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April 18, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers shook off the rust of a two-week recess recalling trips to McDonald’s, playing their favorite Disney ringtones and counting to seven.

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April 17, 2015

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

Getting Sloshed, POTUS Style

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The humorist is slated to spill the beans Saturday about all the substance abuse that’s gone on in the Oval Office during Brightest Young Things’ sold-out takeover of the National Archives Museum.

Before throwing our deeply flawed leaders under the bus, HOH proposed Abrams go a few rounds with the historic hell-raisers by drafting POTUSes for totally irresponsible drinking games. Full story

April 16, 2015

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of ‘Empowered Women’ Effort

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of Empowered Women Effort

Stefanik, left, and Comstock, center, joined The Empowered Women Project for its launch event Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than 200 people, including no shortage of current and former congressional aides, gathered Wednesday evening to launch a new platform for conservative-leaning women.

The Empowered Women project, a nonprofit that launched a website Wednesday with a manifesto, is the brainchild of GOP political strategist Mindy Finn, who has worked for, among other things, Twitter and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

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Happy Emancipation Day, Washington, D.C.!

Happy Emancipation Day, Washington, D.C.!

Activists stand vigil at the “Liberty Pole.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Emancipation Day: It’s not just about the “Liberty Pole” D.C. activists erected in front of the Capitol Wednesday.

Today’s District holiday commemorates the 1862 act that ended slavery in the District, and includes official events such as concerts, a parade and a fireworks display. It also includes a series of events at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, the Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration, a four-day event, spanning everything from poetry readings to a walking tour.

Co-producer and resident scholar Sharita Thompson told HOH the events are designed to “cater to different demographics” and a “wide range” of topics.

All of the events are free, but tickets are needed. To reserve a ticket, visit Hill Center’s website.

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By Megan Evans Posted at 12:11 p.m.
DC, HillSide

April 15, 2015

Remember That Time a Senator Flew an Autogyro Around the Dome?

Remember That Time a Senator Flew an Autogyro Around the Dome?

Bingham flies his Pitcairn PA-18 autogyro over the Capitol. (Courtesy of U.S. Capitol Historical Society)

Florida man Doug Hughes landed a gyrocopter Wednesday on the West Front of the Capitol. Maybe he was inspired by the late Sen. Hiram Bingham, who liked to fly his autogyro, a forerunner of the helicopter, around the campus as well.

Bingham was a famous explorer best known for discovering Machu Picchu in 1911, but he later served two terms in the Senate as a Republican from Connecticut.

Known as “the flying senator” for his passion for aviation, Bingham was an advocate for the autogyro, which was used in the 1930s to deliver mail between Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia.

Another connection! Bingham utilized a mail delivery vehicle. Hughes is a postal worker who said he was going to use his gyrocopter to deliver letters to Congress expressing concern about campaign finance law, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Man Flies Gyrocopter to West Front of Capitol

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By Geof Koss Posted at 2:37 p.m.
DC, Drama

April 14, 2015

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied  to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story

April 10, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Dan Coats (Video)

Heard on the Hill’s tribute to retiring lawmakers rolls on this week with Sen. Dan Coats and his affinity for grandchildren, massages and showing up to committee hearings on time.

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Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Brown hopes D.C. residents will be sipping on some civil disobedience next Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil disobedience can take many forms: a protest, a boycott, a strike, a sit-in. And soon you will be able to sip your civil disobedience on the rocks.

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown, one of the District of Columbia’s elected representatives who advocates for D.C. statehood, has concocted a cocktail called “Civil Disobedience,” or “the drink that will set you free,” to raise awareness about the statehood movement. Full story

April 9, 2015

When Harry Met Lynn …

When Harry Met Lynn ...

Jenkins, far right, is a member of the GOP leadership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you don’t know who Rep. Lynn Jenkins is, you have something in common with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

In an interview on Tuesday with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Reid was asked how he would respond to Jenkins’ charge from last summer that the Senate was the real “do-nothing” chamber because Reid blocked GOP legislation when he was majority leader.

His response? “I say respectfully to this woman, I don’t know who she is,” Reid replied. “But she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

He went on: Full story

April 3, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Barbara Mikulski (Video)

With Congress out of town, Heard on the Hill pays tribute this week to the longest serving woman in Congress. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski teaches us about “soft-hearted social workers,” calcium-rich beverages and Girl Scout cookies.

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April 1, 2015

Food Court: Exploring The District Fishwife Is a Net Win

As if lining its display case with glistening slabs of crimson tuna and pearly white scallops wasn’t enough of an irresistible lure, the tastemakers calling the shots at The District Fishwife are not afraid to reel in folks with the intoxicating aromas of beer-battered, deep-fried, finger-licking-good seafood.

Founder Fiona Lewis, who co-owns the combination retail shop/grab-and-go eatery with her spouse, Ben Friedman, launched the family-run enterprise last winter at Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NE).

The dual purpose stall, which resides in the less restaurant-intensive end of the highly selective shopping and dining complex, invites passersby to come chew the fat about sustainable eating. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5 a.m.
DC, Food, Restos

March 31, 2015

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

Negotiating tight spots, a source maintains, isn’t the only thing Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has trouble with when she’s behind the wheel.

Perusing the now-viral video HOH posted of the 13-term lawmaker struggling to negotiate an angled Capitol Hill parking spot jarred the memory of a tipster who recalled a more appalling run-in that happened nearly a decade earlier.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

Per our source, a seemingly average winter day in 2006 took a turn for the worse once Norton showed up on the scene. Full story

March 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

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March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, ‘Where do you put the pool table?’ So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

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Congress Losing Another Constituency

Attention, Congress. You lost the approval of the American public a long time ago, but you’re in danger of losing a key part of your base: Washington think tanks.

“This is the first time we’ve branched out beyond Washington,” Maxmillian Angerholzer III, president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress said as his organization feted its 2015 Publius Award winners, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Full story

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