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November 26, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.

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November 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Lawmakers prepped for their Thanksgiving recess by winking, saluting R. Kelly and “popping off.”

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November 13, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 9, 2015

Despite a two-day workweek, senators still found time to wear shades, create “slush funds” and drop the mic.

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November 12, 2015

Harry Reid Talks to Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski

HOH examines the unique relationship between Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and the “bully” of Senate reporters, CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski.

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November 7, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 2, 2015

Lawmakers spent the week lighting cigars, contemplating “conundrums” and giving shout outs to Dolly Parton.

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November 5, 2015

‘Working Girls for Vitter’ Is a Thing, Apparently

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

David Vitter may be trailing in the polls, but he appears to have at least one constituency locked down, at least according to Dirty Coast Press.

The casual clothier from the Pelican State released a new item last week that will surely annoy the Republican senator on a quest for the Louisiana governorship.

Got a few left at the UPTOWN store only – 5631 Magazine St. #workinggirlsforvitter #dirtycoast #nola

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The shirts, which read: “Working Girls For Vitter” allude to the lawmaker’s connection to the “D.C. Madam” scandal of 2007. The initial batch of merch was scooped up quite quickly, apparently, as the company posted again Wednesday that the shirts were back in stock.


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November 3, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: The Essential John Boehner

HOH wraps every song, tear and fashion insult from former Speaker John A. Boehner’s career into this bonus, look-back edition of Congressional Hits and Misses.

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October 31, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Oct. 26, 2015

Despite a busy week, members still managed to smoke, rub rabbits’ feet and discuss condom science on the Senate floor.

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October 29, 2015

Post-Boehner: Congress Flouts Decorum During Speaker Vote

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress couldn’t resist hamming it up during Thursday’s roll call vote for speaker.

“California Cheeseheads for Paul Ryan,” Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., said when his turn came, causing some giggles. Full story

October 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Oct. 19, 2015 (Video)

Members returned from a weeklong break to continue rabbit massages, treat their hemorrhoids and insult children.

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October 21, 2015

Nearly Nude, Drunk Runner Nabbed at Capitol

UNITED STATES - October 14: A man walks his bike in front of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Temperatures hovered in the upper 60's with an overcast. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police stopped the nearly nude man jogging the stairs. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A drunk man wearing nothing but his undies added to the mayhem that engulfed Capitol Hill on Oct. 8, the day House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the speaker race.

At 7:24 p.m. on that clear Thursday evening, a Capitol Police officer posted on the Lower West Terrace spotted a 38-year-old white male running up the stairs of the Capitol “clothed in only underwear,” according to an arrest report. Full story

October 16, 2015

Chuck Grassley Invites Web to Put Words in His Mouth

Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley Friday created another blizzard of controversy by sharing a nebulous update on social media.

For those who don’t know, the six-term lawmaker adores Dairy Queen’s frozen treats ALMOST as much as he loathes the History Channel’s reality programming.

But, as Twitter is wont to do, Web crawlers quickly flipped the farmer-turned-lawmaker’s commercial plug into all manner of impropriety.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Paul Ryan (Video)

As the House searches for its next speaker, HOH pays tribute this week to one candidate with a vast knowledge of time, cheese and NFL rules.

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October 13, 2015

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Assuming yelling matches are your idea of a swell time, here are a few ways to enhance your viewing experience as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage. Full story

October 9, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Oct. 5, 2015 (Video)

A crazy week on Capitol Hill quickly spiraled into a competition to apply lipstick, open beer with another beer and sell used cars.

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