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February 7, 2014

McCain Says Costas ‘Didn’t Know What the Hell He Was Talking About’ With Putin

Sen. John McCain is no fan of a report about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in bringing the Winter Olympics to Sochi, Russia, that aired on NBC Thursday.

“Bob Costas ought to stick to sports because he obviously didn’t know what the hell he was talking about,” the Arizona Republican told Fox News of the host of NBC’s Olympics coverage.

“This is being recorded, senator,” quipped Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

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Hollywood Producer/Charlie Sheen Foe ‘Mulling’ Run for Waxman Seat

Add television executive producer Chuck Lorre to the group of entertainment people jokingly giving a look at running for Congress in west Los Angeles.

The seat’s incumbent, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, announced his retirement in late January. The district represents Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu. As a result, California’s 33rd is home to many movie stars and Hollywood players.

Lorre announced on Thursday that he is “mulling the congressional seat.” The comments came in the form of a “vanity card” he writes at the end of each of his television program episodes. This one flashed up on Thursday after an episode of “The Big Bang Theory”:

I’m also mulling the congressional seat recently opened by the retirement of Henry Waxman. Again, I think my complete lack of experience is a selling point. I’m also a big fan of incompetent government, as the overly organized ones tend to put people like me on trains to Poland. For this elective office I’m thinking I need a campaign slogan that alienates no one. Something along the lines of, “Send me to Congress and watch what happens!”

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 3 (Video)

Members will stop at nothing to explain drunken fishing trips, Nordstrom’s return policy, why kids do drugs and how water is made. HOH condenses hours of content into five and a half minutes of the past week’s best and worst.

February 4, 2014

Foreign Affairs Committee Crew Coalesces Around Winter Olympics

Members of the usually combative Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday buried the hatchet long enough to rally behind the U.S. Olympic team.

In our opinion, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., took the gold in terms of expressing his enthusiasm about the upcoming action in Sochi, Russia:

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Lorenzo Lamas Mulls Run for Waxman’s Seat

In Heard on the Hill’s ongoing quest to bait as many celebrities as possible into running for the newly opened west Lost Angeles seat in Congress, we got a joking “maybe” from “Falcon Crest”/”Grease” star Lorenzo Lamas:

 

 

For context, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman announced last week he is retiring from his west Los Angeles-based district. California’s 33rd is unique in that it covers Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, parts of West Hollywood and a whole handful of other movie star enclaves.

This is the first time since 1974 that the region will see  an open-seat race, and so we spent part of Monday afternoon trolling various movies stars on Twitter to see if they are mulling a run.

This race has the potential to be the greatest House race in the history of the United States, and we don’t want to leave any stone unturned. (For serious coverage of the race, check out our At the Races blog.)

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January 31, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 27

After a week off, Congressional Hits and Misses returns with Burger King, Lady Gaga and baseball’s newest historian, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

January 29, 2014

Washington, Colorado Delegations Go Big on Super Bowl Bet

House lawmakers with ties to the championship-seeking teams — the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks — scheduled to duke it out for world dominance Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII, have raised the stakes by wagering some curious comestibles.

Along with all the obligatory sweets and regional produce, several pols have put genuinely adventurous dining experiences on the table.

Should the Broncos falter, Rep. Cory Gardner, D-Colo., is prepared to treat his counterparts from the Evergreen State to a hearty helping of Rocky Mountain oysters.

Deep-fried bull testicles are the “surprise” specialty locals love to foist upon unsuspecting visitors.

(Ballsy move, sir.)

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., appears determined to light a fire in the competition’s belly, offering up a sample of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey (a decade-old distillery dedicated to producing small batch spirits) along with “tamales” of unspecified origin.

Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., would be willing to part with boxes of select Celestial Seasonings Tea.

Mind you, a sore loser might be tempted to slip the victors a box of senna-laced “LaxaTea”… Full story

January 28, 2014

Harry Reid Admits to Dozing Off During Previous SOTUs

Harry Reid Admits to Dozing Off During Previous SOTUs

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confessed Tuesday to dozing off during past State of the Union addresses, though not on President Barack Obama’s watch.

The response came somewhat unexpectedly when the Nevada Democrat was asked if there was anything he would not want to hear from Obama in the speech.

“The only thing that would ever trouble me [is if he] said ‘Reid, stop dozing off,’” Reid said. “I, frankly, have dozed off once or twice. Not during the Obama years, of course.”

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January 27, 2014

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

It’s not every day that the leader of the free world invites himself into our collective living room.

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

So it’s very likely that Tuesday’s nationally televised State of the Union address will be the most animated that many Americans will see President Barack Obama all year.

Not so on the Internet, where the artsiest among us expend a great deal of time and energy reimagining what various presidents might look like under different circumstances.

Some unload on conservative policies (such as Ronald Reagan’s famous “trickle down” philosophy):

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

(Courtesy Egar Enterprises)

 

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January 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox: Our Once and Future King

We’re not ready to plunge into a Whovian wormhole and declare that the Capitol Hill Fox has been around for centuries. But stunning new evidence could send others spiraling.

The Architect of the Capitol’s unearthing of a faded photo of a man cradling a fox in front of the Capitol back in 1919 is just the latest piece of the mind-scrambling puzzle that is the CHF.

There are some who believe the red-haired rascal may be new in town. Administration types suspect the CHF is not working alone.

And still others are totally confused about the seemingly misdirected media worship. Full story

January 15, 2014

Scoring Points With the Capitol Hill Fox

As most social media users can attest, virtually everyone and their grandmother here in D.C. is now on the lookout for the Capitol Hill Fox.

