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April 15, 2015

Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

Whether courting home-schoolers or kicking it live with hog castrators (the new hockey moms?), would-be POTUSes have had it beaten into their skulls that the road to victory begins in Iowa.

Those who don’t have the faintest clue why the Midwest enjoys kingmaker status can, this fall, get a crash course in early caucusing from Steffen Schmidt, a professor of political science at Iowa State University.

Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

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“Dr. Politics,” as he’s come to be known after decades of closely evaluating visiting presidential campaigns, wants to help demystify the caucus process via a four-part online program.

The Web-enabled tutorial is expected to peel back the curtain on the history of the Iowa caucuses, the mechanics of the inaugural contest, how the media plays into the process, and what it will all mean as we are collectively dragged, kicking and screaming, toward Election Day. 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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April 8, 2015

Shake It Up, Bustos (Video)

Think you partied hard this spring break? Rep. Cheri Bustos certainly attempted to rock her constituents’ world.

The Illinois Democrat Wednesday pounded the skins during a swing through a nursing home nestled in her district.

Bustos appears to bongo with the best of ‘em, keeping time as best she can while her co-performers chime in via guitar, tambourine and rain stick. Full story

April 3, 2015

#HashtagWars Gets All Political

A social media challenge to come clean about well-known fibs wound up fragging political types across the ideological spectrum.

As he does most nights, talk show host Chris Hardwick put “@Midnight” fans to the test Thursday by proposing everyone own up to the mundane falsehoods that have become part of the fabric of modern life.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who seemed to get a kick out of the assignment, used the opportunity to unburden himself of creepy tendencies. Full story

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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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 27, 2015

Cyrus Clan Cusses Out Mike Pence

Braison Cyrus, younger brother of pop star and twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus, has launched a campaign to have everybody on the Internet give Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hell for signing into law a polarizing “religious freedom” bill. Full story

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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March 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

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March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock Discussed Government Transparency in First Floor Speech (Video)

Perhaps it was fate. 

But Rep. Aaron Schock, who tendered his resignation following allegations of improperly using of taxpayer and campaign money, ironically gave his first floor speech in 2009 on transparency. Full story

March 17, 2015

Politically Savvy Student Owns Being a Congressional Albatross

Lauren Dickinson isn’t worried, per se, that she may be a harbinger of death (career-wise anyway) for self-styled, rockstar politicos.

If anything, she’s fascinated by the power she seems to exert over self-destructive Republicans.

“Just call me the kiss of death. I’m 2 for 2 with Schock & Radel,” the George Washington University student mused online while showcasing a composite shot of her posing alongside the scandal-plagued pretty boys.

It’s unclear, however, just how potent Dickinson’s grasp may be. Full story

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s penchant for seeking out the spotlight appears to finally have burned him.

The embattled four-term lawmaker Tuesday tendered his resignation after a stream of embarrassing coverage threatened to propel him from mere media fascination to potential object of investigation.

The Illinois Republican first showed his smiling mug around Capitol Hill in 2008. He officially made a splash a few years later when Men’s Health dubbed him “America’s Fittest Congressman.”

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

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Once the shirt came off for that profile, it seemed Schock would always find an excuse to shed a few extra layers, whether it be:

Playing soldier with up-and-coming armed forces personnel.

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March 13, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 9, 2015 (Video)

Sen. David Vitter quotes his “stupid amendment,” Sen. John Cornyn tells his colleagues to “imagine his surprise” and Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s staffer cannot stop nodding. Full story

Patrick Leahy Focuses on Instagram

The Senate’s pre-eminent photography enthusiast, Patrick J. Leahy, has dipped his toe into the well of frozen moments splayed across Instagram, sharing snippets of what it’s like to do the people’s business for a living.

A taxi row of cars in Havana — the colorful antiques that have become an iconic image of Cuba. Photo by Sen. Patrick Leahy.

A photo posted by Senator Patrick Leahy (@senatorleahy) on

A lifelong shutterbug, the Vermont Democrat officially joined the picture-sharing service a few weeks back. According to staff, the prolific photographer — a collection of his work just completed a three-month run at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Vermont; other historic shots were featured last fall at Georgetown Law Center (he’s an alumnus) here in D.C. — is always at the ready to frame the perfect keepsake.

“He’s never without his Nikon digital,” Team Leahy said of the lawmaker’s constant state of alertness. Full story

March 12, 2015

Playing Politics With Trending Themes

The kids, they’re trying to dispense/gather as much life affirming advice (#GoodAdvicein4Words) as possible over on the Twitter.

And, wouldn’t you know it, the fun police have to crowbar their hackneyed political views into the mix.

The No-More-44 Caucus

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