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February 12, 2016

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

Harris turns 59-years-old on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harris turns 59 on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.

“We thought it was something young people would get,” Adam Eidinger, chairman of the pro-cannabis DCMJ group, told HOH. Full story

February 11, 2016

Members to D.C. Metro Manufacturer: Don’t Make Us Look Bad

Connolly rides the 7000-series train in, April. Beyer and Comstock also participated in this event. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connolly rode the 7000-series train in April. Beyer and Comstock were also along for the ride. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an effort to keep funding and confidence in the system secure, a bipartisan group of D-M-V lawmakers are asking the manufacturer of Metro’s new trains to provide regular updates to the system regarding production of the next-generation cars.

The 7000-series car, which now operates on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines, has had issues with metal curing, car assembly and IT systems, according to a letter members sent to Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 12:05 p.m.
DC, Reps

February 10, 2016

It’s ‘The Payne Report’ — Radio From Rutgers

The Payne Report launches on Feb 5. (

“The Payne Report” airs next on March 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., has launched a new radio show, created to find connections between hip-hop and government, and for his first show he welcomed Congressional Black Caucus chairman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and discussed a range of political issues.

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 3:19 p.m.
DC, Reps

February 9, 2016

A Post-Boehner Era Ash Wednesday

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Boehner spoke about Ash Wednesday in his first speech after taking the speaker’s gavel in 2011. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In former Speaker John A. Boehner’s first speech after taking the gavel in January 2011, he referred to Ash Wednesday in an attempt to humble Congress.

“In the Catholic faith, we enter into a season of service by having ashes marked on our foreheads,” the Ohio Republican said. “The ashes remind us that life in all its forms is fragile — our time on this Earth, fleeting. As the ashes are delivered, we hear those humbling words: ‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’” Full story

Bernie Sanders Supporters Go for ‘Revolutionary’ Food

Sanders speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in Manchester, N.H. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents supporting Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., in the New Hampshire Caucus will meet Tuesday night at Marx Café Revolutionary Cuisine, appropriate enough for a campaign that bills itself as a political revolution. Full story

Food Network Star Keeps Bumping Into Politics in Eat Tour of D.C.

Ducote (middle) McCoy (right) on Food Network Star, Season 11. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

Ducote (middle) and McCoy (right) on Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, celebrity chef Jay Ducote, the self-proclaimed “food ambassador for South Louisiana,” spent a week eating his way through Washington and shared his thoughts on how hard it is to get away from politics in D.C., even when you try.

His main event was dinner at Acadiana on Feb. 2, which he hosted with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He led the 20-person event through a Louisiana-themed beer-pairing dinner. “For the record, I feel like Acadiana did a remarkable job with the food,” he said. “Several of those dishes could have served at any restaurant in Louisiana without anyone blinking and eye.” Full story

February 8, 2016

‘City of Conversation’ Illuminates Political Stage

Margaret Colin

Colin, left, and Hewitt, right. (C. Stanley Photography/ Arena Stage)

Arena Stage’s production of “The City of Conversation” tells the story of national politics through the confines of Georgetown’s elite salon culture, traversing three distinct recent eras.

“I’m interested in D.C. politics in that this is where the rules are made that shape our lives,” Margaret Colin, who plays the main character, Hester Ferris, told HOH. “So I’ve been down here for protest marches since Roe v. Wade, I’ve been down here for my son, who went to Catholic University, so I’m familiar with D.C. But I’m here because it’s a really great part and I was invited to do it by a really great director.” Full story

February 4, 2016

IMGE Hires Strategist Mindy Finn


Finn (Photo courtesy of IMGE).

Finn is a veteran of two presidential campaigns. (Photo courtesy of IMGE)

The consulting firm IMGE has hired Mindy Finn as a senior adviser. Finn’s background is in digital strategy and she is the brains behind the non-profit website, the Empowered Women project.

Finn will work on client strategy and business development at IMGE, according to the firm.

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February 3, 2016

Congressional Spouse Events Surround National Prayer Breakfast


Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional spouses traditionally get together every February to meet one another, break bread together and share in each other’s faiths.

“I think these events show people that the spouses are real people and that we really care about each other,” Caroline Aderholt, whose husband Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.,  is a longtime co-host of these events, told HOH. “Prayer is important to us and we believe in it, and it makes a difference in our personal lives, in our family’s lives and we think it can make a difference in our world.”

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Rocking the Natural History Museum

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An aggregates industry trade group is celebrating passage of the highway bill at the Natural History Museum. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers are invited to celebrate the nation’s infrastructure at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday.

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, a mining group, is hosting a reception at the museum’s rotunda, followed by an tour of the rocks gallery at the museum.

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January 27, 2016

Snow Check! Capitol Hill Spots Extend Restaurant Week

The Monocle (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Monocle’s doors will be open Saturday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While food in grocery stores flew off the rack, D.C. restaurant week took a hit from Winter Storm Jonas.

So on Wednesday, several establishments close to the Capitol announced they were willing to extend their restaurant week deals. Restaurant week was originally set from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. Full story

January 26, 2016

World War I Memorial Design Chosen for 2018 Completion


A replica of the World War I Memorial (Photo courtesy of the Centennial Commission).

The World War I Memorial will be a three-sided wall depicting images of the so-called War to End All Wars, and will be located at Pershing Park in downtown Washington, D.C.

At an event at the National Press Club Tuesday, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced their memorial of choice, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Chicago artist Joseph Weishaar and New York sculptor Sabin Howard. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 5:17 p.m.

January 25, 2016

Mayor Encourages Sidewalk Use, but Easier Said Than Done

With most sidewalks nearly impassable, pedestrians take to walking down Massachusetts Ave in Washington on Jan. 223, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With most sidewalks nearly impassable, many pedestrians could only walk down the streets to get around. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents out and about following the weekend’s blizzard are using the street to walk and not the sidewalk, posing a “big concern” for Mayor Muriel Bower.

“We really need folks to stay on the sidewalks,” the mayor’s Communications Director Mike Czin told HOH. “Roads are slick and icy,” he said, adding:  “When people are on the street, people making turns have to go wide,” he says. “It’s also hard to see people past the banks of show.”

But using the sidewalks is easier said than done, because so many of them have still not been shoveled and de-iced, even with temperatures beginning to rise. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 1:26 p.m.

January 22, 2016

A Sprinkling of Snowmageddon Specials

What else are you doing this weekend? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

What else are you doing this weekend? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Snowmageddon 2016 is coming, and the Metro is going off line, people are hunkering down and it’s going to be cold. For those looking for a friendly watering hole to wait out the storm, here’s an HOH list of area establishments celebrating the snow weekend — as should you! Enjoy! Full story

January 20, 2016

Snow or Shine, Roe v. Wade Events to Continue

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the snowpocalypse expected to hit the East Coast on Friday, leaders on both sides of the issue are gearing up to mark another anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.

Since the year after Roe v. Wade in 1973, anti-abortion advocates have been protesting every year on the anniversary at the March for Life, the organizers say that despite the forecast, this year’s March for Life will not be canceled  on Friday.

Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates appear to be following a similar course. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has scheduled a Roe v. Wade event on Friday that is also expected to go forward. Full story

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