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May 28, 2015

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May 27, 2015

We Are Watchmen Raps Things Up for Ted Cruz

Christian musicians We Are Watchmen want the world to know we’re all doomed — unless Sen. Ted Cruz is handed the keys to the White House ASAFP.

The right-wing rhyme spitters paint the Texas Republican as a potential savior in their latest track, “Set It On Fire.”

The lyrics, performed over electronic handclaps and adult contemporary keyboard playing, exalt conservative values and Reagan worship. 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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May 15, 2015

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Tried?” Not ‘tried,’ ‘did!'” a gleeful HOH tipster squealed. “The member did bring two miniature horses into Cannon!” Full story

April 29, 2015

Pols to Put Their Best Feast Forward at Gourmet Gala

Attendees at the March of Dimes’ Gourmet Gala Wednesday should expect to see some new faces peeking back at them from behind the congressionally run tasting booths scheduled to dot the floor of the National Building Museum.

Pols to Put Their Best Feast Forward at Gourmet Gala

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The annual fundraiser is typically one of the better-attended events of the season, garnering bipartisan support from newcomers and cook-off vets alike.

When the curtain rises at 6:30 p.m. for this year’s dine-around, a number of novice contenders are expected to spoon-feed the philanthropic community their best awards bait.

Per an event aide, the roster of first-time “chefs” includes: Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., Chris Coons, D-Del., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, David Perdue, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., as well as Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga. Full story

April 27, 2015

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

“It’s a sitcom with very bad actors. And a really bad script,” the veteran stand-up told HOH about the sorry state of congressional affairs.“Everybody takes themselves entirely too seriously.” Full story

April 22, 2015

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

How good a cook is Rep. Betty McCollum? Skilled enough that the eight-term Democrat didn’t have to campaign — or even show up, for that matter — at the fifth annual Minnesota Hotdish Off to clinch congressional bragging rights.

McCollum bested the rest of the delegation with a combination of savory ground turkey, cruciferous greens, meaty mushrooms and nutty wild rice bolstered by just a hint of cinnamon. Full story

April 21, 2015

Minnesota Pols Prep for Hotdish Fest

Carb lovers, rejoice!

The Minnesota delegation is expected to once again flood the halls of Congress Wednesday with the aromas of melted cheese-covered, processed meat-packed, condensed soup-spiked, fried potato-filled delicacies better known as hotdish.

Minnesota Pols Prep for Hotdish Fest

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The invitation-only event — reserved for Gopher State pols, their staff and congressional press — is scheduled to take place in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building beginning at 12:30 p.m. Full story

April 8, 2015

Gary Kroeger’s Candidacy Is No Laughing Matter

These days, you are more likely to find funnyman Gary Kroeger poring over think tank reports than cracking wise on a late-night sketch comedy show.

The Saturday Night Live alumnus, who was cast mates with comedy legends Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy and Martin Short, is now eyeing a different TV audience to court: C-SPAN viewers.

Kroeger Tuesday announced his intention to unseat Iowa Republican Rod Blum, joining the mounting class of challengers vying to win their way to Washington.

Though he’s never held public office before — “I consider that a strength as I believe (along with many others) that in order to improve the conversation in Washington we always need new voices from the people,” Kroeger told HOH via email — the former actor is no stranger to politics. Full story

March 30, 2015

Solons Spend Spring Break at Replica Workplace

Lawmakers old and new spent the first day of a scheduled two-week recess taking in a very familiar sight: a carbon copy of the Senate chamber designed to honor “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy.

Everybody who is anybody (in modern politics, anyway) beat a path to Boston over the weekend for the official unveiling of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of the late Massachusetts Democrat. Some, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., couldn’t help but take in the scenery.

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March 27, 2015

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Either way, the de facto congressional programming gods showed their feet of clay during the marathon viewing party that was Can’t-Tell’em-Apart-Thursday.

C SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

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Mind you, us print folks have already copped to occasionally being stumped by which older white man in a suit is popping off at the mouth. But our counterparts over at C-SPAN appear to be having real trouble differentiating among Asian-American lawmakers.

The comedy of errors commenced as soon as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., stepped up to the mics. Full story

March 25, 2015

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

The tea party favorite might be the first far-right candidate to officially call dibs on moving into the Oval Office post-44, but as Web watchers were quick to point out, he’s way behind the curve when it comes to staking out online positions.

“Note to self, buy domain name before running for President #YouCruzYouLose,” instapundit Chris Weidel, who redirected social media users to the pre-occupied TedCruz.Com site, ribbed the Texas Republican Senator on Twitter. Full story

March 17, 2015

Illinois Republicans Bust Their Humps to Navigate Unfriendly Skies

“Being a member of Congress does not exonerate you from having to endure the same headaches the rest of us airplane travelers have to deal with,” an HOH tipster said Monday after witnessing a pair of time-crunched lawmakers hustle to make it back to D.C. in a somewhat orderly fashion.

Illinois Republicans Bust Their Humps to Navigate Unfriendly Skies

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Per our spy, the trouble all started when United Airlines declared that the plane intended to whisk Illinois Republicans Rodney Davis, Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren and Mark S. Kirk back to work was experiencing mechanical difficulties and would not be taking its leave of Chicago O’Hare International Airport at the regularly scheduled time. Full story

Alaska, Hawaii Delegations Get Piggy With It (Updated)

Updated 2:05 p.m. | Lawmakers from the two last-to-the-party states share not only unique geographic ties (neither is directly connected to the Lower 48; both boast treacherous terrain), sometimes they also break bread together.

They did so Monday night, during a collegial get-together hosted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Alaska, Hawaii Delegations Get Piggy With It (Updated)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

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March 9, 2015

Heitkamp, Booker Host Frosh Mixer

A pair of senators who were recently freshmen are hosting a bipartisan dinner for their new colleagues Monday evening.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Cory Booker of New Jersey were hosting the event at Heitkamp’s residence. At least five of the Senate freshmen were planning to attend, according to a Senate aide, who noted that all of them were invited for a light-hearted evening designed to help foster bipartisanship among some of the newest senators.

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