 

 

Not that pining to see the auburn-colored adventurer necessarily equates to enjoying an audience with the media darling. (Dry those tears, Liz. We know you’ll get your chance one day!)

Of course, there are ways to draw out God’s creatures. In fact, Steve Hofman believes it’s even possible to befriend frequent feral visitors.

The former House staffer didn’t mention having to deal with any wild animals (political or otherwise) during his days working for the GOP leadership. But he struck up a rather interesting acquaintance after moving out west.

Scoring Points With the Capitol Hill Fox

(Courtesy Steve Hofman)

“My wife and I had our own pet fox, Junior, who visited our home in Colorado at least twice a day,” the Steamboat Springs resident told HOH.

“Junior,” Hofman explained, was never fully domesticated (continued living in the wild), but did grow quite comfortable with the family.

“He would walk up my driveway with me in getting our morning paper, sit at my feet on our front porch, and take food out of my hand. And, oh yes, entertain all our visitors, particularly those from the East who never saw a fox they didn’t run from,” Hofman said of the rapport they developed over time. Full story

January 14, 2014

Capitalizing on Capitol Hill Fox

Back when we began chronicling the adventures of the local legend now known as Capitol Hill Fox, the pointy-eared wonder was still scurrying into bushes to avoid prying eyes.

What a difference a week makes.

These days, the CHF is clearly living out loud — posing for pics at will and even performing for tourists who visited the Capitol this weekend.

An Architect of the Capitol aide said crew members encountered the camera-loving critter early Tuesday morning while making their rounds on the West Front. “It’s not our first sighting, but it is our first photo,” the administrative aide said, adding that groundskeepers described the animal as “docile” and felt it “looked healthy.”

It’s clear the CHF is here to stay.

In fact, our friends at DCist attempted to reverse-engineer its origin story, positing that the imagination-capturing interloper may, in fact, be the same wily character that feasted on first lady Michelle Obama’s untended kitchen garden during last year’s government shutdown.

We’re less concerned with where it came from than what to do with it now that the local community has obviously embraced it.

Here are a couple of win-win scenarios to consider:

BFF Camp

Have congressional aide Andrew Aydin bring his beloved pooch, Delilah, to work.

Capitalizing on Capitol Hill Fox

(Courtesy Andrew Aydin)

Walk the dog around until she either sniffs out the CHF or the CHF comes bounding out for its daily photo op.

Release Delilah and let the Disney magic ensue. Full story

January 13, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox: On the Hunt

Not only were there a plethora of Capitol Hill Fox sightings over the weekend, but our crowd-pleasing pal even sprang into action.

 

 

Evan Gildenblatt, a Kent State University alumnus, live-tweeted the latest CHF chronicles after spotting the fearless furball sunning itself on the lawn in front of the Capitol.

No longer satisfied with merely being an object of adulation, the CHF apparently decided to strike a little fear into the hearts of local admirers by savagely dispatching a too-slow squirrel.  “He put on a helluva of a show, … an old-fashioned safari-style kill,” the awestruck observer shared via Twitter.

Gildenblatt, who witnessed the chase and capture from start to finish, told HOH the brutal display happened right around 4:45 p.m. — prime time for visitors snapping pictures of the glowing Capitol just as the sun retreated beneath the horizon. Full story

January 10, 2014

POTUS Crashed My Leisurely Lunch

One minute you’re stuffing your face with a burrito, and the next the Secret Service is snooping through your bags and subjecting you to a full body scan.

POTUS Crashed My Leisurely Lunch

(John Gramlich/CQ Roll Call)

This is what happens when the president decides to chow down at the same D.C. restaurant as you.

So it went on Friday afternoon, when President Barack Obama trekked up to The Coupe in Columbia Heights for a policy luncheon at the 24-hour diner.

Patrons (this reporter included) were tipped off that someone notable was en route when an army of suits and earpieces showed up to sweep the place. The bomb-sniffing dog quickly changed the focus of everyone’s VIP theory from singer Chris Brown, who was in town for his arraignment earlier in the week, to either POTUS or FLOTUS.

Obama strode in a few minutes later and worked his way around the diner, shaking hands and making small talk with the 50 or so customers in the place.

POTUS Crashed My Leisurely Lunch

(John Gramlich/CQ Roll Call)

Lest anyone think the infant-kissing stops when you’re a lame duck, he also picked up some babies — one of whom daringly played with 44’s face. Another baby appeared to be having a bad hair day, prompting Obama to jokingly compare the windswept child to coiffure kingpin Donald Trump.

According to the White House, the purpose of the president’s visit was to dine with five young people “who are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers” in coverage expanded by the Affordable Care Act.

POTUS Crashed My Leisurely Lunch

(John Gramlich/CQ Roll Call)

The group huddled together for about an hour, just five feet away from your Columbia Heights pooler, with Obama wearing shirtsleeves and ordering what appeared to be the Coupe Burger — accompanied by sauteed spinach as well as a side of hot-sauce-laced onion rings — drinking iced tea and eventually paying for the meal with a credit card.

No word on the generosity of the president’s tip.

Football Breeds Bipartisanship, Betting

Bipartisanship is in the air, at least when it comes to the National Football League. It’s not uncommon to see fans of college and professional sports in Congress wager their states’ wares and fares over the outcome of contests, but this week has produced some nice examples of bipartisan bonhomie over the gridiron.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is a fierce partisan warrior, but she and Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have a cross-the-aisle bet on the outcome of Sunday’s Carolina Panthers-San Francisco 49ers divisional playoff game in Charlotte, N.C.

What’s on the line? Full story

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