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August 5, 2015

August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Bruce Westerman

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

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. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., talks about good Southern cooking and all things Arkansas. Full story

August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

John Oliver Takes on D.C. Statehood

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Stephen Colbert’s absence, it appears another late-night host has taken up the mantle for D.C. statehood.

Colbert brought attention to the District of Columbia’s lack of voting rights during his tenure at Comedy Central, before leaving the network in December for CBS. And now another host with roots on the network’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has dedicated airtime to the District’s political status. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 1:09 p.m.
DC, TV Land

July 31, 2015

John Dingell Reads Mean Tweets

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

No one is safe from mean tweets, not even the longest-serving member of Congress.

Former Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., took to Twitter Friday to read some mean tweets directed at his popular Twitter handle after losing a bet with his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who succeeded him in Congress. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

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That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

From left, Darryl Riley, Duane Thomas, and Howard McKinney, move an African Lion killed during a hunt in Zimbabwe by Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga. The Architect of the Capitol and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) employees moved the lion from Rayburn Building to Broun's new office in Cannon, December 10, 2008. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

From left, Darryl Riley, Duane Thomas, and Howard McKinney, move an African Lion killed during a hunt in Zimbabwe by Rep. Paul Broun. The Architect of the Capitol and Chief Administrative Officer employees moved the lion from Rayburn Building to Broun’s new office in Cannon on Dec. 10, 2008. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Long before the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minneapolis dentist triggered an international outcry over the illegal hunting, one U.S. Congressman confidently bragged about killing — and eating — his own conquests.

It also led us at CQ Roll Call to what former Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., displayed in his congressional office — a lion he killed during a hunt in Zimbabwe!

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64 Lawmakers Rally Behind Alexander Hamilton

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pascrell and others come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the House headed for August recess, a group of 64 lawmakers is uniting against reducing the role of Alexander Hamilton on the 10-dollar bill.

A new letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew is the latest effort, led by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., and Del. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands.

Full story

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

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