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June 29, 2015

Congressional Cemetery Dead Serious About Fitness

Dear unwanted flab: prepare to take a dirt nap.

(Courtesy Congressional Cemetery)

(Courtesy Congressional Cemetery)

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 8 a.m.
HillSide

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 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

June 22, 2015

Markwayne Mullin’s Crunching Workout Plan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin expects to lead any and all members of the legislative branch interested in feeling the burn in a cardio-intensive workout Thursday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The roughly hour-long program, which is scheduled to take place in Upper D Park (opposite the Longworth House Office Building) beginning at 7 a.m., is being co-sponsored by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus in honor of Men’s Health Month.

An event organizer said the Oklahoma Republican, who regularly leads fitness-seeking lawmakers through similar paces in the member’s gym, has been tasked with developing the workout routine. Full story

June 19, 2015

Bill Pascrell Comes to Alexander Hamilton’s Defense

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At least one member of Congress is coming to the defense of Alexander Hamilton.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., is prodding Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to reverse course on his plan to reduce the presence of the first occupant of that office and instead take the historic step of putting a woman on the $20, supplanting President Andrew Jackson.

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June 18, 2015

Derek Kilmer Gets a Jump on Father’s Day (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kilmer said his father, an educator for more than 50 years, “may have taught my entire hometown.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Derek Kilmer took to the House floor Thursday to say a few words about a certain someone who schooled him — and quite possibly most of Port Angeles, Wash. — in the finer points of hard work and perseverance.

“I think he may have taught my entire hometown,” the Washington Democrat said of his father’s staggering reach following 51 years devoted to feeding young minds.

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Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

Team Amash Tackles Hot-Dog Bites Pizza

Rep. Justin Amash conducted a little taste test Thursday, chowing down with staffers on Pizza Hut’s polarizing Hot Dog Bites Pizza.

Per one of the lucky (?) lunch bunch, everyone in the employ of the Michigan Republican who tried the weenie-studded pie dug the snack food mash-up. Full story

Get Ready to ‘Peruse’ the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Ever thought of exploring Peru? How about next week at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015 for “Peru: Pachamama.”

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The festival, which runs from Wednesday through June 28 and July 1 through July 5 will be in a new location this year, on the National Mall between Third and Fourth streets Southwest, near the National Museum of the American Indian. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the food, art and cultural activities, there will be a wide array of Peruvian music on the Mall. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 10:37 a.m.
DC, HillSide

Union Kitchen Grocery Stocks Up | Food Court

Having successfully carved out a space for culinary artists to tinker with our collective taste buds, the mad scientists at Union Kitchen have moved onto the next phase of epicurean domination: market-ing.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Union Kitchen Grocery, a combination retailer and eatery, took up residence at 538 Third St. NE in early May. The corner store dabbles in a little bit of everything, operating from morning (8 a.m.) to night (9 p.m.) and filling the hours in between with curious food and drink from around the region.

A cursory exploration of the neighborhood establishment revealed goodies galore. 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

June 11, 2015

A Sea of Smiles at Taste of Hawaii

If the Taste of Hawaii gets much bigger, it will take over Upper Senate Park.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

At least a dozen lawmakers sampled some of Hawaii’s finest offerings at the second annual event, along with a crowd estimated at more than 1,000 in a spacious Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room.

Several guests overheard Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a repeat visitor, preaching the gospel of Spam musubi. Multiple sources told HOH the New York Democrat roped Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., into trying the exotic treat, and Schumer was still gushing about the magic of potted meats on his way out the door.

Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono again led the event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Full story

June 10, 2015

A Day In the Life of a Congressional Baseball Playing Mom

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is looking forward to once again taking the field Thursday for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

She’s also probably majorly relieved to shed the grueling schedule that’s chewed up her calendar since early April. Full story

June 9, 2015

Aloha, Taste of Hawaii Two!

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono is expected Wednesday to preside over the second annual Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill — a reception so widely attended last year that organizers had to book a bigger space this time around.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The regional expo is scheduled to take place Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. in Dirksen G-50. Full story

Crises Bring Out the Best in Congress, Ian Koski Maintains | Exit Interview

For all its flaws, the legislative branch, ex-staffer Ian Koski says, is truly at its best when adversity rears its ugly head.

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