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January 27, 2015

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January 26, 2015

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.

Lewis brought up the bipartisan movie plans during a National Press Club discussion of his latest autobiographical project, “March: Book Two.” Full story

January 23, 2015

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.

Someone in the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., recently did just that, juxtaposing the New England Patriot’s ballsy brushoff of #DeflateGate with head-scratching comments delivered by administration officials.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever gate

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The eight-question “quiz” is all about celebrating foot-in-mouth disease — a relatively common condition here on Capitol Hill. Full story

January 20, 2015

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

No Labels, the group dedicated to solving the nation’s problems and avoiding labels at all costs, has gotten about 70 members of Congress to agree to be a “problem solver.” You can even see these folks at Tuesday’s State of the Union address because they’ll be wearing, um, labels.

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The official No Labels “problem solver” lapel pin is a green-on-black ampersand-looking symbol that fits neatly alongside a member’s member lapel pin. The ampersandy thingie is made of a “p” and and “s.” It’s nothing like the swirly symbol from “True Detective.”

“We wanted to do something different and eye-catching,” No Labels’ Matt Groch told HOH. Previous iterations of No Labels’ lapel pins have been a bit wordy (“Committed to Fix Not Fight — No Labels — Problem Solver” goes one the blasts from the past.)

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John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

Rep. John Lewis has once again donned his graphic novelist cowl, officially swinging back into campaign mode on Wednesday to help promote the second installment of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

A few years back, the Georgia Democrat began penning the serialized treatment of his civil-rights era experiences with House aide and co-author Andrew Aydin. The duo has since inked two chapters of Lewis’ pre-congressional exploits — the latest of which is expected on retail shelves this week.

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

(Courtesy Top Shelf Productions)

Fans of the genre can pick the pair’s brains about the whole creative process during a book signing/fundraiser hosted by the National Press Club. The Book Rap event is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Lounge. Full story

January 16, 2015

Laser Cat May Just Take Your Breath Away

Follow Friday. Feline Friday. Whatever you want to call our weekly tumble down virtual rabbit holes, there’s no escaping the fact that you MUST pledge allegiance to Laser Cat.

An amalgamation of music, art and animatronics, Laser Cat is scheduled to shower Yards Park with all kinds of visual funkiness next month. The eye-catching experiment, which has so far been nurtured by the Barcelona-based visionaries known as Hungry Castle and the Art Directors Club, thrives on a steady diet of fan-submitted art, fun-loving DJs and global destinations.

⚡️ Laser Cat Brooklyn ⚡️ from Hungry Castle on Vimeo.

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January 13, 2015

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

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Retired Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., last fall laid the foundation for this fisticuff-y trip down memory lane by sharing how a handful of lawmakers dealt with disagreements back in the day.

Reducing screwy pols to mere caricatures of themselves is a time-honored tradition among those grossly dissatisfied with what does (or does not) routinely take place in the halls of Congress.

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January 9, 2015

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

The second act of Georgia Democrat John Lewis’ animated history lesson, “March: Book Two,” portrays some of the grittiest times this nation has ever faced.

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

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Lewis — along with co-author and legislative aide Andrew Aydin, and graphic artist Nate Powell — hop right back into the seemingly hopeless situation of attempting to redirect society one incredibly brave step at a time. Full story

#FF: She-Span on Tumblr

#FF: She Span on Tumblr

Tsongas at a bus stop on Massachusetts Ave. Southeast. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

If you’re waiting for a bus and are startled by a facsimile of a female member of Congress looking at you, fret not. It’s just another manifestation of She-Span, an art project dedicated to representing the women in Congress and ably chronicled both in public spaces and at she-span.tumblr.com.

According to that She-Span Tumblr page, the project got underway in 2013, after the 113th Congress was sworn in. It “seeks to make women in Washington more visible, and envisions a future in which Congress reflects the composition of all its constituents.”

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January 8, 2015

Social Media Enthralled by Political Lovefest

The 114th Congress has only been in session for a few days now, but meme-makers appear to be quite smitten with what they’ve seen.

Unlike the party poopers at the National Republican Congressional Committee — who are shocked (SHOCKED, I tell you) by all the naughty bits in “The Global War on Morris,” the satirical novel from former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and newly minted author, Steve Israel of New York — the web savvy have embraced the bonhomie on display by our elected officials. Full story

January 7, 2015

Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas

Rep. Peter Roskam and his artist wife, Elizabeth, have once again teamed up to create one of the most colorful time keepers on Capitol Hill: the family’s homespun calendar.

Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas

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This marks the second time the Illinois Republican has collaborated with his visually inclined spouse on such a project, the original having popped up around the holidays in late 2013. Full story

December 17, 2014

John Dingell Wraps It All Up in Holiday Jingle

Rep. John D. Dingell, the retiring dean of the House, jokingly reflects on a lifetime of public service and the current state of congressional affairs in his latest holiday greeting.

John Dingell Wraps It All Up in Holiday Jingle

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Michigan Democrat, who each winter lampoons the year that was, is concluding his tenure on the Hill after nearly 60 years. His wife, newly minted lawmaker Debbie Dingell, is set to succeed him in the 114th Congress. Full story

November 25, 2014

Capitol Hill Cop Spices Things Up as ‘Three Sheets Chef’

Capitol Police Officer Terry Heffernan told HOH he caught the acting bug while in college.

If only the theater crowd could see him now.

Capitol Hill Cop Spices Things Up as ‘Three Sheets Chef’

While he spends most of his time keeping the congressional campus safe, Heffernan has also been actively pursuing any and every opportunity to perform since the 1990s. “Being a police officer is my favorite way to support myself being an actor,” he quipped.

That lifelong dream has led him to blending in with the thousands of freezing cold extras seen huddled around the National Mall in that iconic scene from “Forrest Gump.” It compelled him to take a shot in an almost Doritos ad. And it inspired him to create the demented instructional series, “Three Sheets Chef.”

“It came to me while I was ruthlessly hung over, sitting on my couch watching the Food Channel,” Heffernan said of the “a-ha!” moment that led to his satirical side-gig.

The extremely low-tech series debuted in late 2011. Since then, Heffernan and a rag tag crew — including a fellow Capitol Hill cop who handles editing duties — have cobbled together just over a dozen installments of horribly misguided culinary instruction.

“We haven’t really figured out what the purpose of the show is yet, but I’ll tell you this, we’re really hoping to get on HBO.  And I have a feeling the best way to do that is for me to say ‘cocksucker’ about every three minutes,” Heffernan, channeling his perma-tipsy counterpart, explains in episode one.

Sure enough, the wheels come off each time. Full story

November 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Cops Ham It Up in Prospective Doritos Ad

Apart from walking the same beat, Capitol Police Officers Terry Heffernan and Brian Stevers also share a passion for acting — a creative outlet currently being fed by starring rolls in a would-be Doritos commercial.

The aspiring ad, originally conceived and shot by short film vet Antonio Souto, is just one of the current crop of fan-made entries in the chip maker’s annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest.

Heffernan plays the smug, snack-hoarding mark terrorized by a creepy, tutu-clad Chihuahua for not sharing the famously cheesy grub with a nefarious little girl. By the end of the 30-second spot, the defeated schlub seeks to visit the same ruin on another unsuspecting stooge (Stevers) unwilling to part with a single, orange dust-covered morsel. Full story

November 10, 2014

Diran Lyons Rings Obama’s Bell

Pop culture slicer-and-dicer Diran Lyons has pieced together a new video wherein President Barack Obama maintains a laser-like focus on just two things: razing hell and sinking putts.

Mad props to Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly for contributing that killer quivering lip.

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November 7, 2014

Pro-Japanese Politicians Honored for Their Global Outreach

While the rest of us spent the week fixating on everything that is wrong with Congress, the Japanese extolled the good that federal lawmakers can do by conferring one of that country’s top honors upon Washington Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott and Wisconsin Republican Reps. Tom Petri and Jim Sensenbrenner.

The three lawmakers recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in recognition of their working relationships with the island nation.

Pro Japanese Politicians Honored for Their Global Outreach

Petri displays his Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star awards in Japan. (Courtesy Tom Petri)

“For a long time they have been making contributions to promoting Japan-U.S. legislative exchange, and maintaining and deepening the Japan-U.S. alliance through the promotion of enhanced understanding of Japan in the U.S. Congress,” Japanese officials stated in a release, adding, “It is unprecedented for 3 members of the U.S. Congress to simultaneously receive this honor.” Full story

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