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February 3, 2016

Congressional Spouse Events Surround National Prayer Breakfast


Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional spouses traditionally get together every February to meet one another, break bread together and share in each other’s faiths.

“I think these events show people that the spouses are real people and that we really care about each other,” Caroline Aderholt, whose husband Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.,  is a longtime co-host of these events, told HOH. “Prayer is important to us and we believe in it, and it makes a difference in our personal lives, in our family’s lives and we think it can make a difference in our world.”

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January 27, 2016

Snow Check! Capitol Hill Spots Extend Restaurant Week

The Monocle (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Monocle’s doors will be open Saturday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While food in grocery stores flew off the rack, D.C. restaurant week took a hit from Winter Storm Jonas.

So on Wednesday, several establishments close to the Capitol announced they were willing to extend their restaurant week deals. Restaurant week was originally set from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. Full story

January 26, 2016

Trashy Problem Comes Out of Blizzard Sledding

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: About a dozen sledders, young and old, took to the slopes of the West Front of the Capitol after the first few inches of snow blanketed Washington on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Snow began to fall early afternoon as approaching blizzard conditions threatened to shut down the Washington area. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sledders use a discarded March for Live protest sign to skid their way down the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 22. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With hundreds of people sledding at the Capitol this weekend, hundreds of pieces of trash were left behind.

From March for Life signs, pizza boxes, collapsed cardboard boxes and plastic bags, people sledding were either bringing their own trash and leaving it or taking items out of the trash to use as a sled. Full story

January 22, 2016

A Sprinkling of Snowmageddon Specials

What else are you doing this weekend? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

What else are you doing this weekend? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Snowmageddon 2016 is coming, and the Metro is going off line, people are hunkering down and it’s going to be cold. For those looking for a friendly watering hole to wait out the storm, here’s an HOH list of area establishments celebrating the snow weekend — as should you! Enjoy! Full story

January 12, 2016

A Sprinkling of SOTU Watch Parties


Where to socialize through Obama’s last State of the Union (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Washington comes out for the State of the Union, and HOH has compiled some of the better-sounding watch parties for those who like to talk back to the screen. Full story

December 22, 2015

Library of Congress’ Civil Rights, Bay Psalm Exhibits About to Close


Part of the Civil Rights exhibit contains photos of Parks, right, when she worked for Conyers, left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Part of the Civil Rights exhibit contains photos of Parks, right, when she worked for Conyers, left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two high-profile exhibits at the Library of Congress will close Jan. 2, giving those interested in civil rights and early American publishing the rest of the holiday season to catch up.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which contains materials related to the landmark legislation — including correspondence among the movement’s leaders and political figures in Washington — and First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing, will be leaving their primo spots in the Thomas Jefferson building.

Included among the Civil Rights exhibit’s artifacts are the library’s recently acquired Rosa Parks collection, which contains photos and correspondence related not just to her activism but as an employee of Congress, when she worked for Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

Two parts of the Civil Rights Act exhibit related to the legislation’s passage and its impact will be displayed in facsimile form through 2016.

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December 18, 2015

Next Generation Dingell Jingle Unveiled

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 17 - Christmas Nutcrackers don the outside the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Christmas Nutcrackers frame the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell in the Cannon House Office Building. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., continues to carry on the tradition of writing the “Dingell Jingle,” which she released Friday.

Her husband, former Dean of the House John D. Dingell, wrote a holiday jingle every year and the congresswoman, who succeeded him after he retired last year, is keeping up the tradition complete with clever links and jabs. Full story

Santa, Elves Spotted in Dirksen

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 20: Santa Claus entertains children from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast during the 14th annual holiday hosted the Capitol Police in Dirksen Building. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Once a year, Santa and his elves take over the U.S. Capitol Police department.

On Friday, Capitol Police threw their annual holiday party, dressing up as St. Nick’s helpers and escorting 60 children from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C., to the Senate. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 1:57 p.m.
HillSide, Kiddies

December 16, 2015

Bipartisanship With a Caribbean Twist

UNITED STATES - September 10: Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the House Triangle urging negotiations to avoid another government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, September 10, 2015.(Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lee, who at one time was rumored to be interested in being the envoy to Cuba, is part of the bipartisan Cuba Working Group. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together to launch a Havana-friendly working group, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of U.S. and Cuban leaders’ pledge to open up relations between the two countries.

