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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

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

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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.

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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

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January 30, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 26, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week calling one another by the wrong name, professing their love for Gouda and discussing their Valentine’s Day plans.

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January 29, 2015

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse recently assured fellow eco-warriors that the tide on Capitol Hill is turning against those who feel protecting the environment is a non-issue.

“That wall of denial is cracking and it is crumbling,” the Rhode Island Democrat told those gathered for an open house at Oceana on Jan. 27. “Congress is feeling it. And they can’t hold out.”

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

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Whitehouse’s optimistic assessment seems to fly directly in the face of current events, what with “Greatest Hoax” author and newly minted Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., being put in charge of that chamber’s ecological stewardship. Full story

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

Sips & Suppers co-founders Nathan, Waters and Andres address the Newseum event. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.

Their next objective: getting the well-fed masses up from their respective tables and into the streets to clamor for change in school-lunch policies. Full story

January 28, 2015

Govs Rib Each Other Over Snowstorm

The governor of Vermont tweaked the governor of another New England state Wednesday morning for his state’s handling of the snowstorm that hit earlier this week.

“I send the regrets of Gov. Malloy of Connecticut. We got whacked pretty hard in the Northeast with a little bit of a snowstorm in our transportation infrastructure and you know, he would be here if he were not digging out. In Vermont, we got hit too, but our southern states aren’t as accustomed to snow as we are up in Vermont, so he’s still digging,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on the need for a new highway bill.

While the blizzard did not meet expectations in New York City, parts of Connecticut were walloped by the storm, including the eastern shoreline. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was scheduled to testify, but a committee aide said Wednesday morning that Malloy had canceled because of the weather. Shumlin appeared with Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.

“I should say that that’s the Deep South too, Gov. Bentley,” Shumlin quipped.

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