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July 6, 2015

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July 1, 2015

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

(Twitter screenshot)

(Twitter screenshot)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an online survey, the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury’s decision-making process, but there’s also a “write-in” option to nominate “another NY woman who inspires you.” Perhaps we may suggest the senator’s distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Full story

June 9, 2015

Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Don Young — Alaska Republican, former tugboat captain, collector of walrus penis bones and hopeless romantic — celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, as well as love.

The congressman and sweetheart Anne Garland Walton tied the knot at a private ceremony in the Capitol chapel. According to Young’s office, House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy officiated. Full story

May 26, 2015

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

May 21, 2015

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s baby.

The last time the Illinois Democrat’s six-month-old was seen in the Speaker’s Lobby, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., was showing her off to the congressional press corps and didn’t seem particularly inclined to give her back when Duckworth emerged from the chamber.

On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., was holding court with baby Abigail just off the House floor. Wearing a floral headband and a white sundress, Abigail appeared fussy in Dingell’s arms, though she paused in her whimpering to teethe on the congresswoman’s pearl bracelet and later on the edge of her voting card. Full story

May 15, 2015

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Tried?” Not ‘tried,’ ‘did!'” a gleeful HOH tipster squealed. “The member did bring two miniature horses into Cannon!” Full story

April 23, 2015

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

The Virginia Democrat was having the time of his life in the Speaker’s Lobby during the late-morning vote series, holding court and showing off Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s baby girl.

Connolly held out little Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey so she could be appropriately admired by lawmakers, aides and reporters in the vicinity. The five-month-old, dressed in a pale pink cotton sweater, leggings and hat, seemed to be enjoying the attention almost as much as Connolly.

“She needed a break from the floor speeches,” he explained, giving his new ward a little bounce. “That last one was a humdinger, wasn’t it?” Full story

April 14, 2015

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied  to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story

April 9, 2015

When Harry Met Lynn …

Jenkins, far right, is a member of the GOP leadership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jenkins, far right, is a member of the GOP leadership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you don’t know who Rep. Lynn Jenkins is, you have something in common with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

In an interview on Tuesday with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Reid was asked how he would respond to Jenkins’ charge from last summer that the Senate was the real “do-nothing” chamber because Reid blocked GOP legislation when he was majority leader.

His response? “I say respectfully to this woman, I don’t know who she is,” Reid replied. “But she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

He went on: Full story

March 24, 2015

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

Scalise, measuring a possible whip? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise, measuring a possible whip? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When the House Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good.

These might not be the actual words to the infamous 1980 masterpiece by Devo, but GOP Reps. Steve Scalise and Patrick T. McHenry are welcome to borrow from HOH’s mediocre parody lyrics when touting their new fundraising operation, which is named for the song’s seminal refrain. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 4:48 p.m.
AwesomeSauce, Reps

March 19, 2015

Mark Takano Schools Marco Rubio on Net Neutrality

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., may seem like a nice guy, but he went all “Mr. Hand” on Sen. Marco Rubio over the Florida Republican’s op-ed on net neutrality.

Takano, a Harvard graduate and former public high school teacher, took to Facebook Thursday and scorched the presumed 2016 GOP presidential candidate, giving him an “F.” Full story

March 4, 2015

Spotted: Capitol Hill Fox Says ‘Hi’ To Lunchtime Crowd at Rayburn

The Capitol Hill Fox is back in business.

After a multi-month sojourn from delighting members and aides, a source told HOH that everyone’s favorite woodland creature was spotted Monday by “dozens of people” as it graced the congressional grounds. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 6:37 p.m.
Critters

February 24, 2015

Why This Member Has Rubber Ducks on His Desk

xxxx (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Stylings most fowl in Swalwell’s office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Like most members, Rep. Eric Swalwell has put personal touches on his Capitol Hill office.

The two-term California Democrat has a rack of wine bottles from vineyards in his district on display and a simple crucifix hanging above the door.

Unlike most members, a modest collection of small, rubber ducks sits at the edge of his desk.

Full story

August 28, 2014

In Marie Claire Profile, Jennifer Hing Dresses Up and Opens Up

Jennifer Hing, the communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, is known around Capitol Hill for pairing stylish yet work-appropriate outfits with a practical pencil threaded through her ponytail or tucked behind one ear.

