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August 18, 2014
It’s good to know Rep. John Lewis can look back on all the awfulness he experienced as a youth and laugh about it now.
According to Nate Powell, the artist who has teamed up with the Georgia Democrat to help keep alive the revolutionary spirit that changed the state of race relations during the turbulent 1960s via a series of graphic novels, humor remains one of the greatest tools in the non-violent activist’s toolbox.
“Another day, another joke about nutsacks and revolution at Parchman Farm prison, 1961,” Powell shared with the Twitterverse while revealing a rough sketch of a panel from the second installment of Lewis’ incredible life story.
The septuagenarian lawmaker skipped Comic-Con this time around (Powell and co-author/congressional aide Andrew Aydin, made the trip), but is expected to return next summer with continuing saga in hand.
Sen. John McCain got loose over the weekend, strutting his stuff alongside Oscar winner Jamie Foxx during a glitzy charity shindig.
“It’s the ones you don’t expect. … Republicans love to dance in the Hamptons,” Foxx told the Wall Street Journal of the fun he had bringing the Arizona Republican and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie up on stage with him during business tycoon/philanthropist Ronald Perelman’s high-profile soiree. Full story
July 28, 2014
Sen. Charles E. Schumer finally caught up with his comedian cousin, Amy Schumer, this past weekend at Shakespeare in the Park.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 28, 2014
An aide said the New York Democrat just happened to bump into his rising star relative — Ms. Schumer has been nominated for an Emmy for the writing of her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” and is currently working on “Trainwreck,” the feature film she penned and which filmmaker Judd Apatow is directing — at the annual theater festival in New York’s Central Park.
Per Team Schumer, the boss did not know the stand-up comedian/actress and her Hollywood pals were also headed to “King Lear.” Full story
July 25, 2014
Unlike Florida Republican John L. Mica’s grandiose plan to clean house on the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Angus King had a much more modest desire: brighten up a little corner of Dirksen.
“I walk that corridor two or three times a day … and often wondered to myself, ‘Why is this blank?’” the Maine Independent said of the once-barren hallway leading up from the internal subway to the Senate office building.
July 16, 2014
Wild and wonderful though it may be, West Virginia continues to wrestle with its fair share of challenges. Sen. Joe Manchin III wants to help shine a light on what life is like in the Mountain State by hosting a screening of “Hollow” (that’s “holler” to you and me, Russ), a cinematic labor of love released last year.
The “interactive documentary,” which continues to foster community building across the social media sphere, will be shown on July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center. Those interested in attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filmmaker and West Virginia native Elaine Sheldon McMillion is expected to participate in a discussion about her attempt at getting up close and personal with the community in economically depressed McDowell County.
Topical snippets — including a dizzying spin through a county fair — are available for viewing via Vimeo.
Meanwhile, McMillion has been urging social media users to collectively reminisce by flooding Instagram with pics tagged #hollerhome. Full story
July 7, 2014
Some lawmakers enjoy being able to drop out of sight during recess. Others, such as critically acclaimed graphic novelist/Rep. John Lewis, find it much harder to disentangle from the swirling celebrity life.
Case in point: fans of the Georgia Democrat simply could not resist prodding him together with comics legend Stan Lee — you know, the guy who created all those spandex-clad superheroes that lord over movie screens every summer and has done cameos in many of the Marvel flicks — during a chance meeting in Las Vegas.
“It was totally by accident, but as soon as they were near each other, people started pushing them together. I grabbed my phone as quick as I could and snapped the picture,” Andrew Aydin, congressional aide and co-author of “March,” the illustrated tale of Lewis’ Civil Rights Era activism, told HOH.
Per Aydin, it was the first time they had crossed paths with the nonagenarian wellspring from which the likes of Spiderman, the Hulk and the X-Men had flowed since officially joining the comic writing verse last summer.
