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August 17, 2015

NFL’s John Harbaugh Calls Foul on Political Partisanship, Immigration Standoff

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was nowhere near the Iowa State Fair this weekend, but he still managed to crowbar some political commentary into a preseason presser.

A line of questioning from reporters on Aug. 15 about Harbaugh’s pitch to have professional referees spend more than just three weekends in August preparing for the regular season veered into the political arena as the NFL play caller took to his soapbox to call out Congress for routinely dropping the ball.

“Maybe talk to one another, solve a problem once in a while instead of creating a problem. Be more concerned about the country than you are your party. How about we do that?” Harbaugh chided elected officials. “Let’s try to fix things around here. … That’s what made us great.” Full story

August 14, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

Full story

August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

July 31, 2015

John Dingell Reads Mean Tweets

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

No one is safe from mean tweets, not even the longest-serving member of Congress.

Former Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., took to Twitter Friday to read some mean tweets directed at his popular Twitter handle after losing a bet with his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who succeeded him in Congress. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

Full story

July 28, 2015

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.




Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.



“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

July 27, 2015

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

Full story

July 24, 2015

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

Members spent the week recalling their college days, drafting grocery lists and touting their love for San Francisco.

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July 22, 2015

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is ‘America’s No. 1 Dumpster Fire’

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 3: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, chats with Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., during the Bourbon Barrel of Compromise reception at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers Association joined forces to send a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon to Washington D. C. to be received by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Yarmuth, left chatting with Speaker John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday suggested he associated himself with Graham’s assessment of Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s digits Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a “jackass” on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.

Trump might have to get creative with his punishment once he hears Yarmuth’s choice words.

“I think he’s the No. 1 dumpster fire in the country right now,” the Kentucky Democrat told HOH Wednesday, rattling off the zinger with a polish that suggested he’d been waiting days for the opportunity.

“You’re always thinking about the way he might respond,” Yarmuth said of Trump, “so I’m curious with how he’ll respond to that.”

Trump, your move.

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Trumping the 2016 Contenders

Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?

The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.

In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. Full story

July 17, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week vomiting, giving weather forecasts and “failing to communicate.”

Full story

Twitter Defends John McCain After The Donald Attacks

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday continued his assault on the GOP establishment by publicly mocking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on social media.

Trump lashed out against the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in retaliation for having his growing fan-base demeaned. Full story

July 16, 2015

Will Missouri Voters Want a Blunt or ‘Wana Dubie?’

Blunt earned a challenger with an interesting name as he seeks reelection. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Blunt has a challenger with an interesting name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Missouri voters are not satisfied with Democrat Jason Kander’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, they might find themselves considering another option: Do they want Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for another six years or do they ‘Wana Dubie’?

Full story

July 11, 2015

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

On his way out quicker than first stated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Remember this guy? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.

Well, maybe not really. Full story

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