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January 20, 2016

Martin Shkreli Subpoenaed to Testify Next Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to welcome Shkreli next week (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will welcome Shkreli next week (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Former pharmaceuticals executive and hedge fund honcho Martin Shkreli has been ordered to testify on Capitol Hill next week.

The 32-year-old notoriously flamboyant tweeter shared a subpoena requesting his testimony on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In December, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals was arrested of securities fraud charges in a ponzi-like scheme but was freed on a $5 million bond. The committee’s note is dated Jan. 11. On Wednesday, Shkreli fired his lawyers on the case. Shkreli knows a thing or two about politics, though. He tweeted at the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings D-Md., about what he calls his upcoming “chit chat.”

According to The New York Times, others scheduled to testify at the hearing are Howard B. Schiller, Valeant Pharmaceuticals interim chief executive officer, and Nancy Retzlaff, Turing Pharmaceuticals chief commercial officer. Shkreli resigned as CEO of Turing last month.


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November 5, 2015

‘Working Girls for Vitter’ Is a Thing, Apparently

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

David Vitter may be trailing in the polls, but he appears to have at least one constituency locked down, at least according to Dirty Coast Press.

The casual clothier from the Pelican State released a new item last week that will surely annoy the Republican senator on a quest for the Louisiana governorship.

Got a few left at the UPTOWN store only – 5631 Magazine St. #workinggirlsforvitter #dirtycoast #nola

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The shirts, which read: “Working Girls For Vitter” allude to the lawmaker’s connection to the “D.C. Madam” scandal of 2007. The initial batch of merch was scooped up quite quickly, apparently, as the company posted again Wednesday that the shirts were back in stock.


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October 29, 2015

Reid: Don’t Name Stuff After Hastert

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Hastert in 2003. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says it may be time to change the name of the “Hastert rule.” Full story

October 22, 2015

Davis: Publishing Member’s Travel Plans Encourages ‘Bullying’

Lofgren (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lofgren said the sergeant-at-arms was overreacting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Democrat Zoe Lofgren did some Googling Tuesday night to figure out if making members disclose where they are traveling with taxpayer money would expose them to danger.

“We’re fooling ourselves,” she told her colleagues the next morning, as the House Administration Committee marked up new spending rules. The panel rejected an amendment from Lofgren aimed at greater transparency for mileage reimbursements. Full story

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October 21, 2015

Schock’s ‘Flamboyant’ Spending Under Review

Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., right, and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., attend Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill., August 14, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Davis, right, and Schock attend Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Aug. 14, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From the drippy crystal chandelier to the gold wall sconce, lawmakers want to clarify Congress never allowed its members to pay for the lavish decor inside Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s office.

“Current regulations prohibit use of official resources to furnish a Washington, D.C., office,” House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., emphasized from the dais Wednesday during an 45-minute markup of a resolution on new spending rules.  Full story

October 16, 2015

LaHood, Schock Sued Over Hog Contest Allegations

An Illinois angus beef farmer and cattle judge alleges (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An Illinois angus beef farmer and cattle judge alleges LaHood, above, and Schock smeared him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A central Illinois farm operator is suing embattled ex-Rep. Aaron Schock and his successor, Rep. Darin LaHood, alleging the Republicans smeared his reputation with pigsty politics. Full story

October 2, 2015

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

September 29, 2015

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for "C Street." (Screenshot)

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for “C Street.” (Screenshot)

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.

He originally intended to share his version of “pols gone wild” with the world ahead of the 2012 elections, but had to delay that self-imposed deadline as the money hunt — he attempted to raise $50,000 in 2012, but came up short — and personal issues continued cropping up.

All that’s changed. Full story

September 11, 2015

Darin LaHood Inherits Plain Old House Office Space

As expected, the last traces of disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock’s ill-fated interior design scheme have been completely wiped away.

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“RIP blood red walls, pheasant feathers, and black candle sconces,” a tipster who snapped a pic Friday of the business-as-usual decor awaiting newly elected Rep. Darin LaHood shared with HOH.

LaHood, son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, won the special election Thursday to replace the social-media magnate whose house of cards came tumbling down after Ben Terris exposed what turned out to be a career-ending office makeover. Full story

July 30, 2015

#tbt Disgraced Member Finds Love After Prison


As any reader of Roll Call knows, there is life after Congress, but what about life after Congress after prison?

Back in our July 30, 1998, edition, HOH explored the tale of Rep. Carroll Hubbard, D-Ky., who found love after leaving the hoosegow. 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.

Full story

July 21, 2015

Capitol Police Still Struggling With the Bathroom

Capitol Police are aces when it comes to keeping lawmakers and the rest of the congressional community free from harm. But a recent incident regarding sensitive equipment again left behind in restrooms portends that perhaps a refresher course on securing personal belongings maybe didn’t fully take.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While deadly firearms were not up for grabs this time around, a tipster told HOH about a tragicomic scenario that unfolded July 17 in a Senate office building. Full story

June 18, 2015

Texas Pols Go to Bat for Astros (Updated)

Updated 3:31 p.m. | A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from the Lone Star State put Missouri pols on notice Thursday: acts of aggression against the Houston Astros will not be tolerated.

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, authored a stern warning — signed by three-quarters of the Texas delegation — to colleagues from the Show-Me State expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs between the dueling ball clubs.

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

(Courtesy Pete Olson)


“A state of war exists between the Astros and the Cardinal Empire,” Olson et al. ribbed their counterparts in response to reports that members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization may have hacked into Houston Astros’ computer systems. “There is no blinking at the fact that our team, our fans, and the sanctity of the game of baseball are in grave danger.”

Per staff, Olson hand-delivered the mischievous missive to every member from Missouri he was able to run down. Full story

June 4, 2015

Wu-ing the 2016 Presidential Contenders

Some political observers — particularly hyper-aware voters and road-weary campaign hacks — are already exhausted by the prospect of having to endure 17 more months of geopolitical grandstanding, nationwide caucusing and relentless speechifying only to wind up with a well-telegraphed grudge match between two languishing political dynasties.

And who can blame them?

Full story

April 7, 2015

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics



Playing a morally suspect congressman on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal” wasn’t overly taxing for Jordan Belfi. He has, after all, received a master class in the art of behaving badly from the near-constant parade of lawmakers who wind up blubbering on national TV after their shady dealings become public.

“I feel those interviews,” the veteran actor said of the here-we-go-again performances embattled pols seem to deliver on an alarmingly regular basis. Full story

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