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March 4, 2015

Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

Capitol Police patrol the East Plaza of the Capitol during a January snow shower. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

No, the Senate hearing about the Arctic, chaired by a senator from Alaska, won’t be cancelled due to a little snow.

An aide to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said there was a zero percent chance Thursday’s hearing on U.S. opportunities in the Arctic would be cancelled due to the snow that’s expected in the nation’s capital.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:53 p.m.
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March 3, 2015

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Opportunities for hero worship abounded, no matter what pastime one might be into.

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., teed up a little viewing party for those most interested in gawking at the Vince Lombardi Trophy — a conversation-starter currently in the possession of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent part of his morning in the House chamber digesting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s thoughts on international affairs, was scheduled to show off the fabled award in H-122 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Full story

Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.

Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“I’d be just as mad if it were Team Obama on our sacred territory … [but] gallery staff says Obama staff wouldn’t be allowed to. Seems like a double standard,” the incensed observer opined after conferring with congressional press wranglers to confirm that outsiders are prohibited from setting up shop wherever they please.

A press gallery aide assured HOH the diplomatic infraction had been properly dealt with.

“We asked them to stop,” the media manager stated.

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‘Walking Dead’ Wanders Into Steve Stivers Territory

After five seasons of fighting off fearsome, reanimated corpses that have relentlessly thinned their ranks and gruesomely robbed them of loved ones, the ragtag band of apocalyptic survivors on AMC’s engrossing drama “The Walking Dead” have finally stumbled upon a new threat: a survivalist federal lawmaker.

The run-down crew of unturned humans, led by former law enforcement officer Rick Grimes, finally reached the haven known as “Alexandria” in Sunday night’s episode.

The exhausted travelers soon learn they were summoned to the Northern Virginia stronghold by Deanna Monroe — the one-time representative from Ohio’s 15th District who has been comfortably riding out the horrific end-of-days scenario in her unsettlingly tranquil, gated community.

Unlike faux pockets of power created by other TV franchises (we’re looking at you, dearly departed “Parks and Recreation”), Monroe name-checks the seat currently occupied by Ohio Republican Steve Stivers. Full story

March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.

The wife of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has prepared a gift for the polarizing world leader: A shadowy still life of the Capitol Dome. The artist has dubbed it “Dome of Consequence.”

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Peter Roskam)" width="445" height="345" /> “Dome of Consequence” by Elizabeth Roskam (Courtesy Peter Roskam)

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Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Thousands are expected in Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here,” Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.

Strange was speaking to cyclists and their supporters gathered for the Feb. 21 Montgomery Bicycle Club 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. He was referring to the visitors set to descend upon his fair state and the capital region to commemorate the half-century mark of the voting rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

February 27, 2015

Activist Toques Scour Capitol Hill for Food Aid

Just under a dozen renowned hospitality professionals looked to carve up both chambers of Congress, pressing their respective lawmakers to support the realignment of outdated global assistance provisions.

The food service vets, who walked the halls of Congress on behalf of Oxfam America, flew in from across the country on Feb. 24 to voice their support for the Food for Peace Reform Act co-authored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Coons, D-Del.

“This is an antiquated system that needs a total overhaul. And this legislation is the gold standard of what aid would look like if it were designed from the ground up today,” Oxfam America Senior Policy Adviser Eric Muñoz said of the proposed policy changes. Full story

February 24, 2015

Norton: Don’t Tread on the Right to Sled

Norton: Dont Tread on the Right to Sled

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After reports that Capitol Police had stopped children from sledding on the Capitol grounds, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is taking a stand.

“Although I understand that sledding has been banned for years, what I do not understand is why the U.S. Capitol Police have recently decided to enforce this Scrooge-like ban,” Norton wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin. “Americans should be able to sled on ‘America’s front lawn.’ I am asking that the Capitol Police Board remove the ban on sledding from Capitol Police regulations.” Full story

February 23, 2015

Congressional Grump Blamed for Nixing Hillside Sledding

Updated: 5:30 p.m. | Capitol Police dashed the weekend fun being had by neighborhood youngsters because one congressional leader appears to be a stickler for decorum.

