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March 27, 2015

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March 26, 2015

Congress Losing Another Constituency

Attention, Congress. You lost the approval of the American public a long time ago, but you’re in danger of losing a key part of your base: Washington think tanks.

“This is the first time we’ve branched out beyond Washington,” Maxmillian Angerholzer III, president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress said as his organization feted its 2015 Publius Award winners, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Full story

March 2, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Groan

GROAN, n. — The language in which a Republican Federal officeholder expounds his view of the political situation.”

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

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Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Thousands are expected in Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here,” Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.

Strange was speaking to cyclists and their supporters gathered for the Feb. 21 Montgomery Bicycle Club 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. He was referring to the visitors set to descend upon his fair state and the capital region to commemorate the half-century mark of the voting rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

February 13, 2015

Don Beyer Commercial Gets Cameo on ‘The Americans’

Don Beyer Commercial Gets Cameo on The Americans

Don Beyer.)" width="335" height="335" /> Beyer chatted with Weisberg and Fields on the afternoon the episode with his dealership’s TV commercial aired. (Courtesy Rep. Don Beyer’s Office)

Why, yes, that was a circa-1982 commercial for Don Beyer Volvo playing in Wednesday’s episode of “The Americans.”

Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:17 p.m.
DC, Reps, TV Land

February 11, 2015

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Five Times

The House does not conduct verbal roll call votes like the Senate (it would take waaayyy too long), but if it did, imagine the traffic jam when the clerk got to “Smith” on the roster. And our handy guide will make sure you’ve listed the right guy as a co-sponsor of your bill. Full story

February 10, 2015

Steve Israel: Coming Soon to Cable TV

Steve Israel: Coming Soon to Cable TV

What, me on TV? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

It’s too soon to tell whether Rep. Steve Israel will be successful in his role coordinating House Democrats’ messaging. But one that is certain is the New York Democrat’s novel-writing skills continue to pay dividends.

Late last year, Israel’s “The Global War on Morris” was published to critical acclaim. Now the rights to the comedic take on a sad-sack Long Islander who is mistakenly targeted by anti-terrorism authorities have been acquired by Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski for development as a cable series, Deadline reports. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:08 p.m.
Books, Reps, TV Land

February 9, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: ‘Significant’ Special Elections

“Significant” special elections: special elections usually are triggered when someone dies, resigns, or gets elected or appointed to another office, leaving the seat vacant. Both parties reflexively spin such wins as significant harbingers of future campaigns.

— From “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech,” by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark. Full story

February 8, 2015

No Hand-Wringing in This Capitol Quip

No Hand Wringing in This Capitol Quip

Ready for a hands-on experience with this week’s Capitol Quip?

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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February 7, 2015

It’s in the Capitol Quip Pipeline

Its in the Capitol Quip Pipeline

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest.

The winner will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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February 2, 2015

February 1, 2015

Today is Tomorrow on Capitol Quip

Today is Tomorrow on Capitol Quip

Happy Groundhog Day! The Republican-led Congress and President Barack Obama are on a collision course when it comes to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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January 31, 2015

Capitol Quip Has a Ball

Capitol Quip Has a Ball

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. We had that rarest of things, a three-way tie, when the dinner bell rang. Not having a three-sided coin to flip, we deferred to cartoonist prerogative to select our victor.

The winner will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
Capitol Quip

January 30, 2015

Ted Cruz’s Non-Gotcha Question

“Would you trust John Mitchell to investigate the allegations of wrongdoing in the break-in at Watergate against Richard Nixon?”

— Sen. Ted Cruz, asking attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing about “internal [Department of Justice] rules that require recusal” and former Attorney General John Mitchell’s fitness to investigate the Watergate break-in. Mitchell had resigned as Nixon’s attorney general on Feb. 15, 1972, more than four months before the June 17, 1972 break-in.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:37 p.m.
Overheards

January 29, 2015

#tbt: ‘Go Time’ for the Ladies

#tbt: Go Time for the Ladies

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

At least that was some of the thinking back in our Jan. 29, 2007 HOH, when we observed that a member of the House had taken an interest in gender equity when it came to bathrooms.

“Go Time. Hey ladies, you’ve got a new champion on Capitol Hill, fighting for your equality. Full story

January 28, 2015

Run! To Cherry Blossom Registration in Rayburn Foyer

Run! To Cherry Blossom Registration in Rayburn Foyer

On your pre-registration mark. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cherry Blossom Run organizers are making it easy for congressional staffers and interns to register for the Capitol Hill Competition of April’s fabled foot race.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building foyer, those who help make the Capitol run can pre-register for April 12’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race within the race at a kickoff event sponsored by Congressional Federal Credit Union. This will be the 14th year of the Capitol Hill Competition, where congressional racers compete for top honors. Last year, “Minnesota Nice and Fast,” from the office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., won. The overall race  supports children’s hospitals. Staffers are guaranteed a spot. Regular registration is open Feb. 1 through 28.

Staffers can RSVP for Thursday’s event at www.congressionalFCU.org/CapitolHillCompetition. As there is wont to be, there will be some food and drink at this event, as will folks from Potomac River Running Store, likely eager to answer questions about equipment.

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