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July 30, 2015

Congress Goes to the Dogs

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., pets "Eddie" during the ASPCA's Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in Cannon Building, July 30, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dole pets “Eddie” during Paws for Celebration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet-nosed critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.

The “Paws 4 Celebration” event was designed as a way to get readily adoptable pets in front of big-hearted staffers. Full story

July 27, 2015

Lindsey Graham Shows Off New iPhone

Graham shows off his new iPhone at the Senate subway. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Graham shows off his new iPhone. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham got an iPhone.

And the South Carolina Republican says he doesn’t intend to begin texting or sending email — but he is getting calls and reading the news on the snazzy new device.

Full story

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.

Full story

July 24, 2015

Team ‘Good Wife’ Readies Hill-Centered ‘BrainDead’

How’s this for a conspiracy theory: Congress ain’t just broke. It’s been overrun by mindless pols.

OK, OK, so that’s the perma-banner affixed to most news sites these days.

Still, TV execs Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of “The Good Wife,” are planning to flesh out the nightmare that is modern politics via their forthcoming project, “BrainDead.” Full story

July 22, 2015

Congress, Between a Sausage and a Veggie Burger

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dietary allegiances were tested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the meat lobby and vegetarian-friendly toque Todd Gray squared off in a culinary tug of war for control of the hearts and minds — and mouths — of the legislative branch.

Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association founder Adam Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at the inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The North American Meat Institute and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine arranged for the widely attended free lunches, with each group courting its specific constituency with custom touches. Full story

Trumping the 2016 Contenders

Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?

The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.

In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. 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 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

June 25, 2015

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

(Courtesy W Hotel)

(Courtesy W Hotel)

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.

It’s the one time of the year we are mandated — by law (it’s enshrined in the Constitution; look it up) — to go out and have as much freakin’ fun as humanly possible.

Patriots that we are, HOH has compiled a to-do list for those interested in getting their America on all around the nation’s capital on July 4. (All events are on that day unless otherwise noted.) Full story

June 19, 2015

Alpacas on the National Mall

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In addition to great music, food and fun from Peru planned for the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, there will be alpacas.

On Friday, June 26, there will be a presentation by the weavers from the Center of Traditional Textiles. Based in Cuzco, Peru, members of the cooperative will demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. As a part of the ceremony, the alpacas will be decorated. They will also be at the festival the following Friday as well.

Flame Pool Alpacas (“Where Suris Rule” according to their website) from Columbia, Md., will be providing the world’s cutest pre-sweaters. Owner Kathy Graziani made clear that the alpacas will not be visiting with the crowd. Still, there will still be the spectacle of a dressed-up alpaca on the National Mall.

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Dennis Ross Smokes Out Grilling Mates

Just because he no longer makes the rounds on the competitive barbecue circuit does not mean Rep. Dennis A. Ross is done raking favorite foods — or like-minded colleagues — over the coals.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Every weekend I’ll be doing something,” the Florida Republican told HOH of his penchant for firing up his wood-pellet fed smokers, he’s got two, whenever time permits. Full story

June 12, 2015

Dan Kildee Views BLT Disposal as a Team Effort

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(Screenshot)

After securing another year of bragging rights by coming out on top in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Rep. Dan Kildee now faces a victory celebration decidedly not for the faint of heart.

Per the friendly wager he made on the game with Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich., the Michigan Democrat is owed one of the pound-plus BLTs that helped put Tony’s 1-75 Restaurant on the map.

“I think this might have to be a staff project,” the two-term lawmaker told HOH of the daunting delicacy. “There’s no way I can eat a pound of bacon, even in a month.” Full story

June 11, 2015

A Sea of Smiles at Taste of Hawaii

If the Taste of Hawaii gets much bigger, it will take over Upper Senate Park.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

At least a dozen lawmakers sampled some of Hawaii’s finest offerings at the second annual event, along with a crowd estimated at more than 1,000 in a spacious Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room.

Several guests overheard Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a repeat visitor, preaching the gospel of Spam musubi. Multiple sources told HOH the New York Democrat roped Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., into trying the exotic treat, and Schumer was still gushing about the magic of potted meats on his way out the door.

Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono again led the event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Full story

June 10, 2015

Michigan Pols Bet the Farm on Congressional Baseball Game

If Rep. Dan Kildee’s team clinches victory at Thursday’s 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, the Michigan Democrat has a herculean task before him. That’s because his reward for toppling freshman lawmaker John Moolenaar’s squad would be a heart-stopping sandwich — a BLT famously featuring one pound of fried bacon — procured from Tony’s I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run, Mich.

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(Screenshot)

“I’ve tried once, and didn’t even come close,” Kildee told HOH of a failed attempt to polish off the pork-packed behemoth. “No one I know has ever finished it. I think it’s a myth!”

Full story

June 9, 2015

Aloha, Taste of Hawaii Two!

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono is expected Wednesday to preside over the second annual Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill — a reception so widely attended last year that organizers had to book a bigger space this time around.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The regional expo is scheduled to take place Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. in Dirksen G-50. Full story

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