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June 22, 2015

Markwayne Mullin’s Crunching Workout Plan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin expects to lead any and all members of the legislative branch interested in feeling the burn in a cardio-intensive workout Thursday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The roughly hour-long program, which is scheduled to take place in Upper D Park (opposite the Longworth House Office Building) beginning at 7 a.m., is being co-sponsored by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus in honor of Men’s Health Month.

An event organizer said the Oklahoma Republican, who regularly leads fitness-seeking lawmakers through similar paces in the member’s gym, has been tasked with developing the workout routine. Full story

June 18, 2015

Team Amash Tackles Hot-Dog Bites Pizza

Rep. Justin Amash conducted a little taste test Thursday, chowing down with staffers on Pizza Hut’s polarizing Hot Dog Bites Pizza.

Per one of the lucky (?) lunch bunch, everyone in the employ of the Michigan Republican who tried the weenie-studded pie dug the snack food mash-up. Full story

June 11, 2015

A Sea of Smiles at Taste of Hawaii

If the Taste of Hawaii gets much bigger, it will take over Upper Senate Park.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

At least a dozen lawmakers sampled some of Hawaii’s finest offerings at the second annual event, along with a crowd estimated at more than 1,000 in a spacious Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room.

Several guests overheard Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a repeat visitor, preaching the gospel of Spam musubi. Multiple sources told HOH the New York Democrat roped Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., into trying the exotic treat, and Schumer was still gushing about the magic of potted meats on his way out the door.

Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono again led the event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Full story

June 9, 2015

Hirshhorn Stretching to Accommodate Yoga Faithful

Heads up, Congressional Yogi Association: You’ve got some competition.

(Courtesy Jenna Makharita)

(Courtesy Jenna Makharita)

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (700 Independence Ave. SW) has recruited yoga instructor Erin Mooney to lead all-inclusive Vinyasa flow classes every Friday this summer.

The complimentary courses, scheduled to take place on the exterior plaza, are expected to run from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning on June 12 and extending through Sep. 11.

“Bring your mats!” organizers urge interested participants.

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Crises Bring Out the Best in Congress, Ian Koski Maintains | Exit Interview

For all its flaws, the legislative branch, ex-staffer Ian Koski says, is truly at its best when adversity rears its ugly head.

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May 27, 2015

House Aide Readies to Rock Awesome Con

Andrew Aydin, aide to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and co-author of the duo’s trilogy of graphic novels, this weekend is set to brave the wilds of Awesome Con solo.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

The Democratic staffer, who told HOH he attended Awesome Con 2014, has been booked as a featured guest for this year’s show.

“I always enjoy Awesome Con because you get such a great mix of fans. Teachers, librarians, and professionals come out right along with the cosplayers and diehards, and sometimes they are one and the same,” he said of the often otherworldly experience. Full story

May 26, 2015

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

May 20, 2015

Familiar Names Top Leaderboard at ACLI Capital Challenge

Tom Cotton led the way for lawmakers again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cotton led the way for lawmakers again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Runners from Capitol Hill and beyond descended  on the banks of the Anacostia River Wednesday morning for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge.

On a surprisingly cool day, members of Congress and the executive branch were joined in the 3-mile run at Anacostia Park by their staff, private industry and representatives from the Fourth Estate, including a number of CQ Roll Callers. Full story

May 19, 2015

Enter the Dragon … Boat Festival That Is

Hill staffers and alumni went to the river to row their dragons. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Hill staffers and alumni went to the river to row their dragons. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but competition among Capitol Hill staffers and alumni only intensified at the recent DC Dragon Boat Festival, with teams looking for bragging rights among their colleagues. As long as it wasn’t too early.

“First of all, I’ve never been up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday in my life,” said Will Adams, who recently left his job as chief of staff for Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and was at the Thompson Boat Center bright and early on May 16 to row for glory on the Kanbay! team. Full story

Suzan DelBene Helps Aide Get Hitched

(Courtesy Meredith Hanafi)

DelBene, center, does the honors as Zielke, left, and Schmidt, right, take the plunge. (Courtesy Meredith Hanafi)

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s professional family expanded by one this past weekend, after her chief of staff, Aaron Schmidt, went ahead and tied the knot with Justin Zielke.

The longstanding couple did the legal thing on their own, but on May 16 they invited friends and loved ones — including the Washington Democrat, who was asked to say a few words — to celebrate the joyous occasion of their union out on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

According to one of the roughly 140 guests in attendance, DelBene recounted how the two had become one. Full story

Existentialists Watch, Wonder in Digital Cloakroom

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s real-life waiting rooms have gone digital with the Cloakroom service. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill can be a confusing place, even for insiders.

Just ask the growing army of perplexed public servants trying to figure out what it’s all about on the nascent sounding board/app Cloakroom.

According to Co-Founder Ted Henderson, the anonymous service has, over the past few months, garnered a respectable following among the glue that keeps the legislative branch together.

Sure, some disgruntled staffers use it to talk smack. Full story

May 15, 2015

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Tried?” Not ‘tried,’ ‘did!'” a gleeful HOH tipster squealed. “The member did bring two miniature horses into Cannon!” Full story

May 14, 2015

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Had the itch. #chocolate #caramel #seasalt #staytuned #sunday #cupcakes

A photo posted by Politics to Pastries (@politicstopastries) on

But there was that time one of her homespun treats made its way to the dinner table of the highest-ranking Republican in the House. Quite an accomplishment for a budding pastry artist. Full story

May 13, 2015

Sam Graves’ Office Gains Former Teen Pop Singer

Four years ago, Katelynne Goldie Sue Cox was singing about not leaving it up to “politicians” to change the world. Now she works for Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill.

The 20-year-old graduated from the University of Missouri in December after studying communications and political science, according to Legistorm, and was hired last month as Graves’ legislative correspondent and staffer. Full story

Rayburn — Where the Wild Things Are

Animal caretakers from around the country Wednesday will once again show off their furry/scaly/creepy/crawly charges during the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums congressional reception.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The AZA’s lobbying visit, which is expected to overrun the Rayburn Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m., provides lawmakers and staff the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic species. Full story

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