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July 22, 2015

Senate Invites British Invasion

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Have you switched sides?” Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asked Pat Roberts on the Senate floor Tuesday night.

“I don’t know what the other side is going to offer,” the Kansas Republican replied. “I’m keeping my options open.”

“Cheerio,” both men said jokingly to each other as they parted ways, with Roberts sporting a conspicuous Union Jack tie. The flashy accessory drew comments from colleagues all day long, but in fact, Roberts had not swapped his Senate pin for a seat in the House of Lords. Full story

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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July 21, 2015

‘Cheerio’ on the Senate Floor

“Cheerio!”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., both joking about Roberts’ Union Jack necktie, which he wore Tuesday to mark a meeting between senators and members of the British Parliament earlier in the day.

 

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July 2, 2015

The GOP Hunger Games

“They’ll have enough for an actual ‘Hunger Games.'”

– President Barack Obama, speaking today in La Crosse, Wis., joking about how many Republicans are running for president.

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May 21, 2015

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s baby.

The last time the Illinois Democrat’s six-month-old was seen in the Speaker’s Lobby, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., was showing her off to the congressional press corps and didn’t seem particularly inclined to give her back when Duckworth emerged from the chamber.

On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., was holding court with baby Abigail just off the House floor. Wearing a floral headband and a white sundress, Abigail appeared fussy in Dingell’s arms, though she paused in her whimpering to teethe on the congresswoman’s pearl bracelet and later on the edge of her voting card. Full story

May 20, 2015

Overheard: Amy Klobuchar’s Dream Date

“I look to my right, Harry Reid. I look to my left, Mitch McConnell. I know: Every girl’s dream, right?”

— Sen. Amy Klobuchar, describing her time in the presiding officer’s chair on New Year’s Eve 2012, as the fiscal cliff neared.

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May 4, 2015

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

Grayson is considering running for Florida Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grayson is considering running for Florida Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“… Voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C.”

— Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, when asked by The Tampa Bay Times whether the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s decision to back fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy’s bid for Senate would influence his decision to run. Full story

April 30, 2015

Overheard: Baltimore Congressman Has His ‘Rudy’ Moment

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., walks to a "hands up" protest on the House steps of the Capitol, December 11, 2014. The event was attended by mostly black congressional staffers to protest the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner police shootings. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cummings made his mark on camera, shouting into a bullhorn Wednesday night. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings forged a powerful image during the second night of Baltimore’s self-imposed 10 p.m. curfew, using a bullhorn to clear crowds from the streets, including a Fox News reporter.

During a live-from-the-scene interview, Cummings wandered away from the camera, turning his attention to the street. Instead of responding to a question from Sean Hannity, he lifted the bullhorn and shouted, “I need you to help me get these people home. Let’s go home! Let’s go home!”

The footage may explain why Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., seemed starstruck Thursday afternoon when she saw the Maryland Democrat in the Speaker’s Lobby. During an interview with HOH about campus security, the House Administration chairwoman did a quick double-take of the congressman, who stood chatting on his cell phone, back turned to the chamber. Full story

April 23, 2015

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

The Virginia Democrat was having the time of his life in the Speaker’s Lobby during the late-morning vote series, holding court and showing off Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s baby girl.

Connolly held out little Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey so she could be appropriately admired by lawmakers, aides and reporters in the vicinity. The five-month-old, dressed in a pale pink cotton sweater, leggings and hat, seemed to be enjoying the attention almost as much as Connolly.

“She needed a break from the floor speeches,” he explained, giving his new ward a little bounce. “That last one was a humdinger, wasn’t it?” Full story

April 22, 2015

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chabot confirmed his passwords are not related to his pet turtles. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a Wednesday morning House Small Business Committee hearing on cyberattacks, Chairman Steve Chabot offered some sage advice on password security.

“It can’t just be your, you know, cat’s name or your dog’s name. … You’ve got to put question marks after the cat’s name now, or whatever,” said the Ohio Republican, opining on the way Capitol Hill’s password security has evolved during his 10 terms in Congress. “It’s a bit more complicated.” Full story

Overheard: Even Congressmen Call Their Moms

“Call Mother.”

— Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, in the Speakers Lobby Wednesday, activating Siri.

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April 14, 2015

Lawmaker’s One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Connolly, joking here with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, is quick with a quip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

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March 24, 2015

Overheard: The Ghosts of GOP Past

“I decided in my old age I’m going to haunt the Senate, so here I am.”

— Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., discussing his curious retirement plans while hanging with senators and former Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., just outside the other chamber. Full story

February 26, 2015

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I think the feeling of most people is it’s a fight that we should have not fought. As a governing party, we’ve got to fund DHS and say to the House, ‘Here’s a straw so you can suck it up.'”

— Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., said regarding the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff. Full story

February 17, 2015

Lindsey Graham Jokes About Strom Thurmond’s Virility (Video)

Did Sen. Lindsey Graham go there and invoke Sen. Strom Thurmond’s legendary friskiness? Yes, he did.

Here’s how his quip went down at a subcommittee hearing on military retirement and compensation last week.

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