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February 27, 2015

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February 26, 2015

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I think the feeling of most people is it’s a fight that we should have not fought. As a governing party, we’ve got to fund DHS and say to the House, ‘Here’s a straw so you can suck it up.'”

— Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., said regarding the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff. Full story

February 25, 2015

Critics Stick It to Tom Wheeler

An original Banksy it ain’t.

But activists displeased with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler have plastered unflattering images of the administration aide in plain sight.

Critics Stick It to Tom Wheeler

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The prominently displayed posters — which, according to the Daily Caller, have popped up at multiple locations all over town — portray the aspiring internet regulator as being a “boot licker” and accuse him of being “Obama’s Bitch.”

Reminds us of the days unflinching critiques of President Ronald Reagan’s pal Edwin Meese adorned nearly every street corner.

Critics Stick It to Tom Wheeler

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(Oink-oink, my good man.)

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February 24, 2015

Norton: Don’t Tread on the Right to Sled

Norton: Dont Tread on the Right to Sled

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After reports that Capitol Police had stopped children from sledding on the Capitol grounds, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is taking a stand.

“Although I understand that sledding has been banned for years, what I do not understand is why the U.S. Capitol Police have recently decided to enforce this Scrooge-like ban,” Norton wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin. “Americans should be able to sled on ‘America’s front lawn.’ I am asking that the Capitol Police Board remove the ban on sledding from Capitol Police regulations.” Full story

Why This Member Has Rubber Ducks on His Desk

Why This Member Has Rubber Ducks on His Desk

Stylings most fowl in Swalwell’s office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Like most members, Rep. Eric Swalwell has put personal touches on his Capitol Hill office.

The two-term California Democrat has a rack of wine bottles from vineyards in his district on display and a simple crucifix hanging above the door.

Unlike most members, a modest collection of small, rubber ducks sits at the edge of his desk.

Full story

February 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Chuck Schumer (Video)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer laughs at his own jokes and shows his love for Rep. Steve King, all the while remaining very “happy.”

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February 18, 2015

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

Lawmakers prepared for the holiday weekend by contemplating hamsters, Venezuelan hamburgers and former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s grandchildren.

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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

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell has cried foul over HOH dropping the ball on which college hoopsters will travel to College Park, Md., next to defend the Wolverine State’s honor.

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When last we took you behind the scenes of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s burgeoning roster of athletic supporters, HOH hinted that Dingell’s delegation mates should leave their options open toward the end of the month.

Dingell drilled us for putting the wrong team on the court against the Maryland Terrapins. Full story

February 6, 2015

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

Members spent the week bragging about their state’s venison, not trading Chinese tea for Texas residency and discussing their favorite moves: “My Cousin Vinny” and “Groundhog Day.”

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February 5, 2015

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken reminded his fellow senators of his comedic roots on Thursday, taking a pointed jab at the Judiciary Committee’s new GOP majority.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, who joined the Senate in 2009, called Republicans chronically lazy for skipping the panel’s routine markup sessions, now and in the last Congress. Full story

Benjamin Cole Desperately in Need of a Do-Over

Friday can’t possibly come soon enough for embattled House staffer Benjamin Cole.

Benjamin Cole Desperately in Need of a Do Over

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The spokesman for Illinois Republican Aaron Schock is having what’s got to be his worst week in Washington, a parade of public humiliations that began with the discovery of his boss’ unusual taste in office décor.

“You’ve got a member [of Congress] willing to talk to you about other things … why sour it by rushing to write some gossipy piece?” Cole, in a painfully JV attempt to trade something (anything!) for squashing the revelation Schock likes artsy stuff, pleaded with political profiler Ben Terris in Monday’s Washington Post. Full story

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

This photo is from the Roll Call archives of a call-in show hosted at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-SPAN first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.

Full story

February 2, 2015

Florida Democrat Goes There, Messes With Texas (Video)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings did the one thing folks from the Lone Star State do not abide. He messed with Texas.

During a House Rules Committee hearing Monday on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Florida Democrat grew heated in an argument with Texas Republican Michael C. Burgess over states that did not create their own insurance exchanges — the subject of a pending Supreme Court case.

“Had governors worked with the administration, we might not be in this position,” Hastings said. “I don’t know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with — and I mean that just as I said it.” Full story

Congressional Budget Office’s Other Number Problem

Some political observers maintain that adopting the Republican-endorsed practice known as “dynamic scoring” would gravely undermine the Congressional Budget Office’s credibility moving forward.

Actuarial tug-of-war aside, the agency shouldn’t be surprised if folks on Capitol Hill stop taking its calls altogether — particularly since the telecommunications gods appear to already be throwing shade.

Congressional Budget Office’s Other Number Problem

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

 

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