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May 22, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Capitol Police ‘Potty Training’

The SNAFU over their lost guns has launched Capitol Police into the ultimate pop-culture orbit: Being the butt of a late-night TV joke. After Chief Kim C. Dine told Congress officers would now undergo special training on weapons handling, Jimmy Kimmel panned the department’s “potty training” with a mock instructional video, “So You Want to Use the Bathroom While Carrying a Firearm.” Full story

May 20, 2015

Throwback: Alec Baldwin Schools David Letterman in Congressional Relations

Before bidding adieu to late-night talk show icon David Letterman, who will sign off Wednesday after three decades, HOH wanted to revisit the comparison between the two chambers that entertainer and activist Alex Baldwin shared years ago with the “Late Show” host.

“They got all the time in the world in the Senate,” Baldwin said of his disorienting visits to the “cooling saucer of democracy.”

Should any C-SPAN junkies need a break from Kentucky Republican and White House hopeful Rand Paul’s latest talkathon against the Patriot Act, Letterman’s swan song is expected to get underway at 11:35 p.m.

#ThanksDave

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May 15, 2015

Schumer Family Ties Blanket the Airwaves

Turns out Sen. Charles E. Schumer can score airtime without even having to beeline for the next available live shot.

The New York Democrat has popped up on the boob tube twice over the past week — not because of his party’s break with the White House over trade promotion authority, but as a consequence of folks attempting to get deep with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer. Full story

May 13, 2015

Sam Graves’ Office Gains Former Teen Pop Singer

Four years ago, Katelynne Goldie Sue Cox was singing about not leaving it up to “politicians” to change the world. Now she works for Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill.

The 20-year-old graduated from the University of Missouri in December after studying communications and political science, according to Legistorm, and was hired last month as Graves’ legislative correspondent and staffer. Full story

May 12, 2015

Paying Tribute to Global Peacekeepers

World leaders are expected to honor the efforts of humanitarian security forces during a government-backed “Thank a UN Peacekeeper” reception Wednesday.

Per the invitation, Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., have signed on as co-hosts of the semi-regular event.

Paying Tribute to Global Peacekeepers

(Courtesy United Nations Association of the USA)

The festivities are scheduled to take place in the south meeting room of the Capitol Visitor Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The Big Bang Theory” vet Aarti Mann is lending some star power to the get-together, which this year is focusing on India’s longstanding contribution to worldwide relief efforts.

Paying Tribute to Global Peacekeepers

(Screenshot)

Officials from various non-profits and business associations will also be on hand to deal with all the shoptalk.

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May 11, 2015

Gerry Connolly, Hulk Hogan Look to Smash Cancer

Fundraising for caretaker organizations is always more enjoyable with friends.

Just ask newly minted besties Rep. Gerald E. Connolly and WWE icon Hulk Hogan.

Gerry Connolly, Hulk Hogan Look to Smash Cancer

(Courtesy Connolly)

“It was a lot of fun meeting him,” the Virginia Democrat said of squeezing into a pic with the former wrestling champ. The Hulkster was in town this past weekend to serve as grand marshal of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Full story

May 6, 2015

Sesame Street Star Has Skin in 2016 Presidential Race

Ernie, perhaps one of the most famous roomies in children’s television history, appears ready to trade his storied neighborhood for another well-known address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The world-renowned Muppet is following in the footsteps of other entertainers who dumped showbiz for civil service by giving this whole presidential thing a go.

Those behind the nascent campaign told HOH their intention is not to mock Vermont independent Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is pursuing his own bid for the Oval Office, but to offer yet another alternative to the quickly mounting field of contenders. Full story

May 5, 2015

Rocket Man Touching Down on Capitol Hill

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter — and honorary knight! — Sir Elton John kicks off his multi-day stand here on Capitol Hill Tuesday with an invite-only meet-and-greet over in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Rocket Man Touching Down on Capitol Hill

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The multi-talented musician cum philanthropist is scheduled to co-host a reception organized by his AIDS Foundation and fellow rocker Bono’s globally minded ONE Campaign. Presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are cosponsoring the event, which is scheduled to take place in SVC 203-203 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Those not VIP enough to mingle with the in-crowd will have to wait till Wednesday morning to do their celeb stalking.

