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October 5, 2012

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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Debate Pub Crawl Wrap-Up

As a service to our readers, HOH made the rounds of select debate watch parties Wednesday night. With a surplus of venues and a limited capacity for liver damage, we sampled just a bit of what Capitol Hill had to offer.

Debate Pub Crawl Wrap Up

201 Bar hoped to lure patrons with promises of "sound." (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

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Reporter Provides Simple Obamacare Recipe

In the midst of the first 2012 presidential campaign, as the candidates go back and forth on the health care law, we at HOH sometimes find ourselves scratching our heads.

“Where do health care laws come from?” we wondered. So we asked CQ Roll Call’s health reporter extraordinaire Emily Ethridge.

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Xtina, Hillary Rodham Clinton Give Voice to Anti-Hunger Efforts

Feeding the world: It’s a big job.

That’s what we took away from Wednesday’s George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony at the State Department.

The event featured wonky talk from government scientists, foreign nationals and corporate executives. But everyone was obviously only there to gawk at honoree Christina Aguilera.


Xtina, Hillary Rodham Clinton Give Voice to Anti Hunger Efforts

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The pop princess and reality singing competition judge was one of two recipients of this year’s McGovern prize, an annual award that has in previous years been bestowed upon: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; ex-Sens. George McGovern and Bob Dole, Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).

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Lukrative’s Latest Rhymes: ‘Obama Bin Lyin”

Republican-loving hip hop artist Lukrative — aka Luke Caldwell — released his latest music video this week, “Obama Bin Lyin’.”

We’ll leave the quality of Lukrative’s rhymes to others for critique. What we at HOH can tell you is that the hyperactive white hip-hopper is pretty intense about his feelings for President Barack Obama. These feelings are not positive.

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The Incredible Mr. Cao

The Incredible Mr. Cao

Courtesy Facebook

Whereas some one-term Congressmen are unceremoniously swept into the dustbin of history, ex-Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao has had his Cinderella story meticulously chronicled in “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” a documentary making its D.C. premiere tonight.

The movie, which was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker S. Leo Chiang, kicks off the weekend-long D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Oct. 4-7) with a 7 p.m. screening at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW), followed by an after-party at Asia Nine (915 E St. NW). Admission to the movie runs $20.
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To ‘Capitol Hell’ and Back

The Roll Call office receives a lot of books about Congress. But chick lit about the Senate? This must be a first and, we thought, a potential HOH gold mine.

“Capitol Hell” is the tale of the journey of a newly minted Senate aide named Allison Amundson, a self-described “Capitol Hill staffer, complete with hot pink heels.”
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Life After GSA

Martha Johnson, former head of the General Services Administration, is trying her hand at young-adult fiction focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

In April, Johnson resigned in the midst of a scandal about how much money the GSA was spending on conferences and the like. No worries. By the end of the summer, the former agency head could boast the publication of her novel! Perhaps she’s living proof that, for some people at least, it really does get better.
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October 3, 2012

Openly Gay Hill Staffers Gather for National Coming Out Day

Openly gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender Hill staffers gathered on the eastern steps of the Capitol today to commemorate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and to get to know one another.

“It’s important for people to know about our presence on the Hill and that there are out-and-proud staffers working in the House [and Senate],” said John Blair, chairman of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, which works on the House side.

Openly Gay Hill Staffers Gather for National Coming Out Day

(Rebecca Baird-Remba/CQ Roll Call)


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Zombies on Capitol Hill

Zombies invaded Capitol Hill today, starting with the Capitol South Metro Station.

Not the normal herds of uniform Hill staffers mindlessly trying to get to one of the House office buildings, no — this was a herd of actual zombies, the walking dead.

Zombies on Capitol Hill

Courtesy Hallow Inc.

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Schwarzenegger Tells GOP, Democrats to Man Up

Athlete. Actor. Authority Figure. Author. Debate coach?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action star who successfully transitioned into politics by becoming governor of California, discussed on Tuesday night not only his own carefully documented personal and political shortcomings, but also those of the presiding political parties during a book signing organized by Washington Post Live at the Hamilton.

Schwarzenegger Tells GOP, Democrats to Man Up

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Schwarzenegger has hit the road to hawk his new book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” a 650+ page autobiography chronicling everything from his youth in Austria to the dissolution of his marriage to journalist Maria Shriver following revelations that he fathered a son with their one-time housekeeper.

With the first presidential debate set to go off at 9 p.m. in Denver, Schwarzenegger urged President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney to forget about winning any popularity contest and carve out firm positions on pressing societal ills — tagging energy policy, crumbling infrastructure and the stagnant economy as his top-tier concerns.

“Nothing is getting done in Washington. It’s the most frozen place I’ve ever seen,” he griped.

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