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May 27, 2015

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Cassidy, center, is championing Seersucker Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It is time to once again mark your calendars — Seersucker Thursday will be June 11.

The Senate tradition was resurrected last year after being discontinued in 2012 amid concerns the event wasn’t appropriately serious. The wearing of the lighter summer suits dates to the days before air conditioning in the Capitol, but it was Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi who really started the annual event in 1996.

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May 26, 2015

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

May 21, 2015

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s baby.

The last time the Illinois Democrat’s six-month-old was seen in the Speaker’s Lobby, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., was showing her off to the congressional press corps and didn’t seem particularly inclined to give her back when Duckworth emerged from the chamber.

On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., was holding court with baby Abigail just off the House floor. Wearing a floral headband and a white sundress, Abigail appeared fussy in Dingell’s arms, though she paused in her whimpering to teethe on the congresswoman’s pearl bracelet and later on the edge of her voting card. Full story

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 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 7, 2015

The Onion Elevates Axl Rose to Political Powerhouse

The Onion has uncovered the real reason our political system has devolved into such a dumpster fire: heavy metal.

The Onion Elevates Axl Rose to Political Powerhouse

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In its latest deep-dive into electoral issues, the satirical news site attempts to peel back the curtain on shadowy Super PACs and makes some alarming discoveries. Full story

May 6, 2015

#WayBackWednesday: Senators Sing Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ (Video)

#WayBackWednesday: Senators Sing Elton Johns Rocket Man (Video)

Coburn and Nelson sing “Rocket Man.” (Screenshot)

Testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on AIDS and global health programs Wednesday morning, Sir Elton John attracted attention from reporters and staffers alike Wednesday.

But it was another moment six years ago that the English singer may be remembered for most on Capitol Hill.

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May 4, 2015

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

Members spent last week on Capitol Hill playing with BB guns, recommending sewage-based water fountains and searching for Dr. Pepper.

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April 24, 2015

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 22, 2015

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

Chabot confirmed his passwords are not related to his pet turtles. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a Wednesday morning House Small Business Committee hearing on cyberattacks, Chairman Steve Chabot offered some sage advice on password security.

“It can’t just be your, you know, cat’s name or your dog’s name. … You’ve got to put question marks after the cat’s name now, or whatever,” said the Ohio Republican, opining on the way Capitol Hill’s password security has evolved during his 10 terms in Congress. “It’s a bit more complicated.” 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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April 17, 2015

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

Getting Sloshed, POTUS Style

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The humorist is slated to spill the beans Saturday about all the substance abuse that’s gone on in the Oval Office during Brightest Young Things’ sold-out takeover of the National Archives Museum.

Before throwing our deeply flawed leaders under the bus, HOH proposed Abrams go a few rounds with the historic hell-raisers by drafting POTUSes for totally irresponsible drinking games. Full story

April 14, 2015

Lawmaker’s One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Lawmakers One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Connolly, joking here with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, is quick with a quip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

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Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied  to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story

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