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February 13, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 8, 2016

Rep. Duncan Hunter is featured in this week's Congressional Hits and Missed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Duncan Hunter is featured in this week’s Congressional Hits and Missed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers spent the week asserting their geographical knowledge, fretting over restaurant menu fonts and finding new ways to break committee rules.

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February 5, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week's edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week’s edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.

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February 4, 2016

Martin Shkreli Invokes Attitude — and the Fifth

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Martin Shkreli, right, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Rayburn Building on "methods and reasoning behind recent drug price increases," February 04, 2016. Turing had raised the price of Daraprim, a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients, from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, appears on the monitor. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shkreli laughs during his appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Shkreli, “Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Shkreli giggled.

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January 29, 2016

Clinton Adviser: Schumer Was ‘So Happy’ She Left the Senate

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser seemed to think Sen. Charles E. Schumer was happy to see the current Democratic presidential candidate leave the world’s greatest deliberative body.

In an internal State Department email released Friday as part of the latest dump of Clinton emails from her time as secretary of State, Philippe Reines called Schumer “a good man who is just so happy she left the Senate.”

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.

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January 22, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 18, 2016

Sen. Dan Coats returns to his "Waste of the Week" in this week's Hits and Misses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Dan Coats returns to his “Waste of the Week” in this week’s Hits and Misses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing a shortened week and a massive snow storm, senators spent the week deep in thought on drones, rabbit massages and hungry cats.

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January 20, 2016

Office Space: Rodney Davis’ Illinois Campus

Davis jokes with members walking down the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Davis jokes with members walking down the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., walks CQ Roll Call through his collection of college pennants, shows off highlights from Roll Call’s Congressional Baseball Game and humblebrags about his “wolf pack” trophy.

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January 15, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 11, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite a shortened week, lawmakers still found time to display liquid nicotine, giggle repeatedly and flub Heisman winners.

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January 8, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 4, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer after a signing ceremony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer after a signing ceremony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers kicked off the new year with nachos, green beans and crabs, while saving time for some recreational swimming.

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January 6, 2016

Office Space: Bill Pascrell’s Paterson Park

Pascrell is poured a sample glass from Opus One Winery in Oakville, Calif., last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pascrell is poured a sample glass from Opus One Winery in Oakville, Calif., last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., recalls his baseball glory days, explains his Italian knighthood and shows off his cigar collection.

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January 1, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2015

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From throwing snowballs to threatening constituents to quoting Taylor Swift, Roll Call presents the year’s best moments from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

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December 28, 2015

Ted Lieu Introduces Himself

Hello! Is is Lieu you're looking for? (Tom Wiliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hello! Is it Lieu you’re looking for? (Tom Wiliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the freshman Democrat who needs no introduction.

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December 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 2 - Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks during a House Rules Committee meeting on "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, November 2, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sessions likes to thank the committee’s “awesome stenographers.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”

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December 18, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 14, 2015

With Congress ready for the holidays, lawmakers made sure to squeeze in catfish advertisements, weight loss classes and trips to Mars.

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December 11, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 7, 2015

Facing the prospect of weekend work, members sifted through purses, handed out pinky promises and mulled keeping Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, on the terrorist watch list.

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