“Neither of us had ever met him before,” Aydin said of the serendipitous encounter. A lifelong reader (“I gushed like a fanboy,” he admitted), Aydin was thrilled to hear Lee chatting with his boss about “March” and just generally soaked in the absolutely magical moment. Full story
July 3, 2014
Those were the days! Back in 2001, our own Tom Williams snapped this photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., showing off his Russell Senate Office Building digs, with a portrait of a previous occupant, former President Richard M. Nixon, hanging prominently.
June 25, 2014
The Kansas City Auction and Appraisal Company has cataloged a treasure trove of personal effects and private letters the late Rep. Ike Skelton amassed throughout his career and has made them all available to interested buyers through June 30.
The Missouri Democrat, who spent more than 30 years in the House and served two terms as House Armed Services Committee chairman, died of pneumonia in late 2013.
Kansas City Auction owner Jason Roske told HOH his team spent months sorting through the myriad congressional correspondence and politically-related knick-knacks supplied by the estate in order to curate the 356 lots that compromise the “Ike Skelton Collection.”
“There were well over 1,000 documents that we had to go through, piece by piece,” he said of the carefully picked over political ephemera.
The assembled offerings run the gamut from breezy collegial how-do-you-dos — including exchanges with ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.; the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii; and Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., D-Mass. — to White House bill signings reaching back decades.
“As far as we can tell, there just have not been a lot of opportunities to sell a collection like this. Period,” Roske said. Full story
June 2, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., appears to be reveling in the week-long cycling challenge he started on June 1, sharing highlights from the rolling landscapes he’s furiously pedaling across with his web flock.
The seasoned marathoner swapped his well-worn kicks for unfamiliar wheels (Bang-up job, FedEx!) in order to take part in the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle trek, an annual fundraiser benefiting the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Schiff has completed a handful of running challenges over the past four years, but previously alerted HOH that, prior to Sunday, the furthest his limbs had ever carried him was 65-miles at a time.
Per his Instragram feed, Schiff blasted right through that benchmark on day one of the LifeCycle adventure, spinning some 80-odd miles during the first leg of the trip.
“Over to the coast and down the Pacific Highway, through Half Moon Bay and on to Santa Cruz in some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere. Rolling hills over rugged coastline, just gorgeous,” Schiff shared online. The budding century rider shrugged off the pre-dawn start (“Up at 3:30 a.m.,” he nonchalantly mentioned) and was oddly excited about pushing himself 33 percent harder Monday (scheduled distance: 108 miles) than he’d ever attempted.
The jaw-dropping scenery unspooling before him must be quite the motivator.
Though it sounds like Schiff’s also soaring high on a combination of stress-busting endorphins and life-changing camaraderie.
“The best part of the ride, in addition to the great views, are the great riders and roadies,” he asserts on social media. “Very entertaining crowd, let me tell you.”
May 22, 2014
Those curious to see how the other half lives — and by other half, we mean the innocents orphaned by ongoing insurrection — can get a sobering look into the struggle for survival in the Middle East Thursday night at the reception for “The Children of Syria” exhibition in the Russell Senate Office Building.
The reception, which is scheduled to take place in the Kennedy Caucus Room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., caps a two-day run of the featured snapshots enjoyed in the Russell Rotunda.
The jarring images are the handiwork of a half-dozen international photojournalists working to chronicle the gravity of making one’s way through a war-torn existence. Full story
May 13, 2014
Less than a week before he became the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer, Sergeant-at-Arms Drew Willison had an ego-bruising incident with Capitol Police.
Willison arrived at work on April 30 without an ID and was told by officers guarding the doors that he would need to get a visitor badge before going into the Capitol.
Being shooed along under standard protocol by the rank and file likely led to what happened next. Around 6:30 that evening, the SAA’s office sent an email to Capitol Police brass with mug shots of Willison and incoming Deputy SAA Michael Stenger, instructing him to “please ensure” that the photos were posted at each division in the department’s Uniformed Services Bureau.
“Obviously, we would like to avoid this in the future,” wrote Ronda Steward, senior program manager for police operations with the Senate SAA.
