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October 7, 2015

October 6, 2015

Team Hurt Blanks on Planned Parenthood Response

Aides to Virginia Republican Robert Hurt recently pulled out the official stationary and added the boss’s autopen-crafted signature to a form letter meant to outline the three-term lawmaker’s stance on Planned Parenthood. Full story

Reid: ‘I Feel Bad’ About the Matt Williams Firing

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, left and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hang out at Nationals Park last year shortly after Harper's call up to the majors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Reid with Harper at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was measured Monday in lamenting the tough season for the Washington Nationals that led to the firing of the entire coaching staff.

Manager Matt Williams and his staff were let go Monday, one day after the end of a regular season that saw the team finish with an 83-79 record, miss the playoffs and fall well short of their World Series aspirations.

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October 5, 2015

Ben Cardin, Mike Castle Merge Into One

Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin marked his 72nd birthday Monday by incorporating himself into where the rubber officially meets the recreational road along the Easter Shore.

The Democrat participated in the christening of the Ben Cardin Trail, a newly completed 1.8-mile strip of asphalt extending the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Trail into Maryland. Full story

Flashback: Jason Chaffetz Eats a Burger (Video)

Chaffetz samples a cheeseburger from a House vending machine in 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chaffetz samples a cheeseburger from a House vending machine in 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the speaker race heating up on Capitol Hill, Heard on the Hill is reminded this week of one candidate’s lesser-known skill: taste-tester extraordinaire.

Amid “burgeoning” burger options on Capitol Hill in early 2010, HOH set off to investigate how a new vending machine offering compared to all the rest.

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John McCain to Match Wits With the Real Stephen Colbert

Arizona Republican John McCain is scheduled Monday to swing by the new Late Show to have some laughs with former faux-conservative firebrand Stephen Colbert.

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Randy Hultgren Keeps His Eye on Government Prizes

Reps. Randy Hultgren and Daniel Lipinski are hoping innovation-minded colleagues will join them Tuesday in celebrating the type of forward thinking that cold hard cash tends to inspire.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:42 p.m.
Reps, Techie

The Freedom Caucus Chronicles | Madisonville


Somewhere secret on Capitol Hill, the House Freedom Caucus meets to discuss the House Republican leadership elections.

Sen. Ted Cruz: This group of resolute men gathers to light a torch in the darkness. Standing sentry at the door are two American bald eagles, Freedom and Caucus, the tethered reminders of the liberty hobbled so casually, even callously, by the nearby Congress.

Rep. Jim Jordan: Thank you, Sen. Cruz.  We’d like to get started. As usual, you remind us of the dramatic time we live in. We’re here to plan strategy for the leadership elections.

Cruz: Much time has passed since these stalwarts brought down the tyrant John A. Boehner. The country languishes in the vacuum that followed. Small-minded men strive to fill it. Full story

Word of the Week: Leadership, The

Leadership, the. Collective term used by Congress to refer to its officers and ranking committee members. The term has a certain vagueness, however, that was addressed by Rep. Jerry Voorhis (D-Calif.) in his book Confessions of a Congressman:

‘The Leadership’ is a term constantly used in conversation among House members. It can mean Speaker alone or the Speaker and the majority leader, or those two gentlemen plus their unofficial advisers among the older members. No one ever knows, without asking, just what ‘the leadership’ does mean.

“Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield’s comment on the term was ‘The leadership has no special powers to lead’ — alluding to the fact that certain individuals like Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson created their own ‘powers to lead.'”

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy.


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October 2, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 28, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepped for Hurricane Joaquin by breaking out selfie sticks, creating “slush funds” and laughing at drivers stuck in traffic.

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Richard Hudson Brands Firstborn With Familiar Moniker

North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson officially welcomed son Richard Lane Hudson III into the fold Tuesday.

(Courtesy Richard Hudson)

(Courtesy Richard Hudson)

Per a birth announcement shared on social media, the latest addition to Team Hudson arrived on Sept. 29, just seconds shy of midnight. Full story

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

Members of Congress, Staff Tee Off to Remember Chip Kennett

Kennett with his wife, Sheila, in Nov. 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kennett and wife Sheila in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress, current and former staffers are among the honorary host and tournament committees of The Chip Kennett Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va.

Kennett was a former Capitol Hill staffer who received a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis in 2012 at the age of 31. He became an advocate for more cancer research funding and increased access to clinical trial medications, even testifying to Congress about his personal experience. He died on Jan. 17, at the age of 34.

Advocates within the cancer community credit his fight with helping spur congressional action. Full story

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s  Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.

Tickets to the all-inclusive event are $58 per person.

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October 1, 2015

Good Stuff, Shake Shack Roll Out Rachael Ray Specials

D.C. diners can start chowing down on not one but two beefy tributes to 30-minute-meals maven Rachael Ray on the occasion of her 10-year anniversary in the publishing game.

Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn today is expected to begin serving the commemorative Double Peppers & Onions Burger exclusively at his Capitol Hill location, Good Stuff Eatery, at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.


A Mendelsohn aide told HOH the limited-time offering — featuring sautéed onions, Serrano peppers, provolone cheese and sun-dried tomato aioli — was inspired by a skillet pie he prepared in 2014 during an appearance on Ray’s show. Full story

Noshtalgia: Relishing the Past One Arepa at a Time

A “Peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A “peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The man who taught me how to eat was not a trained chef.

But the late Gustavo Rojas did enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

He strived to instill in his children an appreciation for home-cooked meals, family dinners and, perhaps most of all, the cultural traditions that bound us to our ancestors.

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