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July 31, 2015

July 30, 2015

Congress Goes to the Dogs

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., pets "Eddie" during the ASPCA's Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in Cannon Building, July 30, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dole pets “Eddie” during Paws for Celebration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet nosed-critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.

The “Paws 4 Celebration” event was designed as a way to get readily adoptable pets in front of big-hearted staffers. Full story

House Aide Excited to Welcome Everyone to Italo-American Club

The National Italian American Foundation and nascent Italian American Congressional Staff Association are teaming up Thursday for a meet-and-greet featuring food, drink and just a touch of nostalgia.

The Wine-Off Tasting event is scheduled to take place in Rayburn 2168 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to all congressional staff. Full story

Longworth Scores a Baskin-Robbins

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Cheer up, Creamery fans!

You may be losing your lemme-see-what-better-jobs-are-out-there meeting spot, but House administrators assure HOH that once the transition from Restaurant Associates to Sodexo is complete later this year, you’ll have 31 flavors with which to self-medicate.

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#tbt Disgraced Member Finds Love After Prison

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As any reader of Roll Call knows, there is life after Congress, but what about life after Congress after prison?

Back in our July 30, 1998, edition, HOH explored the tale of Rep. Carroll Hubbard, D-Ky., who found love after leaving the hoosegow. Full story

July 29, 2015

Friends Pour Into Pombo Portrait Unveiling

Sitting lawmakers and onetime House Natural Resources Committee staff returned to their old stomping grounds in Longworth Tuesday to honor former Rep. Richard W. Pombo.

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“It’s like old House day!” one enthusiastic supporter who had gathered for the unveiling of Pombo’s official portrait sputtered while snaking through the flood of familiar faces. Full story

Bob Dole, Pet Adoption Ambassador

 

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attention: Bob Dole is inviting pet lovers from across the political spectrum to mingle Thursday with homeless critters on the hunt for bipedal companionship. Full story

July 28, 2015

The Creamery Lives on as Hill Networking App

Hill staffers lamenting the loss of the Longworth Creamery can take solace on their smart phones, where the popular Capitol Hill haunt will live on through a networking app.

The brains behind the anonymous gossip app for Capitol Hill known as Cloakroom have developed a new mobile app called “The Creamery” for Hill staffers to connect with each other and discuss their next career moves. Full story

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.

 

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Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.

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“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez

Sánchez is a fan of the movie Nacho Libre (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sánchez is a fan of the movie “Nacho Libre.” (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, Rep. Linda T. Sánchez talks about her family, baseball and her favorite movie.

Q: You grew up in a family of seven. What’s that like? Full story

July 27, 2015

Lindsey Graham Shows Off New iPhone

Graham shows off his new iPhone at the Senate subway. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Graham shows off his new iPhone. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham got an iPhone.

And the South Carolina Republican says he doesn’t intend to begin texting or sending email — but he is getting calls and reading the news on the snazzy new device.

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Lightning Strikes as GOP Hangs on to Roll Call Cup

Mulvaney hits out of the trap. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Mulvaney hits out of the trap. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lightning cut short the second half of Monday’s First Tee Congressional Challenge, leaving the Republican side victorious for the fourth year in a row and retaining possession of the coveted Roll Call Cup.

Headed by their captain, Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida and anchored by the play of fashion twin South Carolinians Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, the GOP’s successful morning of match play was enough to edge their Democratic opponents, 8-4.

“It’s one of the highlights of the year,” Crenshaw said. “It’s always good to keep the trophy.” Full story

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

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HOH Word of the Week: Salt

Salt. To mark a memo or document in such a way that if it is leaked to press, the leaker will be identified. Commonly, a document is salted when one word is placed in one person’s copy, a different in the next person’s, and so forth. When it appears in print, the salter will know whose copy is leaked.”

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

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July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Promises to Bring Pork to White House

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It seems Sen. Ted Cruz has achieved Hollywood status.

A man with a handheld video camera, who identified himself as working for celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, approached the presidential candidate Thursday at an anti-Iran deal event just outside the White House. Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 2:15 p.m.
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Team ‘Good Wife’ Readies Hill-Centered ‘BrainDead’

How’s this for a conspiracy theory: Congress ain’t just broke. It’s been overrun by mindless pols.

OK, OK, so that’s the perma-banner affixed to most news sites these days.

Still, TV execs Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of “The Good Wife,” are planning to flesh out the nightmare that is modern politics via their forthcoming project, “BrainDead.” Full story

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