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March 13, 2015

Step-Dancing the Night Away to Fight Cancer

Step Dancing the Night Away to Fight Cancer

Irish step dancers entertained guests. (Courtesy Jack Hartzman Photography)

The hot ticket this past weekend? The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 21st Annual Spring Gala, which on March 6 hosted about 900 guests who donned tuxedos and ball gowns to raise more than $1.6 million for cancer prevention and early detection.

Several guests donned green in support of this year’s Irish theme, “Ireland: Legendary and Contemporary.” Irish step dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance were the featured entertainment, and Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson gave the keynote address, pledging Ireland would become smoke-free by 2025.

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March 4, 2015

View-Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, looks through a 1950s-style View-Master, which contains a series of memes by the ONE Campaign (Courtesy Rebecca Fudala/ONE Campaign).

Old school took a visit to Capitol Hill this week. As part of the ONE Campaign’s lobby day, members of Congress and staff received View-Masters filled with memes promoting foreign aid.

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

(Screenshot/Buzzfeed)

Members of Congress were quick to put the View-Masters to work; each knew what to do when presented with the toy. (By way of explanation for the iPad generation: A View-Master user puts their eyes to the lens to view a series of pictures that can be changed with a click.)

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March 3, 2015

From One Form of Sausage-Making to Another

From One Form of Sausage Making to Another

Kushner, center, Feder, left, and Alex Mejia, right, of MeatCrafters prepare lunch at the processing plant in Landover, Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

“We get the joke all the time,” Kushner said. “We really know how the sausage gets made.” Full story

February 24, 2015

Duckworth Back at Work Following Maternity Leave

Duckworth Back at Work Following Maternity Leave

The new mom back at work: Duckworth with baby Abigail (Courtesy Twitter).

Congress has yet another working mom to add to its ranks.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is back at work after giving birth to daughter Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey in November.  According to her office, Duckworth took 12 weeks paid maternity leave and returned to work at the district office at the end of last month. While on leave, she was able to take brief trips to D.C. for her swearing-in and the signing of the Clay Hunt veterans suicide prevention bill earlier this month, but this is her first full week back on Capitol Hill. It was also Abigail’s first plane ride, which, according to Duckworth’s office, went quite well.

Duckworth’s maternity leave corresponds to the amount she offers her own staff.  Women receive 12 weeks paid maternity leave; men receive six weeks paid paternity leave. Duckworth described her leave as “an amazing time in my life to be able to spend so much time with Abigail” in a statement to HOH.

What’s next on the busy working mom’s to-do list? Mulling a Senate run perhaps?

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 2:21 p.m.
It's a Girl!

February 11, 2015

Raise Your Hand for Capitol Quip

Raise Your Hand for Capitol Quip
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. Eastern Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • If anything, we should have to wash our hands on the way IN here!
  • I guess they call it dirty politics for a reason.
  • If word of this leaks out, we’re through.
  • I had my broker buy 10,000 shares of Purell stock this morning.
  • I’m washing my hands of this one!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Feb. 15 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. 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 Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:21 p.m.
Capitol Quip

February 4, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite Today Is Tomorrow Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Today Is Tomorrow Capitol Quip!
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. Eastern Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

Crude but effective.
Our forecast is in the pipeline!
Is that Harry Reid down there? He must have slipped on those tar sands!
Well, do you predict an oily spring?
Silent spring?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Feb. 8  and in the following print edition of Roll Call. 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 Rebecca Gale Posted at 2:39 p.m.
Capitol Quip

January 28, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite Deflategate Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Deflategate Capitol Quip!
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:

  • Let him try to throw this one … I’ve filled it full of lead.
  • Our little pre-game meeting worked. He never developed into a Johnny-Unite-Us.
  • I don’t understand why we continue to play his game.
  • Why does he look like Tom Brady and I feel like Johnny Manziel?
  • I think he just called us the JV team.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Jan. 31 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:25 p.m.
Capitol Quip

January 21, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite SOTU Capitol Quip!

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

Vote for Your Favorite SOTU Capitol Quip!

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

Vote for Your Favorite SOTU Capitol Quip!

