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October 21, 2015

D.C. Socialists to Party Sans Bernie Sanders

Members of the D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America are expected to get together at Busboys and Poets Thursday for a “We Need Bernie!” rally. The group deliberately did not contact the outspoken presidential hopeful about attending.

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“This event is part of a larger national DSA effort and is an independent expenditure. Therefore, we cannot coordinate with his campaign,” DSA Deputy Director David Duhalde said of the conscious decision to exclude Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., from the planned festivities. Full story

September 3, 2015

UFO Activist Determined to Inject Extraterrestrials Into 2016 Race

Paradigm Research Group head Stephen Bassett is so confident alien affairs will become a hot topic in the race for the White House, he’s asking supporters to stake him so he can continue kicking around the nation’s capital for a few more months.

Bassett descended on #ThisTown last fall intending to hold lawmakers’ collective feet to the fire about extraterrestrial visitors and government cover-ups. Staff have remained tight-lipped about even coming across the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure materials PRG mailed to each and every member of the legislative branch in December 2014.

But with the presidential election heating up, Bassett is sure he can stoke real change — if he can just get his hands on an additional $20,000. Full story

September 2, 2015

Prayer Leader Believes John Fleming Is Half Right About Seeking God’s Help

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman is hopeful Louisiana Republican John Fleming will not only follow through on a recent pledge to push for nationwide faith healing, but will augment that effort by embracing other humbling practices.

The House Freedom Caucus co-founder floated the idea Tuesday of petitioning The Almighty for assistance in quelling violence visited upon law enforcement officials in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama. Full story

September 1, 2015

Local Toque Lobbies City to Show Kingsman Field Some Love (Updated)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:58 p.m. | Restaurateur Teddy Folkman is imploring fellow pet owners to hound the DC Department of Parks and Recreation about taking better care of a dilapidated dog park.

On Facebook, the Capitol Hill resident and man behind Granville Moore’s urged animal lovers to weigh in on the issue by pinging government officials with a simple message: “Please clean up Kingsman Dog Park. We’ll help.”

Dog Parks. So let’s see if social media works on this issue. Hill Hounds needs help reaching out to our local government…

Posted by Teddy Folkman on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Full story

August 14, 2015

Kick It Live With FDR

Longing to take a selfie with a formally sitting president?

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare has got you covered on Friday.

Full story

July 12, 2015

Graphic Artist Sparks Impromptu Bernie Sanders Rally at Comic-Con


SAN DIEGO – Could the (fury) road to the White House one day lead through Comic-Con?

Mario Prado, a printing wiz currently smitten with 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders, doesn’t see that as such an absurd proposition.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Comic-Con attracts a lot of nerds. Nerds are very much on top of politics,” the printing shop owner told CQ Roll Call of his decision to stump for the Vermont independent.

Prado erected an eye-catching depiction of the populist pol facing off against the conservative Koch brothers in a Mad Max-like landscape along a heavily traveled crosswalk just outside the bustling entertainment hub. That, coupled with the fire engine-red T-shirt he wore in support of “Bernie Man” — showing Sanders’ signature shock of white hair replaced by flaming coiffure — drew in passersby, many of whom Prado said were not all that familiar with the veteran pol. Full story

June 25, 2015

Jesus Lady Challenges Speaker Boehner to Step Up

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Spiritual warrior Rita Warren can no longer hold her tongue about a perceived brush-off by Speaker John A. Boehner.

The career demonstrator, who displays her life-sized statue of Jesus Christ at the Capitol each and every week, provided HOH with an open letter demanding the Ohio Republican once and for all address her plan to have actor Robert Powell recite the sermon on the mount scene from “Jesus of Nazareth” for congressional lawmakers. Full story

June 16, 2015

Jesus Lady Ready to Do Some Arm Twisting of Her Own

Capitol Hill fixture Rita Warren has had it with being blown off by Speaker John A. Boehner regarding her plan to help save lawmakers from total ruin.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Speaker Boehner doesn’t answer me. He doesn’t want to speak to me about Jesus of Nazareth,” the octogenarian activist told HOH about the cold shoulder she’s been getting from the Ohio Republican.

