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October 26, 2014

November 1, 2012

Alabama GOP Takes Election Watch Party to the Range

For one day only, the entire country will separate along party lines, people will cast their votes and bipartisanship will be ignored, at least until the final results are tallied.

While this is happening, groups of partisan Americans will come together to drink to the health of their party and the success of their candidates. Most of these parties will feature booze, the American flag and many televisions.

At least one election party will also feature a firearm or two. Full story

José Andrés Dishing Out Food Politics, Policy This Spring

Restaurateur José Andrés is exporting his insights into the intersection of food and culture to George Washington University. And he will share the sum total of his experience with those who carve out room in their spring schedule to join his inaugural “World on a Plate” course.

The class marks a new chapter in Andrés’ relationship with the university. He has previously served on GWU’s Urban Food Task Force, advised GWU President Steven Knapp on food policy issues and assisted in the development of the School Without Walls pilot program.

“Food is that thread that runs through the fabric of society: culture, energy, art, science, the economy, national security, the environment, health, politics and diplomacy,” Andrés said in a release touting his leap from Think Food Group boardroom to classroom, adding, “Eating is the one thing, besides breathing, that we all do from the day we are born until the day we die.” Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:23 p.m.

Chip Cravaack Points Big Gun at ‘Friends’

We’re guessing Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) is a big supporter of the Second Amendment.

Chip Cravaack Points Big Gun at Friends

Courtesy Facebook

“This weekend,” writes Cravaack, “I’ll be using my AR15 223 5.56 UTG rail, generic stock & grip. NcSTAR scope. Might be borrowing my buddy’s AR10 308.”

The best part of the picture is it looks as if Cravaack’s rifle is pointing at his decorative “Friends” tchotchke.

What Late Night Viewers Really Want

Talk show host Jimmy Fallon has challenged the Twitterverse to come up with a goofy political platform, gathering the hopes/dreams/maniacal plans of the microblogging savvy beneath the #IfIWerePresident umbrella.

Per Fallon’s original post, the cyber-confessions might be used for a bit in the future.

But why wait for NBC execs to pass judgment on the crowd-sourced comedy when we here at HOH have cataloged and cross-referenced some of the most pertinent posts to date:

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Dick Durbin Blamed for New Parking Tax

While everyone was distracted by Sandy the superstorm, another tempest was brewing between Congress and the district.

Dick Durbin Blamed for New Parking Tax

An eagle-eyed tipster sent us this sticker featuring Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin's face.

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Protest-Free Pro Forma?

House Democrats were noticeably absent during Tuesday’s pro forma session, which was delayed until 4 p.m. because of Hurricane/superstorm Sandy.

“Obviously, we have been going to each pro forma session and pointing out that Republicans are not in session and are not getting work done,” a Democratic leadership aide said. “But given Hurricane Sandy and its devastating impact, we felt that [Tuesday] was not the time.”

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Who Would You Want in Your Corner?

If anything, the past few days of hunkering down to wait out Hurricane Sandy have made us ponder who we’d want in our corners if things go wrong.

Before the storm hit, we at HOH were pondering Halloween-appropriate stories and asked our readers which Members of Congress would you want in your survival group in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Post-Sandy, the question has taken on new resonance, as we survey the damage to the Eastern United States. So without further ado, here are the Members our loyal readers see as the most essential to getting through a disaster.

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Faking It

There’s nothing like parody Twitter accounts to make us laugh in the face of the depressing news of the devastation on the Northeast coastline due to superstorm Sandy.

Interspersed between tweets revealing news of devastating fires, floods and power outages, political parody Twitter accounts such as @MittStormTips and @ElBloombito found a way to make us smile, poking fun at the personalities of our political figures.

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October 31, 2012

No Treats for Air Force One

Halloween alert! Of all days, there were no M&Ms on Air Force One today.

According to the always valuable White House pool report, the president’s plane got under way to New Jersey to survey the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy without the usual empty calories.

“Your pooler notes with some degree of sadness that Air Force One is out of the traditional on-board M&Ms,” the pooler, Reid Epstein of Politico, noted.

Tuning Out Election Talk

Hurricane Super Storm Sandy recently helped break up the monotony of election melodrama (#6days).

But at least one intrepid voter believes enduring salvation lies in losing oneself in University of Kansas basketball:

Tuning Out Election Talk

(Courtesy someecards)

Self 2016?

October 30, 2012

Local Media Engulfed by McKeon-Rogers Race

The mudslinging intensified in California’s 25th district during the weekend, as an embattled news organization accused Democrat Lee Rogers of politicizing controversial personnel changes while the displaced journalists continued holding incumbent Republican Rep. Buck McKeon responsible for costing them their jobs.

The employment scrap got under way Oct. 16. That’s when KHTS owner Carl Goldman told news director Carol Rock and reporter Mark Archuleta they were being laid off because of budget cuts. Both Archuleta and Rock maintain they were terminated because McKeon was tired of their unflattering reports and had threatened Goldman’s financial interests if the coverage did not stop — charges the McKeon camp flatly denies.

“It has been made clear that neither the Congressman nor his staff members had anything to do with the staffing decisions at KHTS, and we won’t engage in the perpetuation of these unfortunate accounts,” McKeon spokeswoman Alissa McCurley told HOH.

Goldman, meanwhile, went from playing defense on the firings — “Our decision to change personnel was solely a business decision,” he assured HOH in an Oct. 19 email — to now fingering Rogers as the instigator of the whole sordid affair.

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Surviving Sandy

We can’t quite put a finger on it:

Surviving Sandy

(Courtesy Facebook)

But I feel like there’s a campaign metaphor (#7days) in there somewhere.

Refueling After Hurricane Sandy

Local restaurants are raring to get back to the business of feeding hungry D.C. denizens, and we want to help the cabin feverish make a meal connection.

Here’s a list of eateries within walking distance of Capitol Hill that are ready to serve you:


Firehook Bakery

Taylor Gourmet

Hill Country

Pound the Hill

Tortilla Coast

Nando’s Peri-Peri

Queen Vic

Toki Underground

The Pug

H &pizza


Tortilla Cafe

Art and Soul

Union Pub

Le Pain Quotidien


Capitol Lounge

Atlas Arcade


Opening for HH/dinner:

Hank’s Oyster Bar


Chesapeake Room

Molly Malone’s

Boxcar Tavern

Ted’s Bulletin





Belga Café


Smith Commons

Did we miss your favorite spot? Give a shout in the comments section below and we’ll help get the word out. To see what’s available in your neck of the woods, check the #OpeninDC thread on Twitter.

October 29, 2012

Arbitrary List of Top 10 Weather Movies We Could Remember

Because almost everyone in the Northeast Corridor is home from work today or, um, working from home today, HOH is cordially inviting you to a weather movie marathon.

Since we all have a limited amount of time before the power goes out for the rest of the week, you should probably get on this as soon as possible.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. Full story

Horrormeister Endorses Mitt Romney’s ‘Apocalyptic Vision’

Joss Whedon, the brains behind cult classics “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog” as well as the record-shattering comic book tent pole movie “The Avengers,” believes GOP hopeful Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to shepherd us into a “Walking Dead”-like nightmare:

“He’s not afraid to face a ravening, grasping horde of subhumans because that’s how he sees poor people already,” Whedon says of the former Bain Capital CEO.

We, for one, look forward to a future where “the 1 percent will no longer be the very rich, it’ll be the very fast.”

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to register for parkour lessons ASAP.


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