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February 1, 2016

Fat Tuesday, Polish-Style

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER12: Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Rep.-elect Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., speak with reporters as they arrive for the 114th Congress Member Reception in the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Debbie Dingell is carrying on the tradition started by her husband, former Rep. John Dingell (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Look out for Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., carrying pastries through the Capitol on Tuesday. Paczki Day is a Mardi Gras tradition, also known as Fat Tuesday, for Polish Lent celebrators.

A paczki is a fried dough ball filled with anything from the traditional filling, rose-hip, cherry and prune, to more modern ingredients like custard, chocolate, jam or jelly.

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January 21, 2016

‘Courting Des Moines’ the Night Before the Iowa Caucuses


‘Twas the night before the Iowa caucuses, and all through the state — candidates, political reporters and anyone interested in the next president of the United States were invited to the Jan. 31 premiere of “Courting Des Moines.”

The feature film is “a fake story about the real Iowa caucuses” and is the brainchild of writer/director and Roll Call contributor Brent Roske. The movie, a sequel to Roske’s “Chasing the Hill” series, follows the fictional presidential campaign of Rep. Samantha Clemons, played by Melissa Fitzgerald, as well as real-life candidates as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other public officials who traipse through the Hawkeye State in the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

The show starts at Des Moines’ Varsity Theater at 9 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session with Roske, former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and the film’s co-star Catherine Urbanek. Invitation follows the jump: Full story

January 12, 2016

A Sprinkling of SOTU Watch Parties


Where to socialize through Obama’s last State of the Union (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Washington comes out for the State of the Union, and HOH has compiled some of the better-sounding watch parties for those who like to talk back to the screen. Full story

January 11, 2016

How to Get a Good Seat at the State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC- Jan. 25: House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and other members listen to President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In the wake of the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), there has been a push for lawmakers to break from the tradition of partisan seating at the State of Union address. In the back row are Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

Let us sit. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ever wonder about the seating arrangements at the State of the Union? Not only does a good seat provide a better listening experience, but prime real estate increases the chances of a handshake or peck on the cheek from President Barack Obama and face time on live television. HOH surveyed some of the best position players as well as institutional rules to present the best options for securing a primo seat.

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December 9, 2015

7 Senate Secret Santa Gifts

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators didn’t let contentious negotiations over how to fund the government dampen their holiday spirit Tuesday night, when they gathered to swap gifts with one another.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., organizes the annual “Secret Santa” event, letting senators take a break from their day jobs, drink some eggnog, and have a good time. Wondering what senators would give one another for the holidays? HOH takes a look at seven secret Santa gifts exchanged: Full story

December 7, 2015

Holiday Party Time Kicks Off

'Tis the season: know the rules and expectations for holiday parties on Capitol Hill. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s holiday party time, and every trade organization, lobbying shop and PR firm wants to ply members and their staff with booze, food and gifts.

“This is a happy hour and cocktail reception city,” said Rodell Mollineau, a former Senate staffer who is now a partner at Rokk Solutions. And none more so than the holiday season. Full story

December 2, 2015

Claire McCaskill’s Book Party a Holiday Tradition for Group of Senators

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Monday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the  Capitol. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the Christmas tree arrives on Capitol Hill and the large wreaths are hung at Union Station, the senators who remain from the 2006 elections know it is time for a book party at Sen. Claire McCaskill’s place.

Each December since 2007, the Missouri Democrat has hosted the entire group of members with whom she was elected in 2006 — a group that began with eight Democrats, Vermont independent Bernard Sanders and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker — for dinner and a secret book exchange.  Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 8:36 a.m.
Books, DC, Parties

Colleagues, Allies to Fete Boxer

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 30 - Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Women Senators Endorsement Event for Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, November 30, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boxer will be honored by colleagues and allies Wednesday night. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring at the end of 2016, and between now and then she’ll be collecting the customary number of thank yous as she prepares for post-Congress life.

The first woman to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will add another award to her mantle on Wednesday evening, as she receives the inaugural Environmental Working Group Courage Award at its third annual gala. Full story

December 1, 2015

Senators’ Secret Santa Swap Set for Dec. 8

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Dirksen Building on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, January 8, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

What does Franken have in mind for this year’s Secret Santa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators have a week to buy their gifts for their annual Secret Santa gift swap.

Sen. Al Franken’s annual effort to build holiday cheer is scheduled for Dec. 8.

“In the Senate, we have serious jobs and often face some very sobering issues,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement to Roll Call. “But every year, I host a bipartisan event to embrace the spirit of the holiday season, my annual Secret Santa. This is something we used to do at my elementary school back in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It helped make sure that every kid got a gift, and it was a way to mix things up and give kids the chance to get to know one another.”

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November 23, 2015

Tailgating, Mitch McConnell-Style

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell did a little tailgating over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ain’t no party like a Mitch McConnell party.

The Louisville, Ky., NBC affiliate caught the Senate majority leader swapping his suit for a red fleece and jeans last weekend to tailgate with friends and family at the University of Louisville Cardinals’ football game. Full story

October 30, 2015

Heidi Heitkamp Turns 60 in the Senate

Heitkamp turned 60 Friday. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heitkamp turned 60 on Friday. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp had a late night and little sleep on her birthday, but she wasn’t out on the town celebrating.

As the Senate reconvened at midnight on Oct.30, and returned to vote on the budget deal, Heitkamp turned 60 years old. After the 1 a.m. vote, the North Dakota Democrat only had a few hours rest before she had to be at the airport for a 6:15 a.m. flight. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:45 p.m.
Parties, Sens

October 29, 2015

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was spotted bringing champagne into the speaker’s office. Asked if the bottle was for Boehner or incoming Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the Arizona Democrat told HOH it was for the Ohio Republican and quipped, “Don’t you think he needs it more?” Full story

October 26, 2015

Emotional ‘Draft Night’ for Capitol Police Officer

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - The trophy for the Congressional Longest Yard Football Champions is seen during Congressional football practice before the Congressional Football Game next week on October 28, 2015, on the National Mall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The trophy is up for grabs Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When Capitol Police Explosive Detection K9 Handler James Davis deployed to Iraq four years ago, Our Military Kids gave his children a helping hand. Now the Congressional Football Game for Charity gives Davis, star wide receiver for “The Guards,” a chance to return the favor. Full story

October 13, 2015

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Assuming yelling matches are your idea of a swell time, here are a few ways to enhance your viewing experience as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage. 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

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