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December 1, 2015

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October 28, 2015

The Dude Does Not Abide Hungry Kids


Bridges posed with Stabenow on Wednesday. (Tom WiIliams/CQ Roll Call)

Bridges posed with Stabenow on Wednesday. (Tom WiIliams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress’ policy for feeding hungry kids during the summer is straight out of the ’60s, and “The Dude” does not abide.

Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges sat down with Senate Agriculture Committee lawmakers on Wednesday to talk about improving the federally funded Summer Food Service Program “not only for moral reasons, but for patriotic reasons.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 2:47 p.m.
Celebs, Charity Case

October 5, 2015

John McCain to Match Wits With the Real Stephen Colbert

Arizona Republican John McCain is scheduled Monday to swing by the new Late Show to have some laughs with former faux-conservative firebrand Stephen Colbert.

Full story

October 1, 2015

Good Stuff, Shake Shack Roll Out Rachael Ray Specials

D.C. diners can start chowing down on not one but two beefy tributes to 30-minute-meals maven Rachael Ray on the occasion of her 10-year anniversary in the publishing game.

Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn today is expected to begin serving the commemorative Double Peppers & Onions Burger exclusively at his Capitol Hill location, Good Stuff Eatery, at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.


A Mendelsohn aide told HOH the limited-time offering — featuring sautéed onions, Serrano peppers, provolone cheese and sun-dried tomato aioli — was inspired by a skillet pie he prepared in 2014 during an appearance on Ray’s show. Full story

September 30, 2015

Paul Gosar Seeks to Capitalize on Pope-a-Dope

Perhaps Rep. Paul Gosar is feeling a little left behind after his very public spat with Pope Francis? He appears willing to bear that cross for just a bit longer — assuming his continued suffering translates into a flood of donations from outraged right-wingers.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Arizona Republican, a self-described “proud Catholic” bailed on hearing the pontiff speak on Sept. 24 over a difference of opinion on climate change. Not much happened in the interim until Wednesday, when he appealed to fellow conservatives for an infusion of cash just ahead of the third quarter fundraising deadline.

“I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar railed in an email blast. Full story

September 29, 2015

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for "C Street." (Screenshot)

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for “C Street.” (Screenshot)

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.

He originally intended to share his version of “pols gone wild” with the world ahead of the 2012 elections, but had to delay that self-imposed deadline as the money hunt — he attempted to raise $50,000 in 2012, but came up short — and personal issues continued cropping up.

All that’s changed. Full story

September 28, 2015

Jim Moran, Knockaround Guy

Former Rep. James P. Moran has, no doubt, for years dined out on the tale of once stepping into the ring with former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

But the particulars surrounding the fabled encounter have always remained fuzzy.

No mas.

HOH went a few rounds with the 12-term lawmaker, slipping in repeated requests for details about the carefully choreographed spectacle. Full story

September 24, 2015

Members Flout House Rules in Pope Francis Address

What You Missed: Pope Francis’ Address

It took only minutes for members of Congress to flout House chamber rules by taking photos and tweeting them during Pope Francis’ address Thursday morning.

The unofficial leader out of the gate was Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who snapped a pic as members prepared to welcome the pontiff. Full story

By Jason Dick and Cameron Easley Posted at 11:55 a.m.
Celebs, DC

September 22, 2015

The Dangers of Hosting the Pontiff Post-Labor Day

As the members of absurdist comedy ensemble The State once brilliantly illustrated, getting all gussied up to greet His Holiness can prove to be damn treacherous. Full story

September 21, 2015

Pope Francis Inspires Tchotchkes Galore

Pope mania is here. (Steve Komarow/CQ Roll Call)

Pope mania is here. (Steve Komarow/CQ Roll Call)

Oh, the papal tchotchkes you’ll see!

Are you worried you won’t be able to catch a glimpse of the popemobile as it ferries Pope Francis down Pennsylvania Avenue? Fret not. The National Shrine Shops, operators of the gift shop at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — just below where the pontiff will celebrate Mass on Wednesday and canonize Junípero Serra — has for sale a 7-inch model for the low, low price of $99.95! Full story

September 17, 2015

Celebs to Rock the Mall for Pope Francis Address

Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis' congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis’ congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While roughly 50,000 people are expected to stand on the Capitol’s West Lawn to watch Pope Francis’ congressional address, thousands more are expected to rally on the National Mall across the street and they’ll be rocking out to some Earth-friendly tunes.

The “Rally for Moral Action on Climate Justice” has been planned for some time, and signs advertising it can be spotted all around D.C. But this week, organizers announced the performance lineup, featuring some familiar names.

Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:05 p.m.
Celebs, DC

September 11, 2015

Hill Vet Amped About Private Kenny Loggins Show

Just more than a year after successfully soliciting strangers to bankroll a plan to have soft rock god Kenny Loggins perform in a certain superfan’s living room, former House aide Erick Sanchez stands poised to welcome his musical idol Sunday for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Upon discovering last summer that the fabled singer-songwriter was rounding up financial support for a potential album, Sanchez — a one-time aide to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who has since become a senior advisor at Frontier Solutions — swung into action by issuing a cyber-SOS to fellow adult contemporary fans. Full story

September 9, 2015

Alterna-Talk Shows Take on the Old Guard

Two self-styled interviewers are ready for their close-ups, as both “Roske on Politics” and “The Open Mind” take to the D.C. airwaves to freshen up the political conversation.

One-time House hopeful Brent Roske in late 2014 went all-in on covering campaigns, ditching sunny Southern California for snowy Des Moines to move closer to the electoral action. His prescient change in latitude now appears to be paying off in spades: The “Chasing the Hill” vet has garnered an Emmy nomination for his video chats with visiting candidates and others. Full story

September 4, 2015

John Lewis Aims to Slay ’Em at Dragon Con

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil rights leader/graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis this weekend is lending some local star power to Dragon Con.

Congressional aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the Georgia Democrat is expected to pull double duty at Hotlanta’s fantasy fest, signing on to help welcome “Star Trek” vet Nichelle Nichols Saturday at the Guest of Honor Awards Banquet before settling in Sunday afternoon for a panel discussion and autograph session. Full story

August 31, 2015

Sticking It to the Man at the Minnesota State Fair

Has politics gone to seed at the Minnesota State Fair?

Travel Channel personality Andrew Zimmern has re-upped his mission to have folks fan out across the fair in search of fun, and while there’s a host of food-related items, there’s also a slot for the political.

Scavenger hunt! 50 things to look for at the @mnstatefair:

And his top priority may just stick in the establishment’s craw. Full story

July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Promises to Bring Pork to White House

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It seems Sen. Ted Cruz has achieved Hollywood status.

A man with a handheld video camera, who identified himself as working for celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, approached the presidential candidate Thursday at an anti-Iran deal event just outside the White House. Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 2:15 p.m.
Celebs, TV Land

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