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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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HOH Name Game: First Names First

It’s time again for the HOH name game, when we provide a little public service with our handy pronunciation guide for members whose names have the potential to trip up those in and around the Capitol. Today’s group is the First Names First Caucus, those members whose first names have a much bigger potential to be mispronounced than their last.

HOH Name Game: First Names First

HA-keem. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. — HA-keem. His first name is no laughing matter.

HOH Name Game: First Names First

BET-oh (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas — BET-oh. Uh-oh. You better not flub this El Paso-bred first name.

HOH Name Game: First Names First

Like “Shelley” far right, mint-green jacket. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine — Like “Shelley.” If you ever eat at one of the congresswoman’s restaurants in Maine, you’re going to shell out some cash.

Many thanks to Jay Hunter at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.

Related:

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

HOH Name Game: Don’t Mispronounce These

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January 26, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

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

HOH Editor’s Note: Happy Australia Day!

Related:

HOH Words of the Week: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

HOH Word of the Week: Clinker

HOH Word of the Week: Vote

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

HOH Word of the Week: Bold

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January 25, 2015

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

President Barack Obama has signaled to the 114th Congress that he’s ready to play some smash-mouth political football, which — along with the New England Patriots-provided #deflategate — 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 24, 2015

Capitol Quip’s Double SOTU Special

Capitol Quips Double SOTU Special

Capitol Quips Double SOTU Special

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

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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January 22, 2015

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

The late ex-Rep. Boggs, right, hangs out with her “baby” Cokie Roberts, left and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cuba’s in the news these days, as it was in the Jan. 22, 1998, HOH edition of Roll Call, albeit in a roundabout way.

Crippled in Cuba. Congressional reporters worried about being scooped by Cokie Roberts can breathe easy because everybody’s going to have a leg-up on the ABC News star for at least a few weeks,” Ed Henry wrote.  Full story

January 21, 2015

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

HOH’s name game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Simple Yet Deceptive Caucus, members whose last names take up one mere syllable, but offer multiple ways to mispronounce.

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

like “PLUM.” Not orange, like his shirt. (Screenshot from Rod Blum for Congress website)

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa — Blum, like “PLUM.” A four-letter name from a four-letter state that sounds like a four-letter fruit. We hope The New York Times crossword puzzle folks take notice.

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

BOST. You have to drink every time you screw up his name. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill. — BOST, like “cost.” Try this as a mnemonic memory device: Mike Bost does not boast. Full story

January 20, 2015

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

No Labels, the group dedicated to solving the nation’s problems and avoiding labels at all costs, has gotten about 70 members of Congress to agree to be a “problem solver.” You can even see these folks at Tuesday’s State of the Union address because they’ll be wearing, um, labels.

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The official No Labels “problem solver” lapel pin is a green-on-black ampersand-looking symbol that fits neatly alongside a member’s member lapel pin. The ampersandy thingie is made of a “p” and and “s.” It’s nothing like the swirly symbol from “True Detective.”

“We wanted to do something different and eye-catching,” No Labels’ Matt Groch told HOH. Previous iterations of No Labels’ lapel pins have been a bit wordy (“Committed to Fix Not Fight — No Labels — Problem Solver” goes one the blasts from the past.)

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:08 p.m.
Artsy

January 19, 2015

HOH Words of the Week: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

“Let me be clear”: A frequent expression of exasperation from a politician who believes he or she isn’t making a fully understood argument. It’s the rhetorical heir to Richard Nixon’s famous “Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

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

Related:

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

HOH Word of the Week: Clinker

HOH Word of the Week: Vote

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

HOH Word of the Week: Bold

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January 17, 2015

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Or have you ever wondered just what Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is thinking as he sits through the speech?

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Well, this week you can try your hand at both. Send us a caption for both of the cartoons this week by leaving it in the comments section, just make sure to mark it clearly with “Obama:” and alternatively, “Boehner:” before offering your quip. 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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January 15, 2015

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

What a drag! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

A pioneer for minority rights for decades, Kennedy did more than just pursue legislation. When given the opportunity, he even walked a mile in a woman’s heels, as we observed in our Jan. 17, 1988, edition in HOH: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
#tbt

January 14, 2015

Dahntay Jones’ Proud Father-in-Law, G.K. Butterfield

Dahntay Jones Proud Father in Law, G.K. Butterfield

Butterfield, proud father-in-law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Those interested in keeping up with the latest pro-basketball deals could do worse than observe the House floor.

“My son-in-law just signed with the Clippers!” Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said while exiting the chamber on Wednesday afternoon. Butterfield’s daughter Valeisha is married to Dahntay Jones, who signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.  Full story

By Emily Ethridge and Jason Dick Posted at 2:20 p.m.
Sports Desk

HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

HOH’s Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.

And many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.

HOH Name Game: The Tongue Twister Caucus

de-SAWN-yay (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif. — de-SAWN-yay. Not to be confused with the guy who comes next in the list.  Full story

January 13, 2015

Randy Weber ‘Now’ Realizes Hitler Comparison Wasn’t Cool

“I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.”

— Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, walking back from his Monday tweet: “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 3:41 p.m.
Overheards
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