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:

  • Obama: The pen is mightier than the sword; Boehner: I had an inkling he’d say that.
  • Obama: This veto pen has an almost hypnotic power!; Boehner: Maybe that’s why I’m falling asleep.
  • Obama: I present to you, my tactical writing pen; Boehner: Watch the master make it all disappear.
  • Obama: I wish bartender Mike was here; Boehner: I wish bartender Mike was here.
  • Obama: Whenever I veto a bill, I like to use two pens; Boehner: The old double ‘cross!’

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Jan. 25 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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January 7, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite World’s Reddest Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Worlds Reddest Capitol Quip!

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:

  • This just makes me feel so blue…
  • This place is starting to look like a used car lot.
  • These guys are probably the happiest things we’ll see all year!
  • I guess red is the new black.
  • Hope the helium doesn’t go to their heads.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Jan. 11 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:10 p.m.
Capitol Quip

December 10, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Capitol Christmas Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Capitol Christmas Capitol Quip!

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:

  • On Boehner, on McConnell, On Cruz and Rand Paul…now dash away, dash away, dash away all!
  • You’re definitely checking the list more than twice.
  • Why do we have to give the Grinch presents?
  • Wait a minute – those gifts weren’t authorized in the CROmnibus!!!
  • We’ll have a holly jolly sequester.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Dec. 14 and in the following print edition of Roll Call (the final print edition for 2014!). The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:33 p.m.
Capitol Quip

December 3, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Changing of the Guard Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Changing of the Guard Capitol Quip!

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:

  • Yes, I know the Senate doesn’t have a mace. I couldn’t decide what to get you so I stole this from the House.
  • It’ll be a remake, Mr. Reid Goes to Washington
  • I love holiday traditions, don’t you Harry?
  • By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you useless. You may now kiss my filibuster.
  • Do I get three wishes with this?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Dec. 7 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:12 p.m.
Capitol Quip

November 19, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Elephant Walk Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Elephant Walk Capitol Quip!

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:

  • Truncated policies are certainly on our agenda
  • There are two elephants in the room. Obama can’t ignore us now.
  • Now we can finally work together to get nothing done.
  • We’ll have to wait two more years for the THREE-Ring Circus.
  • Working for peanuts? Heck, I’d do this for free!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Nov. 23 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:42 p.m.
Capitol Quip

November 17, 2014

Going to the Chapel, Gonna Get Married: Roll Call Wedding Announcements

Love is in the air! Along with the holidays comes a season of true love, wedding bells, engagement rings and champagne toasts.

For Hill staffers getting engaged or married, Roll Call wants to know.

Roll Call features Capitol Hill staffers and their nuptials in our Roll Call Weddings feature. Have a story to share? Send it to us! We love posed pictures, white satin, four-tier cakes and clever first dance songs.

Any creative details, please include. And if you met on Capitol Hill, we want to hear all about it. Softball love affairs, intern-staffer matchmaking, late nights at the Tune Inn — romance blooms anywhere and everywhere around the Capitol Dome.

Submit wedding and engagement details through our easy form here.

See more from the Roll Call Wedding archive:

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot
Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain
Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke
Love Sparked From Beehive State: Clay White, Tanya Robertson Engaged
Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn
Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

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

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November 5, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Election Results Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Election Results Capitol Quip!

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. Eastern Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Can I borrow that after you’re done with it?
  • You are just proving that money really does influence voters.
  • So a twenty-five cent coin trumps a billion dollars in attack ads?
  • Heads Republicans win; tails Democrats lose.
  • When I gave you a penny for your thoughts, I did not know that this is how you would waste it!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Nov. 9 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. 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 Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:25 p.m.
Capitol Quip

October 29, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Trick or Treat Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Trick or Treat Capitol Quip!

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. Eastern Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Getting the R’s and D’s to work together would be a trick AND a treat.
  • I hear they won’t answer the door if you’re dressed as President Obama.
  • The really spooky stuff happens after November 4.
  • Don’t bother, the only thing working in that house is the lights!
  • Be careful — last year, the guy with the orange face dropped a pack of Camel Lights into my bag!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Nov. 2 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

Roll Call Election Map: Race Ratings for Every Seat

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:19 p.m.
Capitol Quip
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