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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looked to carve up both chambers of Congress, pressing their respective lawmakers to support the realignment of outdated global assistance provisions.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 26, 2015

Posers Abound at #CPAC2015

It’s a good thing Buzzkill Boehner is considered too much of a squish to get his Conservative Political Action Conference on. Because there’s no way the selfie-averse Ohio Republican could tolerate the vanity fair happening across the river at National Harbor.

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11 Months Later, Boehner Reminds Members Again to Dress Appropriately (Video)

Eleven months to the day after Speaker John A. Boehner reminded members to wear “appropriate business attire” on the House floor, the Ohio Republican was singing a familiar tune Wednesday.

“Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor may be. You know who you are,” Boehner said, a reminder he has issued each of the past three years. Full story

February 25, 2015

Lawmaker’s Quest for Cookie Crumbles

In a truly devastating blow, Rep. Scott Rigell came up empty-handed Wednesday in his search for a cookie from the House Carry-Out, a setback that’s likely to drag down the rest of his day, maybe even the rest of his week.

Rigell, who was on his way to votes Wednesday afternoon, made a detour to the Capitol basement’s eatery for the expressed purpose of a confectionery pick-me-up. Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 3:57 p.m.
Food, Reps, Restos

Vote with Your Liver at #CocktailCaucus 2015

As anyone who’s covered previous iterations of the Conservative Political Action Conference — the right-wing rally returning to town Feb. 25-28 — can attest, the best part of sitting through the cacophony of stump speeches is getting good and loaded afterwards.

A trio of media outlets is hoping to capitalize on that propensity to get plowed by convincing CPACers to weigh on the field of White House hopefuls via an unofficial “Cocktail Caucus.”

Vote with Your Liver at #CocktailCaucus 2015

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The straw swizzle stick poll — a collaboration between Independent Journal Review, the National Review and Facebook — is scheduled to take place at Harrington’s Pub & Kitchen (177 Fleet St., Oxon Hill, Md.) Friday from 6-9 p.m. 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

Pols, Chefs Primed to Fete Military Families

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is expected to join a cadre of local chefs and administration officials Tuesday in showing their support for civic groups and community leaders devoted to assisting military families any which way they can.

Blue Star Families’ Fifth Anniversary Celebration, an invitation-only affair hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to kick off Tuesday at 6 p.m. The annual gala pays tribute to those who look out for armed forces personnel — either by hiring returning vets, providing assistance to their families or facilitating the transition from active duty to civilian life — here on the home front. Full story

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Freedom Rider turned graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to engage Newseum supporters Wednesday in an intimate discussion about the continuing saga of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Lewis stands on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in between television interviews on Feb. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat and one of his congressional aides, Andrew Aydin, are in the middle of producing the serialized treatment of Lewis’ rise through the ranks of civil rights-era leaders.

In late 2013, Lewis peeled back the curtain about his foray into comics writing for Newseum fans during a chat at the Knight Conference Center. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:59 p.m.
Books, DC, media, Reps, Staffers

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

HOH Word of the Week: Junketeer

“Junketeer. Member of Congress given to travel outside of his or her district. All too often, the junketeer is more than willing to give up precious winter days in Washington, D.C., to discuss Atlantic-Pacific relations under the hot Hawaiian sun or to address the issue of Caribbean cooperation at poolside in Montego Bay.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary: The Ways and Meanings of Capitol Hill,” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy Full story

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group and founder of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC), has devoted the past 18 years to overcoming the “truth embargo” about government involvement in alien affairs.

He’s now ready for Congress to officially weigh in.

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

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“Once this evidence is properly looked at, the way it should be, any reasonable person will come to the same conclusion,” Bassett told HOH about the cumulative knowledge his advocacy group wants to share with interested lawmakers.

Bassett laid the groundwork for his latest congressional outreach a few years back, hosting a 30-plus-hour mock hearing (spanning five days) at the National Press Club in 2013. He had copies of the recorded sessions of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure delivered to every Capitol Hill office — a bundle containing 10 DVDs, a letter signed by the participating witnesses and a request to meet with Bassett — immediately following the midterm elections. Full story

February 19, 2015

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

If you think prepping for your commute across the wind-whipped, frozen tundra that’s overtaken the District this week (Wooly hat? Check. Gloves? Check. Lips? Painfully cracking.) has been a humdinger, get a load of what Rep. Chellie Pingree has been waking up to.

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

(Courtesy Bill Trevaskis)

In order to travel from her home on the island of North Haven, Maine, to the mainland, the Democrat had to slog across the fully iced-over Fox Islands Thorofare waterway. Full story

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

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 9, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepared for the holiday weekend by contemplating hamsters, Venezuelan hamburgers and former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s grandchildren.

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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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