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September 26, 2013

Eric Cantor All Revved Up After NASCAR Pitstop

With the government days away from shutting down, and Republicans still searching for votes on a measure to raise the debt ceiling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took some time Thursday to focus on what’s really important: the children.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Of course, the children in question just happened to be accompanied by NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin and supermodel Niki Taylor.

The Virginia Republican met with the group, representing the March of Dimes, in his office to hear about their legislative priorities. At the top of their list are a Senate-passed bill to expand research and education on preterm birth and one of Cantor’s bills to end taxpayer financing for presidential campaigns and conventions and shift funding to pediatric research.

Hamlin, driver of NASCAR’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota, showed political shrewdness by getting straight to the point.

“The key to research is funding,” he told Cantor.

The majority leader agreed but noted to knowing chuckles, “There are things going on right now having to do with funding the government period.” Full story

November 7, 2012

Peace Corps Voter Casts Ballot, Cow Rides on Roof

Sure, lines to vote in D.C. and Virginia today stretched to more than two hours long in some places. But many Americans went through much more to make sure their voices were heard this Election Day.

Will Ethridge, a 25-year-old serving in the Peace Corps in Materi, Benin, rode for three hours in a bush taxi to cast his vote. Not only was the bush-taxi crammed with people, he said, but a cow was tied to the vehicle’s roof. Full story

September 2, 2012

Charlotte and DNC Welcome the Media With Wet Willies

As the shuttle buses pulled up to the Democratic National Convention Media Welcome Party, media folks and invited guest grumbled, put their heads down and sprinted into North Carolina Music Factory in the middle of a downpour.

Once inside the vast complex, the open bars, tables of Southern food and live music acts comforted the soggy.

Guests bounced from venue to venue, listening to bands that were playing nearly every kind of music from jazz and blues standards to 1970s dance music and modern radio hits. The guests noshed on sweet potato biscuits with ham, fried mac and cheese sticks, crab cakes and quail with spicy collard greens.

Partygoers moved to Lady Gaga and Adele covers as bartenders poured them drinks, while balanced precariously on platforms set atop of a flowing fountain. The drinks of the night were the colorful frozen Wet Willies and the dangerous-looking red concoction, “Call a Cab,” which was strangely popular with the ladies. Several lads took advantage of the final days of summer to don their seersucker pants and white bucks — sans socks, naturally.

A beaming DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) posed for pictures and greeted attendees. She happily dodged the striped DNC beach balls bounced around by the dancing crowd. Full story

May 31, 2012

It Was One Heck of a Burger

Congress might hate pork, but a few Members geek out for red meat.

On Thursday, an executive from burger chain Red Robin testified on health care at a House Education and Workforce Committee — in front of one big burger fan: Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck.

Heck — an osteopathic physician by trade — was excited as, well, he was excited as heck because he just ate at Red Robin on Sunday! And he didn’t even know this guy was coming! Can you believe that?

“The burger was delicious!” he gushed. “Loved the bottomless fries!” Full story

March 26, 2012

Overheard on the Hill

“If this president has the authority under Obamacare, which clearly he does, to trample on religious rights, then some redneck president has got every right to say, ‘You know what? There are some practices that go on in your house that cost people too much money in health care, so we’re gonna have the right to rule over those as well.’”

— Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

February 27, 2012

Republicans Love (to Own) NASCAR

GOP presidential candidates really love to be part of the teams of people who help fast cars win races.

Except it is a bit doubtful whether they watch — let alone love — the country’s No. 1 spectator sport.

While everyone else was waiting for the final call on whether the season-opening Daytona 500 would be called due to rain, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened his mouth and inserted his foot.

Full story

February 14, 2012

Overheard on the Hill

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“The GOP agenda gives women one option: barefoot and pregnant.”

— New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) in a press conference Tuesday.

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