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July 28, 2015

The Creamery Lives on as Hill Networking App

Hill staffers lamenting the loss of the Longworth Creamery can take solace on their smart phones, where the popular Capitol Hill haunt will live on through a networking app.

The brains behind the anonymous gossip app for Capitol Hill known as Cloakroom have developed a new mobile app called “The Creamery” for Hill staffers to connect with each other and discuss their next career moves. Full story

July 13, 2015

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

July 8, 2015

Pope’s Address to Congress Will Be Broadcast on West Front

The West Front of the Capitol, as seen from the top of the dome. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The West Front of the Capitol, as seen from the top of the Dome. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress in September will be broadcast live to the public on the West Front of the Capitol.

The public’s expected demand to see the pope during his Sept. 24 visit to Capitol Hill prompted the speaker’s decision. Full story

June 12, 2015

Republicans Look to Repeat Cycling Challenge Win

Whitlock, left and Hershman, second from right, will lead their party's teams. (Courtesy of Douglas Graham)

Whitlock, left and Hershman, second from right, will lead their party’s teams. (Courtesy of Douglas Graham)

This Sunday’s Congressional Cycling Challenge could be an easy win for the Republican team.
The challenge ride is a closed-course, 15-km trip around the Pentagon, Crystal City and the Air Force Memorial. Unlike a traditional race, the winner is determined by who has the most laps completed in three hours. The total number of laps by Hill participants are tallied by race officials, and the party with the most laps gets to take home the bragging rights.

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June 11, 2015

Congressional Baseball Game Managers Face Off on C-SPAN

Kevin Brady, R-Texas, slides into Tim Holden, D-Pa., at home on the first play of the 2003 game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kevin Brady, R-Texas, slides into Tim Holden, D-Pa., at home on the first play of the 2003 game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Managers for the Republican and Democratic baseball teams appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Thursday morning to talk about their odds of victory and the beauty of the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

“First of all it is a lot of fun and the members enjoy the game,” Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., said. “But three charities receive a real benefit from this game, and that is what really excites us.” 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

April 16, 2015

GOP Senator Doesn’t Care What You Think of His Disney Ringtone (Video) (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:51 p.m. | A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protesters, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone. Full story

January 20, 2015

State of the Union Drink-o

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Why should politicos be the only ones to get all punchy while President Barack Obama yammers on about something or other Tuesday night? Tap into the excitement surrounding #ThisTown’s version of the Academy Awards/Super Bowl by punctuating each prescribed buzzword with a wee nip of something special.

Just make sure to pace yourself — 44 is no Bill Clinton, but he still tends to wax philosophic longer than Dubya ever did.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:06 p.m.
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The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young produced a melee among his family, staffers and others entrusted with the Florida Republican’s legacy. Longtime Young Chief of Staff Harry Glenn has found himself in the middle of some of these fights, and he provided CQ Roll Call with his own timeline surrounding the events in question. Full story

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession. Full story

January 6, 2015

Chasing a Dream at The Pursuit Wine Bar

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Unlike trendier drinking establishments that have wholly embraced gimmickry as a shortcut to success, the powers that be behind The Pursuit Wine Bar at 1421 H St. NE appear inclined to grow their following one incredibly satisfied patron at a time.

There are no eye roll-inducing passwords to memorize. No blink-and-you’ll-miss-it entry ways to ferret out. And, thankfully, no throng of chain-smoking, shot special of the day-chasing, extra long polo shirt-wearing bros to endure, as can be the case at its clubbier neighbor, The Elroy.

If anything, The Pursuit’s terribly well-mannered clientele are living proof that quiet and contentment can happily coexist beneath the same roof.

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December 16, 2014

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler Earns Dubious Football Distinction

Shuler put his football skills to use as a member of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shuler put his football skills to use as a member of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler is associated with two franchises that have their public relations challenges: Congress and Washington’s NFL franchise. It’s his time as quarterback in D.C. that has earned him further ignominy, though.

According to The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats, the North Carolina Democrat is the Washington pro-football team’s worst quarterback. Ever. Or at least since 1970’s NFL-AFL merger. Full story

December 10, 2014

Indigo Blurs Lines Between Carry-Out and Community Hub

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been just more than a year since Indigo co-founders Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon formally established their brick-and-mortar neighborhood restaurant. But the writing on the wall (literally) suggests they have already firmly cemented their place among Indian dining enthusiasts.

The quaint establishment at 243 K St. NE, which replaced a dilapidated corner store in the steadily shifting NoMa section of town, has allowed the Tandons to graduate from cult following to community anchor. The family-run operation — he’s the carnival barker-like gent often calling back orders from the register area to the kitchen, while she juggles day-to-day cooking duties and recipe development — marks the continuation of the alimentary evangelism they began while doling out aromatic servings of their native dishes to adventurous shoppers at Eastern Market.

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December 4, 2014

Take Your Time Getting to Know Rose’s Luxury

Aaron Silverman, center in sweatshirt, is chef/owner of Rose's Luxury. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Silverman, center in sweatshirt, is chef/owner of Rose’s Luxury. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Unbridled success, it would seem, has yet to ruin Aaron Silverman, the enterprising chef who gave life to critical darling Rose’s Luxury, just more than a year ago.

Some fans, on the other hand, are feeling the, ahem, wait of the world on their shoulders.

“So, can we go get a six-pack and just drink out here?” one exasperated fellow wonders aloud after finding himself at the far end of a morale-sapping, 100-plus person backup to get into the no reservations-taking temple to new American cooking.

The frustration is understandable. Full story

September 29, 2014

Eric Holder Leaves the Field | Capitol Quip

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Now that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has announced his resignation, Congress will soon turn to the political football that will be confirming his successor. This brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Send us a caption for this week’s contest by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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