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July 28, 2015

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July 17, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week vomiting, giving weather forecasts and “failing to communicate.”

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July 11, 2015

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

On his way out quicker than first stated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Remember this guy? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.

Well, maybe not really. Full story

June 23, 2015

Bad News Babe Sizes Up Congressional Softball Squad

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call alumna and inexhaustible trash-talker Abby Livingston remains confident her fellow Bad News Babes will wind up winning Wednesday’s seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Which is not to say toppling the defending-champ pols will be a cakewalk.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Following a tough scrimmage on June 21 (“We got crushed,” volunteered one BNB player.), Livingston told HOH the press team has matured significantly. Full story

June 18, 2015

Steve Daines Wants Jeannette Rankin on #TheNew10

Sen. Steve Daines, hoping to get out ahead of Treasury’s recently announced hunt for the next face to grace the $10 bill, is placing his pick for Alexander Hamilton’s successor in the hopper.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

The Montana Republican has drafted a proposal — the “Celebrating the First Woman in Congress Currency Act” — urging the administration to commemorate former Rep. Jeannette Rankin, R-Mont., ahead of all others. Full story

June 12, 2015

Dan Kildee Views BLT Disposal as a Team Effort

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After securing another year of bragging rights by coming out on top in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Rep. Dan Kildee now faces a victory celebration decidedly not for the faint of heart.

Per the friendly wager he made on the game with Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich., the Michigan Democrat is owed one of the pound-plus BLTs that helped put Tony’s 1-75 Restaurant on the map.

“I think this might have to be a staff project,” the two-term lawmaker told HOH of the daunting delicacy. “There’s no way I can eat a pound of bacon, even in a month.” Full story

June 10, 2015

Michigan Pols Bet the Farm on Congressional Baseball Game

If Rep. Dan Kildee’s team clinches victory at Thursday’s 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, the Michigan Democrat has a herculean task before him. That’s because his reward for toppling freshman lawmaker John Moolenaar’s squad would be a heart-stopping sandwich — a BLT famously featuring one pound of fried bacon — procured from Tony’s I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run, Mich.

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“I’ve tried once, and didn’t even come close,” Kildee told HOH of a failed attempt to polish off the pork-packed behemoth. “No one I know has ever finished it. I think it’s a myth!”

Full story

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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June 2, 2015

Getting on Steve Scalise’s Sweet Side

Just because a GOP lawmaker shepherds a bill through the fiercely partisan chamber does not mean that proposal will ever become law. But first timers who collect enough “yeas” can look forward to a calorific salute from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

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The Louisiana Republican has taken to doling out celebratory sweets to colleagues who manage to log an inaugural win on the House floor.

The sugary rewards vary. Full story

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.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(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

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

(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

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(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

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