Deputy Chief Donald A. Rouillier passed the email along with a simple “FYI” note to his team. Soon, the one-page memo explaining the incident was posted around the campus and at police headquarters to help officers recognize their incoming boss.
Willison seemed to take it all in stride. “I forgot my Senate ID at my desk when I ran over to the credit union that day. The officer did not recognize me, so he did the right thing and stopped me. It wasn’t a big deal. I don’t know if the photos (standard practice for new officers of the House and Senate) help or not because I almost always wear my Senate ID,” he said.
May 2, 2014
There he was. Nearly 4,400 miles from home.
Just another Washington insider trying to enjoy a few precious moments in sunny Italy away from work without fixating on Congress or politics, when whom should his wandering gaze fall upon, but her.
“That time you went to a restaurant in Florence on vacation and [House Minority Leader] Nancy [Pelosi] has … enjoyed a meal there,” our tipster shared after stumbling upon a snapshot of the California Democrat during a recent European retreat.
Pelosi led a congressional delegation through the region in early 2009, stopping in Florence, Rome and Naples along the way.
Our forensics lab is still crunching all the data.
But the ‘do (length, hairstyle, color) seems to match this puckerrific pose captured just outside the Capitol in March of the same year.
Regardless of the time frame, the proud Italian-American leader appears to have made a lasting impression. Our overseas spy said her smiling mug is prominently featured “just under a picture of the owner with [singer Bruce] Springsteen, and on the same wall as photos with [actors John] Travolta and Brad Pitt — among others.”
April 24, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz did a little troll hunting April 23, baiting the entirety of the Internet-enabled world with a perplexing pic of an urban safari that incited carnage across the social mediasphere.
The Texas Republican set the trap by innocently (?) blasting out a snapshot of him and Utah Republican Mike Lee — staff told HOH the tea party pals have been tag-teaming fundraisers across the Lone Star State this week — posing atop a snarling animal pelt.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 24, 2014
Had this Senate bromance finally gone lethal?
What endangered species might be next on the Cruz-Lee extinction tour?
Or was Cruz yet again practicing the art of pressing everyone’s buttons?
“The senator was kidding,” a Cruz aide explained of the spontaneous photo op with a totally fake tiger skin rug. “He ran across it between meetings in Houston yesterday and wanted a picture.”
Joke or not, the stunt unleashed a torrent of passionate reactions on Twitter and Facebook.
After sifting through the thousands of comments furiously scribbled on Cruz’s social media boards, the brunt of popular opinion falls into three main camps:
April 18, 2014
These are the pictures we live for at HOH. Hats off to our own Bill Clark, whose full caption is something we simply cannot improve upon: ”Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., poses for photos with 2014 Miss Georgia Sweet Onion Sarah DeLoach at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher’s pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014. A crowd of more than one thousand law enforcement, government officials and guests from across the state of Georgia gathered to enjoy BBQ and Brunswick stew at the annual event.”
Perhaps even superheroes can’t stand the thought of getting too close to Congress. That was one possible explanation for the failure of Awesome Con to secure a world record for assembled costumed players photographed at one time.
Promoters had hoped to turn out thousands on Friday at noon for a record-breaking photo in front of the Capitol’s Reflecting Pool. The stage was set. Social media was activated. Commissioner Gordon sent out the Bat signal. There might have been an Aquaman siting in the murky depths of the duck-riddled Reflecting Pool.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. At 11:45 a.m., only a few dozen costumed players were milling around. Guinness World Record officiants were there, folders in hand, to see if D.C. Awesome Con could best China’s World Joyland, which assembled 1,530 crusaders in 2011.
As the final calls went out over Twitter as the clock struck close to 1 p.m., explanations were bandied about. Some cosplayers apparently went to the Reflecting Pool connecting the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial. Apparently, superpowers didn’t include map-reading skills for that bunch. Didn’t matter. Only around 200 or so showed, well short of the record.
“Can I get a picture of Little Batman in front of the Capitol?” one tourist asked a mother-son dynamic duo. As Little Batman obliged, the shutterbug asked, “Are you there to protect Congress?”
At least somebody is.