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Brian McGill

Brian McGill is the Senior Graphics Editor at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, McGill worked as a senior news artist at The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla. and a graphic artist at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.
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200 Years Ago Today Washington Was On Fire

August 25, 2014 Washingtonians' August tradition of abandoning their city for more pleasant surroundings is nothing new; it's nearly as old as the Capitol itself. But 200 years ago, it wasn't because of the weather that nearly every resident fled, including President Madison. It was because of an invading British army. During the...

The Real Reason You Can’t Text 911

August 8, 2014 Imagine there is an intruder in your home. You are hiding under the bed. You have your cell phone. Dialing 911 might give away your hiding place, so you decide to send a text message. You better hope you live in Vermont, Maine, or one among the handful of counties...

The Real Reason You Can’t Text 911

August 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine there is an intruder in your home. You are hiding under the bed. You have your cell phone. Dialing 911 might give away your hiding place, so you decide to send a text message. You better hope you live in Vermont, Maine, or one among the handful of counties...

Is the Military Underrepresented Among Top Administration Officials?

July 23, 2013 While the military is composed of a smaller segment of the American population than any other time in history, so too, within the ranks of Obama's top Decision Makers, the percentage of those with military service is decreasing. In the first term, 12 percent of top officials surveyed by National...

Obama's Top Officials Are Getting Grayer

July 22, 2013 It's not just the president who is visibly older than he was when he took office in 2008. According to demographic data from National Journal's Decision Makers report, his underlings have aged as well. It actually may be something of a myth that presidents and people in high-stress jobs age...

Is the Military Underrepresented Among Top Administration Officials?

July 22, 2013 While the military is composed of a smaller segment of the American population than any other time in history, so too, within the ranks of Obama's top Decision Makers, the percentage of those with military service is decreasing. In the first term, 12 percent of top officials surveyed by National...

White Males Are a Minority Among Top Obama Administration Officials

July 19, 2013 While President Obama has been criticized for not choosing a diverse enough Cabinet for his second term, his extended administration just might be the most diverse of all time. Though, considering history, that might not be saying much. When National Journal conducted its Decision Makers survey in 2001, 59 percent...

More Top Obama Officials Have Graduate Degrees From Oxford Than Any Public U.S. University

July 19, 2013 The 250 administration officials National Journal has selected as its 2013 "Decision Makers" are an elite group. That's not too surprising. Four years ago, when we conducted a similar survey, the most common undergraduate and graduate school for administration officials was Harvard. This year, the findings are similar. As seen...

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