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February 20, 2015
The public broadcasting community is slated to tip its collective hat to Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Feb. 24 for a career spent defending the little media guy.
Per event organizers, the Illinois Democrat will be presented with the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award next week at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The breakfast meeting, which is scheduled to include remarks by Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus Co-Chairman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will cap off the 2015 Public Media Summit taking place in Washington from Feb. 22 through Feb. 24.
Attendees at the Association of Public Television Stations’ fourth annual conference are also expected to pay tribute to former Sen. Richard G. Lugar. The Indiana Republican will be honored with the CPB Thought Leader Award during a weekend luncheon. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is scheduled to share his take on public media’s role in civil discourse during the same session (Fairmont Washington Ballroom, 1-2:30 p.m.). Full story
February 11, 2015
Any House staffers looking to escape the drumbeat of war and Bibi bashing that’s engulfed Capitol Hill may want to consider dipping down to Yards Park Wednesday to take advantage of Nando’s latest free lunch promotion.
The South African chicken specialist is scheduled to give away a free quarter chicken, chicken sandwich or chicken pita to any customer who swings by 300 Tingey St. SE between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb 11. Full story
February 10, 2015
What happens when one of god’s creatures gets caught contemplating the fate of a faux compatriot?
“Bruce, no! They got you, too?” pic.twitter.com/YQzEoPaS37
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) February 10, 2015
Political junkies of all stripes, naturally, find a way to connect the dots back to Capitol Hill.
— Kristina Ribali (@KristinaRibali) February 10, 2015
It’s been decades since he stood on the fabled stage that so many comedy greats have called home. But come Sunday, Sen. Al Franken plans to be back in Studio 8H to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.”
The Minnesota Democrat, who spent a combined 15 seasons writing for and performing on the sketch comedy juggernaut, told HOH he expects to make the trek to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to watch the live, three-hour reunion show (scheduled to air on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.). “The whole experience was wonderful,” Franken said when pressed about the most memorable moments from over a decade spent with the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.” Full story
February 6, 2015
The hundreds of lawmakers, media professionals, staffers and armchair pundits who piled into the Mandarin Oriental ballroom for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s yearly gala Wednesday were treated to a double dose of comedy from a pair of quick-witted pols.
Colorado Republican Cory Gardner and New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel took turns letting each other, their colleagues and everyone else in the room for the 71st Annual Congressional Dinner have it, peppering their tongue-in-cheek remarks with topical barbs.
MSNBC personality Alex Wagner (check out her routine from 27:45-35:01) led the assault by comparing Capitol Hill decorating schemes to hit TV shows. Full story
February 5, 2015
Shake Shack — still coming off its price-doubling IPO high, no doubt — is looking to spread some love by giving local bands a shot at nationwide exposure via its “Burger Beats” contest.
The aspiring musicians who make the final cut stand to have their signature sound spotlighted on Shake Shack’s constantly evolving Spotify playlist.
According to the fast-food giant’s Facebook page, the only real restriction is that any would-be performers must be located within the burger baron’s gradually expanding orbit, a community that currently includes: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Florida, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and, you guessed it, Washington, D.C.
Which means congressional crooners are in play. Full story
February 4, 2015
Lawmakers from across the Capitol poured into the Willard Hotel Tuesday to honor the unique flavor bourbon has contributed to Congress.
The feel-good presser was the brainchild of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association; the former provided historical context while the latter kept the predominantly Southern crowd in good spirits.
February 2, 2015
Some political observers maintain that adopting the Republican-endorsed practice known as “dynamic scoring” would gravely undermine the Congressional Budget Office’s credibility moving forward.
Actuarial tug-of-war aside, the agency shouldn’t be surprised if folks on Capitol Hill stop taking its calls altogether — particularly since the telecommunications gods appear to already be throwing shade.
January 30, 2015
The little Capitol Hill creamery that could is celebrating its one-year anniversary by doling out surprise cheeseboards to people customers feel are most deserving of some gourmet gratitude.
Those interested in taking advantage of Sona Creamery and Wine Bar’s “Random Acts of Cheese” campaign are encouraged to nominate those worthy of a dairy-rich snack. Full story
January 28, 2015
Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.
The Michigan Republicans ventured out into the snow-covered landscape in 2014.
January 27, 2015
Never one for false modesty, Sen. Charles E. Grassley thinks he’s pretty good at using Twitter.
If u are a “follower” and u paid for my breakfast at VillageInn CedarFalls let me know do I can thank you Waiter told me when askd for chk
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015
Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up? Full story
January 23, 2015
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?
What’s different about Matthew Leffingwell’s swan song is that even though he’s joining a global powerhouse co-founded by musical royalty, the Capitol Hill vet insists he will genuinely miss hearing solons crack wise about, well, everything. Full story
January 21, 2015
Alejandro Renteria didn’t have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.
US President Obama signing my brother’s tie (Alejandro Renteria) at the State of Union 2015 pic.twitter.com/b9G4UHgtyh
— Robert Rent (@RobertRent) January 21, 2015
January 16, 2015
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.