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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
Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to “the children,” so we can’t imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:
It’s a boy! Very excited to announce the birth of my first grandchild, Alistair Lane. Both baby & mother are doing well.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) August 13, 2015
No photos yet, but the Ohio Republican offered a few vital stats for inquiring minds following a congratulatory tweet from his colleague, House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers:
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) August 13, 2015
HOH hears that little Alistair’s mom is Lindsay, one of Boehner’s two daughters who married in 2013.
A spokeswoman in the speaker’s office confirmed that Boehner is “thrilled.”
Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?
The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s digits Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a “jackass” on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.
Trump might have to get creative with his punishment once he hears Yarmuth’s choice words.
“I think he’s the No. 1 dumpster fire in the country right now,” the Kentucky Democrat told HOH Wednesday, rattling off the zinger with a polish that suggested he’d been waiting days for the opportunity.
“You’re always thinking about the way he might respond,” Yarmuth said of Trump, “so I’m curious with how he’ll respond to that.”
Trump, your move.
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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