In the wake of revelations that IRS officials unduly targeted right-leaning groups, a number of tea party supporters plan to publicly shame the tax man by amassing outside the agency’s headquarters on Tuesday for a lightning-fast gripefest.
The proposed “IRS Flash Rally” — “We will NOT have a permit, so be prepared to keep moving on the sidewalk,” one of the organizers counseled online — is scheduled to go down at the corner of 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest from noon to 1 p.m.
Tea Party WDC founder Lisa Miller told HOH she’s been in contact with a slew of sympathetic organizations champing at the bit to vent about IRS abuses, ranging from established political players (Americans for Prosperity) to fellow grass-roots entities (Northern Virginia Tea Party, Alexandria Tea Party).
For the latest installment of Fictional Franchise, our examination of the franchise rights of fictional characters and the real-life people who represent them in Congress, we tackle soap opera characters.
The rules go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (See more on the rules here.)
Soaps are near and dear to the heart of this writer, who once starred in a 2004 episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” as a Spectra Fashions factory worker. Read on to see which soap star helped us with our research…
So, Dylan, Julia and Miss Ellie, let’s roll:
The Walsh Family “Beverly Hills 90210″ Beverly Hills, Calif.: Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman
It is our assessment that Jim, Cindy, Brandon and Brenda Walsh live in Beverly Hills flats — squarely in Waxman’s district. His representation of the western Los Angeles metropolitan area means that he will surface again in this category and others.
Here is a run-through of some of his constituents:
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is very worried about lots of things these days. But rather than obsess about them in isolation, he’s inviting everyone to weigh in on the political head-scratchers as part of his “Issue Advisers” campaign.
HOH has received two such pleas for guidance just within the past week.
Before giving up any more of our personal information to the email-harvesting operation, we demanded to know whether this new relationship would be a two-way street.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy had a little time to kill before formally kicking off Tuesday morning’s Judiciary Committee markup on an immigration overhaul. So the Vermont Democrat vamped a bit about how much he loathes spending time in the bowels of the Dirksen Senate Office Building:
“I think when the Dirksen building was designed it was somebody who must have worked for Mussolini or Stalin,” the president pro tem spouted off as C-SPAN provided swooping aerial shots — incorrectly labeled as the Hart Office Building— of the cold, cavernous hearing room.
“Saturday Night Live” had some fun with last week’s marathon Benghazi hearing, marrying House Republicans’ fervor for media attention with the basic tenet of sweeps week programming, like stunt casting:
We can’t quibble with the logic of exploiting newsmakers to make people notice what’s happening on Capitol Hill — frustrated conservativesbemoanedthesame. But shame on NBC for mixing and matching the major players and nameplates in the SNL cold open.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., (played by Kenan Thompson) is indeed the ranking member for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but in the skit his character is sitting with a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
Another silly snafu: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., (played by Taran Killam) is sitting behind a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.
Budding filmmaker Jaiden Frost doesn’t necessarily consider himself a political animal. But he’s waded into the field with his recent tribute to pre-eminent lady politician Hillary Rodham Clinton, “White Room”:
“I wanted to feature someone who has been a true inspiration and a powerful woman in our country. She was the first person who came to mind,” Frost told HOH of his draw to the former FLOTUS/New York senator/secretary of State.
After digging through The Daily Beast’s treasure trove of Clinton clips, Frost married the former presidential candidate’s rhetoric to his dreamlike homage to women’s rights.
Forget about what may or may not be happening on the floor.
The real action (at least this week) has been happening in cyberspace, as pols and food lovers put on their lobbying hats to help shepherd treasured goodies through CQ Roll Call’s month-long “A Taste of America” food fight.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is not happy with her softball team’s practice rain-out policy.
Wasserman Schultz, second from left, is not happy with her team’s rain-out policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Wasserman Schultz captains the Congressional Women’s Softball team, a group of female lawmakers who play against female Washington press corps members every June to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.
It seems that on Monday evening, the Congressional team’s organizers canceled their Tuesday practice — set for 7 a.m. — in anticipation of rain.
As the House prepares to consider legislation on Wednesday on comp-time legislation, House Republicans have been urging working-class Americans to share how they might spend comp days via the #Yourtime thread.
A quick HOH survey of the Twitters reveals more Republican members flogging their bill than American working-class types, but we did spy a retweet from one of the legacy Run DMC members, the Reverend Run, aka Joseph Simmons.
If you’re looking to elicit laughs from an audience, make jokes about CNN’s blunder-filled coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Or, at least that’s what participants in the annual “Will on the Hill” performance learned.
A bipartisan crowd of senators and representatives, as well as a few members of the Fourth Estate, performed the Shakespeare-inspired “Toil and Trouble” on Monday, which poked fun at a “National Necessary News Network” trying to fill airtime before a White House announcement, with no news to announce. Full story
Give credit to street artist Yote, whose Bienvenidos Campaign — stickers, signs and paintings of the Spanish word for “welcome” superimposed over Arizona’s state flag — keeps popping up years after he started it.
The artist developed Bienvenidos in 2010, during the height of the debate over Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration crackdown law. It offered a counter-narrative to the heated anti-immigrant rhetoric of the day as it popped up amid election-season signage.
Street artist Yote developed the Bienvenidos Campaign in 2010. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
And it appears to have made its way to Washington, D.C., as evidenced by this sticker’s placement on a newspaper box on the National Mall.
Yote’s Bienvenidos street art project keeps popping up, years after he started it. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)