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July 27, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Salt

Salt. To mark a memo or document in such a way that if it is leaked to press, the leaker will be identified. Commonly, a document is salted when one word is placed in one person’s copy, a different in the next person’s, and so forth. When it appears in print, the salter will know whose copy is leaked.”

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

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July 9, 2015

Major Owens Throws Shade #tbt

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It was 25 years ago that HOH reported on what was one of the early rap performances by a member of Congress, when Rep. Major Owens, D-N.Y., threw some rhymes toward Rep. William Dannemeyer, R-Calif., for what the Californian said about Nelson Mandela. Full story

July 2, 2015

The GOP Hunger Games

“They’ll have enough for an actual ‘Hunger Games.'”

– President Barack Obama, speaking today in La Crosse, Wis., joking about how many Republicans are running for president.

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June 26, 2015

Harry Reid to Burning Man’s Rescue?

Reid says the BLM should rethink their request about Burning Man. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reid says the BLM should rethink their request about Burning Man. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants the Bureau of Land Management to suck it up when it comes to Burning Man.

Responding to reports in the Reno Gazette-Journal that BLM officials are asking for an estimated $1 million VIP compound for their use during the annual counter-cultural festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Reid wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, an avid outdoorswoman and former head of REI, saying the BLM needs to get over itself about asking for flushing toilets and other amenities. Full story

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June 12, 2015

Obama’s Beer Was Cold, Yet Not Influential

Obama made a surprise appearance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Obama made a surprise appearance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Like any thoughtful guest dropping by unannounced, President Barack Obama brought some homebrews with him when he dropped by the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

“I’m told he brought some special beverage just to your side,” Rep. Joe L. Barton, the GOP squad’s manager, said at the baseball players’ after party, addressing the victorious Democrats in Nationals Park’s Club Level MVP lounge. “You got to vote for TPA now,” the Texas Republican added. Full story

June 11, 2015

Congressional Baseball Game 2015: Year of the Tiebreaker?

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The best American traits are represented in baseball, so it’s OK to expect America’s representatives to be at their best playing baseball.

“In all its complementary contradictions, its play of antitheses, baseball captured a continent bounded to east and west by oceans, laced by mountains and rivers, dry, fertile, wet, wooded, and at its heart, or stomach, endlessly flat. America is a topography mythologized by its inhabitants as they crossed and re-crossed it into an image of themselves, diverse, demanding, unified by common acts of consent to a government of themselves, a government consciously checked and balanced, the formal antitheses of the state reflecting and shaping the inclusive ideals and isolationist tendencies of a people receptive and wary,” A. Bartlett Giamatti, the late baseball commissioner, said in a speech 30 years ago to the Massachusetts Historical Society. Giamatti saw baseball, nation and government inextricably linked. Full story

#tbt: When the Congressional Baseball Game Broke the Gender Barrier

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is Thursday, the latest iteration of a tradition dating to 1909. But it wasn’t until the 32nd annual outing that female members of Congress made their first appearance on the diamond, a milestone marked in our Aug. 2, 1993, game program by Tim Curran. Full story

May 26, 2015

Crab Cakes Dominating Taste of America 3rd Round

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Maryland crab cakes are dominating the third round of the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America voting, crushing its rival, Connecticut New Haven Pizza, by a more than 2-to-1 margin and amassing the highest vote total thus far.

In other nosh bracketology, Arizona chimichangas are cruising against New Mexico frijoles, and the Maine lobster roll is wiping the ocean floor with Delaware boardwalk fries. Illinois deep dish pizza is well ahead of South Dakota fry bread.

There are still close races. Tennessee’s Memphis BBQ trails Florida stone crabs by a small margin. Indian pork tenderloin leads Illinois Italian beef. In a tight dessert death-match, Florida Key lime pie and Mississippi pecan pie are locked in a close contest. In a stark choice between courses, Montana steak and Oregon blackberry pie are going down the wire.

Voting in the latest round closes Friday. To show your support, go to www.rollcalltasteofamerica.com. Voting on the Elite Eight will begin on June 1 and the winner will be revealed at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

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May 21, 2015

Taste of America Sweet 16 Shows Off Slugfests

The chimichanga crowd is not messing around. In early voting for the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America, Arizona’s deep-fried pork burrito is outpacing New Mexico frijoles by a nearly 14-to-1 margin, one of the more lopsided contests in the hard-fought round of 16.

The Maine lobster roll-Delaware boardwalk fries duel isn’t much closer, with the crustacean contingent crushing its potato antagonists by about a 10-to-1 margin. South Dakota fry bread is limping behind the Illinois deep dish pizza behemoth.

Close calls are the rule elsewhere. Indiana pork tenderloin and Illinois Italian beef are neck and neck. Tennessee’s Memphis BBQ and Florida stone crabs are in a death match.

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May 20, 2015

Overheard: Amy Klobuchar’s Dream Date

“I look to my right, Harry Reid. I look to my left, Mitch McConnell. I know: Every girl’s dream, right?”

— Sen. Amy Klobuchar, describing her time in the presiding officer’s chair on New Year’s Eve 2012, as the fiscal cliff neared.

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May 19, 2015

Enter the Dragon … Boat Festival That Is

Hill staffers and alumni went to the river to row their dragons. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Hill staffers and alumni went to the river to row their dragons. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but competition among Capitol Hill staffers and alumni only intensified at the recent DC Dragon Boat Festival, with teams looking for bragging rights among their colleagues. As long as it wasn’t too early.

“First of all, I’ve never been up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday in my life,” said Will Adams, who recently left his job as chief of staff for Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and was at the Thompson Boat Center bright and early on May 16 to row for glory on the Kanbay! team. Full story

May 18, 2015

Taste of America Showcases Agony of Regional Defeat

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The road to regional supremacy runs through the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America. The second round of voting is over, and to the vittle victor go the spoils. Just ask Maryland crab cakes, which pinched D.C. half smokes to move to the sweet, or savory, round of 16.

That Mid-Atlantic surf versus turf battle wasn’t the only regional roundhousing. Illinois’ Italian beef grilled Wisconsin bratwurst, for instance. And Florida stone crabs cracked down on Virgin Islands jerk chicken.

The current round of voting, open through May 29, features more close-in food fights. New Mexico frijoles, which gassed Alaskan king crab in round two, is in a desert shootout with neighboring Arizona’s pork chimichangas, which smothered Nevada’s chuckwagon buffet. Across the country, Delaware’s secret starch weapon, boardwalk fries, is looking to walk all over another East Coast maritime meal, Maine’s lobster rolls.

For full results of last week’s voting, including the ignominious demise of the sadly misunderstood Idaho finger steaks, are available at rollcalltasteofamerica.com. You can also vote, early and often, in the latest round, all in anticipation of the winner at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

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HOH Word of the Week: Personally Obnoxious

Personally Obnoxious (or Objectionable) A characterization a senator sometimes applies to a president’s nominee for a federal office in that senator’s state to justify his or her opposition to the nomination.”

— From “American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz.

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May 11, 2015

Defending Champs Go Down in Taste of America

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Round 1 of the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America was brutal on former winners. There will be no repeat for the 2014 champion, Utah’s cherry cobbler. Ditto for the 2013 victor, West Virginia’s pepperoni roll. Full story

HOH Words of the Week: Nighthawks Two and Three

Nighthawks Two and Three: Helicopters that transport senior staff, Secret Service, other staff and press when traveling with the president.”

— From “United States Protocol” by Ambassador Mary Mel French. (The helicopter the president travels in is Marine One.)

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