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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Sticking It to the Man at the Minnesota State Fair

Has politics gone to seed at the Minnesota State Fair?

Travel Channel personality Andrew Zimmern has re-upped his mission to have folks fan out across the fair in search of fun, and while there’s a host of food-related items, there’s also a slot for the political.

Scavenger hunt! 50 things to look for at the @mnstatefair: http://t.co/7v71PO1q70

And his top priority may just stick in the establishment’s craw. Full story

August 11, 2015

Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington.

An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. Full story

July 29, 2015

Friends Pour Into Pombo Portrait Unveiling

Sitting lawmakers and onetime House Natural Resources Committee staff returned to their old stomping grounds in Longworth Tuesday to honor former Rep. Richard W. Pombo.

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“It’s like old House day!” one enthusiastic supporter who had gathered for the unveiling of Pombo’s official portrait sputtered while snaking through the flood of familiar faces. Full story

Bob Dole, Pet Adoption Ambassador

 

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attention: Bob Dole is inviting pet lovers from across the political spectrum to mingle Thursday with homeless critters on the hunt for bipedal companionship. Full story

July 27, 2015

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

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July 17, 2015

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”

(Courtesy DC Comics)

(Courtesy DC Comics)

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. Full story

July 14, 2015

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Comics in the Pipeline

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)SAN DIEGO — Bluewater Productions is doing its best to keep up with the ever-widening field of 2016 presidential hopefuls.

The independent publishing house expects to release its illustrated look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this August.

 

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

The latest installment in the “Political Power” series appears to focus on Bush’s role in the family business — a tradition that includes former presidents 41 and 43. Full story

July 13, 2015

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con (Video)

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SAN DIEGO – Rep. John Lewis not only dressed as a revolutionary leader during his second appearance at Comic-Con International, he behaved like one — seizing the opportunity to shape young minds by taking the future firmly in his hands.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat returned to the pop culture smorgasbord on July 11 to promote the second installment of his illustrated biography, “March.” Lewis co-wrote the ongoing series of graphic novels, which chronicle the life-threatening situations he often found himself in throughout the civil rights era, with right-hand man Andrew Aydin.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The duo has been working for several years now with artist Nate Powell on a trilogy of books detailing Lewis’ ongoing crusade to vanquish inequality, an arduous journey that’s routinely visited pain and suffering upon the 15-term lawmaker’s person but has never succeeded in crushing his spirit.

If anything, it’s made him stronger. Full story

July 12, 2015

Graphic Artist Sparks Impromptu Bernie Sanders Rally at Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO – Could the (fury) road to the White House one day lead through Comic-Con?

Mario Prado, a printing wiz currently smitten with 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders, doesn’t see that as such an absurd proposition.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Comic-Con attracts a lot of nerds. Nerds are very much on top of politics,” the printing shop owner told CQ Roll Call of his decision to stump for the Vermont independent.

Prado erected an eye-catching depiction of the populist pol facing off against the conservative Koch brothers in a Mad Max-like landscape along a heavily traveled crosswalk just outside the bustling entertainment hub. That, coupled with the fire engine-red T-shirt he wore in support of “Bernie Man” — showing Sanders’ signature shock of white hair replaced by flaming coiffure — drew in passersby, many of whom Prado said were not all that familiar with the veteran pol. Full story

July 9, 2015

Prescient Flick Tracks the Roller Coaster Ride That Is Restaurateuring

Dustin Harrison-Atlas has a long, hard summer ahead of him.

The ambitious documentarian has given himself just a few more months to condense nearly two years of filming with headstrong D.C. chefs — including unprecedented access to the evolution of nationally acclaimed dining destination Rose’s Luxury — into a 90-minute feature about the mad genius required to make it in the hospitality game.

Frankly ... Pizza! founder Frank Linn, Rose's Luxury founder Aaron Silverman and filmmaker Dustin Harrison-Atlas pose for a friendly pic. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

From left to right: Frankly … Pizza! founder Linn, Rose’s Luxury founder Silverman and filmmaker Harrison-Atlas pause for a breather. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

Harrison-Atlas aims to capture the Horatio Alger-like rise of Rose’s founder Aaron Silverman and fellow food visionary Frank Linn, the proprietor of Frankly … Pizza! in his forthcoming project, “New Chefs on the Block or This is What Happens when you Open a Restaurant.” And much like the budding restaurateurs, Harrison-Atlas is well aware of all the stars that had to align to propel this labor of love promisingly forward.

“I know I’m the only one in the whole country that’s got the best new restaurant in the country on film since day one,” he said of his unique perspective.

Full story

July 7, 2015

Free Your Mind at Comic-Con

Lewis is heading to Comic Con to discuss "March Book Two." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lewis is heading to Comic-Con to discuss “March Book Two.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attending Comic-Con International can certainly be about granting the imagination carte blanche to explore every fevered dream and act out the most outlandish childhood fantasies.

But there also exist opportunities — albeit typically overshadowed by the elaborate cosplaying and relentless corporate focus-testing — to think big thoughts and ruminate about where we’re all headed as a society.

While some will likely devote every waking moment of the weekend-long entertainment blitz (happening Thursday through Sunday) to stalking action movie stars or cable series regulars, many attendees will fill the rows of far-flung meeting rooms reserved for lively socio-political discourse. Full story

July 6, 2015

Rand Paul Won’t Be Going Hollywood

Paul is questioning a grant headed to Hollywood. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul is questioning a grant headed to Hollywood. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul may have just given away any chance of winning an Oscar.

The presidential hopeful’s regular series on government waste is turning its attention to a familiar foe of Republicans: Hollywood.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 2:23 p.m.
Artsy, Flicks

June 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

June 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Qualify for Comics Treatment

Bluewater Productions is inking White House hopefuls Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton into its scheduled coverage of the 2016 presidential race, readying graphic adaptions of their respective careers.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

This will mark the third time the independent publisher has placed Clinton under the microscope.

Previous installments of the politically inclined “Female Force” series explored the New York Democrat’s rise to first ladyhood, as well her tenure as secretary of State.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

“It is more of a modern biography of her life,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said of the ongoing examination of Clinton’s role in the politisphere. “It is focused around the last election as well as this upcoming election. What her choices are and were.” The Sanders book will fall under the banner of the “Political Power” series.

An alternative cover — touting the independent senator from Vermont as the “worst nightmare of the 1 percent!” — appears to play up his populist ideals.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

Davis intends to continue breaking down pols for the casual observer, mapping out plans to tackle Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next.

“Those are in the script phase,” he said of the swirling story lines.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the just-declared contender, is also on Davis’ short list, as are others.

“We still have a long list that changes of who we still want to cover. Some will be out of left field because I like to keep it fresh!” he suggested.

In the meantime, Davis will keep cranking out earlier titles the public keeps clamoring for — a roster that includes the recent probe of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and the flagship peek at former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 9:41 a.m.
Artsy, Books, FLOTUS, Sens

June 12, 2015

Will on the Hill Tries Hand With Intern Foibles

One of Washington’s dramatic traditions continues Monday with Will on the Hill. Professional actors take the stage along with members of Congress and journalists in Elizabethan-era costumes, all poking fun at the strangeness of #ThisTown. And they do it with only one rehearsal.

“It shouldn’t work, but it does,” writer Peter Byrne said in a phone interview. “Everyone comes into this with such goodwill that it succeeds.”

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By Megan Evans Posted at 2:49 p.m.
Artsy, DC, Drama

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