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April 21, 2014

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April 11, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 7 (Video)

While senators explain their beef with cable TV and representatives talk about Big Macs, Majority Leader Harry Reid just cannot get enough Koch.

April 8, 2014

Hill Staffers Swarm Taco Bell Tray, Terrify Server

Ustedes quieren Taco Bell!

Pity the poor Taco Bell employee who was tasked with delivering a tray of tacos to a gaggle of Hill staffers at a Tuesday reception in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“This reception shows no shame as staff fills up boxes and garbage bags of burritos,” our daring congressional staffer/tipster tell us. See for yourself:

April 4, 2014

Coats Wanders Into Wrong Committee Hearing (Video)

Have you ever ducked into a meeting you weren’t supposed to, or stepped into the wrong showing at a movie theater?  Sure you have.  But lucky for you, the mishap wasn’t captured on camera.

We can’t say the same for Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., who wandered into a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday and began asking the Treasury Department’s witness a series of questions before a staffer informed him he was in the wrong place.

“I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing,” the Indiana Republican said. “I’ve got the right room number, but the wrong hearing. Well this is the first time this has ever happened to me.”

Coats, who responded to his recent ban from Russia with a top 10 list of things he would miss, quickly left the hearing after realizing his mistake.

“I’ll go try to find out where I’m supposed to be.”

Watch the full exchange below:

HOH gives props to Coats and his staff for treating the situation with the appropriate levity.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 31 (Video)

Rep. Robert A. Brady, D-Pa., tells zookeepers how to dress, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., stages an “intervention”, Senator Dan Coats, R-Ind., shows up to the wrong hearing and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says he is not afraid of the Koch brothers – again.

April 2, 2014

Robert Brady Really Wanted to Be a Zookeeper

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., adjourned Wednesday’s panel on the future of the National Zoo with a joke about ranking member Robert A. Brady “wearing his khaki shorts … with his whip ready.”

The safari outfit fits perfectly with Brady’s childhood ambition of being a zookeeper. The Pennsylvania Democrat shared his dream of riding around with the wild creatures that populated Philadelphia’s zoo, the oldest in the nation, during his opening statement.

The panel of management officials from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park were also treated to some footage of Bao Bao the panda during their visit to Congress.

Miller, who claims to be “addicted” to the zoo’s “Panda Cam,” requested that committee staff play a brief clip of the panda cub. Afterward, she released a statement saying, “The National Zoo has a unique role as a federal zoo supported by the taxpayers. It is truly a zoo provided by and for the people.”

Especially for Brady, the hopeful zookeeper.

March 28, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 24 (Video)

Members returned this week explaining proper congressional dress code, discussing who is nastier and playing popular television game shows, all wrapped up in this week’s Hits and Misses.

March 25, 2014

Boehner Reminds Members to Dress Appropriately: ‘You Know Who You Are’ (Video)

Perhaps it was Rep. Jared Polis’ recent affinity for bow ties or Janet L. Yellen’s black-on-black threads, but Speaker John A. Boehner is not happy with members’ recent decorum on the House floor.

The Ohio Republican reminded members Tuesday of proper “parliamentary practice” before moving on to the House dress code.

“Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor might be, and you know who you are,” Boehner said. “The chair appreciates the attention of all the members to these matters.”

Although not the first time he has chided members about dressing appropriately, it has been more than six months since Rep. Howard Coble rocked a green madras sport coat, more than eight months since Rep. Mark Sanford’s sweat-soaked T-shirt incident and more than two years since this:

Boehner Reminds Members to Dress Appropriately: You Know Who You Are (Video)

In the meantime, HOH will continue to hone its inner fashion critic.

‘Nekkid’ vs. ‘Naked’: Alan Simpson Explains the Difference

“If you’re naked, you don’t have any clothes on, but if you’re nekkid you don’t have any clothes on but you’re up to something.”

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., explained the distinction in a phone interview with the Des Moines Register Monday.  The 82-year-old reportedly answered the phone and had to leave for a moment because he said he was “stark nekkid.”

‘Nekkid’ vs. ‘Naked’: Alan Simpson Explains the Difference

Simpson, up to something? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

Simpson spoke with the Des Moines Register ahead of a speech at Simpson College in Iowa Thursday night.

The interview also covered the Republican’s support of same-sex marriage, his critiques of the Iowa caucuses, why he admires Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the importance of the federal debt and why “extremists” caused Republicans to lose control of the Senate.

Simpson retired from the Senate in 1996 after serving three terms and is known for his role in the the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles plan for deficit reduction.

 

 

Mitch McConnell’s Ad-Maker Mistakes Duke Blue Devils for Kentucky Wildcats

It only lasted a few seconds, but one shot in a Web video released Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2014 campaign caught the attention of eagle-eyed college hoops fans.

The video highlighted the Kentucky Republican who would become majority leader in a GOP-led Senate, but a video montage of bluegrass greatness included shots of the basketball teams from the University Louisville and (gasp) Duke University. That’s not the NCAA champion blue-and-white team the ad makers had in mind. It should have featured the University of Kentucky Wildcats, of course.

Mitch McConnells Ad Maker Mistakes Duke Blue Devils for Kentucky Wildcats

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March 14, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 10 (Video)

While members explain how to drive to Hawaii, put lipstick on a pig and which state has better ski resorts, Majority Leader Harry Reid still is not finished telling us about the Koch brothers.

March 11, 2014

Barack Obama’s Turn on ‘Between Two Ferns’

With the March 31 deadline looming to shepherd as many of the uninsured as possible underneath the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama has turned to Hollywood for a little help, appearing on Funny or Die’s parody talker, “Between Two Ferns.”

During the deliberately screwy program, host Zach Galifianakis typically walks guests through a minefield of insane questions and uncomfortable pauses.

POTUS fared better than most, firing back at Galifianakis with scripted comebacks skewering the comedian’s film career and personal hygiene. Joke writers apparently had plenty of time to prepare; The New York Times reported that Team BTF approached the White House about arranging the surreal sit-down last summer.

The preparation was wasted on Republicans, who were, understandably, not terribly amused.

Rep. Randy Weber of Texas couldn’t help but challenge the president’s priorities. (Benghazi’s still at the top of his list.)

 

 

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March 7, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 3 (Video)

HOH serves up another dish of the best of what’s around with members detailing how cold Ukraine is, explaining what happens when the toilet leaks and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seeing how many times he can say “Koch brothers” in a 10-minute speech.

March 5, 2014

Overheard: Joe Wilson’s West Africa Ties

“And, well, if [AFRICOM] ever relocates to the continental United States, Charleston, South Carolina comes to mind. With military facilities and — we also have a shared culture with West Africa, so there’s a relationship which is very positive.”

— Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., at a Wednesday House Armed Services Committee hearing, speaking to Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command.

February 28, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 24 (Video)

Seth Rogen talks pot, the speaker of the House pronounces his name and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., explains sibling rivalry. After a week off, HOH is back with the best and worst from the nation’s Capitol.

February 27, 2014

That’s Mr. Boner to You (Video)

One day after Speaker John A. Boehner was complimented on his tan, the Ohio Republican again found himself joshing with reporters Thursday.

After a reporter incorrectly addressed him as “Mr. Camp,” referring to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and his tax code rewrite, Boehner responded with a candid, “It’s Boner.”

Watch the full exchange below.

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