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October 8, 2015

Takano Trolls GOP Over Speaker Chaos

Takano couldn't help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takano couldn’t help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Mark Takano had some fun with the GOP leadership scramble Thursday afternoon. As Republican after Republican said they were not interested in seeking the speakership, the California lawmaker tweeted out a mockup of a Craiglist ad.  Full story

Capitol Police Nab Nude Dude Bathing in Neptune Fountain

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No skinny-dipping allowed. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only the gods are allowed to be naked in the Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune fountain, Capitol Police warned a 27-year-old man last week.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, cops responded to 10 First St. SE, following a report of a nude male bathing in the fountain. Police say they discovered Wodaji Getawa Mekonnen “matching that description, with his genitalia exposed.” Full story

October 2, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 28, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepped for Hurricane Joaquin by breaking out selfie sticks, creating “slush funds” and laughing at drivers stuck in traffic.

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September 29, 2015

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for "C Street." (Screenshot)

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for “C Street.” (Screenshot)

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.

He originally intended to share his version of “pols gone wild” with the world ahead of the 2012 elections, but had to delay that self-imposed deadline as the money hunt — he attempted to raise $50,000 in 2012, but came up short — and personal issues continued cropping up.

All that’s changed. Full story

September 27, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 21, 2015 (Video)

Congress spent a busy week struggling with pronunciations, saluting “national treasures” and aligning chairs.

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September 22, 2015

The Dangers of Hosting the Pontiff Post-Labor Day

As the members of absurdist comedy ensemble The State once brilliantly illustrated, getting all gussied up to greet His Holiness can prove to be damn treacherous. Full story

September 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 14, 2015 (Video)

Members spent a shortened week dabbling with selfie sticks, moose watchers and John Belushi.

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September 4, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Hank Johnson (Video)

HOH wraps up its August recess member marathon this week with Rep. Hank Johnson, the Georgia Democrat known for his love of analogies, geography and “little people.”

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August 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Cruz (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses’ member marathon rolls on this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential contender who doesn’t shy away from “wacko birds,” syrup guzzling or scaring children.

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August 25, 2015

2016 Candidates on Display at Iowa State Fair

Ah, the Iowa State Fair, where 2016 candidates vying for the highest office in the land and their surrogates hoist themselves into tractors (John R. Kasich), hork down pork on a stick (Lindsey Graham), pose for awkward selfies (Debbie Stabenow), toss footballs with little kids (Marco Rubio) and try, unsuccessfully, not to look to sweaty for the camera (Tom Harkin). Roll Call’s Al Drago was there for the sugar-induced highs and lows and everything in between.

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August 7, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Aug. 3, 2015 (Video)

Despite a three-day workweek, the Senate still found time to count the fingers on one hand, draw stick figures and drink lots of water.

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August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

July 31, 2015

John Dingell Reads Mean Tweets

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

No one is safe from mean tweets, not even the longest-serving member of Congress.

Former Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., took to Twitter Friday to read some mean tweets directed at his popular Twitter handle after losing a bet with his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who succeeded him in Congress. Full story

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

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

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64 Lawmakers Rally Behind Alexander Hamilton

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pascrell and others come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the House headed for August recess, a group of 64 lawmakers is uniting against reducing the role of Alexander Hamilton on the 10-dollar bill.

A new letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew is the latest effort, led by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., and Del. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands.

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