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November 26, 2015

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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

Michigan Debbies to Tag Team Shinola D.C. Debut

Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Debbie Stabenow are expected to help roll out the welcome mat Wednesday in the District for Shinola’s official arrival.

(Courtesy Shinola)

(Courtesy Shinola)

The Detroit-born operation is attempting to revitalize U.S. manufacturing by cranking out collectibles ranging from dress watches and high-end leather goods to fixie bikes and dog beds.

Organizers aim to introduce D.C. denizens to the upstart brand via a private reception scheduled to take place at the area’s flagship shop at 1631 14th St. NW from 6 to 9 p.m. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is projected to join the congressional welcome wagon (along with a few other special guests), and local business Dog Tag Bakery has been tapped to supply party-goers with vanilla cream puffs, red velvet cake, their signature brownies and mini apple pies.


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August 28, 2015

Miss D.C. Heads to Atlantic City for Miss America Pageant

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Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia for 2015, heads to Atlantic City Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

“Wear it when you have the evening gown competition,” said Anise Jenkins, a longtime D.C. statehood activist, when she handed Haely Jardas a bright red hat with “Free D.C.” emblazoned in white letters.

Jardas, 24, is headed to Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday to compete in the Miss America pageant as Miss District of Columbia 2015. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:30 p.m.
DC, Parties

August 21, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

If that program sounds like musica to your orejas, then the Arepa Zone Launch Party happening Saturday night may be just the ticket.

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

Full story

August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

July 30, 2015

House Aide Excited to Welcome Everyone to Italo-American Club

The National Italian American Foundation and nascent Italian American Congressional Staff Association are teaming up Thursday for a meet-and-greet featuring food, drink and just a touch of nostalgia.

The Wine-Off Tasting event is scheduled to take place in Rayburn 2168 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to all congressional staff. Full story

July 29, 2015

Friends Pour Into Pombo Portrait Unveiling

Sitting lawmakers and onetime House Natural Resources Committee staff returned to their old stomping grounds in Longworth Tuesday to honor former Rep. Richard W. Pombo.


“It’s like old House day!” one enthusiastic supporter who had gathered for the unveiling of Pombo’s official portrait sputtered while snaking through the flood of familiar faces. Full story

July 13, 2015

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

June 25, 2015

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

(Courtesy W Hotel)

(Courtesy W Hotel)

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.

It’s the one time of the year we are mandated — by law (it’s enshrined in the Constitution; look it up) — to go out and have as much freakin’ fun as humanly possible.

Patriots that we are, HOH has compiled a to-do list for those interested in getting their America on all around the nation’s capital on July 4. (All events are on that day unless otherwise noted.) Full story

June 12, 2015

Obama’s Beer Was Cold, Yet Not Influential

Obama made a surprise appearance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Obama made a surprise appearance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Like any thoughtful guest dropping by unannounced, President Barack Obama brought some homebrews with him when he dropped by the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

“I’m told he brought some special beverage just to your side,” Rep. Joe L. Barton, the GOP squad’s manager, said at the baseball players’ after party, addressing the victorious Democrats in Nationals Park’s Club Level MVP lounge. “You got to vote for TPA now,” the Texas Republican added. Full story

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