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November 27, 2013

Overheard: Neil Cavuto’s Fascinating If/Then Statement

“By the way, if I had a dime for every time my wife was reassessing everything I decided, I could write Encyclopedia Britannica, but I digress.”

— Neil Cavuto, in the midst of interviewing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Fox News on Tuesday.

By Jason Dick Posted at 10:59 a.m.
Overheards

November 26, 2013

Senator Wants Chatty Future Air Travelers to Get Off His Lawn

Bad news potentially promiscuous air travelers: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., doesn’t want to know about your “last night’s love life.”

Senator Wants Chatty Future Air Travelers to Get Off His Lawn

Alexander: Not a fan of cellphone use on planes. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alexander issued a statement on the eve of one of the busiest air travel days of the year urging Federal Communications Commission heads to ban phone calls on planes, even as the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would ease its cellphone policy.
The old-man statement — which this HOH scribe endorses and thinks you will, too — is too good not to publish in its entirety: Full story

Overheard: Obama’s Genuine Beliefs

“I think he genuinely believes in dialogue.”

— Rep. Peter T. King, speaking on Fox News today about President Barack Obama and the Iran nuclear deal.

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:03 p.m.
Overheards, POTUS, Reps

November 22, 2013

Congressional Hits and Misses (Video) | Week of 11/18/13

From being fed up with task force after task force to parliamentary points of order, expect the unexpected on the House and Senate floor in this week’s Congressional Hits and Misses.

November 15, 2013

Overheard: ‘Let’s be Honest’

“Let’s be honest, the Upton bill today does not fix this thing.”

Texas GOP Rep. Michael C. Burgess, appearing on Fox News on Friday morning.

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:53 p.m.
Overheards, Reps

November 14, 2013

Italian Envoy Drops by CVC for Lunch

Italian-American members of Congress broke bread with Claudio Bisogniero, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday at a Capitol Visitor Center lunch.

Italian Envoy Drops by CVC for Lunch

Bisogniero, center, dropped by Capitol Hill for lunch on Thursday. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

“For those of you who haven’t met him, he speaks incredibly good English, better than many of my constituents and certainly better than Pascrell’s constituents,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, ribbing himself and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J.

Tiberi, Pascrell and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., were all on hand for the National Italian American Foundation’s Frank Guarini Public Policy Forum luncheon, the last of the year. Full story

Overheard: Someone’s Head Is a ‘Difficult Place To Be’

“And [Rep. Cedric L. Richmond] was touching on this notion of how do you get inside somebody’s head just a moment ago. I think it’s a very difficult place to be.”

— Rep. Mark Sanford, commenting on the Transportation Security Administration’s risk-methodology procedures at a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security  hearing on Thursday.

November 13, 2013

Overheard: Cory Booker on a Roll

“He’s on a roll. You don’t want to stop him. Go right ahead, please.”

– Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper, encouraging Sen. Cory Booker to continue introducing Homeland Security Secretary-designee Jeh Johnson at the panel’s hearing on Wednesday.

November 12, 2013

Overheard: An Endangered Political Species in Montana

“The party of which I was once a member no longer exists today in Montana.”

John Bohlinger, a former Republican who is a candidate for the Democratic Senate nomination in Montana, on MSNBC.

November 11, 2013

Overheard: Christening a Ford, not a Lincoln

“It carries the name of a president who showed us America at its best, an America that strives to bring hope to every corner of the planet and to do so with strength, but without bluster. Then-Congressman Ford brought a moment of modest humor to the solemn moment he was sworn in as vice president. He told America, ‘I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.’”

Sen. Carl Levin, speaking on Nov. 9 at the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Va.

November 8, 2013

Overheard: Obama on How “This Town” Works

“I’ve now been in this town long enough to know that, you know, folks like to seem important by getting their version of events in the press.”

— President Barack Obama, in an interview with NBC News that aired Thursday.

November 7, 2013

Overheard: Inhofe’s Warm Memories of the Cold War

“I’ve often said that recently, you know, I look back wistfully at the days of the Cold War.”

— Senate Armed Services ranking member James M. Inhofe, at today’s committee hearing on sequestration and the military.

November 6, 2013

Church Sends Congress a Message

Church Sends Congress a Message

Are the Methodists sending a message to Congress? (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a slow week on Capitol Hill, with only the Senate in, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t political messaging. Across the street from the Capitol lies the United Methodist Building, which seemed to be sending a message to Congress with its front-yard sign: “God’s Justice Never Shuts Down.” The shutdown might be over, but the fallout apparently is not.

November 1, 2013

Overheard: Roy Blunt on Producing Nothing

“Whether it’s the appropriations bills or just the normal work that Congress does, we’ve fallen into this pattern of thinking, ‘If I don’t get what I want, I don’t want anything.’ And that’s going to produce nothing.”

— Sen. Roy Blunt, on MSNBC Friday morning.

October 30, 2013

Overheard: Coburn Explains His Anatomical Reference to Reid

“My words weren’t appropriate, but my frustrations are real.”

— Sen. Tom Coburn, explaining the reason he referred to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as an “absolute” orifice on the backside of the human body at a Republican gala in New York on Monday.

The Oklahoma Republican was asked about it Wednesday on Fox News by Elisabeth Hasselbeck before a segment Coburn was doing on national parks maintenance woes.

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