Following the second wave of white stuff dumped on Washington, D.C., in just a few days, an HOH tipster said sled-toting families on Feb. 21 braved the frigid temperatures for a chance to feel the sting of kicked-up slush and whipping winds while zooming down the West Front of the Capitol.

Congressional Grump Blamed for Nixing Hillside Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Until a Capitol Police officer begrudgingly brought the seasonal merriment to a screeching halt. Full story

February 20, 2015

Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

The public broadcasting community is slated to tip its collective hat to Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Feb. 24 for a career spent defending the little media guy.

Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Per event organizers, the Illinois Democrat will be presented with the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award next week at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The breakfast meeting, which is scheduled to include remarks by Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus Co-Chairman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will cap off the 2015 Public Media Summit taking place in Washington from Feb. 22 through Feb. 24.

Attendees at the Association of Public Television Stations’ fourth annual conference are also expected to pay tribute to former Sen. Richard G. Lugar. The Indiana Republican will be honored with the CPB Thought Leader Award during a weekend luncheon. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is scheduled to share his take on public media’s role in civil discourse during the same session (Fairmont Washington Ballroom, 1-2:30 p.m.). Full story

February 19, 2015

No Labels Hosts ‘Problem-Solver’ Party

Now that it’s got a fully functional mystery logo in hand, No Labels is prepared to get its branding on Feb. 24 via a collective toast to legislative cooperation.

The non-partisan advocacy group is scheduled to welcome pols back from recess by raising a glass to “the common bonds that unite us” (Capitol Hill receptions?) in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

No Labels leaders ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.; ex-Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.; and ex-Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., are expected to oversee the gathering of sitting members, congressional staff and business leaders. Full story

February 18, 2015

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

(Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Fed-up millennials: Generation Opportunity wants you!

The youth-centric organization — an advocacy group partially bankrolled by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s favorite bogeymen, the Koch brothers — is hosting its monthly Millennial Meet-Up Feb. 23 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Senate Budget Committee room (Dirksen 608). Full story

February 17, 2015

House Lawmakers Open Hearts — and Wallets — for DCCC

Before skating out of town for recess — and, presumably, out of the path of the snow that was aboutto ice over D.C. — House Democrats gathered at Acqua Al 2 on Feb. 12 for some holiday mixing (and fundraising).

An HOH tipster said Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Lois Frankel of Florida organized a Sadie Hawkins-style event to drum up dues for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Male members had to pony up $10,000 in order to escort a lady lawmaker to a pre-Valentine’s Day shindig held at the Eastern Market standby — an evening that was, we’re told, capped off by a late-night karaoke jam.

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February 5, 2015

Benjamin Cole Desperately in Need of a Do-Over

Friday can’t possibly come soon enough for embattled House staffer Benjamin Cole.

Benjamin Cole Desperately in Need of a Do Over

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The spokesman for Illinois Republican Aaron Schock is having what’s got to be his worst week in Washington, a parade of public humiliations that began with the discovery of his boss’ unusual taste in office décor.

“You’ve got a member [of Congress] willing to talk to you about other things … why sour it by rushing to write some gossipy piece?” Cole, in a painfully JV attempt to trade something (anything!) for squashing the revelation Schock likes artsy stuff, pleaded with political profiler Ben Terris in Monday’s Washington Post. Full story

February 2, 2015

Exit Interview: Dan Scandling’s Appreciation of Virginia Runs Deep

Although he’s worked in the District for more than two decades, Northern Virginia native Dan Scandling remains fiercely loyal to the Old Dominion.

“When I started in 1990, we had one printer in the office and a fax machine that used thermal paper! And ice was delivered in buckets to each office every day!” the veteran chief of staff said of his 25-year stint on Capitol Hill. That part of his career came to a close with the recent retirement of Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va. But Scandling has made a point of staying connected to those elected to act on behalf of the state known as the Mother of Presidents.

“The delegation has a long history of putting politics aside for the good of the Commonwealth,” the newly minted senior vice president for corporate and public affairs at the Ogilvy Washington shop said. Full story

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