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May 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

(Courtesy Carolyn Kaster/AP/Corbis)

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton Friday is dragging campaign reporters — kicking and screaming, no doubt — to one of the happiest places on earth. (No, it’s not Disney World.)

With her mind set on ascending from first spouse to commander-in-chief, HRC has begun bouncing between political bellwethers Iowa and New Hampshire. The planned pit stop at Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, N.H., is designed to serve as a backdrop for a discussion about small businesses, tax policy and Zzzzzzz.  

We all know the paparazzi just want to get the obligatory pic of Clinton bending the elbow — which she’s obviously done before.

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

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At least one fellow scribe has begun lobbying for equal time in wine country.

All this political hack wants to know is when Bills and Brews expects to get a hold of the tight-lipped candidate.

Confidence is medium that after knocking back a few with Matt Laslo, the truth might finally come out about whether she ever winged anything at Slick Willie back in the day.

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May 14, 2015

Roger Williams to Coach GOP in Congressional Baseball Game

Roger Williams to Coach GOP in Congressional Baseball Game

Williams is a former professional baseball player. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After years of losses at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans have announced a team coach in hopes of righting the ship, but their embattled manager remains at the helm.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, announced Thursday he was named the coach for the GOP, which suffered its sixth-straight loss to Democrats in 2014, 15-6. According to Williams’ spokesperson, Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, will remain the team’s manager, and Barton will still decide who plays and where. Full story

May 6, 2015

Kamala Harris’ Not-So-Secret Police

The Avengers. R.I.P.D. The Masonic Fraternal Police Department.

One of these fantasy units is causing real headaches for Senate hopeful Kamala Harris. Full story

May 4, 2015

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

Grayson is considering running for Florida Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“… Voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C.”

— Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, when asked by The Tampa Bay Times whether the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s decision to back fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy’s bid for Senate would influence his decision to run. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 27, 2015 (Video)

Members spent last week on Capitol Hill playing with BB guns, recommending sewage-based water fountains and searching for Dr. Pepper.

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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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April 21, 2015

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

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Updated 7 p.m. | Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped.


“If you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass. Alright?” the vulnerable California Republican warned an activist who confronted him outside his Simi Valley office. Knight,  who in January replaced retired GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, is facing a steep learning curve when it comes to fundraising (according to the latest Federal Election Commission data, Knight collected under $29,000 this past quarter).

The weekend exchange, first reported by SCVTalk blogger Mike Devlin, was captured by supporters of the immigration-reduction outfit NumbersUSA. Full story

April 18, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers shook off the rust of a two-week recess recalling trips to McDonald’s, playing their favorite Disney ringtones and counting to seven.

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April 15, 2015

Bill Johnson’s Clout Undercut by Gyrocopter Mayhem

It turns out we’re all equal in the eyes of the U.S. Capitol Police when things go cuckoo on the congressional campus.

At least that’s the lesson a tipster presumes Rep. Bill Johnson learned when he attempted to play the “do-you-know-who-I-am?” card while cops were busy dealing with the flying dunceman who whizzed through restricted airspace before setting down in D.C.

Bill Johnson’s Clout Undercut by Gyrocopter Mayhem

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bill Johnson and his staff tried the “I’m-a-member-of-Congress” trick to cut through the crime scene of the gyrocopter,” our spy said of the game played by just about anybody in D.C. sporting a patriotic lapel pin.

The Ohio Republican, it would seem, did not warrant special consideration. “Police made him walk around like everyone else,” the tipster told HOH, adding that the re-directed pol might have fared better had he offered the cops one of the baked goods staff were spotted carrying. Full story

Remember That Time a Senator Flew an Autogyro Around the Dome?

Remember That Time a Senator Flew an Autogyro Around the Dome?

Bingham flies his Pitcairn PA-18 autogyro over the Capitol. (Courtesy of U.S. Capitol Historical Society)

Florida man Doug Hughes landed a gyrocopter Wednesday on the West Front of the Capitol. Maybe he was inspired by the late Sen. Hiram Bingham, who liked to fly his autogyro, a forerunner of the helicopter, around the campus as well.

Bingham was a famous explorer best known for discovering Machu Picchu in 1911, but he later served two terms in the Senate as a Republican from Connecticut.

Known as “the flying senator” for his passion for aviation, Bingham was an advocate for the autogyro, which was used in the 1930s to deliver mail between Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia.

Another connection! Bingham utilized a mail delivery vehicle. Hughes is a postal worker who said he was going to use his gyrocopter to deliver letters to Congress expressing concern about campaign finance law, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Man Flies Gyrocopter to West Front of Capitol

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By Geof Koss Posted at 2:37 p.m.
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April 6, 2015

The Dog Days of … April?

Spring break has apparently broken bad for staff trying to go about their business in the Hart building.

Per a tipster, the prospect of putting in an honest day’s work was rudely interrupted by the discovery of some highly offensive material.

“One of my staffers brought to my attention that there is a large pile of what appears to be either dog vomit or dog poop at the top of stairs here on the 5th floor of Hart near our office,” a Senate Democratic aide last week blasted out to those still hanging around town while the brunt of the legislative branch kicked it live across the country.

“Whatever it is, it was obvious that absolutely no effort was made by the owner to clean up this mess,” the none-too-pleased staffer fumed on an internal listserve. “I have called the Superintendent’s office but obviously this should not be their problem.” Full story

March 26, 2015

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

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

March 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

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March 13, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 9, 2015 (Video)

Sen. David Vitter quotes his “stupid amendment,” Sen. John Cornyn tells his colleagues to “imagine his surprise” and Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s staffer cannot stop nodding. Full story

March 3, 2015

Issa ‘Unapologetic’ After Sneaking #BibiSpeech Photos

Speaker John A. Boehner tried to lay down the law against members taking photos on the House floor six days ago, but the scolding didn’t stick with at least one Republican.

Rep. Darrell Issa offered no remorse Tuesday for snapping and tweeting two photos during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“I’m unapologetic,” the California Republican told CQ Roll Call. Full story

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