But in a photograph accompanying an article published today on the Marie Claire website, Hing eschews her pencil for an oversized clutch bag, and her tailored blazer for a sweeping avant-garde cape.

She’s the subject of one of three short profiles appearing in the September issue of the women’s magazine under the headline, “Change Agents: 3 Women Who are OWNING their Future.” Hing, plus Deborah Turness, president of NBC News and the creative director and executive vice president of design for Banana Republic, Marissa Webb, are presented as “power players reinventing the rules in their respective businesses and proving that the future belongs to those who seize it.”

Hing told HOH she was contacted “out of the blue” to participate in the profile and still wasn’t quite sure how she was selected or whether someone tipped off Marie Clare that she might be a good interview subject.

Full story

June 23, 2014

Bill Maher’s #FlipADistrict Project Enters Final Countdown

Coffman, left, and Walorski are two House Republicans targeted in the Bill Maher Flip a District project. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Coffman, left, and Walorski are two of the House Republicans targeted in the Bill Maher ‘Flip a District’ project. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are just two chances left to nominate House GOP lawmakers for ousting at the hands of HBO’s Bill Maher.

The political comedian announced during the June 20 “Real Time With Bill Maher” that he has added Republican Reps. Tim Walberg of Michigan and freshman Jackie Walorski of Indiana to his list of incumbents who might be vulnerable in the November midterm elections.

Full story

June 21, 2014

Joseph Crowley Savors Diamond Memories From Congressional Baseball Games

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle — or “Coach Doyle,” as he’s deferentially called by colleagues — doesn’t want to see anybody get hurt at the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

That’s a good thing for a team of amateur athletes with an average age far past that of a professional ballplayer in his prime, and perhaps especially good for Rep. Joseph Crowley.

“I’ve been hurt twice in the last three seasons,” the New York Democrat readily admitted. “I’ve been hurt at the game. Typically, it’s pulling a muscle.

“We’re so psyched,” Crowley explained. “The adrenaline’s pumping. You’re running from votes, you’re changing in the car, you’re running into the stadium. There’s no time to warm up, the game starts. You’re just, like, pumping. All those people there!”

He paused and smiled. “It’s a really, really cool thing.”

Crowley, the vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus when he’s not manning first base, played in his first Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game in 1999, as a freshman lawmaker. He’s seen a lot and has a humble idea of his place in the scheme of things. “The second year, I remember I was out in the outfield, and I didn’t have my cleats that morning, and I was shagging a fly ball,” he recalled. “The field was so wet and dewy, I just lost my feet completely. Bang! Right smack on my back. And I got up and I said, ‘Why am I doing this? I don’t know why I’m doing this.’”

Crowley uses the word “hate” for anyone who’s a standout player, and “jealous” for anyone who competes to play first base. The latter point has been the source of a rivalry between him and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

But despite his somewhat imposing stature and gruff baritone, Crowley is quick with a laugh and his eyes twinkle when he’s talking trash — a sign he takes it all in stride.

Some of Crowley’s favorite memories? “I enjoyed watching the Weiner years,” said Crowley of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a fellow New York Democrat and Mets fan.

Crowley’s nicknamed the Democrats’ star pitcher, Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana, “Franchise” and calls freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida, “Franchise 2.” Murphy, Crowley said, is “like a gazelle” on the field.

He says his favorite moment inside the diamond was in 2012, the same day the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.

“Folks made signs out in the field,” Crowley said. “‘Supreme Court 1, Republicans Nothing.’ Something like that.”

Was there ever a low-point in his congressional baseball career?

“Yeah,” Crowley said, trying to deadpan but ultimately bursting out laughing. “The day Steve Largent struck me out my only time at bat. I said, ‘I’m never gonna be here again!’ ”

The Oklahoma Republican who’s in two halls of fame — pro football’s and the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game’s — made him look silly. “I was there at the plate, and he threw a ball, and I fouled it off. And he threw another ball, and it was a ball. And he threw another ball, it was a strike, and I knew it was coming, and all I could do was look at it. And I watched it. It was a beautiful pitch, it was a curveball over the plate, and I remember thinking: ‘That guy is such a great athlete. I hate him.’

“But that was 15, 16 years ago,” Crowley shrugged. “Every year is a new beginning. I’m hoping to hit it out soon.”

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