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September 30, 2015

Paul Gosar Seeks to Capitalize on Pope-a-Dope

Perhaps Rep. Paul Gosar is feeling a little left behind after his very public spat with Pope Francis? He appears willing to bear that cross for just a bit longer — assuming his continued suffering translates into a flood of donations from outraged right-wingers.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Arizona Republican, a self-described “proud Catholic” bailed on hearing the pontiff speak on Sept. 24 over a difference of opinion on climate change. Not much happened in the interim until Wednesday, when he appealed to fellow conservatives for an infusion of cash just ahead of the third quarter fundraising deadline.

“I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar railed in an email blast. Full story

September 24, 2015

Living La Vida Pope-ah

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

They flowed in from all over to see and hear Pope Francis speak his mind to our elected leaders, a flood of modern pilgrims ready to take instruction from the Holy See’s point man.

Tens of thousands of folks made their way to the Capitol Thursday to witness the pontiff’s appearance before a joint session of Congress, braving congested security checkpoints and prolonged exposure to a glaring sun to bear witness to the rarest of occasions — the ultimate confluence of church and state. Full story

September 23, 2015

The Best Congressional Tweets on #Popeapalooza

After rolling into town late Tuesday in an armor-plated Fiat, Pope Francis made his public debut Wednesday via an early morning visit to the White House and a carefully choreographed lap around the Ellipse.

UNITED STATES - September 23: Pope Francis stands with President Barack Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Francis stands with Obama during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum seemed thrilled to have the head of the Catholic church around, sharing candid pics and heartfelt observations about the momentous occasion on social media. Full story

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, Sept. 23 sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.



While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. Full story

September 22, 2015

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza


UNITED STATES - September 21: Mike Normile, of Cleveland, Ohio, packs up his cardboard cutout of Pope Francis after offering people the chance to take a picture with it in front of Union Station in Washington, Monday, September 21, 2015. Normile paid $160 for the cutout and plans on coming out every day this week before Pope Francis' visit to Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Pope-mania was on display at Union Station on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.

It’ll be a miracle if we survive Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill.

Luckily, a host of #ThisTown’s finest are offering up myriad ways to commemorate the papal fly-in: Full story

September 21, 2015

Jesus Lady Has Faith She’ll Triumph Thursday

It would take an act of God to keep spiritual activist Rita Warren away from her time-honored spot on the East Front during the upcoming papal visit, the Capitol Hill fixture assures HOH.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Warren, who has come to be known as the “Jesus Lady” following a decades-long crusade that brings her to Congress each week with a life-sized statue of Christ in tow, typically camps out every Thursday just a stone’s throw from the House chamber.

Security is expected to be extremely tight this week as Pope Francis descends on D.C. for a high profile speech to Congress scheduled to be simulcast on a giant screen facing the West Front. The ensuing lockdown means most of the congressional campus will be off-limits to civilians without event-specific credentials. Full story

July 15, 2015

Madeleine Albright to Guest Star on ‘Madam Secretary’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will share the small-screen with her fictional counterpart this fall on the CBS drama “Madam Secretary.

The one-time secretary of State will appear as herself to advise the show’s top diplomat — Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord — on “a sticky situation … threatening to fracture her relationship with [faux] President Conrad Dalton,” CBS said in a statement.

Albright, a Czech immigrant who served during the Clinton administration as the nation’s first female secretary of State, this week visited the set of “Madam Secretary.”

Full story

July 10, 2015

2016 Presidential Contenders Could Clean Up at Comic-Con

Nothing against the fine people of Iowa, New Hampshire and the handful of other electoral proving grounds aspiring commanders in chief crisscross for months on end leading up to Election Day, but pols are doing themselves a serious disservice by not pressing the flesh at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sure, pop culture can prove problematic for the socially awkward.

But the breathtaking number of fanboy-stoking panels and geek grrl-courting exhibitions virtually guarantees even the lamest lawmaker should be able to tap into some hero-seeking constituency.

Which is why HOH is putting out this FOMO alert to all myopic campaign managers.

SDCC Events Worth Crashing: Full story

July 9, 2015

Lindsey Graham Raises Specter of Brad Pitt Presidency

President Pitt? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Pitt? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP presidential candidate and foreign policy hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has issued numerous warnings about threats to the free world. On Thursday afternoon, he raised the alert on the latest one: Brad Pitt. Full story

April 27, 2015

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright


(Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press)

The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with boldfaced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Daly, who told HOH last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner marked his ninth visit to the Hilton ballroom for the presidential-media lovefest, calculated that he first met Albright a few years back. Full story

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

“It’s a sitcom with very bad actors. And a really bad script,” the veteran stand-up told HOH about the sorry state of congressional affairs.“Everybody takes themselves entirely too seriously.” Full story

April 21, 2015

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin said he would personally be willing to meet with actual or prospective Democratic challengers to former Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Full story

March 3, 2015

Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.

Full story

March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.

The wife of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has prepared a gift for the polarizing world leader: A shadowy still life of the Capitol Dome. The artist has dubbed it “Dome of Consequence.”

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

“Dome of Consequence” by Elizabeth Roskam (Courtesy Peter Roskam)

Full story

February 26, 2015

Posers Abound at #CPAC2015

It’s a good thing Buzzkill Boehner is considered too much of a squish to get his Conservative Political Action Conference on. Because there’s no way the selfie-averse Ohio Republican could tolerate the vanity fair happening across the river at National Harbor.

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