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September 18, 2014

October 4, 2012

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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October 2, 2012

Team Boehner Cyber-Slaps Obama

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) apparently never tires of needling President Barack Obama. He even used the occasion of redesigning his website to toss up this snarky “404 error” message:

Team Boehner Cyber Slaps Obama

(Screenshot of Speaker.gov page)

HOH has repeatedly inquired about the origin and debut of the cleverly conceived Web diss, but Boehner’s flacks have remained tight-lipped about the mystery coder. Full story

Ripon Society Dives Into ‘Let Teddy Win’ Campaign

For the Ripon Society, Teddy Roosevelt is serious business.

Named after Ripon, Wis., the birthplace of the Republican Party, the society was founded in 1962 at the height of the civil rights movement in an effort to “revive the Grand Old Party’s commitment to inclusion and reform.” The society cites Roosevelt as inspiration for its values and plasters his likeness on the front of its website.

And because the society is founded on the 26th president’s values, it couldn’t help but get involved in one of the most pressing issues facing Teddy’s legacy: Teddy’s winless record in the Washington Nationals’ Presidents’ Race that takes place during the fourth inning of every home game.

In this week’s “Teddy Tweets” column, which features historical Teddy musings, the society jumped feet-first into the “Let Teddy Win” campaign that’s sweeping the nation, or at least the Washington metro area.

“Let Teddy Win,” the society wrote in the column, attributing the quote not to Teddy but “in his spirit” and “in honor of The Washington Nationals clinching the National League East.” 

With Wednesday being the last home game in the regular season, perhaps Teddy’s chances will improve.

Bullfeathers All-In on Teddy Winning

Now that the Washington Nationals have become the first D.C. baseball team to head to the playoffs in more than 70 years, fans still have one burning question: When will Teddy win?

Bullfeathers All In on Teddy Winning

Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The homegrown controversy revolves around the quartet of giant-headed former presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt — who race each other in the middle of the fourth inning of each Nats home game.

In more than six years of running, Teddy has never crossed the finish line first. And some fans, including one-time political opponents President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), are none too happy about it. McCain even cut a spot for the Nationals that aired at Monday night’s Nats-Phillies game, where the Arizonan gave Teddy a pep talk, vowing Congressional action and spurring him to go out and win that night’s race.

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Debate Watch Parties Bloom

The stage is now set for the final act of the 2012 election: the televised debates.


View 10/3 Presidential Debate Watch Parties in a larger map

President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney will go at it first, rhetorically sparring about all things domestic policy beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Political junkies will be cheering on their particular guy all over town, including a smattering of debate watch parties here on Capitol Hill, whether on the Senate side (201 Bar) or House side (Bullfeathers, Tortilla Coast) or even down H Street Northeast (the Pug).
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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 a.m.
Parties

Take Five with Rep. Jean Schmidt

Take Five with Rep. Jean Schmidt

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Take Five, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week we catch up with Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), who is gearing up for life after Congress after falling short of her primary in March.
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Romney Bites at Micro Targeting

This election season, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants you to know that he is firmly against blood-sucking parasites that feed off the general public and spread malaise.

For once, he’s not talking about big-government-loving Democrats or that pesky 47 percent.
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