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October 2, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 28, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepped for Hurricane Joaquin by breaking out selfie sticks, creating “slush funds” and laughing at drivers stuck in traffic.

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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 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 21, 2015

Jesus Lady Has Faith She’ll Triumph Thursday

It would take an act of God to keep spiritual activist Rita Warren away from her time-honored spot on the East Front during the upcoming papal visit, the Capitol Hill fixture assures HOH.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Warren, who has come to be known as the “Jesus Lady” following a decades-long crusade that brings her to Congress each week with a life-sized statue of Christ in tow, typically camps out every Thursday just a stone’s throw from the House chamber.

Security is expected to be extremely tight this week as Pope Francis descends on D.C. for a high profile speech to Congress scheduled to be simulcast on a giant screen facing the West Front. The ensuing lockdown means most of the congressional campus will be off-limits to civilians without event-specific credentials. Full story

September 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 14, 2015 (Video)

Members spent a shortened week dabbling with selfie sticks, moose watchers and John Belushi.

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September 18, 2015

Rand Paul Campaign Staffer Accuses Marco Rubio Aide of Assault

John Patrick Yob, a campaign strategist working on Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s presidential bid, announced Friday via social media that he was punched in the face by Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Marco Rubio, and that he was formally pressing charges.

Per media reports, the ideological scrap took place Thursday evening at Horn’s Gaslight Bar & Restaurant on Mackinac Island. Full story

September 15, 2015

Trump’s Terrific Capitol Dome Construction Advice (Video)

Trump says the Capitol Dome restoration project is behind schedule. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trump says the Capitol Dome restoration project is behind schedule. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Monday night he knows something the rest of us don’t about the Capitol Dome restoration project  that it’s behind schedule. But sources on the Hill, including the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, are rejecting those claims.

“Though it may look like it at times, we are not running some kind of a reality TV show here. We don’t pull down scaffolding from the Capitol Dome for a TV shot just to re-erect it when the cameras are gone,” Rep. Robert A. Brady of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on House Administration, said Tuesday.

Brady’s remarks came after Trump cited “a construction firm that’s involved in the job” during his speech at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Trump claimed workers don’t have enough time to finish the project before the 2017 presidential inauguration. Full story

September 11, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 7, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers returned from a monthlong recess ready to ask Siri for advice, recite movie lines and pay tribute to their favorite Mexican restaurant.

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September 9, 2015

The Overlooked Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a selfie with a supporter before she speaks at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a selfie with a supporter before the rally (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The sea of humanity sweltering in front of the Capitol Wednesday appeared to HOH to be less interested in getting an earful from pols — who popped by to rile up the crowd and then quickly retreated to air conditioned offices — than in being heard, once and for all, themselves.

Ron Kirby, a Texas native who keeps a close eye on the federal government from just across the river in Alexandria, Va., told HOH he’d hiked up to the Hill on a 90-something degree day to ensure lawmakers understood his deep-seated reservations about the administration’s proposed deal with Iran. Full story

September 4, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Hank Johnson (Video)

HOH wraps up its August recess member marathon this week with Rep. Hank Johnson, the Georgia Democrat known for his love of analogies, geography and “little people.”

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September 3, 2015

Gay Marriage Tussle Not David Bunning’s First Brush With Infamy

David Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, back to camera, before his nomination hearing before a the Senate Judiciary Committee for District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, before his nomination hearing for the federal bench. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s decision Thursday to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses she maintains conflict with her religious beliefs isn’t the only time the legal professional has been cast in an unflattering light.

Per media reports, protestors were stunned by Bunning’s brushing aside — “One minister called the ruling unjust, saying religious freedom had been trampled on,” according to Gannett scribes — of Davis’ opposition to same-sex coupling.

But the youngest child of former Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is unlikely to shrink from the negative attention.

His nomination in 2001 to the federal bench came with mixed reviews from peers at the American Bar Association.

But five months after President George W. Bush peered into this soul and vouched for the guy, Senate Judiciary Committee members saw fit to shepherd baby Bunning through.

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September 2, 2015

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, read for business (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.

After sifting through the data dump, HOH compiled five of the best and most revealing name checks of senators and representatives, either from Clinton herself or her illustrious associates. 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

August 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Cruz (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses’ member marathon rolls on this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential contender who doesn’t shy away from “wacko birds,” syrup guzzling or scaring children.

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August 21, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Steny Hoyer (Video)

Heard on the Hill continues its August recess “best of-a-thon” with a tribute to House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who shows off his insults, his credit card and his resemblance to Mick Jagger.

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