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April 18, 2015

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April 10, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Dan Coats (Video)

Heard on the Hill’s tribute to retiring lawmakers rolls on this week with Sen. Dan Coats and his affinity for grandchildren, massages and showing up to committee hearings on time.

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April 8, 2015

Gary Kroeger’s Candidacy Is No Laughing Matter

These days, you are more likely to find funnyman Gary Kroeger poring over think tank reports than cracking wise on a late-night sketch comedy show.

The Saturday Night Live alumnus, who was cast mates with comedy legends Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy and Martin Short, is now eyeing a different TV audience to court: C-SPAN viewers.

Kroeger Tuesday announced his intention to unseat Iowa Republican Rod Blum, joining the mounting class of challengers vying to win their way to Washington.

Though he’s never held public office before — “I consider that a strength as I believe (along with many others) that in order to improve the conversation in Washington we always need new voices from the people,” Kroeger told HOH via email — the former actor is no stranger to politics. Full story

April 7, 2015

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

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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

April 3, 2015

#HashtagWars Gets All Political

A social media challenge to come clean about well-known fibs wound up fragging political types across the ideological spectrum.

As he does most nights, talk show host Chris Hardwick put “@Midnight” fans to the test Thursday by proposing everyone own up to the mundane falsehoods that have become part of the fabric of modern life.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who seemed to get a kick out of the assignment, used the opportunity to unburden himself of creepy tendencies. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Barbara Mikulski (Video)

With Congress out of town, Heard on the Hill pays tribute this week to the longest serving woman in Congress. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski teaches us about “soft-hearted social workers,” calcium-rich beverages and Girl Scout cookies.

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March 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

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March 27, 2015

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Either way, the de facto congressional programming gods showed their feet of clay during the marathon viewing party that was Can’t-Tell’em-Apart-Thursday.

C SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

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Mind you, us print folks have already copped to occasionally being stumped by which older white man in a suit is popping off at the mouth. But our counterparts over at C-SPAN appear to be having real trouble differentiating among Asian-American lawmakers.

The comedy of errors commenced as soon as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., stepped up to the mics. Full story

March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, ‘Where do you put the pool table?’ So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

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March 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

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March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock Discussed Government Transparency in First Floor Speech (Video)

Perhaps it was fate. 

But Rep. Aaron Schock, who tendered his resignation following allegations of improperly using of taxpayer and campaign money, ironically gave his first floor speech in 2009 on transparency. Full story

March 17, 2015

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s penchant for seeking out the spotlight appears to finally have burned him.

The embattled four-term lawmaker Tuesday tendered his resignation after a stream of embarrassing coverage threatened to propel him from mere media fascination to potential object of investigation.

The Illinois Republican first showed his smiling mug around Capitol Hill in 2008. He officially made a splash a few years later when Men’s Health dubbed him “America’s Fittest Congressman.”

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

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Once the shirt came off for that profile, it seemed Schock would always find an excuse to shed a few extra layers, whether it be:

Playing soldier with up-and-coming armed forces personnel.

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Late Night With … Ted Cruz!

Late Night With ... Ted Cruz!

Cruz takes his humor to late night TV (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

After a weekend in South Carolina and New Hampshire, Sen. Ted Cruz took his act to 30 Rock Monday.

The Texas Republican, who is contemplating a bid for the White House, appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” The host happens to be from the first-in-the-nation primary state. Cruz was back in the building Tuesday morning for more serious programming.

“Historically, we have found when senators from Texas come to New Hampshire, it’s because they want to run for president,” Meyers said. “It’s that or you want to buy like cheap liquor at our liquor stores.”

“Well, you know tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day,” Cruz quipped in response.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 9:09 a.m.
TV Land

March 13, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 9, 2015 (Video)

Sen. David Vitter quotes his “stupid amendment,” Sen. John Cornyn tells his colleagues to “imagine his surprise” and Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s staffer cannot stop nodding. Full story

March 10, 2015

John Lewis Bends Jon Stewart’s Ears About the Bad Old Days

Fresh off a trip to Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of the landmark protest that would come to define his career in civil disobedience, Rep. John Lewis described the merits of “necessary trouble” to “The Daily Show” Monday.

The Georgia Democrat and graphic novelist regaled host Jon Stewart with tales of what it was like making his way through an alarmingly intolerant world.

“It is a struggle of a lifetime, of many lifetimes. I feel more than lucky, but very blessed that I’m still here to tell the story and try to inspire another generation of young people to get out there and push,” Lewis said. Full story

Someone Is Very Lucky Chuck Grassley Keeps Busy

The public relations team over at the History Channel ought to thank Jebus that a certain social media-savvy Iowa Republican wasn’t Web surfing Monday night.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley has just about made it his personal mission to browbeat the cable network for deviating from its raison d’être by embracing ratings-baiting reality shows. Full story

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