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November 30, 2015

Dueling D.C. Christmas Trees

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 20 - Workers from the Architect of the Capitol prepare to unload the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday, November 20, 2015. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Workers from the Architect of the Capitol unload the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Front. Ryan will light the tree on Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t have to compete with Miss Piggy.

That’s because the Wisconsin Republican will have the eyes of the nation on him and only him as he lights the Capitol Christmas Tree Wednesday on the West Front, at around 5 p.m. The White House, perhaps wisely, chose not to set up any dueling Christmas tree lightings this week. It scheduled the National Christmas Tree lighting for Thursday, complete with celebrity Muppet helpers. Full story

November 23, 2015

Frying Turkey for Free on Capitol Hill

Medium Rare will cook your turkey for you. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Medium Rare will cook your turkey for you. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Unsure how to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving? A Capitol Hill restaurant is here to help — and to make sure no one burns the house down.

On Thursday on Barracks Row, Medium Rare will fry your turkey for free, a nine-year tradition for the restaurant. Full story

November 14, 2015

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Stabbing Suspect at Union Station

A similar incident occurred in September. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8:43 p.m. Sunday | A stabbing at Union Station that resulted in shots fired put the area on edge Saturday night.

“An off duty police officer intervened in a stabbing incident, shooting a suspect. Suspect is in custody,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy wrote in an email at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 9:25 p.m.
DC, HillSide

November 4, 2015

Bison Lovers to Stampede Rayburn Tonight

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: A five-month-old America bison named Fiona, eats hay on the farm of Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., that also grows hops, grapes and fruit trees, outside of Sunnyside, Wash., August 27, 2015. About 79 percent of the country's hops come from Washington state. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate agreed to designate Nov. 7 as National Bison Day, but the bison lobby hopes for thunderous herds Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.

Rayburn’s Gold Room hosts the 4th annual Congressional National Bison Day Reception, featuring crowd-pleasing bison sliders, booze and a cupcake tribute to the big-horned mammal. Full story

November 3, 2015

March for Life Previews 2016 Theme for Hill Staffers

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: The March for Life passes by the Russell Senate Office Building and heads past the Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the anniversary of the Roe v Wade abortion decision. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

March for Life organizers are reaching out to staffers on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two months before their annual rally against the Roe v. Wade ruling, organizers of the March for Life will lift the curtain on their 2016 theme, “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand in Hand,” at a Capitol briefing.

Geared toward Hill staffers who oppose abortion from either side of the aisle, Wednesday’s lunchtime event will encourage attendees “to be bolder on the issue of life,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs for the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Full story

October 28, 2015

Frager’s Hardware to Return to Original Location

Frager's Hardware is set to return to its original location following a 2013 fire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Frager’s Hardware is set to return to its original location following a 2013 fire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Hill staple Frager’s Hardware is poised to return to its original location, more than two years after a massive fire damaged the structure.

The real estate deal, first reported by Urban Turf, will involve Frager’s returning to its original location on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 11th and 12th streets Southeast. Adam Peters, executive vice president for Perseus Realty, confirmed the deal to HOH Wednesday morning, and said the revamped location will also include three to four levels of condominiums and retail locations, such as restaurants. Full story

October 27, 2015

Riverby Books Rebounds From Tragedy

Cymrot checks out a vintage cash register as he preps for the reopening of Riverby Books. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cymrot checks out a vintage cash register as he preps for the reopening of Riverby Books. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Hill space of Riverby Books was perilously close to being leased to an insurance office. Then owner Paul Cymrot got a call from a former employee, and everything changed. Full story

October 23, 2015

Capitol Hill to Hoist Cup for Lincoln Chafee

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

It’s been a hectic week on Capitol Hill, so what better way to top it off than by toasting the latest failed presidential candidate? Full story

October 21, 2015

Democrats Toast Iran Deal as House Freedom Caucus Talks to Paul Ryan

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just around the corner from the House Freedom Caucus’ closed-door meeting with Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday afternoon, Democrats threw a party to celebrate formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal.

A string ensemble invited to play at the stately Rayburn Room event filled the marble halls with music, and provided a sophisticated soundtrack for the GOP leadership race stakeout. Democrats shuffled back and forth from the reception to their cloakroom undisturbed, while reporters pounced on members exiting the GOP meeting with the Wisconsin Republican. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:52 p.m.
HillSide, POTUS, Reps

Nearly Nude, Drunk Runner Nabbed at Capitol

UNITED STATES - October 14: A man walks his bike in front of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Temperatures hovered in the upper 60's with an overcast. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police stopped the nearly nude man jogging the stairs. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A drunk man wearing nothing but his undies added to the mayhem that engulfed Capitol Hill on Oct. 8, the day House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the speaker race.

At 7:24 p.m. on that clear Thursday evening, a Capitol Police officer posted on the Lower West Terrace spotted a 38-year-old white male running up the stairs of the Capitol “clothed in only underwear,” according to an arrest report. Full story

October 20, 2015

State Flags Removed From Rayburn Tunnel

A barren Rayburn tunnel (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

A barren Rayburn tunnel (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Paging Rep. Bennie Thompson.

As the country debated the rightful place for the Confederate Battle Flag a few months ago, the Mississippi Democrat caused a stir when he introduced a resolution to remove his state’s flag from the House side of the Capitol, which, if successful, would have left a hole where the state flag hangs in the Rayburn subway tunnel.

And, lo and behold, the flag no longer hangs in the tunnel between Rayburn and the Capitol — but neither do any of the other state emblems. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:37 p.m.
HillSide

October 19, 2015

Alaska Delegation to Fete ‘Pipeline Pioneers’

The energy lobby will attempt to stoke warm and fuzzy feelings Tuesday about The El Dorado of the North by hosting a screening of “Pipeline Pioneers,” a series of short films chronicling the iconic Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

The series of short films were produced by a pro-exploratory consortium composed of Arctic for All, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and Consumer Energy Alliance, a trio that’s been leaning on President Barack Obama — and will presumably attempt to sway whomever moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. next fall — to allow construction of the polarizing Keystone XL project. Full story

Congressional Football Game Readies Tailgate Party

Will co-captain Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., have what it takes to lead his team, the Mean Machine, to victory this year? (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Will co-captain Dold have what it takes to lead his team, the Mean Machine, to victory this year? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Supporters of the biennial Congressional Football Game for Charity and its gridiron warriors will get to hobnob at a VIP “tailgate” party Wednesday, a week before one team enjoys the sweet taste of victory (which, in football, usually tastes a lot like Gatorade).

Organizers of the event had originally hoped to leave bipartisanship on the sidelines and pit Republicans against Democrats, which would have set up a draft of Capitol Police and National Football League alumni.

But with more than twice as many Republicans participating as Democrats, the teams would look less like equal sides and more like a House Rules Committee meeting. So the game will honor the tradition of pitting Congress, aka the “Mean Machine,” and NFL alumni against U.S. Capitol Police, aka “The Guards.” Full story

October 13, 2015

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Assuming yelling matches are your idea of a swell time, here are a few ways to enhance your viewing experience as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage. Full story

Former Journo Helps Prep Riverby Books Reopening

Riverby Books will be reopening soon on Capitol Hill. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Riverby Books will be reopening soon on Capitol Hill. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

That big sigh of relief you hear among Capitol Hill bibliophiles comes from the recent news that Riverby Books at 417 East Capitol St. SE will be reopening soon. A former journalist, Lori Grisham, previously at USA Today and NPR, will manage the store. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:01 p.m.
HillSide

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