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December 21, 2014

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December 20, 2014

A Gold Star for Capitol Quip

A Gold Star for Capitol Quip

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

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

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December 19, 2014

D.C. Helps Stephen Colbert Say Goodbye

Citizens of #ThisTown were among the pop culture illuminati sending off faux conservative blowhard Stephen Colbert on the final episode of “The Colbert Report,” all to a resounding singalong of “We’ll Meet Again.”

Along with longtime collaborator Jon Stewart and the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jeff Tweedy, Cookie Monster and the dragon Smaug from “The Hobbit,” the chorus of well-wishers included:

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Full story

December 17, 2014

The Five Capitol Quips of Christmas

The Five Capitol Quips of Christmas

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Citi Bank topped it off with a 24kt gold star.
  • No Matter What Old Ebeneezer Cruz says, it always looks pretty once the star is lit.
  • Two words: Duct tape.
  • Did we bury the Big Banks ornament far enough in there?
  • It was a modest 5-foot tall tree, until the Apporpriators got hold of it.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Dec. 20. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 3:41 p.m.
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December 16, 2014

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler Earns Dubious Football Distinction

Ex Rep. Heath Shuler Earns Dubious Football Distinction

Shuler put his football skills to use as a member of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler is associated with two franchises that have their public relations challenges: Congress and Washington’s NFL franchise. It’s his time as quarterback in D.C. that has earned him further ignominy, though.

According to The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats, the North Carolina Democrat is the Washington pro-football team’s worst quarterback. Ever. Or at least since 1970′s NFL-AFL merger. Full story

December 15, 2014

HOH Word of the Week: Clinker

Clinker. n. An amendment or rider to a bill that is so out of place that it stands out like a wrong musical note. In November 1973, President Nixon complained about “a couple of clinkers” in the Alaska pipeline bill with which business groups were unhappy. See also joker.

ETYMOLOGY: The term derives from the Dutch klinker, a vitrified brick that clinks when struck.”

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

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HOH Word of the Week: Vote

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

HOH Word of the Week: Bold

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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December 14, 2014

Lighting the Capitol Quip Christmas Tree

Lighting the Capitol Quip Christmas Tree

All Congress wants for Christmas is, what exactly? That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five 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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December 8, 2014

HOH Word of the Week: Vote

Vote, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.”

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

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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December 7, 2014

The Capitol Quip Before Christmas

The Capitol Quip Before Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Presents and snow, and mistletoe and … massive appropriations measures to ring out the season. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

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

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

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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By Jason Dick Posted at 7:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Mr. Reid Goes to Capitol Quip

Mr. Reid Goes to Capitol Quip

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive a signed color print 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 7 p.m.
Capitol Quip

December 5, 2014

‘O’ Boy: ‘Bedlam’ in Inhofe’s Office

O Boy: Bedlam in Inhofes Office

(Courtesy the office of Sen. James M. Inhofe)

What’s orange and crimson and Oklahoma all over?

That would be the office of Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., on the day before the annual “Bedlam” football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Each year, Inhofe’s office snaps its annual “Bedlam” photo, which a staffer kindly forwarded to HOH on Friday. Judging from the incredible mixing of OU crimson and OSU orange splashed across T-shirts, pants, scarves and the like, it truly is fashion bedlam, as well as a demonstration that the boss doesn’t discriminate when it comes to university allegiances.

For the record, Inhofe attended the University of Tulsa.

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December 4, 2014

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

To the victor go the ‘Spartans at Themopylae’ bragging rights? (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Here’s something you don’t see every day in the Congressional Record: a subhead titled, “The Spartans at Thermopylae.”

The occasion? No less than the annual gloating of the victorious team in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, this time in floor remarks on Sept. 25, 1980.  Full story

December 1, 2014

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Rep. Lou Barletta looks into the crowd at the 53rd annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mark your calendar: The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for June 11.

The mid-summer Capitol Hill classic provides members of Congress the opportunity to transcend partisan and chamber differences in a good-natured but competitive contest. The Democrats are on a roll of late. The 15-6 victory this year in front of 8,503 at Nationals Park was their sixth in a row.

But the offseason has been filled with drama. The Democrats’ ace pitcher, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana has a torn labrum, although he has vowed to pitch next year, possibly even delaying surgery to repair it. In addition, the GOP wave carried out veteran third baseman Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

Congressionalist: One who believes the U.S. Congress should have wide-ranging power.”

— From “The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics,” by Rich Rubino.

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HOH Word of the Week: Bold

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November 30, 2014

Changing of the Capitol Quip Guard

Changing of the Capitol Quip Guard

Much of the drama in the Senate the last few years has centered around the way Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has run the place. Well, with the changing of the majority after November’s elections, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will get his chance to show how he’ll manage the place beginning in January. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

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

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

Roll Call Results Map: Results and District Profiles for Every Seat

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November 24, 2014

Word of the Week: Bold

“Bold: A politician’s most common description of their own or their party’s proposals. It manages to be a punchy, optimistic-sounding break with conventional thinking and deliberately vague all at once.”

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

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By Jason Dick Posted at 12:11 p.m.
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