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May 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

(Courtesy Carolyn Kaster/AP/Corbis)

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton Friday is dragging campaign reporters — kicking and screaming, no doubt — to one of the happiest places on earth. (No, it’s not Disney World.)

With her mind set on ascending from first spouse to commander-in-chief, HRC has begun bouncing between political bellwethers Iowa and New Hampshire. The planned pit stop at Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, N.H., is designed to serve as a backdrop for a discussion about small businesses, tax policy and Zzzzzzz.  

We all know the paparazzi just want to get the obligatory pic of Clinton bending the elbow — which she’s obviously done before.

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

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At least one fellow scribe has begun lobbying for equal time in wine country.

All this political hack wants to know is when Bills and Brews expects to get a hold of the tight-lipped candidate.

Confidence is medium that after knocking back a few with Matt Laslo, the truth might finally come out about whether she ever winged anything at Slick Willie back in the day.

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May 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie chickens.

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May 11, 2015

Bureaucracy Thwarts Ambitious Muppet

Ernie Sanders, we barely knew thee.

The politically inclined puppet learned the hard way real people don’t appreciate when fantasy beings intrude on their livelihoods.

“We got a DMCA notice from Twitter notifying us that Sesame Street’s lawyers are none too pleased with Ernie’s campaign. Considering the current growing field of actual puppets running for party nominations, we never imagined that our campaign would be the first to end … oh well,” Team ES shared with HOH via email. “Some people just cant handle a little lighthearted fun before the upcoming 2016 slugfest.”

So long, straw felt man.

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May 6, 2015

Sesame Street Star Has Skin in 2016 Presidential Race

Ernie, perhaps one of the most famous roomies in children’s television history, appears ready to trade his storied neighborhood for another well-known address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The world-renowned Muppet is following in the footsteps of other entertainers who dumped showbiz for civil service by giving this whole presidential thing a go.

Those behind the nascent campaign told HOH their intention is not to mock Vermont independent Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is pursuing his own bid for the Oval Office, but to offer yet another alternative to the quickly mounting field of contenders. Full story

May 1, 2015

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

If knowing when to delegate authority is in fact a hallmark of brilliant leaders, someone hand Sen. Angus King the keys to the Oval Office right freaking now.

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Maine independent may not have taken any of the top honors Wednesday night at the March of Dimes’ annual Gourmet Gala, but he’s got our vote for most creative problem solver.

Rather than wrack his brains for a family tradition that might have helped him surmount the culinary offerings presented by fellow solons, King threw red meat at the problem: barbecue from Kenny’s Smokehouse, to be exact. Full story

April 27, 2015

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

“It’s a sitcom with very bad actors. And a really bad script,” the veteran stand-up told HOH about the sorry state of congressional affairs.“Everybody takes themselves entirely too seriously.” Full story

April 24, 2015

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Special prayers will be offered for our partying White House correspondents whose news organizations are spending millions on impressing Hollywood stars instead of using money for investigative stories that impact the nation,” Twyman said in a release announcing his intention to picket outside the White House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Full story

April 20, 2015

Bluewater Productions Toons Into 2016 Race

Bluewater Productions is looking forward to putting its stamp on anyone and everyone who plans to give the White House a go in the next presidential contest — a daunting proposition that should keep its illustrators busy for months to come.

Darren Davis, founder of the independent publishing house, waded into the Republican primary fight with the April 14 release of a graphic novel focusing on aspiring POTUS Sen. Rand Paul.

Bluewater Productions Toons Into 2016 Race

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

 

The book, Davis admitted, was rushed out in order to dovetail with the Kentucky Republican’s campaign rollout.

“A lot of these depend on timing,” he said of the politically themed graphic novels the company has sporadically turned out since 2008. “With the Rand Paul one, we got extremely lucky and only had to move up the comic book by a week.”

Davis’ desire to weigh in on leading issues has led to the creation of carefully researched biographies of modern politics’ most colorful characters, such as former Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.; Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Full story

April 17, 2015

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

Getting Sloshed, POTUS Style

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The humorist is slated to spill the beans Saturday about all the substance abuse that’s gone on in the Oval Office during Brightest Young Things’ sold-out takeover of the National Archives Museum.

Before throwing our deeply flawed leaders under the bus, HOH proposed Abrams go a few rounds with the historic hell-raisers by drafting POTUSes for totally irresponsible drinking games. Full story

April 15, 2015

Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

Whether courting home-schoolers or kicking it live with hog castrators (the new hockey moms?), would-be POTUSes have had it beaten into their skulls that the road to victory begins in Iowa.

Those who don’t have the faintest clue why the Midwest enjoys kingmaker status can, this fall, get a crash course in early caucusing from Steffen Schmidt, a professor of political science at Iowa State University.

Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

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“Dr. Politics,” as he’s come to be known after decades of closely evaluating visiting presidential campaigns, wants to help demystify the caucus process via a four-part online program.

The Web-enabled tutorial is expected to peel back the curtain on the history of the Iowa caucuses, the mechanics of the inaugural contest, how the media plays into the process, and what it will all mean as we are collectively dragged, kicking and screaming, toward Election Day. Full story

April 3, 2015

#HashtagWars Gets All Political

A social media challenge to come clean about well-known fibs wound up fragging political types across the ideological spectrum.

As he does most nights, talk show host Chris Hardwick put “@Midnight” fans to the test Thursday by proposing everyone own up to the mundane falsehoods that have become part of the fabric of modern life.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who seemed to get a kick out of the assignment, used the opportunity to unburden himself of creepy tendencies. Full story

April 1, 2015

Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

Religious activist Rita Warren will not allow House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving — or anyone else, for that matter — dictate how or when she carries out her business on the Capitol grounds this Easter.

Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 86-year-old demonstrator — who has been bringing Christ to the attention of congressional visitors for so long she’s been dubbed the “Jesus Lady” — told HOH that Irving’s office alerted her on Tuesday that, due to a recent rule change, she was prohibited from bringing the oversized cross she uses in her annual procession onto the campus.

“They’re telling me I can’t bring the cross. Without the cross, we can’t do the crucifixion,” she said. Full story

March 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

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March 25, 2015

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

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The tea party favorite might be the first far-right candidate to officially call dibs on moving into the Oval Office post-44, but as Web watchers were quick to point out, he’s way behind the curve when it comes to staking out online positions.

“Note to self, buy domain name before running for President #YouCruzYouLose,” instapundit Chris Weidel, who redirected social media users to the pre-occupied TedCruz.Com site, ribbed the Texas Republican Senator on Twitter. Full story

March 23, 2015

Hot Button Time Machine: Dan Mitchell’s Budget Tips

With House and Senate Republicans readying the horses for trading in the hopes of taking a victory lap after reconciling their competing spending priorities, HOH elected to check in with keen political observers about what has to happen to salvage the perennially doomed budget negotiations from ultimate ruin.

Approving a symbolic funding blueprint — it is non-binding, after all — and following through with the corresponding appropriations bills have over the past few decades largely become passé on Capitol Hill.

Hot Button Time Machine: Dan Mitchell’s Budget Tips

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, concludes a news conference Monday in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama enjoyed one year (2009, his first in office) of unified support for his budget, but since has seen congressional leaders pass the buck via highly politicized continuing resolutions or desperation-move omnibus bills.

Dan Mitchell, a senior fellow at Cato Institute specializing in fiscal policy, would love to see that trend reversed.

But that, he projects, will take time. Full story

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