In a letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the soon-to-be bipartisan Cuba Working Group wrote, “We believe that American interests are served through greater engagement with Cuban society.” Full story

Congress Approves of Capitol Hill Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress were accused of being the “grinches” of Capitol Hill for instituting the sledding ban.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The children of Capitol Hill were able to do something uniquely American: call attention to a lack of rights, go forth in protest and win those rights in the end.

Last winter, a group of neighborhood kids defied a sledding ban at the Capitol and slid down the snow on the West Front, arguing it is the closest and safest hill to slide down. And, when this week’s massive, year-end, $1.1 trillion appropriations bill was unveiled, members of Congress agreed. Full story

December 15, 2015

Tim Gunn: Female Senate Page Advocate

UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Senate pages join the procession of Senators to the House floor for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gunn wants to update female pages’ uniforms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The uniforms of female Senate pages are not up to the standards of fashion expert Tim Gunn. The co-host of “Project Runway,” and now the spinoff “Project Runway Juniors,” wanted one of the challenges in the show to be fixing their uniforms.

But even though female pages are wearing men’s clothes, Congress “refused” to let the show take this on, Gunn told the Daily Mail. He added, “And do you want to know why? They say that they don’t want to sexualize the girls. How insulting is that? Can you imagine?” Full story

Toy Drives From Both Sides of the Aisle

Santa Claus knows no partisanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Santa Claus knows no partisanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Groups from opposite sides of the political spectrum are holding toy drives Tuesday, making sure Santa knows no partisan boundaries.

In Washington, Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; and Dina Titus, D-Nev., are teaming up for the Capitol Hill Toy Drive to benefit the National Foster Young Institute. The group gives toys to D.C. area foster children and disadvantaged youth. The drive will take place in the Rayburn Gold Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Full story

December 11, 2015

The Confectioners’ Sweet Life

A candy sculpture at the National Confectioners Association/Chocolate Manufacturers Association offices in Tysons Corner, Va.

The National Confectioners Association ran out of candy. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Confectioners Association wanted to spread their message of “The Power of Sweet” with Capitol-bound commuters, but underestimated Metro riders’ sweet teeth, running out of the free candy canes they were distributing at the Union Station, Capitol South and Metro Center stops. Full story

By Brittany Zeman Posted at 12:33 p.m.
Food, HillSide

December 10, 2015

Ready for Congress 3.0?

UNITED STATES - FILE PHOTO: President Gerald Ford meeting with Tip O'Neill at the White House, Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6, 1975...Date Created/Published: 1975 Feb. 6. . (Photo By FILE PHOTO/CQ Roll Call)

Stuck in the 1970s? President Gerald Ford, left and then-House Majority Leader Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill share a moment in 1975. The way Congress operates is stuck in the era, argues the head of the Congressional Management Foundation. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 election year is almost upon us, but “Congress is largely still stuck in the 1970s,” argues Bradford Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Fitch, a former Hill staffer, would like to help shepherd his former employer into the modern era — “Congress 3.0,” he calls it. He thinks his organization can make some headway by utilizing two multiyear grants they were just awarded to study up to 12 congressional offices, survey the constituents who interact with those offices, and come up with a best practice toolkit. Full story

December 1, 2015

Senators’ Secret Santa Swap Set for Dec. 8

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Dirksen Building on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, January 8, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

What does Franken have in mind for this year’s Secret Santa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators have a week to buy their gifts for their annual Secret Santa gift swap.

Sen. Al Franken’s annual effort to build holiday cheer is scheduled for Dec. 8.

“In the Senate, we have serious jobs and often face some very sobering issues,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement to Roll Call. “But every year, I host a bipartisan event to embrace the spirit of the holiday season, my annual Secret Santa. This is something we used to do at my elementary school back in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It helped make sure that every kid got a gift, and it was a way to mix things up and give kids the chance to get to know one another.”

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