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March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

View-Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, looks through a 1950s-style View-Master, which contains a series of memes by the ONE Campaign (Courtesy Rebecca Fudala/ONE Campaign).

Old school took a visit to Capitol Hill this week. As part of the ONE Campaign’s lobby day, members of Congress and staff received View-Masters filled with memes promoting foreign aid.

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

(Screenshot/Buzzfeed)

 

Members of Congress were quick to put the View-Masters to work; each knew what to do when presented with the toy. (By way of explanation for the iPad generation: a View-Master user puts their eyes to the lens to view a series of pictures that can be changed with a click). Full story

March 3, 2015

Issa ‘Unapologetic’ After Sneaking #BibiSpeech Photos

Speaker John A. Boehner tried to lay down the law against members taking photos on the House floor six days ago, but the scolding didn’t stick with at least one Republican.

Rep. Darrell Issa offered no remorse Tuesday for snapping and tweeting two photos during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“I’m unapologetic,” the California Republican told CQ Roll Call. Full story

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Opportunities for hero worship abounded, no matter what pastime one might be into.

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., teed up a little viewing party for those most interested in gawking at the Vince Lombardi Trophy — a conversation-starter currently in the possession of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent part of his morning in the House chamber digesting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s thoughts on international affairs, was scheduled to show off the fabled award in H-122 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Full story

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

With a Homeland Security shutdown looming, lawmakers resolved to invent holidays, toss snowballs and take naps on the House floor.

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Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.

Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“I’d be just as mad if it were Team Obama on our sacred territory … [but] gallery staff says Obama staff wouldn’t be allowed to. Seems like a double standard,” the incensed observer opined after conferring with congressional press wranglers to confirm that outsiders are prohibited from setting up shop wherever they please.

A press gallery aide assured HOH the diplomatic infraction had been properly dealt with.

“We asked them to stop,” the media manager stated.

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From One Form of Sausage-Making to Another

From One Form of Sausage Making to Another

Kushner, center, Feder, left, and Alex Mejia, right, of MeatCrafters prepare lunch at the processing plant in Landover, Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

“We get the joke all the time,” Kushner said. “We really know how the sausage gets made.” Full story

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

(Tom Williams/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, freshman Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, sat down with HOH over a plate of traditional luau dishes to tell us about his family, orthopedic surgery and mistaken identities. Full story

‘Walking Dead’ Wanders Into Steve Stivers Territory

After five seasons of fighting off fearsome, reanimated corpses that have relentlessly thinned their ranks and gruesomely robbed them of loved ones, the ragtag band of apocalyptic survivors on AMC’s engrossing drama “The Walking Dead” have finally stumbled upon a new threat: a survivalist federal lawmaker.

The run-down crew of unturned humans, led by former law enforcement officer Rick Grimes, finally reached the haven known as “Alexandria” in Sunday night’s episode.

The exhausted travelers soon learn they were summoned to the Northern Virginia stronghold by Deanna Monroe — the one-time representative from Ohio’s 15th District who has been comfortably riding out the horrific end-of-days scenario in her unsettlingly tranquil, gated community.

Unlike faux pockets of power created by other TV franchises (we’re looking at you, dearly departed “Parks and Recreation”), Monroe name-checks the seat currently occupied by Ohio Republican Steve Stivers. Full story

March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.

The wife of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has prepared a gift for the polarizing world leader: A shadowy still life of the Capitol Dome. The artist has dubbed it “Dome of Consequence.”

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Peter Roskam)" width="445" height="345" /> “Dome of Consequence” by Elizabeth Roskam (Courtesy Peter Roskam)

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Charlie Rangel Hatches Healthy Eating Plan

Affordable Care Act sponsor Rep. Charles B. Rangel Monday proposed everyone take three small steps as part of a monthlong commitment to greater dietary awareness.

Charlie Rangel Hatches Healthy Eating Plan

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Those who choose to adopt the “Rangel Resolution” —  (he rolled out the pilot program at an event in Harlem, N.Y.) — are obliged to consider his following guidelines before next parting their lips: Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:50 p.m.
Food, Reps

HOH Word of the Week: Groan

GROAN, n. — The language in which a Republican Federal officeholder expounds his view of the political situation.”

— From “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce.

HOH Word of the Week Archives:

HOH Word of the Week: Junketeer

HOH Word of the Week: ‘Significant’ Special Elections

HOH Word of the Week: Hillite

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

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Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Thousands are expected in Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here,” Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.

Strange was speaking to cyclists and their supporters gathered for the Feb. 21 Montgomery Bicycle Club 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. He was referring to the visitors set to descend upon his fair state and the capital region to commemorate the half-century mark of the voting rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

February 27, 2015

Hell Bent for (Patriotic) Leather

Entrepreneur Sylvia Noster has made it her mission to make celebrating the Constitution more fashionable.

Hell Bent for (Patriotic) Leather

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A career fashion designer, the now 57-year-old patriot decided to pursue a self-styled brand of luxury goods after experiencing a revelation about what living in the land of the free truly means to her. Full story

Activist Toques Scour Capitol Hill for Food Aid

Just under a dozen renowned hospitality professionals looked to carve up both chambers of Congress, pressing their respective lawmakers to support the realignment of outdated global assistance provisions.

The food service vets, who walked the halls of Congress on behalf of Oxfam America, flew in from across the country on Feb. 24 to voice their support for the Food for Peace Reform Act co-authored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Coons, D-Del.

“This is an antiquated system that needs a total overhaul. And this legislation is the gold standard of what aid would look like if it were designed from the ground up today,” Oxfam America Senior Policy Adviser Eric Muñoz said of the proposed policy changes. Full story

February 26, 2015

Jim Inhofe Throws a Snowball (Video)

Sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to start a snowball fight.

In discussing recent reports of 2014 being the warmest year on record, Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe pulled out a snowball on the floor and tossed it at the presiding officer, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Full story

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