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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.

Full story

June 3, 2015

Feeling Lobstah Rolled

The anticipation, particularly among New England natives, was palpable.

And then, right around noon Wednesday, the floodgates opened in the Dirksen North Café as Restaurant Associates staff unveiled a long-awaited “lobster roll” special.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Oooh, lobster roll. Wow,” a passerby said while strolling past a satellite serving station surrounded by a dozen or so shellfish aficionados.

But a cadre of HOH taste-testers hailing from parts Northeast found the end product underwhelming, due to a number of miscues. Full story

June 2, 2015

Getting on Steve Scalise’s Sweet Side

Just because a GOP lawmaker shepherds a bill through the fiercely partisan chamber does not mean that proposal will ever become law. But first timers who collect enough “yeas” can look forward to a calorific salute from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

The Louisiana Republican has taken to doling out celebratory sweets to colleagues who manage to log an inaugural win on the House floor.

The sugary rewards vary. Full story

June 1, 2015

Louise Slaughter Hangs In There

A month after first laying eyes upon her official portrait, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter was expected Monday to finally join the former leaders silently watching over the House Rules Committee.

The New York Democrat, who led the debate-shaping panel in the 110th and 111th Congresses, got a sneak peek at her commemorative pose in late April.

(Tia Shuyler/Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter)

(Tia Shuyler/Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter)

According to a Slaughter aide, the grinning visage has since been formally mounted and will be on full display Monday evening, when pols make their way up to the third floor of the Capitol. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:01 p.m.
Artsy, HillSide, Reps

May 21, 2015

One Staffer’s Personal Connection to American Fighter Aces

For one Hill staffer, Wednesday’s ceremony to honor the American Fighter Aces with the Congressional Gold Medal had special significance.

Billy Benjamin, the director of IT for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the grandson of Ace Carl Rieman. “Well, I recently came to learn that one of Carl’s grandsons works for me.  His name is Billy Benjamin.  Billy is in charge of our technology — when I can’t get my iPhone to work, he gets the call.  He’s a good guy … big Washington Redskins fan, but we can forgive him for that,” Boehner said at the ceremony,” after recounting the late Rieman’s exploits in the Pacific theater.

“It’s through Billy’s perspective that we can understand why this medal is so important,” Boehner added.

Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 3:44 p.m.
HillSide

Conservatives Take a Break From Chick-fil-A

Some things belong to each other. Chocolate and peanut butter, as the good people at Reese’s point out. A sad guitar and a hardshell case, as Bright Eyes notes. And, as HOH asserts, a monthly discussion with House conservatives and Chick-fil-A.

But all good panel discussion food pairings must come to an end — or something like that. Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 5 a.m.
Food, HillSide

May 19, 2015

Steve Israel Assembling Writer’s Caucus

Lawmaker/novelist Steve Israel wants to bring other pols into the publishing fold. And he’s already got around a dozen takers who have signed on to attend Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the Congressional Writers Caucus.

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The New York Democrat — who famously pounded out his critically acclaimed political satire on his iPhone — is excited, staff told HOH, about swapping stories with other “born communicators” on a semi-regular basis.

“Rep. Israel wanted to provide members with a forum to enhance their writing skills and learn from other authors and publishers about the industry,” an Israel aide said of the vision for the group, adding that Israel is most interested in talking to other budding authors about what they’re working on. Full story

Existentialists Watch, Wonder in Digital Cloakroom

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s real-life waiting rooms have gone digital with the Cloakroom service. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill can be a confusing place, even for insiders.

Just ask the growing army of perplexed public servants trying to figure out what it’s all about on the nascent sounding board/app Cloakroom.

According to Co-Founder Ted Henderson, the anonymous service has, over the past few months, garnered a respectable following among the glue that keeps the legislative branch together.

Sure, some disgruntled staffers use it to talk smack. Full story

May 15, 2015

Using Rachmaninoff to Send a Message

Victims' Rights Amendment

Royce advocated for a no-fly zone at a Thursday event to bring awareness to the Syrian refugees in Turkey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Like many teenage boys, Tambi Cimuk visited the Lincoln Memorial and the White House on his first visit to Washington. Unlike most teenagers, he also played Rachmaninoff in the Rayburn Foyer.

“Oh my God, yeah, he is very unbelievable,” Cimuk said when asked if Rachmaninoff is his favorite composer. “Russian music is special, it’s very powerful.”

The 16-year-old Cimuk was just one part of the “Safe Harbor Turkey: Restoring Hope for Syrian Refugees” event Thursday, but he certainly provided the highlight, performances of Mozart’s Sonata in C Major K. 330, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor and the famously challenging Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Arranged by the Embassy of Turkey, the event featured photos, food and the famous piano prodigy to draw attention to the 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Full story

May 14, 2015

Camilla Captivates Capitol Hill (Video)

Yes, watching a grown man scootch in next to a disinterested pig for a selfie is funny.

But there’s something absolutely Zen about watching a wired mammal barrel through a ball pit.

“It’s enrichment. It’s just for fun,” an animal wrangler explained to the army of children transfixed by the sight of an up-and-at-’em armadillo plowing through a multi-colored obstacle course.

Full story

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Had the itch. #chocolate #caramel #seasalt #staytuned #sunday #cupcakes

A photo posted by Politics to Pastries (@politicstopastries) on

But there was that time one of her homespun treats made its way to the dinner table of the highest-ranking Republican in the House. Quite an accomplishment for a budding pastry artist. Full story

May 13, 2015

Hillite None Too Pleased About Corporate Creep

One member of the Capitol Hill community finds nothing convenient about having retail giants systematically picking off hospitality providers that have been around for decades.

Ted Arthur, a member of the New Hill East clique on Facebook, took to social media Wednesday to rail against losing yet another neighborhood institution.

The revelation that drew his ire? A write-up by Capitol Hill Corner chronicling the impending demise of, among other things, Las Placitas restaurant. Full story

Rayburn — Where the Wild Things Are

Animal caretakers from around the country Wednesday will once again show off their furry/scaly/creepy/crawly charges during the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums congressional reception.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The AZA’s lobbying visit, which is expected to overrun the Rayburn Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m., provides lawmakers and staff the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic species. Full story

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