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January 23, 2015
Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.
Someone in the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., recently did just that, juxtaposing the New England Patriot’s ballsy brushoff of #DeflateGate with head-scratching comments delivered by administration officials.
Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women’s health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.
During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, it often wasn’t about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped, so much as how he clapped. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.
January 19, 2015
Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.
January 13, 2015
Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.
Retired Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., last fall laid the foundation for this fisticuff-y trip down memory lane by sharing how a handful of lawmakers dealt with disagreements back in the day.
Reducing screwy pols to mere caricatures of themselves is a time-honored tradition among those grossly dissatisfied with what does (or does not) routinely take place in the halls of Congress.
January 12, 2015
Rep. Mark Pocan is dusting off his performer’s cap for a new weekly series dubbed, “Magic Mondays.”
The Wisconsin Democrat, who told Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert that he once earned a decent living by blowing people’s minds, is reconnecting with his showman side to help break down what’s actually going on in Washington, D.C.
January 9, 2015
Lawmakers kicked off 2015 lobbying for 7-Elevens, sparing grandmas from purgatory and taking their talents to South Beach.
— Cobb County GOP (@cobbgop) January 9, 2015
The Georgia Republican would probably flip out if you don’t have at least a flapjack (or two).
Confidence is high that social media-savvy crooks could have pulled off a daring jailbreak Friday morning in Houston. By all accounts, everyone in the courthouse appears to have been mesmerized by Sen. Ted Cruz’s surprise appearance.
Reporting for jury duty in Houston: Ted Cruz. pic.twitter.com/bNsMwP14gY
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) January 9, 2015
The Texas Republican made his way over to the Harris County legal complex to comply with the summons he’d received a few weeks back. His showing up was cause célèbre enough, given that federal lawmakers are, by law, exempt from having to be impaneled.
So off Cruz toddled through the security line. Full story
January 8, 2015
The 114th Congress has only been in session for a few days now, but meme-makers appear to be quite smitten with what they’ve seen.
Unlike the party poopers at the National Republican Congressional Committee — who are shocked (SHOCKED, I tell you) by all the naughty bits in “The Global War on Morris,” the satirical novel from former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and newly minted author, Steve Israel of New York — the web savvy have embraced the bonhomie on display by our elected officials. Full story
December 31, 2014
From food to Janet Jackson and mic drops to outer space, Heard on the Hill presents the best gaffes, insults and soundbites from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.
December 19, 2014
Before leaving for the holidays, lawmakers paid tribute to one another, recalling “spawned” marriages while thanking their “awful” staff.
December 17, 2014
Rep. John D. Dingell, the retiring dean of the House, jokingly reflects on a lifetime of public service and the current state of congressional affairs in his latest holiday greeting.
The Michigan Democrat, who each winter lampoons the year that was, is concluding his tenure on the Hill after nearly 60 years. His wife, newly minted lawmaker Debbie Dingell, is set to succeed him in the 114th Congress. Full story
December 15, 2014
With holiday jet fumes in the air, Congress spent its final full week of 2014 on “The Colbert Report,” strategizing for bar fights and telling their favorite Dick Cheney quail hunting stories.
December 8, 2014
Congress kicked off the final month of the year brining turkeys, plugging favorite movies and crying on the House floor.