack Obama's approval rating in the Gallup poll ranks near the lowest of any recent president ahead of a midterm election - narrowly topping George W. Bush's rating in 2006, when Democrats swept into power.

Secret Service Director Terrance Gainer?

blogs.rollcall.com — Is the Capitol's former top cop the best pick to replace former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson? The world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers thinks so. On Thursday, Fraternal Order of Police National President Chuck Canterbury sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking him to tap Terrance W.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @rollcall: Could former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Gainer be the next Secret Service director? roll.cl/1zPiO9y

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ha_nah_nah: Is Capitol’s former top cop the best pick to replace Pierson? Fraternal Order of Police thinks so. blogs.rollcall.com/hill-blotter/g…

Oct 30, 2014

“rank-and-file officers know that Terry will do right by them" FOP pitches Gainer as next USSS director blogs.rollcall.com/hill-blotter/g…

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Five By Five Friday Q&A: Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council, Part One

blogs.rollcall.com — According to a recently published story, a high-ranking Obama administration official declared an Iran nuclear deal his top second term priority, on par with the push for a health care overhaul in his first term.

Weekly Recap: Obama National Security Team in Turmoil, ISIS Fight Rolls On

blogs.rollcall.com — It was an eventful week before the midterm elections, both around the globe and within the United States' borders. Here's some of what we covered, and some of what you might have missed elsewhere. Important. We wrote about how ISIS continues to evolve as an organization, as well as how the cost of the war against the group is rising.
Oct 31, 2014

Weekly Recap: Obama National Security Team in Turmoil, ISIS Fight Rolls On cqnow.co/1wNHCcx @rollcall @cqnow

A Look Back: Threats to Aviation, Violent Passengers & the Gasoline Tax

blogs.rollcall.com — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) aviation security conference in Washington this week offered insights on the "insider" threat to aviation from people who work for airlines, airports, contractors, and vendors. James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, launched the conference by sounding the alarm about the insider threat and aviation security experts then filled in the details of past and present insider risks.
Oct 31, 2014

Our stories this week: insider threats to aviation, violent passengers, & gasoline tax as N.H. election issue @CQNow cqnow.co/1u1LOaQ

Gloria Negrete McLeod Would Prefer County Supervisor Job Over Congress

blogs.rollcall.com — LOS ANGELES - Washington's lousy with politicians who decry the city's endless cycle of partisan sniping, gridlock and dysfunction. Still, every election, there they are, fighting for one more term - unwilling to leave the nation's capital even when they lose. But that's not Gloria Negrete McLeod.

The Three Types of Political Halloween Costumes

blogs.rollcall.com — Since Ebola entered U.S. borders, the disease has sparked fear, galvanized policy discussions and, unfortunately, inspired Halloween costumes. Hazmat suits have been reportedly flying off the shelves at Halloween stores, while there are even rumors of a " sexy Ebola containment suit " costume.
Oct 31, 2014

Wanna know where "sexy Ebola hazmat suit" falls in the 3 types of political Halloween costumes (besides AWFUL)? blogs.rollcall.com/healthopolis/t…

Friday Q & A With Todd Spencer of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers

blogs.rollcall.com — This week, Todd Spencer, the executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which represents 150,000 truckers, gave us his views on federal regulation of the industry. We started by talking about last week's National Transportation Safety Board report on the collision between a trucker and a CSX train at a grade crossing in Rosedale, Md., on May 28, 2013.
Oct 31, 2014

"is it prudent to be having trains pulling hazardous cargoes across unmarked crossings?"-Todd Spencer, OOIDA | @CQNow cqnow.co/1xIqBRf

Oct 31, 2014

Our Friday Q & A with Todd Spencer of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers, part one @CQNow cqnow.co/1xIqBRf

Join CQ Roll Call for Election Results and Analysis

blogs.rollcall.com — For those who have been immersed in the midterm campaign since its inception, the suspense in the final hundred hours is particularly intense. But even for people with only a passing (or late-blooming) interest, the wait for Election Day is starting to get acute.

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blogs.rollcall.com — Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime
Oct 31, 2014

Part one of a chat with @jabdi of @NIACouncil about Iran nuclear negotiations: cqnow.co/1s0LJ1t Part two coming Monday. @CQnow

Oct 31, 2014

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Jamal Abdi (@jabdi) National Iranian American Council, Part One cqnow.co/1s0LJ1t @rollcall @cqnow

Congressional Staff Organizations on Capitol Hill

blogs.rollcall.com — Remember that time your closest friends were just down the hall from you? You could meet in the cafeteria for lunch, or grab a drink together at the end of the day at a local bar? Is this college? Not necessarily.
Oct 31, 2014

Congressional Staff Organizations: Just Like College, Right? wp.me/p3xGtb-ow