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November 25, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

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Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called “Sunny and 75” at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb.” Full story

October 7, 2015

Library of Congress Staffers Cleaning House With Used Book Sale

Bargain shoppers, rejoice!

The Library of Congress’ annual used book sale is taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), and everything is priced to move.

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

The yearly purge, coordinated by the Library of Congress Professional Association, serves as a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds flowing through to the CFC general fund. Full story

Clinton Campaign Features @KevinMcCarthy — No, Not That One

On Twitter, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy goes by @GOPLeader. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy!

But, the Internet does not seem to know that, and the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking full advantage.

The @kevinmccarthy one belongs to a guy named Kevin McCarthy in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa McCarthy has received no shortage of messages on Twitter since the California Republican threw his hat into the ring for speaker and commented on the political implications of the House’s committee investigating the attack on Benghazi, Libya, which he has since revised and extended.

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October 2, 2015

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s  Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.

Tickets to the all-inclusive event are $58 per person.

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September 28, 2015

Jim Moran, Knockaround Guy

Former Rep. James P. Moran has, no doubt, for years dined out on the tale of once stepping into the ring with former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

But the particulars surrounding the fabled encounter have always remained fuzzy.

No mas.

HOH went a few rounds with the 12-term lawmaker, slipping in repeated requests for details about the carefully choreographed spectacle. Full story

September 23, 2015

The Best Congressional Tweets on #Popeapalooza

After rolling into town late Tuesday in an armor-plated Fiat, Pope Francis made his public debut Wednesday via an early morning visit to the White House and a carefully choreographed lap around the Ellipse.

UNITED STATES - September 23: Pope Francis stands with President Barack Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Francis stands with Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum seemed thrilled to have the head of the Catholic church around, sharing candid pics and heartfelt observations about the momentous occasion on social media. Full story

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, Sept. 23 sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.



While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. Full story

September 21, 2015

Pope Francis Inspires Tchotchkes Galore

Pope mania is here. (Steve Komarow/CQ Roll Call)

Pope mania is here. (Steve Komarow/CQ Roll Call)

Oh, the papal tchotchkes you’ll see!

Are you worried you won’t be able to catch a glimpse of the popemobile as it ferries Pope Francis down Pennsylvania Avenue? Fret not. The National Shrine Shops, operators of the gift shop at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — just below where the pontiff will celebrate Mass on Wednesday and canonize Junípero Serra — has for sale a 7-inch model for the low, low price of $99.95! Full story

September 18, 2015

Web Crawlers Project Wonky Biases Across America

Real-life rocket scientist Andrew Rader posed a simple question to Google: “Why is [insert state name here] so …” in order to observe how the search engine would fill in the superlative blanks based on previous interrogatories.

The feedback proved somewhat frightening.

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September 15, 2015

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Simpson, up to something? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

Simpson: Former senator, current matchmaker, eternal romantic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn’t solve the nation’s financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.

The 84-year-old Wyoming Republican, who held office from 1979 to 1997, is being partly credited for the recent marriage of a New York Public Radio podcaster, Anna Sale, and a wildlife research scientist, Arthur Middleton.

It’s all detailed in the featured item of the Sunday New York Times wedding section. Full story

Garrison Is Rob Weland’s Call to Farms | Food Court

Chef Rob Weland is pictured in his restaurant Garrison, on Barrack's Row. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Weland in his restaurant Garrison, on Barrack’s Row. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill denizen Rob Weland is making himself right at home with Garrison (524 Eighth St. SE), a passion project that’s allowed the pioneering local toque to finally put down roots on his own terms. Full story

September 11, 2015

Hill Vet Amped About Private Kenny Loggins Show

Just more than a year after successfully soliciting strangers to bankroll a plan to have soft rock god Kenny Loggins perform in a certain superfan’s living room, former House aide Erick Sanchez stands poised to welcome his musical idol Sunday for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Upon discovering last summer that the fabled singer-songwriter was rounding up financial support for a potential album, Sanchez — a one-time aide to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who has since become a senior advisor at Frontier Solutions — swung into action by issuing a cyber-SOS to fellow adult contemporary fans. Full story

September 9, 2015

Alterna-Talk Shows Take on the Old Guard

Two self-styled interviewers are ready for their close-ups, as both “Roske on Politics” and “The Open Mind” take to the D.C. airwaves to freshen up the political conversation.

One-time House hopeful Brent Roske in late 2014 went all-in on covering campaigns, ditching sunny Southern California for snowy Des Moines to move closer to the electoral action. His prescient change in latitude now appears to be paying off in spades: The “Chasing the Hill” vet has garnered an Emmy nomination for his video chats with visiting candidates and others. Full story

August 25, 2015

Free Snow Cones for Those Who Hate Internet Taxes


(Flyer image courtesy of SBEC)

In its push to freeze efforts to tax Internet access, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council will be passing out snow cones on Wednesday.

The shaved-ice desserts will be dished up on Delaware Avenue and D Street Northeast for two hours, starting at noon. Planners invite anyone on the Hill to stop by for a free cone.

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August 21, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

If that program sounds like musica to your orejas, then the Arepa Zone Launch Party happening Saturday night may be just the ticket.

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

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