The source of friction appears to be the repeated requests Warren has lodged to bring in actor Robert Powell and have him address both chambers of Congress — a lobbying effort she expects to renew Thursday during her weekly trek to the Hill. Full story

May 18, 2015

Friends of the Earth Out to Bury Earl Blumenauer

Environmental activists are throwing Rep. Earl Blumenauer under the zero-emission, biodiesel-fueled bus for openly embracing broader trade-promotion authority.

Friends of the Earth is going after the Oregon Democrat both here and back home in Portlandia for endorsing a polarizing “fast-track” plan the eco-warriors perceive to be a bum deal.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“That’s what you get if you’re going to side with corporate polluters,” Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Program Director Benjamin Schreiber told HOH of the dozens of antagonistic flyers. Schreiber personally affixed the signs — which read, “MISSING: Climate Champion Earl Blumenauer” — to every available surface surrounding the Capitol South Metro station. Full story

April 28, 2015

Clothier Resurrects ‘Pro-Life’ Photo-Hunt Challenge

Camera-shy politicians, beware! The American Life League has tasked its social media-savviest supporters with seeking out high-ranking, reproductive rights-minded members of Congress for selfie-centric advocacy during National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week.

Although it’s been part of the annual promotion before — an ALL aide said the group first rolled out the NPLTW program in 2004, gradually building from a single day of action to a full week of exposure — the Congressional Photo Challenge is being emphasized this year in the hopes fans will push themselves to score actual face-time with elected officials.



The rules of the game are simple: NPLTW fans have one week (the contest kicked off Tuesday and draws to a close May 4 at 11:59 p.m.) to snap pictures of themselves — wearing an ALL-produced shirt, or at the very least, some sort of religious garb (homemade, even) modified to include the official NPLTW badge — completing various tasks. Full story

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

(CQ Roll Call archives)

(CQ Roll Call archives)

The celebrities who flooded into town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner have since dissipated. But their influence on the D.C. statehood front keeps building via the trickle of support D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss is patiently collecting.

While the rest of #ThisTown drank itself silly, Strauss immersed himself in conversation with visiting celebs he thought might be willing to lend their voices to the D.C. statehood campaign. Step one of the charm offensive was making the out-of-towners feel at home in the Capitol. Full story

April 24, 2015

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Special prayers will be offered for our partying White House correspondents whose news organizations are spending millions on impressing Hollywood stars instead of using money for investigative stories that impact the nation,” Twyman said in a release announcing his intention to picket outside the White House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Full story

April 21, 2015

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists



Updated 7 p.m. | Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped.

“If you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass. Alright?” the vulnerable California Republican warned an activist who confronted him outside his Simi Valley office. Knight,  who in January replaced retired GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, is facing a steep learning curve when it comes to fundraising (according to the latest Federal Election Commission data, Knight collected under $29,000 this past quarter).

The weekend exchange, first reported by SCVTalk blogger Mike Devlin, was captured by supporters of the immigration-reduction outfit NumbersUSA. Full story

April 15, 2015

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

Stressed out about not fitting enough relaxation time into your schedule?

Don’t sweat it. Yoga enthusiasts are preparing to flex some serious muscle on Capitol Hill.

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

The LoveYourBrain Foundation plans to help staffers shake off work-related angst Thursday by offering a free yoga class.

The inaugural stretch fest, which is being put on in conjunction with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, is scheduled to take place in the park immediately behind Rayburn (sandwiched between C and D streets Southwest) from 1 to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Full story

March 27, 2015

Cyrus Clan Cusses Out Mike Pence

Braison Cyrus, younger brother of pop star and twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus, has launched a campaign to have everybody on the Internet give Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hell for signing into law a polarizing “religious freedom” bill. Full story

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