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March 4, 2013

Bob Ney Eyes The Monocle for Book Event

Former Rep. Bob Ney, the former buddy to Jack Abramoff and powerful House Administration chairman who went to prison for his misdeeds, is back in Washington, D.C., to promote his new book.

“Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill” is being released Tuesday, and the Ohio Republican will be at the Senate-side restaurant The Monocle from 5 to 7:30 Wednesday evening to promote it.

“After some soul searching, a lot of aggravation, & some fun — IT’S HERE! Yes, I may need some bodyguards if I visit D.C.,” Ney tweeted recently, along with a link to the book.
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December 12, 2012

Not-So-Prime Real Estate For Watchdog Groups

The news conference that 11 government watchdog groups held Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss agencies that police congressional ethics and campaign finance was an apt metaphor for the popularity, or lack thereof, of the two topics among lawmakers.

“They found the smallest room on Capitol Hill to have your press conference?” one attendee asked after checking out the digs on the sixth floor of the Longworth House Office Building.
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October 9, 2012

Cats and Dogs, Voting Together

Washingtonians concerned about voter fraud need to look no further than their own backyard.

A competitive race in the District between longtime political foes has generated allegations of ballot-box stuffing, with election officials openly encouraging voters to cast their ballots early and often.
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September 12, 2012

Parting Gift

Retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman received a gift so valuable last year that he couldn’t even determine its precise worth.

The New York Democrat described the only gift of $350 or more he received in 2011 on his annual financial disclosure statement as “the blessed opportunity for 30 years to pay back, in some small measure, the good things that happened to me.”
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April 25, 2012

Raul Labrador Puttin’ on the Ritz

Raul Labrador Puttin’ on the Ritz

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Idaho freshman Rep. Raul Labrador (R) got an accommodations upgrade when he returned to Washington during recess to tape NBC’s “Meet the Press,” trading his office for a room at the Ritz-Carlton. Full story

April 8, 2012

David Vitter’s Proud of, Well, Um …?

David Vitter’s Proud of, Well, Um ...?

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. David Vitter didn’t need another week of self-reflection after his latest dustup with the Senate Ethics Committee.

The Louisiana Republican boasted in a press release that his effort to block a salary increase for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had been “validated” by a panel announcement that it had dismissed an inquiry into whether the move was appropriate.

HOH wonders whether it read the same letter as Vitter. Full story

February 8, 2012

Dan Burton Goes Euro

Dan Burton Goes Euro

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Dan Burton might have announced his impending retirement, but the 15-term Republican is taking a victory lap around the European Union before hanging it up and heading back to sweet home Indiana.

Burton, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, is leading a weeklong Congressional delegation to France, Slovakia, Belgium and Hungary that is scheduled to coincide with the February recess.
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January 31, 2012

Venn’s Diagram

Sometimes in Washington, appearances are everything.

When HOH ran an item Tuesday about a party for Sen. Al Franken’s new chief of staff at the Iron Horse Taproom that was being hosted by Venn Squared Communications — and described it as a lobbying and communications firm — the company was quick to point out that it does business but is not formally affiliated with Venn Strategies, the lobbying firm.
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January 30, 2012

‘She’s Come a Long Way, Baby’

‘She’s Come a Long Way, Baby’

Sen. Al Franken's new chief of staff will be feted tonight at the Iron Horse Taproom, courtesy of Michael Meehan. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Al Franken’s new chief of staff will be the toast of the town tonight — courtesy of Venn Squared Communications.

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