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July 1, 2015

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

(Twitter screenshot)

(Twitter screenshot)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an online survey, the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury’s decision-making process, but there’s also a “write-in” option to nominate “another NY woman who inspires you.” Perhaps we may suggest the senator’s distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Full story

June 29, 2015

Ben Jones Raises His Battle Flag

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Its days might be numbered in the Palmetto State and other Southern states. But the Confederate battle flag has suddenly become the must-have item in the life of former Rep. Ben Jones.

The one-time Georgia Democrat and “Dukes of Hazzard” star who played “Cooter” is firing back against the rush to scrub the iconic battle flag from the national consciousness following the racially motivated shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“I think all of Hazzard nation understands that the confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ our way the only way we know how,’” Jones espoused on social media, cribbing a line for his rant from the “Dukes” theme song penned by the late Waylon Jennings. Full story

June 17, 2015

Jeb Bush: 21st Century Digital Boy

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has finally committed to the 2016 race.

Which means he could have up to a year and half of standing around in front of random audiences and flapping his lips to do.

On Tuesday, Bush embraced the self-deprecating side of campaigning during a swing by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” joining in on a sexually suggestive segment of “Slow Jamming the News.”

Full story

May 27, 2015

House Aide Readies to Rock Awesome Con

Andrew Aydin, aide to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and co-author of the duo’s trilogy of graphic novels, this weekend is set to brave the wilds of Awesome Con solo.

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The Democratic staffer, who told HOH he attended Awesome Con 2014, has been booked as a featured guest for this year’s show.

“I always enjoy Awesome Con because you get such a great mix of fans. Teachers, librarians, and professionals come out right along with the cosplayers and diehards, and sometimes they are one and the same,” he said of the often otherworldly experience. Full story

May 26, 2015

Join a Political Dynasty Lickety-Click

Author and aspiring genealogist A.J. Jacobs is on a mission to prove mankind is one happy family — a theory that has borne out previously unknown connections to a who’s who of political heavies.

Jacobs’ digital sleuthing is projected to become flesh on June 6 during the Global Family Reunion, a day-long get-together expected to fill New York’s Hall of Science with would-be relatives from across creation.

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The fundraiser, which is geared toward combating Alzheimer’s, promises activities galore, including interactive exhibits, space age-y mini golf, a family-themed scavenger hunt, the world’s biggest family photo, a potentially record-breaking sing-along with Sister Sledge and global dining options (think: food carts). Full story

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

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.

(Courtesy United Nations Association of the USA)

(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.

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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.

(Courtesy Gerry Connolly)

(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.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(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

(CQ Roll Call archives)

(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

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