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September 11, 2012

Take Five With Rep. Frederica Wilson

Take Five With Rep. Frederica Wilson

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we found out a few things about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), including the story behind her legendary hat collection.
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August 17, 2012

Extreme Makeover, Congressional Edition

Former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) thinks America could still become the world’s next top democracy. But there’s work to be done, as he explained Thursday night at Politics and Prose while discussing his book “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans.”

“We can make the government work, but it’s going to take fundamental changes,” Edwards said. He went on to say that Americans are fleeing party lines and that change is imminent.

Edwards, who served in Congress from 1977 to 1993, does not fault any one party. He contends that both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of playing into hyper-partisanship and that both are trapped by a system that rewards inflammatory rhetoric over civil discourse.

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July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Lavagna

Lavagna Ristorante Italiano, located on Barracks Row, turned 1 year old Monday night. The celebration had all the ingredients of the best first birthday parties: proud parents, old friends and plenty of alcohol.

In addition to serving up free celebratory food and beverages, the bistro premiered its new locally sourced menu. Offerings came from farms in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Patrons packed in the two-story establishment, which, despite a modestly sized storefront, houses the facilities to cure its own meat, brew its own booze and process its own preserves. A pork chop smoked on the sidewalk lured passersby, converting Eighth Street into an upscale block party. Full story

July 19, 2012

The Suits Off Their Backs

On Wednesday, the women of Capitol Hill shed their clothes — for a cause.

The third annual Dress for Success Challenge held a drive to see which chamber’s ladies could donate more office-appropriate clothing to the nonprofit. The House edged out the Senate this year, reclaiming the title after being bested last time around.
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July 17, 2012

Take Five With Rep. David Cicilline

Take Five With Rep. David Cicilline

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) discusses his time in the doghouse and gives travel tips.

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July 10, 2012

Take Five With Rep. Kevin Yoder

Take Five With Rep. Kevin Yoder

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It’s Tuesday and time again for Take Five, HOH’s weekly dose of five questions for a Member of Congress. This time around, we speak with Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) about some of his likes (Charles Dickens, Batman) and dislikes (University of Missouri sports teams).

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June 12, 2012

Take Five With Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Every week, HOH gives you a closer look at a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we talk to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) about “Portlandia,” why he’s a bow tie guy and his most embarrassing moment in Congress.
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