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April 2, 2014

Coloring Book Chief Draws on Success of Ted Cruz Title

Really Big Coloring Books ® Inc. publisher Wayne Bell captured the imagination of the politisphere last fall by releasing “Ted Cruz to the Future,” an activity book chronicling the rise to power of  a certain headline-grabbing Texas Republican.

Coloring Book Chief Draws on Success of Ted Cruz Title

The kiddie book is such a runaway hit — “Amazon the company itself orders by the pallet. Several pallets in fact,” Bell gushed — that RBCB has rushed three more politically themed projects into production. Bell declined to identify whom, exactly, might grace the mostly blank pages (“We prefer not to tell, as we really do not want those being profiled to ‘see it coming,’ ” he told HOH), but did intimate that a handful of Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are on the short list, while House members remain more iffy.

The new books are expected out within the next six months.

Having amassed six years of political workbook savvy beneath his belt, Bell has learned to pick his subjects carefully.

He published the debut entry in his burgeoning catalog of  “cultural event and political coloring books and novels” shortly after President Barack Obama clinched the keys to the Oval Office. Full story

February 11, 2014

Members of Congress Attending the White House State Dinner

It’s one hot ticket: Not just a State Dinner, but a State Dinner for the president of France, Francois Hollande. How would you like to be the chef in charge of the souffle tonight?

Members of Congress have gotten a lot of cold shoulders from the White House during the Obama presidency, having seen traditional picnics and socials be postponed, then canceled, for instance. So how did the legislative branch come out on the invite list?

A roster from the Office of the First Lady shows 11 current members of Congress on the guest list, although FLOTUS tried goose the number to 12 by promoting Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams to federal office by identifying her as “United States Representative (Georgia).” Oh, well. They’ll just have to wait for an intervening election.

Here’s the list of members attending:

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s eight House members and three senators. Among those, there are seven Democrats and four Republicans.

Noted congressional alumni are former Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., who is now secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., now secretary of Defense, and former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., currently secretary of State, along with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., formerly the distinguished senator from Delaware.

January 9, 2014

Gabby Giffords Chatty in Sky Dive (Video)

To mark the third anniversary of the Arizona shooting in which she was nearly fatally wounded, ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took to the friendly skies over her home state to jump out of a functional aircraft. Here’s footage of the sky dive:

Geronimo! (Whose stomping grounds in the Grand Canyon State aren’t too far away from Giffords’ native Tucson, Ariz.)

January 8, 2014

Gabby Giffords Flies High on Tragic Anniversary

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spent Wednesday morning soaring through the clouds above the Grand Canyon State to mark the third anniversary of her survival of a horrific shooting.

Jared Lee Loughner shot the Arizona Democrat in the head on Jan. 8, 2011, at a Congress on Your Corner gathering in suburban Tucson, Ariz.

The still-recovering Giffords elected to mark the harrowing occasion Wednesday by plummeting from a perfectly good airplane while strapped to a close friend.

Gabby Giffords Flies High on Tragic Anniversary

(Courtesy Gabrielle Giffords)

“I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch,” she alerted the Twitterverse before heading out to the airfield.

Per her social media posts, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. dropped Giffords a line before takeoff. Full story

November 21, 2013

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

During Thursday’s grand opening here in D.C., Capriotti’s — a sandwich shop that got under way nearly four decades ago in Wilmington, Del. — got a visit from a very special fan: sub-dispatcher-in-chief Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Delaware Democrat strode into the new location (1800 M St. NW) and was immediately welcomed by thunderous applause. The store was packed with friends and family of the Capriotti’s chain (95 stores and counting), while Racing Presidents, freebie-seekers and star-struck tourists milled about outside.

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Once at the counter, Biden ordered lunch for himself and President Barack Obama. He put in for two medium Italian subs — “We don’t call them hoagies in Delaware. We call them subs,” VPOTUS explained to the crush of reporters on hand for the lunch outing — both stripped of onions, an order of hot peppers on the side, one large “Bobbie” (a Thanksgiving-style mash-up of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo) and another large Italian sub, again with hot peppers on the side.

The crowd erupted in laughter after Capriotti’s CEO Ashley Morris recited back the charge ($56.25), at which point Biden, who discovered he only had $50 on him, called back to staff to loan him a few bucks. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:50 p.m.
DC, Food, POTUS, Restos, Uncle Joe

November 20, 2013

Feeding Joe Biden

It’s Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s birthday!

Feeding Joe Biden

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

According to our sources, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee elected to surprise the 71-year-old Delaware Democrat with a dozen donkey-clad baked goods — featuring flavors ranging from red velvet to chocolate marshmallow — special ordered from Sprinkles Cupcakes (3015 M St. NW).

No word from our DCCC friends as to how many of the frosted goodies, which were delivered at 11 a.m., VPOTUS may have indulged in during the friendly pop-in.

We just hope Biden didn’t ruin his appetite — because he’s presumably expected to chow down at a new sub shop opening up Thursday. (Stay tuned).

September 13, 2013

NARAL Wrangles Democratic Dudes for Fundraiser

Given the option between hosting another combative reproductive rights rally or parading around the “studs” in the Democratic stable, NARAL Pro-Choice America chose the latter.

NARAL Wrangles Democratic Dudes for Fundraiser

(Courtesy NARAL)

The inaugural “Men for Choice and the Women Who Love Them” fundraiser is scheduled to take place Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LOOK Supper Club (1909 K St. NW). Admittance to the abortion rights fundraiser ranges from $100 (guest) to $1,000 (host).

Many featured guests are political scions and/or administration heavies, including: Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Nathan Daschle, son of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., Joe Lockhart, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, Bill Burton, former campaign press secretary for President Barack Obama, Brian Wolff, former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and former Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va.

Luckily, the man-bait will not be the sole source of entertainment.

Attendees can expect to also feast on Angus beef sliders, chicken-vegetable kebabs, mini caprese creations, mac and cheese balls and cucumber-hummus canapés.

July 30, 2013

Al Roker Lobbies for Biden TV

“Today” show personality Al Roker wants to flood the airwaves with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., be it via reality programming or by handing over the reins to the early morning gabfest.

VPOTUS responded in kind on Twitter: Full story

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