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May 21, 2015

Freshmen Join Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Gabbard was among the star recruits after she arrived in Congress. There are 3 rookies joining the members team this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gabbard was among the star recruits after she arrived in Congress. There are three rookies joining the members’ team this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

The roster being released Thursday includes freshman rookies from the House: Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mia Love, R-Utah.

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May 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie chickens.

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May 19, 2015

Existentialists Watch, Wonder in Digital Cloakroom

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The Senate’s real-life waiting rooms have gone digital with the Cloakroom service. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill can be a confusing place, even for insiders.

Just ask the growing army of perplexed public servants trying to figure out what it’s all about on the nascent sounding board/app Cloakroom.

According to Co-Founder Ted Henderson, the anonymous service has, over the past few months, garnered a respectable following among the glue that keeps the legislative branch together.

Sure, some disgruntled staffers use it to talk smack. Full story

May 18, 2015

Redditor ­­Can’t Quite Figure Out Republicans

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Never mind attempting to navigate the intellectual mind field that is political ideology. One social media sleuth would just like someone (anyone) to shed a little light on a burning question about the GOP.

“Are Republicans people?” web user 80provinces Monday queried a D.C-related discussion board.

Clearly 80p missed the feel-good campaign Romney campaign alumnus Vinny Minchillo rolled out last fall in an attempt to counteract the public’s perception of right wingers.

The public relations ploy proved to be a godsend for web-savvy satirists, who gleefully subverted the source material (#ImARepublican) and replaced it with merciless taunts. Full story

Friends of the Earth Out to Bury Earl Blumenauer

Environmental activists are throwing Rep. Earl Blumenauer under the zero-emission, biodiesel-fueled bus for openly embracing broader trade-promotion authority.

Friends of the Earth is going after the Oregon Democrat both here and back home in Portlandia for endorsing a polarizing “fast-track” plan the eco-warriors perceive to be a bum deal.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“That’s what you get if you’re going to side with corporate polluters,” Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Program Director Benjamin Schreiber told HOH of the dozens of antagonistic flyers. Schreiber personally affixed the signs — which read, “MISSING: Climate Champion Earl Blumenauer” — to every available surface surrounding the Capitol South Metro station. Full story

May 11, 2015

Bureaucracy Thwarts Ambitious Muppet

Ernie Sanders, we barely knew thee.

The politically inclined puppet learned the hard way real people don’t appreciate when fantasy beings intrude on their livelihoods.

“We got a DMCA notice from Twitter notifying us that Sesame Street’s lawyers are none too pleased with Ernie’s campaign. Considering the current growing field of actual puppets running for party nominations, we never imagined that our campaign would be the first to end … oh well,” Team ES shared with HOH via email. “Some people just cant handle a little lighthearted fun before the upcoming 2016 slugfest.”

So long, straw felt man.

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May 8, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 4, 2015 (Video)

Even with one chamber out, lawmakers “ruined” their reputations offering “friendly” amendments, paying tribute to euthanized rabbits and quoting Austin Powers on the Senate floor.

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May 5, 2015

Messin’ With Texas?

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Messing with Texas? (Matt Fuller / CQ Roll Call)

Well, somebody really did it this time.

In an apparent violation of an inviolable maxim, someone on the Senate side went ahead and messed with Texas.

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May 4, 2015

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

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

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

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Robin Kelly plans to kill two birds with one stone Thursday — celebrating her 59th birthday (again) and raising some coin for her campaign coffers — during a little get-together at Bocce’s Bar and Grill.

Although the second-term Democrat already marked her actual nameday (April 30) in the office (“Staff did surprise her with her favorite coconut cake,” Team Kelly said of the vanilla-frosted, shaved coconut-covered centerpiece procured from Harris Teeter.), the suburban Chicago watering hole (3909 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, Ill.) got the nod to serve as host for a second round of festivities.

The fundraiser (tickets start at $29 per person) is scheduled to take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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“Bocce’s is her ‘Cheers.’ She has celebrated many occasions there from her husband’s birthday to sorority events. But, really it’s the everyday normalcy of Bocce’s that she loves,” a Kelly aide told HOH about the congresswoman’s affinity for the local hang-out. “It’s her favorite place to go and spend time with friends and neighbors who’ve become an extended family over the years, people who know her as just ‘Robin.’” Full story

April 30, 2015

Overheard: Baltimore Congressman Has His ‘Rudy’ Moment

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., walks to a "hands up" protest on the House steps of the Capitol, December 11, 2014. The event was attended by mostly black congressional staffers to protest the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner police shootings. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cummings made his mark on camera, shouting into a bullhorn Wednesday night. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings forged a powerful image during the second night of Baltimore’s self-imposed 10 p.m. curfew, using a bullhorn to clear crowds from the streets, including a Fox News reporter.

During a live-from-the-scene interview, Cummings wandered away from the camera, turning his attention to the street. Instead of responding to a question from Sean Hannity, he lifted the bullhorn and shouted, “I need you to help me get these people home. Let’s go home! Let’s go home!”

The footage may explain why Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., seemed starstruck Thursday afternoon when she saw the Maryland Democrat in the Speaker’s Lobby. During an interview with HOH about campus security, the House Administration chairwoman did a quick double-take of the congressman, who stood chatting on his cell phone, back turned to the chamber. Full story

April 24, 2015

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Special prayers will be offered for our partying White House correspondents whose news organizations are spending millions on impressing Hollywood stars instead of using money for investigative stories that impact the nation,” Twyman said in a release announcing his intention to picket outside the White House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 20, 2015 (Video)

As Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner smooched, members spent the remainder of the workweek protecting turtle passwords, choking up over Sam Houston and threatening to drop activists’ asses.

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April 21, 2015

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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