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January 27, 2015

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Grassley is a Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Never one for false modesty, Sen. Charles E. Grassley thinks he’s pretty good at using Twitter.

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January 26, 2015

House Staffer Keeps ‘Em Guessing on ‘Jeopardy!’

House Staffer Keeps Em Guessing on Jeopardy!

(Courtesy Will Anderson)

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up? Full story

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.

Lewis brought up the bipartisan movie plans during a National Press Club discussion of his latest autobiographical project, “March: Book Two.” Full story

January 23, 2015

Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

What’s different about Matthew Leffingwell’s swan song is that even though he’s joining a global powerhouse co-founded by musical royalty, the Capitol Hill vet insists he will genuinely miss hearing solons crack wise about, well, everything. Full story

January 21, 2015

Senate Aide Scores Picture-Perfect SOTU Keepsake

Alejandro Renteria didn’t have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.

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January 20, 2015

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

Rep. John Lewis has once again donned his graphic novelist cowl, officially swinging back into campaign mode on Wednesday to help promote the second installment of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

A few years back, the Georgia Democrat began penning the serialized treatment of his civil-rights era experiences with House aide and co-author Andrew Aydin. The duo has since inked two chapters of Lewis’ pre-congressional exploits — the latest of which is expected on retail shelves this week.

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

(Courtesy Top Shelf Productions)

Fans of the genre can pick the pair’s brains about the whole creative process during a book signing/fundraiser hosted by the National Press Club. The Book Rap event is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Lounge. Full story

Late Congressman’s Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

Late Congressmans Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

A giant thank-you card to Young collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

A corrosive mix of myopic estate planning, lax oversight and a moving truck-sized hole uncovered in guidelines governing continuing congressional operations has decimated those closest to the late congressman.

The 22-term Florida Republican died on Oct. 18, 2013; he was laid to rest on Oct. 24 not far from here, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. There’s been no such solace for those left behind, a group — including his widow, former House aide Beverly Young; the couple’s adult sons; newly minted Appropriations Committee member Rep. David Jolly and Young’s former chief of staff, Harry Glenn — currently at one another’s throats regarding the location of myriad keepsakes and the preservation of Young’s political legacy.

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January 9, 2015

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

The second act of Georgia Democrat John Lewis’ animated history lesson, “March: Book Two,” portrays some of the grittiest times this nation has ever faced.

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

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Lewis — along with co-author and legislative aide Andrew Aydin, and graphic artist Nate Powell — hop right back into the seemingly hopeless situation of attempting to redirect society one incredibly brave step at a time. Full story

January 7, 2015

Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas

Rep. Peter Roskam and his artist wife, Elizabeth, have once again teamed up to create one of the most colorful time keepers on Capitol Hill: the family’s homespun calendar.

Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas

(CQ Roll Call)

This marks the second time the Illinois Republican has collaborated with his visually inclined spouse on such a project, the original having popped up around the holidays in late 2013. Full story

January 6, 2015

Members Party Down on the First Day of New Session

Having already posed for the obligatory pictures, placed their hands on the good book and weathered a nail-biter of a leadership challenge (Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, voted for … himself! Newcomer Curt Clawson, R-Fla., endorsed … Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul), the members of the 114th Congress dove right into what #ThisTown does best: schmoozing.

Six-term Sen. Charles. E. Grassley wandered across the Capitol to greet incoming delegation member Rod Blum, but just missed his newly minted colleague.

Members Party Down on the First Day of New Session

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“I’m going to go find out where my boss is right now,” a Blum aide assured the senior Iowa Republican. Full story

January 5, 2015

Climbing the Ladder in the 114th Congress

It’s the beginning of a new cycle on Capitol Hill. Which means it is high time to ditch that dead-end grind you’ve been merely tolerating, our most career-oriented of readers, and dive into whatever flavor of professional development tickles your fancy.

Now that the Grand Old Party stands poised to run the show on both sides of the Capitol, it only makes sense for aspiring Hill Climbers to hitch their wagons to rising stars — and there are plenty of avenues to explore these days.

Crack Skulls

Climbing the Ladder in the 114th Congress

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Homeland Security Committee panel is hunting for a well-seasoned senior counsel. And somebody’s got to pay — jury’s still out on whether that ought to be self-proclaimed Guardians of Peace or Seth Rogen and James Franco — for all that “The Interview” nonsense. Full story

Jump Start 2015 With Researching Refresher

Jump Start 2015 With Researching Refresher

Check out the Library of Congress with its how-to sessions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Whether you are new in town or just haven’t gotten around to perusing the wealth of knowledge maintained by the Library of Congress, now is the time to get schooled in the art of getting one’s proper learn on.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division typically hosts twice monthly orientation sessions (one evening, one day) for those interested in mining the LOC’s vast collections. The inaugural tutorial of the new year is scheduled to take place on Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Full story

December 30, 2014

The Gifts That Keep on Giving: HOH’s 2014 Faves

What a year we all just lived through!

There was election night drama, international intrigue and, of course, tearful farewells.

Keeping track of all the mayhem on Capitol Hill once again proved exhausting, thanks in large part to the concerted efforts of the following over achievers.

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.

The Gifts That Keep on Giving: HOH’s 2014 Faves

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The embattled pol is a one-man gossip mill. Full story

December 15, 2014

Exit Interview: James Brandell Shares Greatest Regret, Memories of Pop Stars

He’s seen plenty of people — including his fair share of celebrities — come and go during his decade-plus tenure on Capitol Hill. But House Republican aide James Brandell wouldn’t trade his time in Congress for anything.

Brandell has served as chief of staff to retiring Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., since 2001, an experience he’s relished every step of the way.

Exit Interview: James Brandell Shares Greatest Regret, Memories of Pop Stars

Rep. Paul Ryan (left), R-Wis., joins retiring Camp (center) and Brandell in commemorating the new research grant Brandell created in Camp’s honor to distribute all the money raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (Courtesy Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

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December 11, 2014

Capitol Jewish Forum Welcomes All to Pre-Hanukkah Soiree

Homeward-bound members and congressional staff can get a jump on holiday festivities Thursday by ducking into the Senate’s Mike Mansfield Room for a taste of Jewish food, fun and fraternity.

Capitol Jewish Forum Welcomes All to Pre Hanukkah Soiree

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The annual Capitol Hill Chanukah Celebration, a seasonal gathering hosted by the Capitol Jewish Forum, is scheduled to take place in S-207 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Anyone with a valid congressional ID is automatically in; non-staffers must RSVP either by phone (202-332-5600) or email (cjf@afldc.org) in order to secure a spot.

“Hanukkah doesn’t begin until next week … but we thought we might get our friends into the spirit a little early,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch, said of the preemptive strike.

Attendees can look forward to latkes, doughnuts, live music, menorah kits and, more than likely, huddling with the congressional leaders that stop by to pay their respects each winter.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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