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November 24, 2014
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, members spent the week discussing dirty oil, political ads and “dumb-ass liberals.”
November 19, 2014
Which came first: the rock-star hog castrator or the egg?
In the case of Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, it would appear the chicken embryo wins.
The Iowa Republican, who has already begun making the rounds in #ThisTown after clinching the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, must now shift from campaign mode to (*fingers crossed*) full-on congressional over sharer. Full story
November 18, 2014
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, are two of the highest ranking officials scheduled to share their thoughts Wednesday during Fusion’s inaugural “RiseUp” summit.
Fusion host Alicia Menendez has been tasked with chatting Booker up about the “Change Initiative” from 9 to 9:45 a.m., while anchor Jorge Ramos takes a crack at digesting the state of current affairs with Power from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
“The overall event will feature conversations and deep insight into youth protests and the role that technology plays in global movements for change,” a conference aide said of the planned discussion threads.
Per the aide, it was decided that waiting until after the midterms would prove more productive than attempting to shoehorn in an ambitious policy discussion into the already overly crowded calendar.
“Fusion decided to take a more global and less politicized approach, and host the ‘RiseUp’ summit after the election to ensure the focus of the event stayed on the importance of bringing a diverse group of leaders and activists into one space to explore how to transform the rising tides of protest into a positive wave of social progress,” the organizer told HOH.
Can’t skip work to hang at the all-day gabfest?
The activist powwow is expected to roll right through the evening courtesy of a VIP after-party (9 p.m. to midnight) featuring world DJs, drinks and dancing.
November 14, 2014
Despite the short work week, members still managed to discuss airbags, baseball and Mitch McConnell’s age while dressed in madras.
November 11, 2014
As news outlets tracked the best campaign ads of the 2014 cycle over the past seven weeks, HOH kept tabs on the other activities which kept your elected officials busy, including arguing with constituents, reciting Greek history and reading mean tweets.
November 10, 2014
Pop culture slicer-and-dicer Diran Lyons has pieced together a new video wherein President Barack Obama maintains a laser-like focus on just two things: razing hell and sinking putts.
Mad props to Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly for contributing that killer quivering lip.
November 3, 2014
Worried your candidate won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell on Election Day?
The conservative leaders at Champion the Vote suggest you drop to your knees and do what comes naturally.
The politically-minded nonprofit aims to leverage the collective power of Christian voters (anywhere from 60 million to 90 million, depending on whether you believe their website or the ” target=”_blank”>promotional video) at the ballot box.
“Our nation was founded on Biblical principles, but God has been expunged from our culture, and as a consequence, our nation is in an ethical and moral mess,” the group warns online.
What about races where it comes down to choosing between lesser evils?
“’No’ in authority is perfect,” the calm, collected narrator of the “Why Vote?” spot notes. “Pray about it, and vote the better choice.”
So long, holding your nose. Hello, hailing a direct line to the Almighty.
October 24, 2014
With less than two weeks until Election Day, HOH’s tribute to members continues this week with Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, who pays homage to the Cuyahoga River, analyzes sheep journals and shows off his favorite tie.
October 23, 2014
Rep. David B. McKinley ought to thank his lucky stars a certain someone wasn’t feeling that ambitious Wednesday when he sauntered into the West Virginia Republican’s congressional office.
Based on what we know now, that impromptu visit from a seemingly confused pup could just as easily have spiraled into a hostile takeover.
You see, HOH’s new friend, Clark, has big plans.
The civics-minded pooch tends to mug for the camera (a la his antihero idol, Frank Underwood).
And is not averse to bucking the system in order to resolve pressing personal priorities. Full story
October 17, 2014
As election season rolls on, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics who loves cranes, beanies and the Anchorage Daily News.
October 15, 2014
In a world flush with insanely candid shots of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. being, well, Bidenesque, there’s only one way to outdo the freewheeling almost-leader of the free world: pair him up with canine doppelgangers.
At least that’s what online photo hound “delrayser” has done with the nascent “Dogs Impersonating Biden” site.
“I think Joe Biden’s great, for a lot of the same goofy, lovable reasons that dogs are. I expect that’s why people find the Tumblr funny,” the visually motivated blogger said of this new pet project.
The surreal matchmaking service was launched late last week after delrayser stumbled upon a rib-tickling social media post.
“My original inspiration was the photo of Biden looking out a window … and it struck me as funny because of the sullen expression on his face. Sort of like a dog staring out the window after you when you leave the house,” DIB’s creator explained. “So I found a comparable photo and posted them both in a tweet.”
— delrayser (@delrayser) October 7, 2014
Biden kicked the door open even further by getting caught in the now iconic I-always-don-Aviators-before-devouring-ice-cream pose. Full story
October 9, 2014
Rick Weiland, the former Hill staffer hoping to return to D.C. as the next Democrat to serve South Dakota in the Senate, has suddenly found himself thrust into the spotlight thanks to a trio of quirky campaign songs that have actually been a long time coming.
Weiland released his first political song parody, set to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” earlier this spring.
“I just got the idea that this was perfect for the campaign,” Weiland said of the a-ha! moment he had while rolling around the Mount Rushmore State while listening to the Man in Black. Full story
October 8, 2014
He might be retiring from public service this fall, but don’t expect Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., to ever abandon Def Jam singer/songwriter Jeremih.
The octogenarian lawmaker is apparently so entranced by the R&B performer’s latest single, “Don’t Tell ’Em,” he couldn’t help but blast out the chorus to his online flock — if only for a hot second.
Per the Sunlight Foundation’s “Politwoops” site, the seemingly pop-culture savvy tweeter — or, gasp!, some staffer entrusted to clandestinely riff on current events on behalf of the the 30-term House member — pressed the panic button on the head-scratching plug for Jeremih’s forthcoming album after less than half a minute.
Team Dingell declined to comment about who the closet Jeremih fan might be.
Will let you know what we uncover once we’re done hacking Dingell’s Spotify account.
Rep. Steve King doesn’t appear to be the least bit fazed by all the rhetorical jabs thrown at him on social media.
If anything, the cyber-sparring seems to tickle his funny bone.
The Iowa Republican recently engaged in a little self-deprecating exercise his re-election campaign has dubbed “King Mean Tweets” — an ego gut-check originally developed by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
“I enjoy their colorful nature,” King told HOH about the staff-selected taunts he and his wife, Marilyn, scrolled through during the inaugural video segment.
Capitol Hill got its first taste of mean tweets mania this spring, after Now This News convinced a handful of sitting pols to face the online firing squad. Full story
October 7, 2014
It would appear that Rep. Lee Terry, if only for a second, was up for making new friends on the World Wide Web.
As astutely theorized by Omaha-World Herald scribe Matthew Hansen, the Nebraska Republican randomly expressed his gratitude to a well-established gay and lesbian community in the Windy City instead of presumably thanking the youth-oriented outfit he’s championed in the past.
— Matthew Hansen (@redcloud_scribe) October 3, 2014
A simple mistake, no doubt.
Terry and Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., had, apparently, been in contact with the nonprofit children’s group a day before.
— Rep. Tim Murphy (@RepTimMurphy) October 2, 2014