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November 30, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.

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October 22, 2015

Democrats Pack Benghazi Hearing to Lift Clinton’s Spirits

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., left, and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., make their way to the House Democratic leadership elections. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Hastings, left, compared the hearing to his impeachment proceedings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not often that all committee members show up when their panel holds a hearing. It’s even more rare that members not even on the committee attend the hearing, just to see what’s going on.

But Thursday was one of those rare occasions, with presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill to testify on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 7:10 p.m.
Drama, POTUS, Reps

October 21, 2015

Democrats Toast Iran Deal as House Freedom Caucus Talks to Paul Ryan

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just around the corner from the House Freedom Caucus’ closed-door meeting with Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday afternoon, Democrats threw a party to celebrate formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal.

A string ensemble invited to play at the stately Rayburn Room event filled the marble halls with music, and provided a sophisticated soundtrack for the GOP leadership race stakeout. Democrats shuffled back and forth from the reception to their cloakroom undisturbed, while reporters pounced on members exiting the GOP meeting with the Wisconsin Republican. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:52 p.m.
HillSide, POTUS, Reps

D.C. Socialists to Party Sans Bernie Sanders

Members of the D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America are expected to get together at Busboys and Poets Thursday for a “We Need Bernie!” rally. The group deliberately did not contact the outspoken presidential hopeful about attending.

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

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

“This event is part of a larger national DSA effort and is an independent expenditure. Therefore, we cannot coordinate with his campaign,” DSA Deputy Director David Duhalde said of the conscious decision to exclude Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., from the planned festivities. Full story

October 19, 2015

Alaska Delegation to Fete ‘Pipeline Pioneers’

The energy lobby will attempt to stoke warm and fuzzy feelings Tuesday about The El Dorado of the North by hosting a screening of “Pipeline Pioneers,” a series of short films chronicling the iconic Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

The series of short films were produced by a pro-exploratory consortium composed of Arctic for All, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and Consumer Energy Alliance, a trio that’s been leaning on President Barack Obama — and will presumably attempt to sway whomever moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. next fall — to allow construction of the polarizing Keystone XL project. Full story

September 23, 2015

The Best Congressional Tweets on #Popeapalooza

After rolling into town late Tuesday in an armor-plated Fiat, Pope Francis made his public debut Wednesday via an early morning visit to the White House and a carefully choreographed lap around the Ellipse.

UNITED STATES - September 23: Pope Francis stands with President Barack Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Francis stands with Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum seemed thrilled to have the head of the Catholic church around, sharing candid pics and heartfelt observations about the momentous occasion on social media. Full story

September 18, 2015

Web Crawlers Project Wonky Biases Across America

Real-life rocket scientist Andrew Rader posed a simple question to Google: “Why is [insert state name here] so …” in order to observe how the search engine would fill in the superlative blanks based on previous interrogatories.

The feedback proved somewhat frightening.

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September 9, 2015

The Overlooked Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a selfie with a supporter before she speaks at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a selfie with a supporter before the rally (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The sea of humanity sweltering in front of the Capitol Wednesday appeared to HOH to be less interested in getting an earful from pols — who popped by to rile up the crowd and then quickly retreated to air conditioned offices — than in being heard, once and for all, themselves.

Ron Kirby, a Texas native who keeps a close eye on the federal government from just across the river in Alexandria, Va., told HOH he’d hiked up to the Hill on a 90-something degree day to ensure lawmakers understood his deep-seated reservations about the administration’s proposed deal with Iran. Full story

August 27, 2015

Obama Explains Willie Mae’s Scotch House Grease Spot

Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call

Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call

“If you come to New Orleans and you don’t get a grease spot on your clothing, you didn’t really enjoy the city.”

— President Barack Obama, reflecting Friday on the stain on his suit, courtesy of eating the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Crescent City.

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August 26, 2015

Hoopsters Trash Talk at White House Ceremony

Obama receives a jersey from Taurasi during an event at the White House Wednesday. (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Is Obama sucking in his gut as Taurasi offers him a jersey during the White House event? (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Hey, what’s a little trash talk among hoopsters? Baller-in-chief Barack Obama welcomed the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury to the White House today, and, according to the official White House transcript, POTUS engaged in a little back and forth with the Mercury’s Diana Taurasi:

  • TAURASI: Well, on behalf of the Phoenix Mercury and the WNBA, we want to give you a 2014 WNBA Championship jersey.
  • TAURASI: It’s an XL. (Laughter.) So you might have to get on the Atkins. But thank you very much for having us, Mr. President. It’s an honor. (Applause.)

We hear the commander in chief likes his cheeseburgers, so that should make the transition to the protein-heavy Atkins diet all the easier.


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August 19, 2015

Team Cruz, Capitol Police Emails Pop Up in Ashley Madison Data Dump (Updated)

Cruz supporters attend a campaign rally in Georgia in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz supporters attend an August campaign rally in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:03 p.m. | Personal information gathered from a cyber assault on online-fling facilitator Ashley Madison has now hit the Web, and a handful of Capitol Hill accounts appear to have been laid bare.

Per media reports, the client records harvested by hackers identifying themselves as “Impact Team” include some 36 million email addresses. Ashley Madison does not, by its own admission, engage in any type of email verification, making fictitious accounts another resource in the cheater’s toolbox.

Approximately 15,000 of those appear to sport the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively. Full story

July 27, 2015

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

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July 22, 2015

Trumping the 2016 Contenders

Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?

The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.

In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. Full story

July 17, 2015

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”

(Courtesy DC Comics)

(Courtesy DC Comics)

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. Full story

July 16, 2015

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)


SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The writer and director of the Syfy channel’s deliberately absurd “Sharknado” franchise is excited to rain terror on the nation’s capital in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

During a round of interviews here at Comic-Con International, Ferrante discussed his vision for the latest meteorological mayhem. “I wanted to do ‘White House Down’ with sharks,” he said.

The latest installment in the series of insane shoot ’em ups tracks a fresh round of predator-spewing storms as they fling ravenous marine life up and down the East Coast. Full story

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