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August 26, 2015

National Dog Day: Congress and Its Furry Friends

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Harry S. Truman famously instructed politicians looking for friends to “buy a dog” and it seems many on Capitol Hill have taken that advice to heart. As social media celebrates National Dog Day, CQ Roll Call digs into the archives to retrieve our favorite photos of our furry friends on Capitol Hill.

Click through to see Bill Frist meet some big bloodhounds, Kent Conrad and his longtime companion Dakota, images of Capitol Police K9s at work and the tourist dogs that come to sightsee with their people.

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August 25, 2015

Free Snow Cones for Those Who Hate Internet Taxes

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(Flyer image courtesy of SBEC)

In its push to freeze efforts to tax Internet access, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council will be passing out snow cones on Wednesday.

The shaved-ice desserts will be dished up on Delaware Avenue and D Street Northeast for two hours, starting at noon. Planners invite anyone on the Hill to stop by for a free cone.

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August 21, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

If that program sounds like musica to your orejas, then the Arepa Zone Launch Party happening Saturday night may be just the ticket.

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

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August 19, 2015

Team Cruz, Capitol Police Emails Pop Up in Ashley Madison Data Dump (Updated)

Cruz supporters attend a campaign rally in Georgia in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz supporters attend an August campaign rally in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:03 p.m. | Personal information gathered from a cyber assault on online-fling facilitator Ashley Madison has now hit the Web, and a handful of Capitol Hill accounts appear to have been laid bare.

Per media reports, the client records harvested by hackers identifying themselves as “Impact Team” include some 36 million email addresses. Ashley Madison does not, by its own admission, engage in any type of email verification, making fictitious accounts another resource in the cheater’s toolbox.

Approximately 15,000 of those appear to sport the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively. 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.

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August 12, 2015

Shining a Light on Sodexo’s Hospitality Protocol

Just-arrived House restaurants handler Sodexo appears to have already rubbed at least one congressional diner the wrong way due to a concern about food-handling practices.

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The French-born hospitality conglomerate Monday formally assumed control of all House dining operations, replacing outgoing food-service vendor Restaurant Associates.

Mere hours into the transition, a tipster searching the Rayburn Café for sustenance told HOH he overheard a Sodexo manager instruct staff to gloss up the apples by giving them a once over with commercial cleaning cloths. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:15 a.m.
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August 11, 2015

Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington.

An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. Full story

August 10, 2015

Exit Interview: Amy Harris Honored to Walk the Halls of Congress

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Harris loved the solitude of the Rotunda at night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican aide Amy Harris has found a new home at the National Association of Home Builders’ BUILD-PAC. But she’ll remain forever grateful for the highly instructive time she spent learning the ropes of the legislative branch.

“I have been very fortunate to work with some incredible members. People I never thought I would be standing in the same room with, let alone them knowing my name,” Harris told HOH about her experience on Capitol Hill. Full story

D.C. Kids Sing for Statehood at the Capitol (Video)

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(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!,” the kids of Capitol Hill sang Sunday morning.

More than 30 children, mostly hailing from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, congregated at the U.S. Capitol to sing comedian John Oliver’s revised 50-state song, highlighting the District’s lack of voting rights. Oliver aired a 17-minute segment on D.C. statehood on his HBO program, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on Aug. 2, which has been touted by District lawmakers, activists and residents as unprecedented national attention on the issue.

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August 5, 2015

WednesDaze: Polishing Off Pitchers with Our Future Leaders

Why wait an extra 24 hours for the Republican primary debates to get faced when you can crush pitchers of cold brew Wednesday?

That’s right, the politically themed debauching can begin in earnest today during the “Pitchers and Politics Pre-Debate Happy Hour.”

 

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Approximately 23 hours before Fox News Channel even pretends to care what the struggling-to-catch-on GOP presidential candidates have on their minds, the College Republican National Committee and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management plan to welcome those thirsting for knowledge to Stanton & Greene (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) for some hump day action. Full story

July 30, 2015

Congress Goes to the Dogs

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., pets "Eddie" during the ASPCA's Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in Cannon Building, July 30, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dole pets Eddie during Paws for Celebration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet-nosed critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.

The Paws 4 Celebration event was designed as a way to get readily adoptable pets in front of big-hearted staffers. Full story

House Aide Excited to Welcome Everyone to Italo-American Club

The National Italian American Foundation and nascent Italian American Congressional Staff Association are teaming up Thursday for a meet-and-greet featuring food, drink and just a touch of nostalgia.

The Wine-Off Tasting event is scheduled to take place in Rayburn 2168 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to all congressional staff. Full story

Longworth Scores a Baskin-Robbins

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Cheer up, Creamery fans!

You may be losing your lemme-see-what-better-jobs-are-out-there meeting spot, but House administrators assure HOH that once the transition from Restaurant Associates to Sodexo is complete later this year, you’ll have 31 flavors with which to self-medicate.

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July 29, 2015

Friends Pour Into Pombo Portrait Unveiling

Sitting lawmakers and onetime House Natural Resources Committee staff returned to their old stomping grounds in Longworth Tuesday to honor former Rep. Richard W. Pombo.

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“It’s like old House day!” one enthusiastic supporter who had gathered for the unveiling of Pombo’s official portrait sputtered while snaking through the flood of familiar faces. Full story

Bob Dole, Pet Adoption Ambassador

 

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attention: Bob Dole is inviting pet lovers from across the political spectrum to mingle Thursday with homeless critters on the hunt for bipedal companionship. Full story

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