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December 1, 2015

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November 5, 2015

‘Working Girls for Vitter’ Is a Thing, Apparently

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

David Vitter may be trailing in the polls, but he appears to have at least one constituency locked down, at least according to Dirty Coast Press.

The casual clothier from the Pelican State released a new item last week that will surely annoy the Republican senator on a quest for the Louisiana governorship.

Got a few left at the UPTOWN store only – 5631 Magazine St. #workinggirlsforvitter #dirtycoast #nola

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The shirts, which read: “Working Girls For Vitter” allude to the lawmaker’s connection to the “D.C. Madam” scandal of 2007. The initial batch of merch was scooped up quite quickly, apparently, as the company posted again Wednesday that the shirts were back in stock.


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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 15, 2015

Joe Sestak Looks Out for the Visually Impaired

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Sestak in Philadelphia on May 18, 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We haven’t seen much of Senate hopeful Joe Sestak in D.C. these past few years. But when he was around, the former House lawmaker purportedly made his mark on the time-honored tradition of networking.

The Pennsylvania Democrat, who is currently seeking to knock off Republican incumbent Patrick J. Toomey in a rematch of their 2010 contest, alerted his social media followers to a little known fact: His congressional business cards were stamped in Braille.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:07 p.m.
#tbt, Nationwide, Reps, Sens

October 14, 2015

Westboro Baptist Church Targets John Lewis

The provocateurs that make up the Westboro Baptist Church are expected to picket an appearance Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., has scheduled Wednesday evening at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

Georgia Democrat John Lewis leads a group of San Diego-area schoolchildren in a procession through 2015 Comic-Con International. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Lewis leads a group of San Diego-area schoolchildren in a procession through 2015 Comic-Con International. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The 15-term lawmaker turned graphic novelist is no stranger to confrontation, having survived decades of oppression before and after his appearance at the 1963 March on Washington and the brutal Bloody Sunday brawl in Selma, Ala., just a few years later.

His reward for inexhaustibly championing equality has been constant reminders that the fight is far from over. Full story

October 6, 2015

Team Hurt Blanks on Planned Parenthood Response

Aides to Virginia Republican Robert Hurt recently pulled out the official stationary and added the boss’s autopen-crafted signature to a form letter meant to outline the three-term lawmaker’s stance on Planned Parenthood. Full story

October 5, 2015

Ben Cardin, Mike Castle Merge Into One

Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin marked his 72nd birthday Monday by incorporating himself into where the rubber officially meets the recreational road along the Easter Shore.

The Democrat participated in the christening of the Ben Cardin Trail, a newly completed 1.8-mile strip of asphalt extending the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Trail into Maryland. Full story

October 1, 2015

Noshtalgia: Relishing the Past One Arepa at a Time

A “Peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A “peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The man who taught me how to eat was not a trained chef.

But the late Gustavo Rojas did enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

He strived to instill in his children an appreciation for home-cooked meals, family dinners and, perhaps most of all, the cultural traditions that bound us to our ancestors.

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September 18, 2015

Web Crawlers Project Wonky Biases Across America

Real-life rocket scientist Andrew Rader posed a simple question to Google: “Why is [insert state name here] so …” in order to observe how the search engine would fill in the superlative blanks based on previous interrogatories.

The feedback proved somewhat frightening.

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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 9, 2015

Chellie Pingree Insists Divorce Won’t Cramp Nebo Lodge’s Style

Her separation from billionaire spouse Donald Sussman will in no way mean lights out for Nebo Lodge, an aide to Rep. Chellie Pingree assured HOH Wednesday.

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(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Maine Democrat established the gourmet retreat more than a decade ago and has since assembled a closely knit group — including renowned chef Amanda Hallowell and Pingree’s eldest daughter, Hannah, who serves as general manager — to oversee the homey establishment.

Per Team Pingree, all of that is expected to remain undisturbed, even after the four-term lawmaker disentangles herself from her husband’s myriad financial holdings.

“Rep. Pingree owns Nebo and nothing will change. They’ve got a great team on North Haven and it will continue to operate as it has,” Pingree spokesman Willy Ritch stated.

This hired mouth may have to race back up north next summer, just to make sure everything remains on the up and up.


Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman Parting Company

Getting Our Fill of Vacationland

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

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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 8, 2015

Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman Parting Company

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Tuesday she has split from her financier spouse, Donald Sussman — a break that has so far stymied her administrative obligations and may still impact her hospitality holdings.

chellie pingree

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Donald and I are sorry to say that we have separated and have decided to get divorced. It is a very amicable and truly mutual decision,” Pingree said in a news release. “It is sad for both of us but we continue to have the utmost respect for each other. This is the only statement either of us will have on this private family matter.”

Per her office, the couple wed on June 18, 2011. Full story

Congress Resumes, Twitter Swells

It’s back to school work time here on Capitol Hill, and lawmakers from around the country are flocking to social media to reaffirm their commitment to taking care of the people’s business.

The congressional to-do list runneth over this month, so pols need to hit the ground running post-recess if they hope to avoid another confidence-shaking government shutdown.

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September 4, 2015

John Lewis Aims to Slay ’Em at Dragon Con

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil rights leader/graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis this weekend is lending some local star power to Dragon Con.

Congressional aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the Georgia Democrat is expected to pull double duty at Hotlanta’s fantasy fest, signing on to help welcome “Star Trek” vet Nichelle Nichols Saturday at the Guest of Honor Awards Banquet before settling in Sunday afternoon for a panel discussion and autograph session. 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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