John is scheduled to testify about about global health programs before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (Dirksen 124) at 10 a.m.

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April 28, 2015

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

(CQ Roll Call archives)

The celebrities who flooded into town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner have since dissipated. But their influence on the D.C. statehood front keeps building via the trickle of support D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss is patiently collecting.

While the rest of #ThisTown drank itself silly, Strauss immersed himself in conversation with visiting celebs he thought might be willing to lend their voices to the D.C. statehood campaign. Step one of the charm offensive was making the out-of-towners feel at home in the Capitol. Full story

April 27, 2015

House Aide Saves ‘Black-ish’ Star From Embarrassment

House Aide Saves ‘Black ish’ Star From Embarrassment

Perhaps Lewis’ heroism inspired Aydin over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic staffer-turned-graphic artist Andrew Aydin graduated to full-fledged superhero over the weekend, swooping in to extract “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross from a ridiculously sticky situation.

The gallantry unfolded right in front of HOH as the two passing acquaintances — “Congressman [John] Lewis and I met Ms. Ross in Chicago when we were all on ‘Windy City Live’ on the same day,” the House aide shared, providing a peek into the star-studded alliance he’s cultivated since helping to pen the Georgia Democrat’s autobiographical graphic novel, “March” — exchanged pleasantries during a White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner shindig.

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Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

(Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press)

The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with bold-faced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Daly, who told HOH last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner marked his ninth visit to the Hilton ballroom for the presidential-media lovefest, calculated that he first met Albright a few years back. Full story

April 24, 2015

Celebrities Schooled in D.C. Statehood on Capitol Hill

Celebrities Schooled in D.C. Statehood on Capitol Hill

Actress Hayden Panettiere was the first celebrity Strauss brought into the D.C. statehood movement. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Celebrities walked the halls of the Capitol Friday to advocate for funding for arts in education, but they also received a lesson themselves: in District of Columbia statehood.

Behind a sign marked “Senators Only” (which actor Haley Joel Osment was spotted taking a selfie with), the celebrities lunched in the Senate Dining Room with Paul Strauss, one of D.C.’s “shadow” senators. Strauss is an elected representative who advocates for D.C. statehood, and he hosted the movie and television stars for lunch between meetings. Full story

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Special prayers will be offered for our partying White House correspondents whose news organizations are spending millions on impressing Hollywood stars instead of using money for investigative stories that impact the nation,” Twyman said in a release announcing his intention to picket outside the White House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Full story

WHCD Comes to Capitol Hill

Members of the Creative Coalition in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Friday are expected to pop by a few congressional offices for some face time.

A tipster told HOH nearly two dozen actors, directors and all-purpose entertainers are planning to fan out across the mostly empty Capitol and take meetings about shoring up support for the arts with aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as whatever appropriations personnel happens to be around.

Some of the better-known performers staff may see peeking through the front door include:

Creative Coalition President Tim Daly

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April 23, 2015

Making Your Own Fun on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

It’s time once again for worlds to collide — that extra special lost weekend during which visiting celebs and local reporters kick POTUS to the curb and get hammered together for days on end: the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Those not planning to rack up monumental Uber tabs in the pursuit of party hopping — the schmoozing begins in earnest late Thursday and powers through until Sunday afternoon — might be interested to know there’s more to life than stalking model Chrissy Teigen for a selfie (she’s one of Thomson Reuters’ dinner guests).

And unlike those poor souls destined to be crammed into the bowels of the Washington Hilton for most of Saturday evening, you might just learn a thing or two (and maybe even do some good) by getting out and about. Full story

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