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July 23, 2014

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May 6, 2014

Congressional Women’s Softball Rosters Are Out

The Congressional Women’s Softball Team and its archrival, The Bad News Babes, are out with their rosters about a month ahead of  the Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Both teams feature 20 players. The member team will have strong delegations from Florida and Arizona. The press team boasts strong contingents from CNN, NBC News and The New York Times, and, of course, Roll Call.

Game day is June 18, and it benefits The Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.

The big takeaway are the rookies. Rep. Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., joined the team after her December special election win, along with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

Similarly, The Bad News Babes added ABC Deputy Bureau Chief Sara Just and The New York Times’ Carolyn Ryan to its own roster.

Full story

April 25, 2014

Overheard: Only in D.C. or, Tax Extenders Bring Up the Rear

“I think my butt was on TV during the tax extenders markup, though.”

— One staffer to another on Wednesday in the Russell Senate Office Building basement

December 12, 2013

Overheard: Rand Paul’s Hell-Freezing-Over Timeline

“I don’t think there’s going to be unanimous consent on anything until hell freezes over.”

— Sen. Rand Paul

By Roll Call Staff Posted at 12:58 p.m.
Overheards, Sens

July 17, 2013

‘Sneak a Bite’ Offers Bite of the Apple From Korea

Seoree, a Korea-based produce distributor, is marking its debut in U.S. markets by hosting a brand launch reception today, aiming to make the connection between specialty dishes and cocktails derived from its produce and the new U.S.-Korea free-trade agreement.

The “Sneak a Bite” event will feature Seoree products prepared by a Korean chef and and looks to showcase the types of good and products, such as Seoree’s organic apples and pears, that will be shared because of the FTA, as well as promote deeper mutual cultural understanding.

The launch is supported by two other Korea-based organizations: the Kim Chang Joon Future U.S.-Korea Foundation, led by former Rep. Jay Kim, R-Calif., and the Korea Fruit Agricultural Company Federation. The event will be held at the W Hotel (515 15th Street NW). Doors open at 5 p.m. to those with an invitation.

June 13, 2013

Mary Landrieu’s Kid Arrested on DWI Charges

Frank “Connor” Snellings, the 21-year-old son of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., was arrested Thursday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the French Quarter, as well as possession of an alcoholic beverage in the car and not maintaining proper control of the car, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

According to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the car Snellings was driving hit a pedestrian, who was not seriously injured. Snellings and a passenger were not hurt.

“We love our son wholeheartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night,” Landrieu told the Times-Picayune. “These actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system.”

Landrieu asked people “to respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time for our family.”

June 12, 2013

Weekend Work? Don’t Make Me Laugh | Overheard

“Usually we say that we’re going to do it on Friday and usually that threat seems to get it wrapped up on Thursday night. I have never missed a recess around here nor a weekend.”

— Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, regarding the defense authorization bill his panel is considering.

April 9, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“I know I didn’t have anything to do with it.”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the possible bugging of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign office.

March 18, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“We invited the American cardinals to a reception. So, unless I’m prepared to join the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a Roman Catholic I’d better show up or I’ll lose my soul.”

— Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., yukking it up in Italy, where he is leading a delegation for Tuesday’s papal installation ceremony for Pope Francis.

February 26, 2013

Former Surgeon General Once Gave Senate a Scare

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died Monday, prompting tributes to the 96-year-old public servant for his part in warning the nation on the risks of smoking and AIDS.

One of his last moments in the spotlight on Capitol Hill came at the height of the health care overhaul debate in November 2009, when a letter he wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hand-delivered to Reid’s office and set off a scare.
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February 15, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“The only purpose I serve around here is to cast a losing vote.”

— Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., at a Friday House Financial Services markup.

February 7, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“On behalf of the conservative movement, we are demanding you terminate Mr. Collegio. An apology is not acceptable.”

— Letter from Citizens for the Republic to American Crossroads CEO Steven Law regarding Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. Collegio earlier this week called Brent Bozell III a “hater” on the radio.

January 30, 2013

Capitol Quip: Vote for Your Winner

Capitol Quip: Vote for Your Winner

CQ Roll Call continues its new weekly cartoon caption contest with a second round this week. CQ Roll Call editors have culled this week’s entries to move to the next stage: five finalists our readers will be able to vote for during the next day.

So, using the comments section, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. Thursday. SPECIAL NOTE: If you submit your comment anonymously, we might have some difficulty getting you your signed print if you win. So before cloaking yourself, think about how we can contact you to get you your prize if you’re a winner. If you’re super shy, you can send us an anonymous line that only we will see at hoh@rollcall.com. Thanks for playing!

Here are this week’s finalists:

• “You mothers wear combat boots”

• “Full Metal Jackass”

• “I’m ready for that 3:00 AM phone call …”

• “Amateurs …”

• “2016….2016……please let it be 2016!”

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

January 28, 2013

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

CQ Roll Call editorial cartoonist R.J. Matson has submitted another Capitol Quip image for your consideration this week. Submit your entry in the comments below. Editors will pick five finalists to go before readers for another vote.

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for our first Capitol Quip contest. The winning entry, as voted by readers of the Heard on the Hill blog, is “Here’s our number. So call us, maybe …”. The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing.

January 18, 2013

Capitol Quip: Roll Call’s New Political Cartoon Caption Contest

Capitol Quip: Roll Calls New Political Cartoon Caption Contest

Test your wit with Capitol Quip, a new weekly cartoon caption contest in which Roll Call readers supply the captions and vote for the winner.

Every Monday, a new, unfinished cartoon by R.J. Matson will appear on this blog.

To complete the joke, enter as many captions as you like in the Comments section below. Entries will be accepted until noon Wednesday.

Five finalists, selected by CQ Roll Call editors, will be posted online Wednesday afternoon. Readers can vote for their favorite caption until 5 p.m Thursday.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear in this spot the next Monday, along with an unfinished cartoon for a new contest. Contest winners will receive a signed color print of their Capitol Quip cartoon.

Matson has been an editorial cartoonist at Roll Call, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The New York Observer. His cartoons and illustrations have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, MAD magazine and Rolling Stone.

November 28, 2012

Conrad Burns, Persevering

“They talk about the golden years; it’s really rust,” former Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., quipped Wednesday, as he was being squired around the Senate subway in his wheelchair by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Burns and his wife, Phyllis, have been in town visiting their daughter, who lives in the area. According to Mrs. Burns, the former senator recently fell at their daughter’s home and hurt his wrist and broke a rib — hence the wheelchair.

Still, Burns appeared to be in good spirits and attended Wednesday’s Senate GOP Steering Committee meeting in the Mansfield Room.

The couple had intended to stay in town through Tuesday but apparently plan to leave early.

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