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August 29, 2015

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August 28, 2015

Lousiana State Society Gives Back to D.C. on Katrina Anniversary

It’s often music or booze that brings the Louisiana State Society together.

Each May, they boil thousands of pounds of crawfish, potatoes, corn and sausage to serve with cold Abita beer. D.C. Jazz Fest makes it onto the group’s calendar, and any music venue hosting bands with Bayou roots becomes a featured destination. Full story

Miss D.C. Heads to Atlantic City for Miss America Pageant

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Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia for 2015, heads to Atlantic City Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

“Wear it when you have the evening gown competition,” said Anise Jenkins, a longtime D.C. statehood activist, when she handed Haely Jardas a bright red hat with “Free D.C.” emblazoned in white letters.

Jardas, 24, is headed to Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday to compete in the Miss America pageant as Miss District of Columbia 2015. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:30 p.m.
DC, Parties

August 20, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: A Spirited Afternoon in Ivy City

Assuming you’ve already gotten some tasty food in your belly and are ready to tackle Saturday proper the next logical question is “What’s for lunch?”

The password is: cocktails.

Full story

August 19, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Break Fast, Texan-Style

“The startups are coming! The startups are coming!” is what those not busy stuffing their faces should be saying this coming Saturn’s Day, as a trio of intrepid hospitality players officially get into the game.

HOH has plotted a full slate (check back tomorrow and Friday) of dining/imbibing activities for you, beginning with a little something to get you going: sweet and savory kolaches. Full story

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 12, 2015

WednesDaze: Get Wild at Cashion’s

Cashion’s toque John Manolatos has an idea he’s hoping will catch on: family-style seafood dinners featuring line-caught whole rockfish.

(Courtesy Cashion's Eat Place)

(Courtesy Cashion’s Eat Place)

He’s serving up his inaugural fish feast — featuring a 13- to 15-pound sustainable rockfish that’s been oven-roasted for an hour, flanked by fresh sea salt, olive oil, fresh lime, scallions-marinated olives, house-made hot sauce, salsa verde and paprika aioli — Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

The all-inclusive meal (Greek salad and fruit clafoutis with buttermilk sorbet bookend the experience) runs $55 per person, and reservations are limited to the first 20 requests. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:03 a.m.
AwesomeSauce, DC, Food, Restos

August 10, 2015

D.C. Kids Sing for Statehood at the Capitol (Video)

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(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!,” the kids of Capitol Hill sang Sunday morning.

More than 30 children, mostly hailing from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, congregated at the U.S. Capitol to sing comedian John Oliver’s revised 50-state song, highlighting the District’s lack of voting rights. Oliver aired a 17-minute segment on D.C. statehood on his HBO program, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on Aug. 2, which has been touted by District lawmakers, activists and residents as unprecedented national attention on the issue.

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August 7, 2015

Eleanor Holmes Norton Gets Into the Spirit of DC Beer Week

‘Twas a time when lawmakers wouldn’t dare show their faces at a local watering hole in the middle of a workday. Luckily for HOH, things change.

And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is leading the charge by popping into Right Proper Brewing Company at noon to tour one of the engines of D.C.’s beverage industry. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 p.m.
Booze, DC, Restos

August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

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 24, 2015

Coveting a New Roll Call Cup

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head to head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head-to-head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic lawmakers hope to put an end to their losing streak and retake the coveted Roll Call Cup from their Republican counterparts at this year’s 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.

Lawmakers will hit the Columbia Country Club links in Chevy Chase, Md., on Monday for 36 holes of golf, culminating in a reception and trophy ceremony that evening at Cornerstone Government Affairs. Full story

July 23, 2015

Support Democracy: Devour Drumsticks!

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(Screenshot)

Uber, Nestlé and Capital One are teaming up Friday to see which side of the aisle also happens to be the biggest fans of brain freeze.

DC denizens that can make chauffeured rides appear via smartphone will from 11 to 5 p.m. be able to summon partisan cones — red for the GOP, blue for Democrats and white for independents — by electing for the “ice cream” option.

Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:58 a.m.
DC, Food

July 22, 2015

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is ‘America’s No. 1 Dumpster Fire’

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 3: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, chats with Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., during the Bourbon Barrel of Compromise reception at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers Association joined forces to send a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon to Washington D. C. to be received by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Yarmuth, left chatting with Speaker John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday suggested he associated himself with Graham’s assessment of Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s digits Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a “jackass” on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.

Trump might have to get creative with his punishment once he hears Yarmuth’s choice words.

“I think he’s the No. 1 dumpster fire in the country right now,” the Kentucky Democrat told HOH Wednesday, rattling off the zinger with a polish that suggested he’d been waiting days for the opportunity.

“You’re always thinking about the way he might respond,” Yarmuth said of Trump, “so I’m curious with how he’ll respond to that.”

Trump, your move.

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July 16, 2015

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)

 

SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The writer and director of the Syfy channel’s deliberately absurd “Sharknado” franchise is excited to rain terror on the nation’s capital in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

During a round of interviews here at Comic-Con International, Ferrante discussed his vision for the latest meteorological mayhem. “I wanted to do ‘White House Down’ with sharks,” he said.

The latest installment in the series of insane shoot ’em ups tracks a fresh round of predator-spewing storms as they fling ravenous marine life up and down the East Coast. Full story

July 11, 2015

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

On his way out quicker than first stated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Remember this guy? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.

Well, maybe not really. Full story

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