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February 5, 2016

Overheard: Joe Manchin Explains How the Senate Works

“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda.”

— Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., offering his take on how the Senate works at the Atlantic After Hours event on Feb. 4 at Peet’s Coffee & Tea next to the White House.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 2:07 p.m.
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February 4, 2016

Don’t Stop Catching Fire for the Bern

UNITED STATES - FEB 2. - A campaign worker sticks his head out the door while on the phone at the campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A campaign worker sticks his head out the door while on the phone at the campaign headquarters Sanders. Hutcherson and Foster campaigned hard for Sanders. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the great political exodus from Iowa got underway following Monday’s presidential caucuses, it was just another winter day at Des Moines International Airport: Planes got de-iced, souvenirs were purchased and celebrities like Josh Hutcherson (Peeta from “The Hunger Games”) and Mark Foster of the band Foster the People — fresh off their days of rallying for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. — rushed to catch flights to warmer climes and future caucuses.

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January 25, 2016

Word of the Week: Weather

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 21: The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore broadcasts news about the impending blizzard in Washington in front of the U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 The DC area is bracing for blizzard conditions over the weekend. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore broadcasts news about the impending blizzard in Washington in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Weather. The climate of an hour. A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The setting up of official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle.

From “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce.

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January 21, 2016

‘Courting Des Moines’ the Night Before the Iowa Caucuses

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‘Twas the night before the Iowa caucuses, and all through the state — candidates, political reporters and anyone interested in the next president of the United States were invited to the Jan. 31 premiere of “Courting Des Moines.”

The feature film is “a fake story about the real Iowa caucuses” and is the brainchild of writer/director and Roll Call contributor Brent Roske. The movie, a sequel to Roske’s “Chasing the Hill” series, follows the fictional presidential campaign of Rep. Samantha Clemons, played by Melissa Fitzgerald, as well as real-life candidates as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other public officials who traipse through the Hawkeye State in the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

The show starts at Des Moines’ Varsity Theater at 9 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session with Roske, former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and the film’s co-star Catherine Urbanek. Invitation follows the jump: Full story

January 20, 2016

Trent Lott Lets Slip Literary Truth

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 03: Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., second from right, attends a bust unveiling ceremony former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall, December 3, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lott, second from right, gave a shout-out to his ghost writer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Senate majority leaders Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., kicked off the publicity tour for their new book, “Crisis Point” by letting slip one of the great truths about being a Washington author.

When asked whether he or Daschle wrote more of the book, Lott demonstrated some of the candor and wit that earned him respect across the aisle and with journalists during his time running the chamber with his platonic soul mate, Daschle. “He’s not in the room,” Lott told the audience gathered at the National Press Club on Jan. 19. Full story

January 18, 2016

Word of the Week: Vacate Proceedings

Vacate Proceedings. To nullify a chamber’s previous action, such as the passage of a measure, adoption of an amendment or conference report, or an order for the yeas and neas; also referred to as vitiating an action. Requests to vacate proceedings require unanimous consent and are usually made to correct some inadvertent error in the proceedings.

— Congressional Quarterly’s “American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz

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January 11, 2016

Quiz: Which POTUS Said This During a State of the Union?

We scoured the history books for presidential lines that may, or may not, surprise you.

Try your luck at selecting the speaker for each wonky State of the Union quote. Let us know how you did in the comments below.

 



 

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Word of the Week: State of the Union

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of The Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Credit: Mandel Ngan / Pool

(Mandel Ngan/Pool/File Photo)

State of the Union. “[The president] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;”

— U.S. Constitution, Article. II. Section 3.

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January 4, 2016

Word of the Week: Reconciliation

Reconciliation. Legislation that revises program authorizations to achieve levels of spending required by the budget resolution. Reconciliation bills usually also include revenue increases. The bills are based on instructions in the budget resolution that require authorizing committees to draft legislation specifying cost-cutting changes in programs under their jurisdiction.”

— “Congress A to Z, Third Edition,” David R. Tarr and Ann O’Connor.

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December 28, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Goat, Goat Food

Goat. Derogatory slang for a constituent.

Goat food. Shameless political posturing.

From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy

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December 25, 2015

Onward Christmas Warriors …

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for his media availability with Santa Claus before his rally at the Life Church in Mechanicsville, Va., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Does Cruz have Santa’s back? Survey results suggest voters are skeptical (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the War on Christmas, at least for culture warriors alert to any signs of an anti-Santa strain. Lucky for them, Donald Trump is around.

In the latest example of pollsters having fun, the folks at Public Policy Polling have surveyed the land and, after checking it twice, found out that among voters who believe there is an assault on yuletide cheer, the billionaire developer is the 2016 presidential candidate they most trust to protect America from the War on Christmas. Full story

December 22, 2015

Library of Congress’ Civil Rights, Bay Psalm Exhibits About to Close

 

Part of the Civil Rights exhibit contains photos of Parks, right, when she worked for Conyers, left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Part of the Civil Rights exhibit contains photos of Parks, right, when she worked for Conyers, left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two high-profile exhibits at the Library of Congress will close Jan. 2, giving those interested in civil rights and early American publishing the rest of the holiday season to catch up.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which contains materials related to the landmark legislation — including correspondence among the movement’s leaders and political figures in Washington — and First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing, will be leaving their primo spots in the Thomas Jefferson building.

Included among the Civil Rights exhibit’s artifacts are the library’s recently acquired Rosa Parks collection, which contains photos and correspondence related not just to her activism but as an employee of Congress, when she worked for Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

Two parts of the Civil Rights Act exhibit related to the legislation’s passage and its impact will be displayed in facsimile form through 2016.

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December 17, 2015

When Santa Was Fired Before Christmas

Santa's helper Chip Staley walks through the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol holding a sign asking lawmakers to keep children in mind during "these times of greed" on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

That time the U.S. Chamber of Commerce fired Santa Clause. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The holiday season isn’t always a time for good cheer, especially when Santa Claus gets fired.

What say you? What Scrooge was responsible for bouncing St. Nick? Let’s take a trip with the ghost of Christmas Throwback Thursday to the Dec. 17, 2007, edition of HOH. Full story

December 16, 2015

Pollsters Get Into ‘Star Wars’ Mode

The Force has awakened among pollsters at Ipsos Public Affairs, which surveyed major “Star Wars” characters against the current presidential candidates in a race worthy of the Kessel Run.

“Whether it’s due to this week’s release of Episode 7, or general disdain by Americans toward their political system, this data suggests that the Jedi Order is vastly more popular than either the Republican or Democratic Party,” Ipsos Vice President Chris Jackson said in a cheeky release about the firm’s new poll. Full story

December 15, 2015

Clinton Gets Presidential Endorsement

Roske, left, discusses the Iowa caucuses with Goldwyn. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Roske, left, discusses the Iowa caucuses with Goldwyn. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Hillary Clinton has locked down a coveted 2016 endorsement — from President Fitzgerald Grant, the fictional chief executive from the hit ABC television show “Scandal.”

Speaking to political journalist/filmmaker and Roll Call contributor Brent Roske in Iowa, actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays Grant, came out strong for the former secretary of State and discussed the curious phenomenon of people thinking he could be a candidate someday himself.  Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:35 p.m.
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