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April 16, 2013

Washington Rock City

What do Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Rush, Heart and Reps. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., have in common?

The first four are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in Los Angeles.

The latter two are the lawmakers whom fellow House members should contact if they want to join the Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus and get on the list for the group’s party next week, which will be thrown on Capitol Hill by the Hall of Fame.
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Overheard on the Hill

“I’m ranking member.”

Senate Judiciary ranking member Charles E. Grassley, telling a horde of reporters Tuesday that he shouldn’t be mobbed over questions about guns and immigration.

By Warren Rojas Posted at 7:31 p.m.
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Prelude to Panel Crashing

Before becoming the official mouthpiece of the deadbeat’s lunch circuit, Mr. “Panel Crasher” made a living for himself on Capitol Hill.

And he has some fond memories of life under the Dome.

The recently ousted wage-slave and mind behind panelcrashing.blogspot.com told HOH he blew into town several years ago with nothing but a fascination with international affairs and national security at his back and an uncharted future ahead of him. Fortune smiled upon the 20-something Northeasterner, leading him to an internship in the House that eventually turned into a paying gig as a committee staffer.

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McCain Between a Camera and Schumer

His war record notwithstanding, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is one brave man.

How so?

Because here, once and for all, is proof positive that someone was successfully able to get between Sen. Charles E. Schumer and a camera:

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Here’s hoping McCain made it out of the driveway unscathed. (h/t Zeke Miller)

April 15, 2013

Lugar’s Knight Moves

Former Sen. Richard G. Lugar should probably go ahead and update his résumé on Tuesday. That’s when the Indiana Republican will be dubbed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a semi-private ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
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Take Five With Rep. Chellie Pingree

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress a little better by asking five fun questions all relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells us what’s on her playlist and who she’d want to play her in a movie of her life.

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No Separation of Church and State When Tragedy Strikes

The twin blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon Monday sparked an outpouring of support from suddenly somber and reflective pols. The one thing they almost all defaulted to was prayer:

No Separation of Church and State When Tragedy Strikes

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We hear ya.

At Long Last, Spotify Returns to the House

The kinks blocking House members and staffers from accessing the popular music-streaming website Spotify have finally been ironed out, officially ending the two-month-long Spotify drought plaguing the House side of the Hill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office told HOH on Monday.

Those on the House side of the Capitol looking to listen to some tunes can access Spotify via the application’s Web client at https://play.spotify.com, Cantor’s Deputy Digital Director Connor Walsh said.

Access to Spotify was blocked on the House network earlier this year due to concerns that the website could pose cyber-security threats.

After working to address the security concerns with the House Chief Administrative Officer, the House announced last week that staff could once again use Spotify to stream music while at work.

But staffers reported that access was still spotty, with many staffers still receiving the dreaded “WEBSITE BLOCKED” message that they’d received during the two-month Spotify ban. Full story

North Korea Has Some Growing Up to Do

World leaders might be getting worried about what North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is up to.

North Korea Has Some Growing Up to Do

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But some conservatives seem to believe wreaking global havoc remains just out of reach for the nascent despot.

Billy Long Wields Knife at Taste of the South

Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., waved the 8-inch blade of a the handmade custom chef’s knife before his eyes on Saturday night and whistled, attempting to command the attention of Taste of the South’s VIP crowd at the gala’s inaugural live auction in the lower level of DAR Constitution Hall.

Each of Long’s feet was planted on the squishy seat of a dining chair, and beads of sweat rolled from his forehead as he hollered for bids on the stainless steel “Tyger,” one-half of a set of knives valued at $1,000.

“I thought falling off the chairs is one thing, the knives are another, but the knives and the chairs together — probably not a good idea,” Long told HOH after the auction, with a hearty chuckle. Full story

April 14, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“I’m going to take a nap. I was up late last night.”

Rep. Steve Cohen, at the news conference explaining his latest Twitter adventure, wherein he tweeted to singer Cyndi Lauper that she was “hot.”

Spotify Access Is Spotty

The House is alive with the sound of music — well, almost.

Last week, staffers and members of Congress rejoiced to learn that they would regain access to Spotify, a popular music-streaming program, on the House network.

They would return to Capitol Hill from a two-week recess ready to pick up where they left off before the House computer overlords blocked the program for fear it would expose government computers to cyberattacks.
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Monday Beer Gathering for Everyone!

Home-grown beer producer DC Brau celebrates its two-year anniversary Monday at Meridian Pint, an opportunity to thank the brew gods for two of Washington’s sudsiest local firms.

The DC Brau catalog of drafts and casks — everything from its everyman Public ale to its eclectic The Stone of Arbroath 2012 — will be $5 all night.

The anniversary party comes on the same evening that the National Beer Wholesalers Association is hosting its own beer celebration — Cheers: The World of Beer Delivered by America’s Beer Distributors — in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building.
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By Jason Dick Posted at 7:30 p.m.
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The Funemployment Chronicles

Rather than cry about the nonprofit post quashed by sequester-mandated budget cuts, an ex-House staffer has decided to seek his entertainments elsewhere.

His current happy place? Think tank luncheons.

The Panel Crasher blog, a virtual soapbox set up by D.C.’s self-described “equal opportunity, bipartisan moocher and offender,” went live April 3, just days after its founder got bounced from a recent gig funded by government grants. With three years of congressional experience (one year as an intern, two years as paid committee staff) under his belt, the rudderless — at least until graduate school starts later this fall — wonk decided to milk the situation for all it’s worth.
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