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March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, ‘Where do you put the pool table?’ So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

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Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate GOP aide alerted press that because of the ongoing floor action, a planned open executive session was being downgraded to an off-the-record huddle within the chamber.

“Because of the location and limited space for this meeting, the proceedings will only be accessible to people with floor privileges,” staff warned via email.

Per a committee spokesman, the procedural audible caused some reporters, including CQ Roll Call scribe Niels Lesniewski, to raise a red flag. Full story

Schocked, Schocked That Coffee Is on House Floor (Video)

Schocked, Schocked That Coffee Is on House Floor (Video)

We’re Schocked, Schocked he brought coffee on the floor. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Aaron Schock, whose resignation officially takes effect on March 31, may be leaving Congress, but not before breaking just one more House rule: Schock brought coffee to the House chamber Thursday.

The Illinois Republican was on the floor following his final vote to deliver a farewell speech. And as he waited, Schock found all sorts of ways to commemorate his departure. He shook hands with a number of members. He had one last back-patting hug with fellow Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, one last exploding fist bump with Wisconsin Republican Sean P. Duffy. In another violation of House rules, Schock also took a pic with his congressional buds Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., — or, rather, Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., took it for him. Full story

Congress Losing Another Constituency

Attention, Congress. You lost the approval of the American public a long time ago, but you’re in danger of losing a key part of your base: Washington think tanks.

“This is the first time we’ve branched out beyond Washington,” Maxmillian Angerholzer III, president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress said as his organization feted its 2015 Publius Award winners, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Full story

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

Richmond, left, looks to pass to one of his teammates. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”

The game announcer summed up the electricity in the Gonzaga College High School gymnasium Wednesday night as the Home Court Charity Basketball Game went into a second overtime. “Hill’s Angels,” made up of members of Congress and staffers, were tied with Georgetown faculty aka the “Hoya Lawyas,” at 41 points a piece. Next basket would win. Full story

Lawmakers Show Off Blades of Glory

Lawmakers Show Off Blades of Glory

From left, Katko, Brown, Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen helped put the Lawmakers over the top. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BALLSTON, Va. — Canadians and Minnesotans are some of the nicest people you can meet — unless they have a hockey stick in their hands.

The evidence was apparent at Wednesday night’s 7th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge. The Lawmakers and Lobbyists came into the contest tied with three challenge wins each. The Lawmakers took back the title Wednesday here at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, winning 3-2. It was in no small part thanks to the Northerners, newbies, and a little Led Zeppelin. Full story

#tbt Trivia: Strange Mailings Edition

#tbt Trivia: Strange Mailings Edition

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60 and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Miss the previous iterations? Find them here and here and here.

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March 25, 2015

Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video)

Updated 5:02 p.m. | Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

Congresswoman Demonstrates Worst Parking Job Ever (Video)

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“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one mystified observer — who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty — said as the video was being captured. The tipster said Norton rubbed the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled silver sedan. Full story

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

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The tea party favorite might be the first far-right candidate to officially call dibs on moving into the Oval Office post-44, but as Web watchers were quick to point out, he’s way behind the curve when it comes to staking out online positions.

“Note to self, buy domain name before running for President #YouCruzYouLose,” instapundit Chris Weidel, who redirected social media users to the pre-occupied TedCruz.Com site, ribbed the Texas Republican Senator on Twitter. Full story

March 24, 2015

Overheard: The Ghosts of GOP Past

“I decided in my old age I’m going to haunt the Senate, so here I am.”

— Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., discussing his curious retirement plans while hanging with senators and former Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., just outside the other chamber. Full story

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

Scalise, measuring a possible whip? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When the House Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good.

These might not be the actual words to the infamous 1980 masterpiece by Devo, but GOP Reps. Steve Scalise and Patrick T. McHenry are welcome to borrow from HOH’s mediocre parody lyrics when touting their new fundraising operation, which is named for the song’s seminal refrain. Full story

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

Smith is on the DL after hip surgery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam Smith is recovering from his second hip surgery, placing the Washington Democrat on the disabled list for the upcoming 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Smith’s spokesman confirmed Monday that the congressman had hip replacement surgery on March 18 in Seattle. The surgery was Smith’s second to alleviate his hip injuries. He previously had surgery on his other hip to completely reshape it due to torn cartilage. Smith suffers from bone spurs, bone growth in the wrong places and loose cartilage. “It’s disappointing,” Smith told HOH in January, amid speculation he would sit out this year’s game, “but at this point I’m looking forward to just being able to walk.” Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

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Richest Man in Congress Knows His Soda Bargains

Richest Man in Congress Knows His Soda Bargains

Issa mixes with reporters to find affordable soda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa may be worth at least $357 million, but he apparently knows where to find the cheapest sodas on Capitol Hill.

On Monday evening, Issa came strolling through the House Press Gallery — sporting a goatee, HOH noticed — and revealed that, despite his Scrooge McDuck-level of wealth, he keeps it real in at least one regard.

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By Matt Fuller Posted at 11 a.m.
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Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

Kilmer. Big “Star Wars” fan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., discusses his “Star Wars” obsession, the pros and cons of winning a jalapeño eating contest, and teleportation.

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