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February 2, 2015
Some political observers maintain that adopting the Republican-endorsed practice known as “dynamic scoring” would gravely undermine the Congressional Budget Office’s credibility moving forward.
Actuarial tug-of-war aside, the agency shouldn’t be surprised if folks on Capitol Hill stop taking its calls altogether — particularly since the telecommunications gods appear to already be throwing shade.
January 30, 2015
The little Capitol Hill creamery that could is celebrating its one-year anniversary by doling out surprise cheeseboards to people customers feel are most deserving of some gourmet gratitude.
Those interested in taking advantage of Sona Creamery and Wine Bar’s “Random Acts of Cheese” campaign are encouraged to nominate those worthy of a dairy-rich snack. Full story
January 29, 2015
It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.
Their next objective: getting the well-fed masses up from their respective tables and into the streets to clamor for change in school-lunch policies. Full story
January 26, 2015
Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.
An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.
January 23, 2015
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?
What’s different about Matthew Leffingwell’s swan song is that even though he’s joining a global powerhouse co-founded by musical royalty, the Capitol Hill vet insists he will genuinely miss hearing solons crack wise about, well, everything. Full story
January 21, 2015
The late 12-term pol, whose surreptitious activities were dramatized both in print and on the big screen as “Charlie Wilson’s War,” is perhaps best remembered for secretly aiding Afghan rebels in their war against the then-Soviet Union. Wilson orchestrated the clandestine arms program in conjunction with late CIA agent Gustav Avrakatos and coalition builder Joanne Herring. Full story
Alejandro Renteria didn’t have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.
US President Obama signing my brother’s tie (Alejandro Renteria) at the State of Union 2015 pic.twitter.com/b9G4UHgtyh
— Robert Rent (@RobertRent) January 21, 2015
January 20, 2015
SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.
A corrosive mix of myopic estate planning, lax oversight and a moving truck-sized hole uncovered in guidelines governing continuing congressional operations has decimated those closest to the late congressman.
The 22-term Florida Republican died on Oct. 18, 2013; he was laid to rest on Oct. 24 not far from here, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. There’s been no such solace for those left behind, a group — including his widow, former House aide Beverly Young; the couple’s adult sons; newly minted Appropriations Committee member Rep. David Jolly and Young’s former chief of staff, Harry Glenn — currently at one another’s throats regarding the location of myriad keepsakes and the preservation of Young’s political legacy.
January 13, 2015
Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.
Reducing screwy pols to mere caricatures of themselves is a time-honored tradition among those grossly dissatisfied with what does (or does not) routinely take place in the halls of Congress.
January 12, 2015
Lawmakers and staff craving Southern fried melodies Tuesday can feast their ears on the mini-show The Band Perry is expected to put on in the Capitol Visitor Center on behalf of the Recording Academy.
The Grammy-nominated trio — fronted by singer/songwriter Kimberly Perry, who shares the stage with her younger brothers, Neil and Reid — are scheduled to perform in the CVC’s Congressional Auditorium at noon, and will then hang around to discuss issues important to modern musicians.
“The event is designed to reinforce the value of music, as Congress considers revisions to laws that affect music creators,” organizers said in an official press release. Full story
January 7, 2015
“Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo is canvassing Capitol Hill Wednesday and Thursday. Her mission: ferreting out supporters of an AFL-CIO-led pay raise push.
“Although I have been playing a CIA operative on TV, this is my first real walk through the halls of Congress, and I am excited,” the faux-intelligence operative, who first burst into the public consciousness as a drink-slinging, table top-stomping, karaoke savant in “Coyote Ugly,” told HOH. Full story
Rep. Peter Roskam and his artist wife, Elizabeth, have once again teamed up to create one of the most colorful time keepers on Capitol Hill: the family’s homespun calendar.
January 6, 2015
Having already posed for the obligatory pictures, placed their hands on the good book and weathered a nail-biter of a leadership challenge (Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, voted for … himself! Newcomer Curt Clawson, R-Fla., endorsed … Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul), the members of the 114th Congress dove right into what #ThisTown does best: schmoozing.
Six-term Sen. Charles. E. Grassley wandered across the Capitol to greet incoming delegation member Rod Blum, but just missed his newly minted colleague.
“I’m going to go find out where my boss is right now,” a Blum aide assured the senior Iowa Republican. Full story
Anyone new to Capitol Hill has to get to know a big group of people right away, and with 535 members of Congress, plus non-voting delegates and Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner all roaming the halls, getting all their names right is no easy feat.
There are some names, however, you just absolutely should never mangle. If you do, you’ll look like a rube, and if we find out about it at HOH, we’ll make fun of you, too. Full story