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April 23, 2015

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

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

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

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

Lawmakers 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

Overheard: Kirk Says Give House GOP a Straw

(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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February 5, 2015

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken reminded his fellow senators of his comedic roots on Thursday, taking a pointed jab at the Judiciary Committee’s new GOP majority.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, who joined the Senate in 2009, called Republicans chronically lazy for skipping the panel’s routine markup sessions, now and in the last Congress. Full story

January 30, 2015

Ted Cruz’s Non-Gotcha Question

“Would you trust John Mitchell to investigate the allegations of wrongdoing in the break-in at Watergate against Richard Nixon?”

— Sen. Ted Cruz, asking attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing about “internal [Department of Justice] rules that require recusal” and former Attorney General John Mitchell’s fitness to investigate the Watergate break-in. Mitchell had resigned as Nixon’s attorney general on Feb. 15, 1972, more than four months before the June 17, 1972 break-in.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:37 p.m.
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January 28, 2015

Overheard: Boehner ‘Not Sure’ if He’s Golfing This Weekend

Overheard: Boehner Not Sure if Hes Golfing This Weekend

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I’m not sure what I might be doing tomorrow.”

— Speaker John A. Boehner, boarding a US Airways flight to Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday, when asked if he was looking forward to a round of golf

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Govs Rib Each Other Over Snowstorm

The governor of Vermont tweaked the governor of another New England state Wednesday morning for his state’s handling of the snowstorm that hit earlier this week.

“I send the regrets of Gov. Malloy of Connecticut. We got whacked pretty hard in the Northeast with a little bit of a snowstorm in our transportation infrastructure and you know, he would be here if he were not digging out. In Vermont, we got hit too, but our southern states aren’t as accustomed to snow as we are up in Vermont, so he’s still digging,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on the need for a new highway bill.

While the blizzard did not meet expectations in New York City, parts of Connecticut were walloped by the storm, including the eastern shoreline. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was scheduled to testify, but a committee aide said Wednesday morning that Malloy had canceled because of the weather. Shumlin appeared with Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.

“I should say that that’s the Deep South too, Gov. Bentley,” Shumlin quipped.

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January 26, 2015

John McCain’s Counterterrorism Contretemps

John McCains Counterterrorism Contretemps

McCain discussed Yemen on Patrick’s radio program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Yeah, you know, Yemen falls to the Houthis, and we’re talking about football.”

— Sen. John McCain, asked on Dan Patrick’s radio program if he had spoken to fellow senators about the controversy over whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. This year’s Super Bowl, featuring the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, will be played in the Arizona Republican’s home state.

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January 14, 2015

André Carson: House Intelligence News ‘Fired Up’ Tea Party

“It fired up the tea party, that’s for sure.”

— Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., who is the first Muslim lawmaker appointed to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Wednesday after being congratulated by a colleague on the House floor.

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January 13, 2015

Randy Weber ‘Now’ Realizes Hitler Comparison Wasn’t Cool

“I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.”

— Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, walking back from his Monday tweet: “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 3:41 p.m.
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December 11, 2014

Overheard: You’re a Good Man, Santa

“You’re a good man, Santa.”

— House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, thanking Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a seasonal Santa Claus, for switching his vote from “no” to “yes” on the rule to advance the “cromnibus” spending package. As soon as Bentivolio switched his vote, the presiding officer gaveled the vote closed with a final tally of 214-212.

Bentivolio responded, “Merry Christmas,” (and then the outgoing lawmaker asked Sessions to take  care of his staff.)

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