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April 20, 2015

Listen Up, D.C.! Here Comes the White House Correspondents’ Jam.

If getting the ear of Washington was half as easy as coaxing accomplished writers who moonlight as rockers out from behind their laptops and up onto stage, Mother Nature Network Co-Founder Chuck Leavell might very well already be running #ThisTown.

Between his musical stature (the veteran keyboardist is gearing up for another tour with the Rolling Stones) and environmental advocacy bona fides (he’s testified before Congress about forestry issues), Leavell seems like the ideal get for the celebrity maelstrom the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has become. Instead of waiting around for others to court him, the budding media mogul is wooing music lovers via the inaugural White House Correspondents’ Jam.

Listen Up, D.C.! Here Comes the White House Correspondents Jam.

(Courtesy Mother Nature Network)

Leavell recruited five correspondent-fronted bands — Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large Brian Dumaine, Esquire scribe Tom Junod, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman, New Yorker Editor David Remnick and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Mark Rozzo are all slated to play with their respective outfits — to blow the doors off the Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St. NW) on April 24 from 7 to 11 p.m.

“Politics can get really heavy. This is an opportunity for everyone to say, ‘Hey! It’s just rock and roll,’” Leavell told HOH. Full story

April 15, 2015

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

Stressed out about not fitting enough relaxation time into your schedule?

Don’t sweat it. Yoga enthusiasts are preparing to flex some serious muscle on Capitol Hill.

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

The LoveYourBrain Foundation plans to help staffers shake off work-related angst Thursday by offering a free yoga class.

The inaugural stretch fest, which is being put on in conjunction with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, is scheduled to take place in the park immediately behind Rayburn (sandwiched between C and D streets Southwest) from 1 to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Full story

April 14, 2015

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

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

April 10, 2015

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

Advocates for living life 18 holes at a time are scheduled to bring their “A” game to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for another round of links-related outreach.

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Industry leaders are giving “National Golf Day 2015” all they’ve got, carting in Presidents Cup 2015 captains Jay Haas (U.S. team) and Nick Price (international team) to talk shop, Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed to help firm up the average duffer’s handicap and a slew of enthusiasts game to poke their heads into any congressional office that will have them. Full story

April 8, 2015

Gary Kroeger’s Candidacy Is No Laughing Matter

These days, you are more likely to find funnyman Gary Kroeger poring over think tank reports than cracking wise on a late-night sketch comedy show.

The Saturday Night Live alumnus, who was cast mates with comedy legends Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy and Martin Short, is now eyeing a different TV audience to court: C-SPAN viewers.

Kroeger Tuesday announced his intention to unseat Iowa Republican Rod Blum, joining the mounting class of challengers vying to win their way to Washington.

Though he’s never held public office before — “I consider that a strength as I believe (along with many others) that in order to improve the conversation in Washington we always need new voices from the people,” Kroeger told HOH via email — the former actor is no stranger to politics. Full story

April 7, 2015

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

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Playing a morally suspect congressman on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal” wasn’t overly taxing for Jordan Belfi. He has, after all, received a master class in the art of behaving badly from the near-constant parade of lawmakers who wind up blubbering on national TV after their shady dealings become public.

“I feel those interviews,” the veteran actor said of the here-we-go-again performances embattled pols seem to deliver on an alarmingly regular basis. Full story

April 3, 2015

#HashtagWars Gets All Political

A social media challenge to come clean about well-known fibs wound up fragging political types across the ideological spectrum.

As he does most nights, talk show host Chris Hardwick put “@Midnight” fans to the test Thursday by proposing everyone own up to the mundane falsehoods that have become part of the fabric of modern life.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who seemed to get a kick out of the assignment, used the opportunity to unburden himself of creepy tendencies. Full story

March 27, 2015

Cyrus Clan Cusses Out Mike Pence

Braison Cyrus, younger brother of pop star and twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus, has launched a campaign to have everybody on the Internet give Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hell for signing into law a polarizing “religious freedom” bill. Full story

March 17, 2015

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s penchant for seeking out the spotlight appears to finally have burned him.

The embattled four-term lawmaker Tuesday tendered his resignation after a stream of embarrassing coverage threatened to propel him from mere media fascination to potential object of investigation.

The Illinois Republican first showed his smiling mug around Capitol Hill in 2008. He officially made a splash a few years later when Men’s Health dubbed him “America’s Fittest Congressman.”

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

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Once the shirt came off for that profile, it seemed Schock would always find an excuse to shed a few extra layers, whether it be:

Playing soldier with up-and-coming armed forces personnel.

Full story

March 10, 2015

John Lewis Bends Jon Stewart’s Ears About the Bad Old Days

Fresh off a trip to Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of the landmark protest that would come to define his career in civil disobedience, Rep. John Lewis described the merits of “necessary trouble” to “The Daily Show” Monday.

The Georgia Democrat and graphic novelist regaled host Jon Stewart with tales of what it was like making his way through an alarmingly intolerant world.

“It is a struggle of a lifetime, of many lifetimes. I feel more than lucky, but very blessed that I’m still here to tell the story and try to inspire another generation of young people to get out there and push,” Lewis said. Full story

March 6, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 2, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the three-day workweek trading lines over the Constitution, discussing Twinkies and playing Jeopardy! on the House floor.

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March 3, 2015

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Opportunities for hero worship abounded, no matter what pastime one might be into.

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., teed up a little viewing party for those most interested in gawking at the Vince Lombardi Trophy — a conversation-starter currently in the possession of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent part of his morning in the House chamber digesting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s thoughts on international affairs, was scheduled to show off the fabled award in H-122 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Full story

February 23, 2015

Pols, Chefs Primed to Fete Military Families

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is expected to join a cadre of local chefs and administration officials Tuesday in showing their support for civic groups and community leaders devoted to assisting military families any which way they can.

Blue Star Families’ Fifth Anniversary Celebration, an invitation-only affair hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to kick off Tuesday at 6 p.m. The annual gala pays tribute to those who look out for armed forces personnel — either by hiring returning vets, providing assistance to their families or facilitating the transition from active duty to civilian life — here on the home front. Full story

February 10, 2015

Live, From New York — It’s Al Franken!

It’s been decades since he stood on the fabled stage that so many comedy greats have called home. But come Sunday, Sen. Al Franken plans to be back in Studio 8H to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.”

Live, From New York — It’s Al Franken!

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The Minnesota Democrat, who spent a combined 15 seasons writing for and performing on the sketch comedy juggernaut, told HOH he expects to make the trek to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to watch the live, three-hour reunion show (scheduled to air on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.). “The whole experience was wonderful,” Franken said when pressed about the most memorable moments from over a decade spent with the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.” Full story

February 9, 2015

Niki Tsongas, Jerrold Nadler Embraced by LGBT Filmmakers

Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.

According to Caroline Hart, the European half of a domestic partnership that came under fire after Department of Homeland Security agents tossed around talk of deportation following a return flight from her native England, the kind words both lawmakers shared via Twitter will be rolled into “Status Unknown” — a dramatization of the nightmare scenario she experienced at Logan Airport. Full story

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