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March 12, 2015

Playing Politics With Trending Themes

The kids, they’re trying to dispense/gather as much life affirming advice (#GoodAdvicein4Words) as possible over on the Twitter.

And, wouldn’t you know it, the fun police have to crowbar their hackneyed political views into the mix.

The No-More-44 Caucus

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March 10, 2015

Someone Is Very Lucky Chuck Grassley Keeps Busy

The public relations team over at the History Channel ought to thank Jebus that a certain social media-savvy Iowa Republican wasn’t Web surfing Monday night.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley has just about made it his personal mission to browbeat the cable network for deviating from its raison d’être by embracing ratings-baiting reality shows. Full story

Senate Restaurant Staff Rebel Against Benefits Freeze

The 30 or so remaining dining services personnel who got swept up in the transfer of power from the Architect of the Capitol to Restaurant Associates in 2008 may now need pols to rectify unforeseen circumstances that have soured the entire experience for them.

The fight for parity has been brewing ever since Norma Rogers — who told HOH she’ll have logged 33 years working on Capitol Hill come April — began investigating how her retirement package might shake out. Much to her dismay, Rogers discovered that as far as federal actuaries are concerned, she stopped being a government employee as soon as the catering services swap got inked into law.

“They froze it in 2008,” a Senate Restaurants supervisor said of the nest egg-defining “High-3” calculus, a metric used to plot out pension payments based on the past 36 months of employment. Full story

March 6, 2015

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

Members spent the three-day workweek trading lines over the Constitution, discussing Twinkies and playing Jeopardy! on the House floor.

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March 4, 2015

Georgia Pol Puts Tom Price on Notice

Although he’s technically been out of politics for a dozen years, former state lawmaker Mitchell Kaye gave Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., an ultimatum Tuesday: Stand your ground on the Department of Homeland Security funding fight or prepare to be primaried.

Georgia Pol Puts Tom Price on Notice

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Kaye played the don’t-make-me-challenge-you card in a strongly worded letter provided to HOH by a tipster. 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

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 23, 2015 (Video)

With a Homeland Security shutdown looming, lawmakers resolved to invent holidays, toss snowballs and take naps on the House floor.

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Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.

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February 26, 2015

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

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“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.

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February 24, 2015

Norton: Don’t Tread on the Right to Sled

Norton: Dont Tread on the Right to Sled

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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.

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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

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