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August 31, 2015

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August 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Cruz (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses’ member marathon rolls on this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential contender who doesn’t shy away from “wacko birds,” syrup guzzling or scaring children.

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August 27, 2015

Office Space: Mike Honda’s Living History (Video)

Honda shows off his office in the Longworth House Office Building on July 15, 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Honda shows off his office in the Longworth House Office Building on July 15, 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael M. Honda gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

“The California Democrat spent the first few years of his life living in a Japanese internment camp in Colorado, a fact that he pays homage to in the foyer of his space in the Longworth House Office Building,” reporter Ali McSherry wrote in the original 2010 story. “A large poster hangs on the wall with the words “explaining internment” printed on it.”

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August 21, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Steny Hoyer (Video)

Heard on the Hill continues its August recess “best of-a-thon” with a tribute to House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who shows off his insults, his credit card and his resemblance to Mick Jagger.

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August 20, 2015

Office Space: Jeff Landry’s Louisiana Lair (Video)

UNITED STATES - MAY 3: An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorate the lobby of Rep. Jeff Landry's office in the Cannon House Office Building.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorated the lobby of Landry’s office in the Cannon House Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Jeff Landry gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

Landry, who is running for attorney general in Louisiana, represented the state from 2011 to 2013, and filled his Cannon House Office space with New Orleans Saints posters, Community Coffee Co.’s brew and bottles of Tabasco sauce.

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August 18, 2015

Office Space: Mike Pence’s Inner Sanctum (Video)

Pence shows off an autographed poster of the movie "Hoosiers" during a tour of his office on May 11, 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pence shows off an autographed poster of the movie “Hoosiers” during a tour of his office on May 11, 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Mike Pence gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

The Republican governor of Indiana represented the state from 2001 to 2013 in Washington, and showed off signed posters of Garfield and from the movie “Hoosiers” in his Longworth House Office.

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August 14, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

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August 13, 2015

Office Space: Bruce Braley’s Baseball Haven (Video)

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Braley talks baseball during a tour of his office on March 12, 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Bruce Braley gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which will make a triumphant return this fall.

From 2007 to 2015, the Democrat represented the Iowa district where the steel bollards protecting the entrances to federal buildings were manufactured and where the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Full story

August 11, 2015

Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington.

An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. Full story

August 7, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Aug. 3, 2015 (Video)

Despite a three-day workweek, the Senate still found time to count the fingers on one hand, draw stick figures and drink lots of water.

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August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

August 3, 2015

John Oliver Takes on D.C. Statehood

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Stephen Colbert’s absence, it appears another late-night host has taken up the mantle for D.C. statehood.

Colbert brought attention to the District of Columbia’s lack of voting rights during his tenure at Comedy Central, before leaving the network in December for CBS. And now another host with roots on the network’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has dedicated airtime to the District’s political status. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 1:09 p.m.
DC, TV Land

July 31, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

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July 28, 2015

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.

 

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Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.

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“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Promises to Bring Pork to White House

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It seems Sen. Ted Cruz has achieved Hollywood status.

A man with a handheld video camera, who identified himself as working for celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, approached the presidential candidate Thursday at an anti-Iran deal event just outside the White House. Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 2:15 p.m.
Celebs, TV Land

Team ‘Good Wife’ Readies Hill-Centered ‘BrainDead’

How’s this for a conspiracy theory: Congress ain’t just broke. It’s been overrun by mindless pols.

OK, OK, so that’s the perma-banner affixed to most news sites these days.

Still, TV execs Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of “The Good Wife,” are planning to flesh out the nightmare that is modern politics via their forthcoming project, “BrainDead.” Full story

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