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October 10, 2012

House Administration Staff Has the Right Natitude

It’s official: No one on Capitol Hill will be working today.

Not because it’s kinda-sorta recess. And not because of any insane devotion to vice presidential debate prep.

Because it’s game three of the Nationals-Cardinals National League Division Series — and the first playoff game in Washington since 1933:

House Administration Staff Has the Right Natitude

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Playoff fever has hit such a fevered pitch inside the Dome that House Administration Committee Minority Staff Director Jamie Fleet blasted out the following alert earlier today:

Responding to dozens on inquiries to our office, I thought it would just be easier to put out a note — the Nats will be broadcast on Channel 6 at 1pm.

Prepare for a long afternoon of not getting your phone calls returned …

Tortilla Coast Gets Vice Presidential

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s former employer is holding a debate watch party, with full sound Thursday night.

Capitol Hill institution Tortilla Coast is famous for being popular with GOP staffers and for hiring the Wisconsin Republican when he was just a wee staffer in the 1990s.

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October 9, 2012

Carolyn Maloney Sheds Light on Malony Address

It’s all a simple misunderstanding when it comes to where one can find the campaign headquarters of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

As previously reported by HOH, Maloney’s GOP opponent, Christopher Wight, has had some fun with the address of Maloney’s re-election office, cutting a campaign video that states that Maloney is taking the election for granted to the point that no one’s manning the fort at her 2012 HQ.

According to a Maloney spokesman, Wight can call off the candidate hunt.  Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:49 p.m.

Challenger’s Ad Can’t Find Carolyn Maloney, or Malony

If Republican House hopeful Christopher Wight’s latest video is to be believed, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is nowhere to be found.

Wight staff have posted a campaign video showing them searching for the incumbent New York Democrat at what they say is her Manhattan re-election office, only to encounter an unattended buzzer and cryptic note asking for packages to be delivered elsewhere:

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:12 p.m.

Take Five With Rep. Doris Matsui

Take Five With Rep. Doris Matsui

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s Tuesday once again, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we catch up with Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and talk to her about barbecue, the Beatles and the Oakland A’s.
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Cats and Dogs, Voting Together

Washingtonians concerned about voter fraud need to look no further than their own backyard.

A competitive race in the District between longtime political foes has generated allegations of ballot-box stuffing, with election officials openly encouraging voters to cast their ballots early and often.
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Greyhound, Gone to Dogs

Greyhound, Gone to Dogs

Greyhound has abandoned its bus station at 1005 First St. NE and moved to Union Station. Perseus Realty purchased the property from Greyhound for $46.75 million last year and plans to replace it with mixed-use development. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Greyhound’s recent move to abandon its bleak NoMa digs at 1005 First St. NE for a consolidated terminal at Union Station is a poignant reminder of the bus line’s old Art Deco digs.

The ’Hound abandoned its architectural masterpiece at 1100 New York Ave. NW in the dark days of the 1970s in favor of the Trailways terminal, a building with all the charm of Eastern bloc Stalinism that will soon meet the wrecking ball.
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By Gail Sullivan Posted at 12:01 a.m.

October 5, 2012

Hillary Rodham Clinton Helping Big Bird Fly the Coop

“Sesame Street’s” days are numbered.

GOP hopeful Mitt Romney promised as much during Tuesday’s debate. And President Barack Obama has now seized upon that threat in his latest stump speeches.

But rather than talk about the problem, the mirth-makers who keep the Internet so very interesting have decided to marry the current crisis to a beloved political meme:

Hillary Rodham Clinton Helping Big Bird Fly the Coop

(Courtesy Facebook)

Vaya con dios, Pajarro Grande.

‘Cloture Club’ Gets 1 Million Hits, Throws Party

Our friends over at “Cloture Club” have had more than 1 million hits on their site! And to celebrate, those crazy kids are taking over 201 Bar tonight and buying everyone (who gives them 20 bucks) a drink!

The $20 open bar bash will feature your basic insanity, plus the good-times musical stylings of the bipartisan Capitol Hill collective the B Side Shuffle.

“We’re opening up with James Brown and closing with the ‘Gangnam Style’ song,” promises Geoff Browning, the band’s guitarist and vocalist.

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DC Theatre Collective Stages Reading of ’8′ to Support Maryland’s Question 6

DC Theatre Collective hopes a dramatized recounting of the Proposition 8 case in California will help spur Marylanders to vote in favor of Question 6, which would allow same-sex marriage in the Old Line State.

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Man With Flowing Locks and Healing Gaze to Look on Crystal City

Braco, a Croatian man whose look and voice is said to heal, will be gazing at people at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel today and the rest of the weekend, ARL Now reports.

Braco’s powerful stare will be cast on groups of people at half-hour increments, nine times a day. He has been flexing his powerful gaze professionally since the 1990s. After a session in Braco’s line of vision, “positive and beautiful feelings and energies” are said to awaken.

Tickets to the “Gift of Braco” are a pretty reasonable $8 per session and are sold at the door and online.

If this does not fix things in our broken political system, can anything?

Steve Martin Endorses Bob Kerrey, Teaches How to Crumple Paper

Actor, comedian, bluegrass musician, novelist and wild and crazy guy Steve Martin endorsed Senate candidate Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) on Thursday.

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Obama Dance … and an Audiobook Club?

Way back in 2008, a rapper named Bob Brown made a video called the “Obama Dance.”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Post About Politics

The unemployment rate may have dropped. But the Facebook unfriending is skyrocketing:

Friends Dont Let Friends Post About Politics

(Courtesy someecards)

Just four more weeks…

October 4, 2012

Food Court: Lavagna

Hear ye, hear ye: Court is now back in session.

Our latest case: Barracks Row trattoria Lavagna.

Food Court: Lavagna

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Founder Stephen Cheung split off from the family business — the Cheung clan continues to operate neighboring Fusion Grill — to start his locavore-baiting Italian eatery last year. Although he’s cycled through several executive chefs, the concept has remained constant: locally sourced ingredients married to house-made staples (eggy noodles, boozy limoncello) via homegrown recipes.

Current toque Darren Maas has put his stamp on the new menu, carving spots for the likes of a “50/50 burger” forged from seasoned ground beef rolled together with custom pork sausage, ricotta free-range egg stuffed ravioli bathed in hearty Bolognese sauce, a pan-seared pork chop-creamy polenta pairing (Cheung’s current favorite) and local rockfish brightened by a tomato-ginger reduction.

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