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March 31, 2015

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

Negotiating tight spots, a source maintains, isn’t the only thing Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has trouble with when she’s behind the wheel.

Perusing the now-viral video HOH posted of the 13-term lawmaker struggling to negotiate an angled Capitol Hill parking spot jarred the memory of a tipster who recalled a more appalling run-in that happened nearly a decade earlier.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

Per our source, a seemingly average winter day in 2006 took a turn for the worse once Norton showed up on the scene. Full story

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

He may (again) be done punching a clock under the Dome. But boomerang staffer Shane Skelton remains in awe of what he’s seen and done while working in the legislative branch.

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

Bob Latta, R-Ohio, are photographed outside of Longworth Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)" width="445" height="296" /> From left, Jason Isakovic, Izzy Santa, and Skelton when they worked for Latta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The one-time GOP aide — who first got his feet wet interning for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and most recently swam with the sharks over at the House Budget Committee — recently decamped from the Capitol to become executive director of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.

Skelton told HOH he learned much from toiling within the halls of Congress — not the least of which was developing an abiding respect for the institution as a whole.

His most moving experience: Watching all the hard work he poured into the bipartisan spending plan crafted by then-Budget heads Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., finally pay off. Full story

March 30, 2015

Solons Spend Spring Break at Replica Workplace

Lawmakers old and new spent the first day of a scheduled two-week recess taking in a very familiar sight: a carbon copy of the Senate chamber designed to honor “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy.

Everybody who is anybody (in modern politics, anyway) beat a path to Boston over the weekend for the official unveiling of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of the late Massachusetts Democrat. Some, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., couldn’t help but take in the scenery.

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March 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

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March 27, 2015

Cyrus Clan Cusses Out Mike Pence

Braison Cyrus, younger brother of pop star and twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus, has launched a campaign to have everybody on the Internet give Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hell for signing into law a polarizing “religious freedom” bill. Full story

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Either way, the de facto congressional programming gods showed their feet of clay during the marathon viewing party that was Can’t-Tell’em-Apart-Thursday.

C SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

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Mind you, us print folks have already copped to occasionally being stumped by which older white man in a suit is popping off at the mouth. But our counterparts over at C-SPAN appear to be having real trouble differentiating among Asian-American lawmakers.

The comedy of errors commenced as soon as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., stepped up to the mics. Full story

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

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