The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.
How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story
Richmond, left, looks to pass to one of his teammates. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)
“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”
The game announcer summed up the electricity in the Gonzaga College High School gymnasium Wednesday night as the Home Court Charity Basketball Game went into a second overtime. “Hill’s Angels,” made up of members of Congress and staffers, were tied with Georgetown faculty aka the “Hoya Lawyas,” at 41 points a piece. Next basket would win. Full story
Ahhh, the middle of March. That time of year when the eyes of the nation turn away from anything and everything business-related and become locked on whatever electronic device is handy — TV, computer, smartphone — in order to keep track of that all-important commodity: one’s meticulously crafted NCAA bracket.
Politicos are not exempt from the collective obsession with the men’s basketball championship tournament. President Barack Obama has, for several years now, gone on record with his prognostications.
And plenty of sports fans on Capitol Hill — be they alumni of those on the hunt for a national title or proud supporters of the athletes they represent — love to trade barbs (and bet regional delicacies) in pursuit of ultimate bragging rights. Full story
It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
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This year’s showdown — scheduled to take place at Watkins Recreation Center on June 24 promptly at 6 p.m. — is set to feature a whole host of new faces on the members’ squad, thanks to a significant uptick in the number of lady lawmakers who triumphed at the ballot box last fall.
The question, provoked by the dark shades the Nevada Democrat donned during a Tuesday news conference, is dictated by precedent, based on a variety of established rules, customary practices and ad hoc arrangements made to suit specific circumstances. Full story
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid may be truly concerned with the fate of funding the Department of Homeland Security, but he looked cool as a cucumber during his news conference Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor.
Nearly two weeks after a second eye surgery was required as he recovers from a New Year’s Day exercise accident, a pair of dark shades have replaced the bandage once covering the Nevada Democrat’s right eye. Full story
His best skating days may be behind him, but Rep. Patrick Meehan’s conduct during his hockey officiating career made a lasting impression on National Hockey League player and newly minted author Val James.
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James, who details his life experiences in the forthcoming “Black Ice: The Val James Story,” recalls one particular incident when the Pennsylvania Republican’s character brilliantly shone right through.
“When two Richmond Rifles fans cast a fishing line with a toy monkey tied to it into the penalty box where James was sitting, referee Patrick Meehan stopped the [Eastern Hockey League] game and demanded the ejection of the offending fans,” political reporter and hockey aficionado William Douglas chronicled on his blog.
“He did something that could have possibly at that point got him killed or lynched after the game,” James wrote. “But, nonetheless, he stood up for something, and that means a lot to me.” Full story
According to staff, the House minority whip is a “huge Terps fan” who semi-regularly rounds up colleagues to go to college basketball games with him at the University of Maryland. On Wednesday he rallied fellow alums Cheri Bustos of Illinois, William Lacy Clay of Missouri and delegation mate C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to head over to College Park to watch the Terrapins take on the Nittany Lions. (Maryland topped Penn State 64-58.) Full story
The governor of Vermont tweaked the governor of another New England state Wednesday morning for his state’s handling of the snowstorm that hit earlier this week.
“I send the regrets of Gov. Malloy of Connecticut. We got whacked pretty hard in the Northeast with a little bit of a snowstorm in our transportation infrastructure and you know, he would be here if he were not digging out. In Vermont, we got hit too, but our southern states aren’t as accustomed to snow as we are up in Vermont, so he’s still digging,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on the need for a new highway bill.
While the blizzard did not meet expectations in New York City, parts of Connecticut were walloped by the storm, including the eastern shoreline. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was scheduled to testify, but a committee aide said Wednesday morning that Malloy had canceled because of the weather. Shumlin appeared with Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.
“I should say that that’s the Deep South too, Gov. Bentley,” Shumlin quipped.
A who’s who of go-go royalty Thursday are planning to honor the late Marion Barry with a jam-packed show scheduled to keep Ibiza nightclub bumping late into the evening.
The “Mayor for Life” Tribute, set to take place from 7 to 11 p.m. in Northeast D.C., is anticipated to bring together a host of local talent who wanted to do their part to bid the iconic District leader farewell.
“Everybody wanted to do something for Marion,” an event organizer told HOH about the star-studded send-off that quickly came together following Barry’s passing in November. Full story
Love in her running gear in a campaign video. (Courtesy YouTube)
Think it’s too early for softball? Think again.
Veteran members of the Congressional Women’s Softball Team fanned out across Washington last week to recruit members-elect to their softball team. They square off each summer against the Bad News Babes, a team of reporters, in a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition breast cancer charity.
“We are pumped to have one of the largest class of new recruits to the Congressional Women’s team since we started the game,” game founder/Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said in a statement.
“These women are ready to bond, ready to play, ready to win and most of all, fired up to beat cancer and beat the press — again!” Wasserman Schultz said, alluding to her team’s slight win over the Bad News Babes this summer. Full story
While the rest of us spent the week fixating on everything that is wrong with Congress, the Japanese extolled the good that federal lawmakers can do by conferring one of that country’s top honors upon Washington Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott and Wisconsin Republican Reps. Tom Petri and Jim Sensenbrenner.
The three lawmakers recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in recognition of their working relationships with the island nation.
Tom Petri wearing his Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star awards in Japan. (Courtesy Tom Petri)" src="http://hoh.rollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/TPorsa2014.jpg" width="445" height="593" /> Petri displays his Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star awards in Japan. (Courtesy Tom Petri)
“For a long time they have been making contributions to promoting Japan-U.S. legislative exchange, and maintaining and deepening the Japan-U.S. alliance through the promotion of enhanced understanding of Japan in the U.S. Congress,” Japanese officials stated in a release, adding, “It is unprecedented for 3 members of the U.S. Congress to simultaneously receive this honor.” Full story
Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown.
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During a recent sit-down with “Bills and Brews,” the Northern Virginia Democrat shared his take on what transpired after he and former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., got into it on the House floor.
Per Moran, fellow short-timer George Miller, D-Calif., and ex-Reps. David R. Obey, D-Wis., and Robert K. Dornan, R-Calif., all mixed it up in the ensuing scuffle.
Cunningham, who Moran said suffered a broken hand during the melee, remembered things much differently. “He sucker-punched me,” the then-lawmaker told the Los Angeles Times in late 1995.
No word on whether Cunningham fared any better in the prison yard during his time away.
Catch the whole harrowing tale — as well as Moran’s valedictory address on party politics and D.C. schools — here.