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November 29, 2015

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November 5, 2015

Presidential Debates Can’t Hack It? ‘Hack the Debate’ Instead


Donald Trump, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, left, are both running for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donald Trump, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, left, are both running for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Think the presidential debates can’t hack it when it comes to informing the electorate? Well now you can turn the tables and “hack the debate.”

Independent Journal is teaming up with Georgetown University this weekend for the first ever hackathon aimed at improving presidential debates. On Sunday, the event will bring together techies, project managers, politicians, developers and more to develop websites, apps or whatever else they can think up to boost millennial engagement in the debates. Full story

November 1, 2015

New Title, but No New Digs for Ryan

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:53 a.m. | Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t be getting a new home in the District of Columbia, but he is looking into some new carpet for the speaker’s office.

The Wisconsin Republican made the rounds to all five of the Sunday morning political talk shows and informed both CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he plans to continue sleeping in his office. Full story

October 26, 2015

Roske Gears Up for ‘Courting Des Moines’ Debut

The film makes its D.C. debut in January, (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

The film makes its D.C. debut in January. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Brent Roske bills “Courting Des Moines,” as the quintessential film about the Iowa Caucuses and a must-see for political junkies who want more than a “30-second sound byte from cable news” on the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. Full story

October 22, 2015

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Don Beyer Wins Press Club Spelling Bee

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

One thing’s for sure after Wednesday night: If you want to win a spelling bee, you better be a Democrat from Virginia.

Freshman Rep. Don Beyer Jr. bested fellow lawmakers and journalists to take home the National Press Club spelling bee trophy, taking the title of best speller on Capitol Hill from the 2013 champion: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 9:25 a.m.
Baller, Drama, media, Reps, Sens

October 20, 2015

Kaine Prepares to Defend Spelling Bee Crown

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kaine cramming for the spelling bee? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers are of very different minds as to what’s going to help them carry the day Wednesday, when they face off against political scribes at the National Press Club’s biennial spelling bee. Full story

October 2, 2015

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

September 30, 2015

Paul Gosar Seeks to Capitalize on Pope-a-Dope

Perhaps Rep. Paul Gosar is feeling a little left behind after his very public spat with Pope Francis? He appears willing to bear that cross for just a bit longer — assuming his continued suffering translates into a flood of donations from outraged right-wingers.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Arizona Republican, a self-described “proud Catholic” bailed on hearing the pontiff speak on Sept. 24 over a difference of opinion on climate change. Not much happened in the interim until Wednesday, when he appealed to fellow conservatives for an infusion of cash just ahead of the third quarter fundraising deadline.

“I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar railed in an email blast. Full story

September 25, 2015

Ginning Up One Last Brush With John Boehner

Those worried about not getting to huddle with Speaker John A. Boehner before he officially steps down at the end of October might want to begin staking out some of the local eateries he’s historically frequented in order to orchestrate an “impromptu” farewell.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Ohio Republican famously grew up working in his family’s bar, Andy’s Café in Cincinnati.

Full story

September 18, 2015

Rand Paul Campaign Staffer Accuses Marco Rubio Aide of Assault

John Patrick Yob, a campaign strategist working on Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s presidential bid, announced Friday via social media that he was punched in the face by Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Marco Rubio, and that he was formally pressing charges.

Per media reports, the ideological scrap took place Thursday evening at Horn’s Gaslight Bar & Restaurant on Mackinac Island. Full story

September 17, 2015

Lawmakers, Hill Reporter Dodge Salmonella Scare

For lawmakers, dining within eavesdropping distance of a D.C. newshound can prove hazardous to one’s professional health. Add in a mass food poisoning situation — as turned out to be the case recently at Fig & Olive’s fledgling District outpost — and you’ve got a truly gut-wrenching scenario.

The New York-based restaurant, which took up residence in the swanky CityCenterDC complex earlier this summer, was shut down on Sept. 10 after numerous patrons fell ill with a suspected salmonella outbreak. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman reported Wednesday the Mediterranean-themed establishment had been cleared by the D.C. Department of Health to reopen — but only after destroying its entire food supply.

The wide-reaching hygiene scare has, so far, resulted in 10 confirmed cases of salmonella as well as reports of dozens of other potential illnesses.

NBC Capitol Hill producer Frank Thorp V revealed on social media that he’d broken bread there just before the forced quarantine. And, apparently, so had Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and John Fleming, R-La.

Full story

September 15, 2015

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Simpson, up to something? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

Simpson: Former senator, current matchmaker, eternal romantic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn’t solve the nation’s financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.

The 84-year-old Wyoming Republican, who held office from 1979 to 1997, is being partly credited for the recent marriage of a New York Public Radio podcaster, Anna Sale, and a wildlife research scientist, Arthur Middleton.

It’s all detailed in the featured item of the Sunday New York Times wedding section. Full story

September 11, 2015

Darin LaHood Inherits Plain Old House Office Space

As expected, the last traces of disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock’s ill-fated interior design scheme have been completely wiped away.

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“RIP blood red walls, pheasant feathers, and black candle sconces,” a tipster who snapped a pic Friday of the business-as-usual decor awaiting newly elected Rep. Darin LaHood shared with HOH.

LaHood, son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, won the special election Thursday to replace the social-media magnate whose house of cards came tumbling down after Ben Terris exposed what turned out to be a career-ending office makeover. Full story

September 9, 2015

Alterna-Talk Shows Take on the Old Guard

Two self-styled interviewers are ready for their close-ups, as both “Roske on Politics” and “The Open Mind” take to the D.C. airwaves to freshen up the political conversation.

One-time House hopeful Brent Roske in late 2014 went all-in on covering campaigns, ditching sunny Southern California for snowy Des Moines to move closer to the electoral action. His prescient change in latitude now appears to be paying off in spades: The “Chasing the Hill” vet has garnered an Emmy nomination for his video chats with visiting candidates and others. Full story

September 3, 2015

Gay Marriage Tussle Not David Bunning’s First Brush With Infamy

David Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, back to camera, before his nomination hearing before a the Senate Judiciary Committee for District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bunning, and his wife Kay, talk to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, before his nomination hearing for the federal bench. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s decision Thursday to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses she maintains conflict with her religious beliefs isn’t the only time the legal professional has been cast in an unflattering light.

Per media reports, protestors were stunned by Bunning’s brushing aside — “One minister called the ruling unjust, saying religious freedom had been trampled on,” according to Gannett scribes — of Davis’ opposition to same-sex coupling.

But the youngest child of former Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is unlikely to shrink from the negative attention.

His nomination in 2001 to the federal bench came with mixed reviews from peers at the American Bar Association.

But five months after President George W. Bush peered into this soul and vouched for the guy, Senate Judiciary Committee members saw fit to shepherd baby Bunning through.

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September 2, 2015

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, read for business (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.

After sifting through the data dump, HOH compiled five of the best and most revealing name checks of senators and representatives, either from Clinton herself or her illustrious associates. Full story

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