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August 30, 2015

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August 26, 2015

Hashtag #TrumpThis: Lawmakers Mix It Up on Social Media

Dingell (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dingell’s Facebook posts could some day rival her husband’s Twitter feed for sheer “what-the-heck” value. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an age of sanitized social media, Donald Trump has proved to be a politician doing his own messaging can be an asset. In that spirit, here’s a look at some of our favorite pols doing their own thing. (Seriously, we hope it’s not a staffer doing this stuff.)

The first politician who comes to mind for tweeting-on-his-own has to be Sen. Charles E. Grassley. @ChuckGrassley has been entertaining his 89,000 followers for years with updates on issues that come up during his town halls, the status of Iowa’s deer population and, sometimes, just Grassley bein’ Grassley.

(He was all right!)

Grassley also has a unique (and well-documented) ability to bemoan the lack of history on the History Channel.

Why, indeed, congressman. Why, indeed.

Grassley has also been known, from time to time, to break into Weird Twitter™.

And yeah: He’s better at tweeting about deer than you’ll ever be at tweeting about anything.

Thank you, congressman. Thank you so much.

On Twitter, it’s easy for Debbie Dingell to be overshadowed by her husband and congressional predecessor, former Rep. John D. Dingell — @JohnDingell, as we think about him now — but the freshman Democrat seems to have grabbed hold of her Facebook and reminded us all that, actually, your mom’s Facebook could get worse. (Not that we don’t love your Facebook, Mom, or that we don’t love your grammatically shorthanded Facebook screeds, congresswoman.)

Sunday morning….grocery shopping, post office, dry cleaners, laundry, drop off at goodwill, coffee with the boys at…

Posted by Debbie Dingell on Sunday, August 23, 2015

(She signs the Facebook posts that she does with “D2,” which is a great nickname, as well as the best “Mighty Ducks” movie.)

Yeah it’s Friday! So to top Wednesday off, John broke a tooth. Got him to the dentist yesterday, tooth fixed. And I was…

Posted by Debbie Dingell on Friday, August 21, 2015

It may be a cross between TMI and tl;dr, but it’s solid Facebooking IMO.

A long day……John Dingell in a house without electricity isn’t an experience I recommend anyone share but the power…

Posted by Debbie Dingell on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What is Facebook for if not editorializing?

While most members aren’t doing their own Twitter or Facebook, some members have taken to Instagram as their one social media outlet. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy seems to fit that description.

He likes the outdoors. (You might notice Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., really enjoyed this recent dispatch, as did Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.)

(Screenshot via Instagram)

(Screenshot via Instagram)

(McCarthy kicked off a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters at the end of July by explaining this Insta. He told reporters falcons won’t come to your glove unless you have food. “They don’t make friends,” he said. “They just want to eat.”)

And he’s a sucker for a good #tbt. (Aren’t we all?)

Anyway, keep doing you, members of Congress. Maybe it’ll win you the presidency one day (or maybe not).


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August 21, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Steny Hoyer (Video)

Heard on the Hill continues its August recess “best of-a-thon” with a tribute to House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who shows off his insults, his credit card and his resemblance to Mick Jagger.

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August 20, 2015

Office Space: Jeff Landry’s Louisiana Lair (Video)

UNITED STATES - MAY 3: An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorate the lobby of Rep. Jeff Landry's office in the Cannon House Office Building.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorated the lobby of Landry’s office in the Cannon House Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Jeff Landry gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

Landry, who is running for attorney general in Louisiana, represented the state from 2011 to 2013, and filled his Cannon House Office space with New Orleans Saints posters, Community Coffee Co.’s brew and bottles of Tabasco sauce.

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August 19, 2015

Team Cruz, Capitol Police Emails Pop Up in Ashley Madison Data Dump (Updated)

Cruz supporters attend a campaign rally in Georgia in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz supporters attend an August campaign rally in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:03 p.m. | Personal information gathered from a cyber assault on online-fling facilitator Ashley Madison has now hit the Web, and a handful of Capitol Hill accounts appear to have been laid bare.

Per media reports, the client records harvested by hackers identifying themselves as “Impact Team” include some 36 million email addresses. Ashley Madison does not, by its own admission, engage in any type of email verification, making fictitious accounts another resource in the cheater’s toolbox.

Approximately 15,000 of those appear to sport the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively. Full story

August 14, 2015

Kick It Live With FDR

Longing to take a selfie with a formally sitting president?

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare has got you covered on Friday.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

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August 11, 2015

Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington.

An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. Full story

August 7, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Aug. 3, 2015 (Video)

Despite a three-day workweek, the Senate still found time to count the fingers on one hand, draw stick figures and drink lots of water.

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July 31, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

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July 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 20, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the week recalling their college days, drafting grocery lists and touting their love for San Francisco.

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July 22, 2015

Trumping the 2016 Contenders

Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?

The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.

In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. Full story

July 20, 2015

New Site Makes Sport of Sizing Up Pols

Lawmakers looking for a little pick-me-up (or, possibly, some of the most depressing news ever) need look no further than the completely inane “Sexy Congress” selection tool.



The nascent time suck functions on a basic premise: Pick the pol(s) you find most attractive.

There’s no bracket to configure. No swiping (right or left) to maneuver. Just a simple point and click on whoever happens to get you hot under the collar at this exact moment in time. Full story

July 17, 2015

Twitter Defends John McCain After The Donald Attacks

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday continued his assault on the GOP establishment by publicly mocking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on social media.

Trump lashed out against the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in retaliation for having his growing fan-base demeaned. Full story

July 15, 2015

Charlie Rangel Gussies Up His Staff

Need to spruce up your look? Mayhaps it’s time to enroll in the “dapper” lessons Rep. Charles B. Rangel has taken to sharing with congressional aides.

Charlie Rangel

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The New York Democrat, who has long been recognized for his sartorial style — GQ tagged him as one of the “District Dandies” in 2012 — is apparently no miser when it comes to doling out fashion tips. Full story

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.”

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