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May 28, 2015

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May 14, 2015

Looking Good in That #Strengthie

Looking Good in That #Strengthie

The Markey #strengthie (Courtesy Twitter)

Just when you thought selfies couldn’t get any more prevalent, the ONE Campaign comes in strong with a new one.

It’s called a #strengthie: a selfie that pays homage to the “Rosie the Riveter” and “We Can Do It” images of female empowerment. Members of Congress, including Sen. Edward J. Markey and Reps. Katherine M. Clark, Joeseph P. Kennedy III, Jim McGovern, all D-Mass., and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., are joining Beyoncé and others in ONE’s global day of action to fight poverty and sexism through social media. Full story

May 8, 2015

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

Mornings at Union Station just got a bit brighter.

Shake Shack, the New York City-based burger, hot dog and shake shop, will start offering breakfast at the Union Station location on Monday, May 11th. The expanded offerings are expected to be available Monday through Friday from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

This is the third Shake Shack location to offer breakfast and the first in the D.C. area; Shake Shacks at JFK Airport and Grand Central Station in New York also have the option.

The expanded carte features breakfast offerings forged from: Martin’s potato rolls (same as on the burgers), Pat LaFrieda sausage, applewood-smoked bacon and cage-free eggs supplied by Niman Ranch, as well as American cheese.

Stumptown cold brew coffee (unadulterated stuff comes in stubby bottles, the half-and-half doctored variety in cartons) and fresh-squeezed orange juice round out the new recruits. Full story

April 21, 2015

Let Them Eat Cake! America Eats Tavern Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

Let Them Eat Cake! America Eats Tavern Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

Washington’s chocolate cake, center, carrot cake, right, and coconut cake, left, are among the free slice offerings for Administrative Professionals Day. (Photo Courtesy America Eats Tavern)

José Andrés is at it again.

To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday, Andrés’ America Eats Tavern in McLean, Va., will offer a free slice of cake to all administrative professionals who show their business cards.

But what does this mean for Capitol Hill staffers, many of whom are “administrative professionals” in some sense of the word? Full story

April 9, 2015

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

It’s a home run for Nationals Park, which plans on adding a nursing lounge this July (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Nationals Park may be getting a bit more family friendly this year.

Responding to a change.org petition started by an Arlington woman, a spokesperson for the Washington Nationals said there are plans to open a “state-of-the-art space to accommodate nursing mothers” at Nationals Park this July, in time for the All-Star break. Women currently have the option to use a designated conference room, but there is no view of the game from it, and the petition complained it lacked privacy and was uncomfortably warm. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:36 p.m.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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