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March 12, 2015

Ted Kennedy Inducted Into Labor Hall of Honor

Ted Kennedy Inducted Into Labor Hall of Honor

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Family, friends and former staff came together Wednesday to honor the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as he was inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor.

Former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman recalled the senator being late to an event and being reprimanded by his older sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. After the incident, one of his staff gave him a look which prompted the senator to say, “Oh, so you’ve got a big sister too?” Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 6:04 p.m.
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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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#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

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March 11, 2015

Why Are Members of Congress Following a Salacious Twitter Feed?

Why would several members of Congress line up behind what looks to be a porn-intensive Twitter feed? It might have something to do with a concerned Scotsman, a former Cabinet secretary and a sick little girl from Pennsylvania.
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Staffers Can Let It All Hang Out in Pseudonymous Cloakroom

Recovering Hill staffer Ted Henderson wants to liberate congressional aides from the specter of having their deepest, darkest work gripes traced back to them via pre-existing communication platforms.

His solution: the identity-eschewing Cloakroom.

Staffers Can Let It All Hang Out in Pseudonymous Cloakroom

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Ex-Rep. Dale E. Kildee’s former aide, who mined his inside-baseball experience to create the online advocacy tool Capitol Bells, told HOH he carved out the haven for free expression to enable no-holds-barred dialogue among rank-and-file feds.

“The listservs are all based on your staffer email address, so everything you say is attributed to both you and your boss,” Henderson said of internal channels used for everything from talking up potential new hires to extorting favors. Full story

March 10, 2015

John Lewis Bends Jon Stewart’s Ears About the Bad Old Days

Fresh off a trip to Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of the landmark protest that would come to define his career in civil disobedience, Rep. John Lewis described the merits of “necessary trouble” to “The Daily Show” Monday.

The Georgia Democrat and graphic novelist regaled host Jon Stewart with tales of what it was like making his way through an alarmingly intolerant world.

“It is a struggle of a lifetime, of many lifetimes. I feel more than lucky, but very blessed that I’m still here to tell the story and try to inspire another generation of young people to get out there and push,” Lewis said. Full story

Someone Is Very Lucky Chuck Grassley Keeps Busy

The public relations team over at the History Channel ought to thank Jebus that a certain social media-savvy Iowa Republican wasn’t Web surfing Monday night.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley has just about made it his personal mission to browbeat the cable network for deviating from its raison d’être by embracing ratings-baiting reality shows. Full story

Senate Restaurant Staff Rebel Against Benefits Freeze

The 30 or so remaining dining services personnel who got swept up in the transfer of power from the Architect of the Capitol to Restaurant Associates in 2008 may now need pols to rectify unforeseen circumstances that have soured the entire experience for them.

The fight for parity has been brewing ever since Norma Rogers — who told HOH she’ll have logged 33 years working on Capitol Hill come April — began investigating how her retirement package might shake out. Much to her dismay, Rogers discovered that as far as federal actuaries are concerned, she stopped being a government employee as soon as the catering services swap got inked into law.

“They froze it in 2008,” a Senate Restaurants supervisor said of the nest egg-defining “High-3” calculus, a metric used to plot out pension payments based on the past 36 months of employment. Full story

March 9, 2015

Heitkamp, Booker Host Frosh Mixer

A pair of senators who were recently freshmen are hosting a bipartisan dinner for their new colleagues Monday evening.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Cory Booker of New Jersey were hosting the event at Heitkamp’s residence. At least five of the Senate freshmen were planning to attend, according to a Senate aide, who noted that all of them were invited for a light-hearted evening designed to help foster bipartisanship among some of the newest senators.

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Shelby Missed Selma Ceremony, Citing Scheduling Conflicts

While the nation’s attention was focused on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the senior senator from Alabama was hours from Selma, participating in his annual tour of the state’s 67 counties.

Sen. Richard C. Shelby’s office posted photos on Twitter from unrelated events with constituents in four counties, including an equipment company in Lamar County and a 3M facility in Marion County. According to his office, the Alabama Republican had previously scheduled the events in the northwest corner of the state.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:31 p.m.
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Medicare Lobby Is Sweet on Capitol Hill

Politically active seniors are circling D.C. this week, dispensing gourmet cookies and pro-Medicare Advantage anecdotes via the advocacy tool du jour: a custom food truck.

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March 6, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 2, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the three-day workweek trading lines over the Constitution, discussing Twinkies and playing Jeopardy! on the House floor.

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Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This year’s showdown — scheduled to take place at Watkins Recreation Center on June 24 promptly at 6 p.m. — is set to feature a whole host of new faces on the members’ squad, thanks to a significant uptick in the number of lady lawmakers who triumphed at the ballot box last fall.

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March 5, 2015

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

To kick it off, and in honor of #throwbackThursdays, we’re doing congressional trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

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Stuck Inside? Start Wining

According to the National Weather Service, D.C. denizens can look forward to digging out from beneath 4-8 inches of fresh powder before this latest white out fades to black late Thursday.

Stuck Inside? Start Wining

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So, why not take chef Jacques Haeringer’s advice and mull what’s really important? Full story

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