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October 10, 2015

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October 7, 2015

Overheard: Droning On in Committee

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“We had interruption of critical firefighting activity this summer because of idiots wanting to fly their toy drones.”

 House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., at a hearing Wednesday. Full story

September 24, 2015

Overheard: Boehner, Keep Hope Alive

The pope's meeting with Boehner is broadcast outside the Capitol. (Emma Dumain/CQ Roll Call)

The pope’s meeting with Boehner is broadcast outside the Capitol. (Emma Dumain/CQ Roll Call)

“I need a lot of hope today.”

John A. Boehner, replying to Pope Francis’ assertion the speaker’s green tie was “the color of hope” during their meeting just before the joint meeting of Congress Thursday. Full story

January 28, 2015

Overheard: Boehner ‘Not Sure’ if He’s Golfing This Weekend

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I’m not sure what I might be doing tomorrow.”

— Speaker John A. Boehner, boarding a US Airways flight to Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday, when asked if he was looking forward to a round of golf

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August 4, 2014

Bill Maher Flip a District: Coffman Rounds Out Final Four

Coffman is in a Tossup race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coffman is in a Tossup race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Bill Maher Flip a District effort is going after Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, rounding out the final four Republicans the comedian wants to give the boot from Congress.

What’s interesting about the Coffman selection is he is the only lawmaker on Maher’s list actually representing a competitive seat.

Coffman’s race in the 6th District is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. The three others — Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas — are in contests rated Safe Republican.

Maher said on the Aug. 1 summer finale of his HBO show “Real Time” that Coffman earned the final slot.

“That’s right, Mike is a deep-red conservative trying to keep pace with a district that’s turning purple and smokin’ green,” Maher said, grinning. “He once said that [President Barack] Obama is just not an American. Wow, you’d have to be high to re-elect a guy like that.”

That’s a reference to a May 12, 2012, fundraiser, during which Coffman reportedly said he isn’t sure about Obama’s citizenship. The Denver Post reported the quote as, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

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July 28, 2014

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher's #flipadistrict project added Ellmers to the final four. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher’s Flip a District project added Ellmers to the final four. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher’s attempt to oust a Republican member of Congress is nearing its final stage, with the liberal comedian announcing July 25 on his HBO show that Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has made it to the final four of his viewer-driven “Flip a District” contest.

Ellmers joins John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas. Maher will announce the last of the quartet on Friday night, his final show before “Real Time” takes a summer break. The aim appears to be the selection of one Republican in the final stretch of the midterm cycle and then support for that lawmaker’s Democratic challenger with both money and attention. The Flip a District “loserest loser of all,” as Maher dubs it, will be announced when his show films from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

He went after Ellmers, who was among the “tweet 16” finalists, on July 25.

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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.

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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.

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