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September 4, 2015

September 3, 2015

Gay Marriage Tussle Not David Bunning’s First Brush With Infamy

David Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, back to camera, before his nomination hearing before a the Senate Judiciary Committee for District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, before his nomination hearing for the federal bench. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s decision Thursday to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses she maintains conflict with her religious beliefs isn’t the only time the legal professional has been cast in an unflattering light.

Per media reports, protestors were stunned by Bunning’s brushing aside — “One minister called the ruling unjust, saying religious freedom had been trampled on,” according to Gannett scribes — of Davis’ opposition to same-sex coupling.

But the youngest child of former Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is unlikely to shrink from the negative attention.

His nomination in 2001 to the federal bench came with mixed reviews from peers at the American Bar Association.

But five months after President George W. Bush peered into this soul and vouched for the guy, Senate Judiciary Committee members saw fit to shepherd baby Bunning through.

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Office Space: Peter Roskam’s Map Collection (Video)

Roskam gives a tour of his office in the Cannon House Office Building on Oct. 23, 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roskam gives a tour of his office in the Cannon House Office Building on Oct. 23, 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Peter Roskam gave a tour of his congressional office in 2009 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

The Illinois Republican’s office in the Cannon House Office Building initially had “a large blank wall,” reporter Ali McSherry wrote in the original story. The space was later filled by a “large oil painting created by his wife, Elizabeth … [that] took a year to create.”

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UFO Activist Determined to Inject Extraterrestrials Into 2016 Race

Paradigm Research Group head Stephen Bassett is so confident alien affairs will become a hot topic in the race for the White House, he’s asking supporters to stake him so he can continue kicking around the nation’s capital for a few more months.

Bassett descended on #ThisTown last fall intending to hold lawmakers’ collective feet to the fire about extraterrestrial visitors and government cover-ups. Staff have remained tight-lipped about even coming across the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure materials PRG mailed to each and every member of the legislative branch in December 2014.

But with the presidential election heating up, Bassett is sure he can stoke real change — if he can just get his hands on an additional $20,000. Full story

September 2, 2015

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, read for business (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.

After sifting through the data dump, HOH compiled five of the best and most revealing name checks of senators and representatives, either from Clinton herself or her illustrious associates. Full story

Prayer Leader Believes John Fleming Is Half Right About Seeking God’s Help

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman is hopeful Louisiana Republican John Fleming will not only follow through on a recent pledge to push for nationwide faith healing, but will augment that effort by embracing other humbling practices.

The House Freedom Caucus co-founder floated the idea Tuesday of petitioning The Almighty for assistance in quelling violence visited upon law enforcement officials in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama. Full story

September 1, 2015

Local Toque Lobbies City to Show Kingsman Field Some Love (Updated)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:58 p.m. | Restaurateur Teddy Folkman is imploring fellow pet owners to hound the DC Department of Parks and Recreation about taking better care of a dilapidated dog park.

On Facebook, the Capitol Hill resident and man behind Granville Moore’s urged animal lovers to weigh in on the issue by pinging government officials with a simple message: “Please clean up Kingsman Dog Park. We’ll help.”

Dog Parks. So let’s see if social media works on this issue. Hill Hounds needs help reaching out to our local government…

Posted by Teddy Folkman on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Lindsey Graham Questions New Hampshire Man’s Virility

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Lindsey Graham is fond of saying federal entitlement programs will go broke if there’s not an influx of new workers, but he seldom gets a volunteer when he suggests there should be a new baby boom.

“We’re going to need more people to come into the country, or have an increase in birth rate. Strom had four kids after he was 67,” the South Carolina Republican said again Monday at an event in Spartanburg in his home state. “Do I have any volunteers?”

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HOH Word of the Week: McKinley’d and Denali’d

Upon further reflection of the Obama administration’s decision to revert the name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to its traditional name, Mount Denali, HOH offers a twofer word of the week selection.

McKinley’d. The bestowing of an honor on someone or something that is unexpected and makes little sense to many of the people it affects.

Denali’d. The revocation of an unexpected honor.

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Sticking It to the Man at the Minnesota State Fair

Has politics gone to seed at the Minnesota State Fair?

Travel Channel personality Andrew Zimmern has re-upped his mission to have folks fan out across the fair in search of fun, and while there’s a host of food-related items, there’s also a slot for the political.

Scavenger hunt! 50 things to look for at the @mnstatefair: http://t.co/7v71PO1q70

And his top priority may just stick in the establishment’s craw. Full story

August 28, 2015

Lousiana State Society Gives Back to D.C. on Katrina Anniversary

It’s often music or booze that brings the Louisiana State Society together.

Each May, they boil thousands of pounds of crawfish, potatoes, corn and sausage to serve with cold Abita beer. D.C. Jazz Fest makes it onto the group’s calendar, and any music venue hosting bands with Bayou roots becomes a featured destination. Full story

Miss D.C. Heads to Atlantic City for Miss America Pageant

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Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia for 2015, heads to Atlantic City Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

“Wear it when you have the evening gown competition,” said Anise Jenkins, a longtime D.C. statehood activist, when she handed Haely Jardas a bright red hat with “Free D.C.” emblazoned in white letters.

Jardas, 24, is headed to Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday to compete in the Miss America pageant as Miss District of Columbia 2015. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:30 p.m.
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The Fastest Candidate — Running for the White House

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Rubio threw a football around during a recent trip to Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Does anyone care to challenge Marco Rubio to a 40-yard dash?

“I’ll tell ya this: I’m the fastest person running for president,” the Republican presidential candidate and Florida senator said Friday in a radio interview. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Cruz (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses’ member marathon rolls on this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential contender who doesn’t shy away from “wacko birds,” syrup guzzling or scaring children.

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August 27, 2015

Obama Explains Willie Mae’s Scotch House Grease Spot

Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call

Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call

“If you come to New Orleans and you don’t get a grease spot on your clothing, you didn’t really enjoy the city.”

— President Barack Obama, reflecting Friday on the stain on his suit, courtesy of eating the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Crescent City.

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Larry Craig Day’s 8th Anniversary

The fallout from Craig's arrest continues to this day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The fallout from Craig’s arrest continues to this day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was eight years ago today that Sen. Larry Craig’s congressional career ended up in the toilet.

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On Aug. 27, 2007, Roll Call’s John McArdle went up with a story detailing how the Idaho Republican had been arrested on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by a plainclothes cop “investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom.” He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Aug. 8 in Hennepin County District Court, paid $500 in fines and fees, was sentenced to a 10-day jail term that was stayed and given one-year probation.

“It was the strangest day of my political reporting career,” McArdle, now producer and host of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” told HOH. Full story

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