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June 18, 2015

Texas Pols Go to Bat for Astros (Updated)

Updated 3:31 p.m. | A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from the Lone Star State put Missouri pols on notice Thursday: acts of aggression against the Houston Astros will not be tolerated.

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, authored a stern warning — signed by three-quarters of the Texas delegation — to colleagues from the Show-Me State expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs between the dueling ball clubs.

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

 

“A state of war exists between the Astros and the Cardinal Empire,” Olson et al. ribbed their counterparts in response to reports that members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization may have hacked into Houston Astros’ computer systems. “There is no blinking at the fact that our team, our fans, and the sanctity of the game of baseball are in grave danger.”

Per staff, Olson hand-delivered the mischievous missive to every member from Missouri he was able to run down. Full story

Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

June 17, 2015

Bill Nelson Cranks Out 46 Pushups (Video)

Bill Nelson Pushups

Nelson does 46 pushups after losing a bet with Durbin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bill Nelson, who has a history of issuing friendly wagers on Florida sports, found himself on the losing end Wednesday.

Nelson, 72, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois wagered food and beer on the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning — but in addition to betting food, the losing senator was required to do pushups equaling the number of goals scored throughout the series.

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Jeb Bush: 21st Century Digital Boy

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has finally committed to the 2016 race.

Which means he could have up to a year and half of standing around in front of random audiences and flapping his lips to do.

On Tuesday, Bush embraced the self-deprecating side of campaigning during a swing by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” joining in on a sexually suggestive segment of “Slow Jamming the News.”

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Bill Pascrell Coaches Baseball (Video)

Rep. Bill “Silky” Pascrell Jr. goes all out along the first base line during the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. CQ Roll Call captures the action as the New Jersey Democrat coaches his team to its seventh-straight victory over the GOP.

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June 16, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Birthday Edition (Video)

As Roll Call celebrates its 60th anniversary Tuesday, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times lawmakers couldn’t resist singing “Happy Birthday” to their colleagues.

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June 15, 2015

Highlights From the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Democrats held off a late threat from Republicans to capture their seventh-straight coveted Roll Call trophy at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

Roll Call wraps up highlights in three minutes from the Democrats’ 5-2 victory.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 8, 2015 (Video)

A busy week on Capitol Hill quickly turned into a debate over Braille Playboys, Asian geography and tasteless cheese.
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June 11, 2015

House Republicans Claim Pre-emptive Baseball Victory on Wikipedia

A fan holds a sign during the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fan holds a sign during the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Partisan sparring over the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is well underway, including on Wikipedia.

According to the Congress-Edits robot, the Wikipedia entry for the game was edited anonymously from inside the House to declare the Republican team victorious in Thursday evening’s contest, allowing the GOP to break the tie and claim the Roll Call Trophy.

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June 4, 2015

Wu-ing the 2016 Presidential Contenders

Some political observers — particularly hyper-aware voters and road-weary campaign hacks — are already exhausted by the prospect of having to endure 17 more months of geopolitical grandstanding, nationwide caucusing and relentless speechifying only to wind up with a well-telegraphed grudge match between two languishing political dynasties.

And who can blame them?

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May 29, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

With Congress out, HOH pays tribute this week to the always unflappable Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the only member yet to tweet a single character, who shows off his favorite graphs, touts his Big Mac-eating skills and can’t wait for the next Cubs game to air.

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May 27, 2015

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Cassidy, center, is behind the seersucker effort. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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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