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October 9, 2015

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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

Prayer Leader Believes John Fleming Is Half Right About Seeking God’s Help

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman is hopeful Louisiana Republican John Fleming will not only follow through on a recent pledge to push for nationwide faith healing, but will augment that effort by embracing other humbling practices.

The House Freedom Caucus co-founder floated the idea Tuesday of petitioning The Almighty for assistance in quelling violence visited upon law enforcement officials in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama. Full story

August 19, 2015

Team Cruz, Capitol Police Emails Pop Up in Ashley Madison Data Dump (Updated)

Cruz supporters attend a campaign rally in Georgia in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz supporters attend an August campaign rally in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:03 p.m. | Personal information gathered from a cyber assault on online-fling facilitator Ashley Madison has now hit the Web, and a handful of Capitol Hill accounts appear to have been laid bare.

Per media reports, the client records harvested by hackers identifying themselves as “Impact Team” include some 36 million email addresses. Ashley Madison does not, by its own admission, engage in any type of email verification, making fictitious accounts another resource in the cheater’s toolbox.

Approximately 15,000 of those appear to sport the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively. Full story

August 17, 2015

NFL’s John Harbaugh Calls Foul on Political Partisanship, Immigration Standoff

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was nowhere near the Iowa State Fair this weekend, but he still managed to crowbar some political commentary into a preseason presser.

A line of questioning from reporters on Aug. 15 about Harbaugh’s pitch to have professional referees spend more than just three weekends in August preparing for the regular season veered into the political arena as the NFL play caller took to his soapbox to call out Congress for routinely dropping the ball.

“Maybe talk to one another, solve a problem once in a while instead of creating a problem. Be more concerned about the country than you are your party. How about we do that?” Harbaugh chided elected officials. “Let’s try to fix things around here. … That’s what made us great.” Full story

August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

July 22, 2015

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is ‘America’s No. 1 Dumpster Fire’

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 3: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, chats with Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., during the Bourbon Barrel of Compromise reception at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers Association joined forces to send a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon to Washington D. C. to be received by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Yarmuth, left chatting with Speaker John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday suggested he associated himself with Graham’s assessment of Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s digits Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a “jackass” on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.

Trump might have to get creative with his punishment once he hears Yarmuth’s choice words.

“I think he’s the No. 1 dumpster fire in the country right now,” the Kentucky Democrat told HOH Wednesday, rattling off the zinger with a polish that suggested he’d been waiting days for the opportunity.

“You’re always thinking about the way he might respond,” Yarmuth said of Trump, “so I’m curious with how he’ll respond to that.”

Trump, your move.

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