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September 15, 2014

May 10, 2012

Musician Strikes a Green Note

Some musicians are taking their commitment to environmental causes seriously, or at least seriously enough to talk to Congress about it.

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Overheard on the Hill

“Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch.”

— Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper on President Barack Obama’s announcement that he supports gay marriage.

May 9, 2012

BBQ Guru Skewers DNC’s Sauce Contest

The merchandising folks at the Democratic National Committee are probably already licking their lips, thinking about the extra cash they’ll rake in from the sale of the “Charlotte in 2012 BBQ Trio.”

But after getting a behind-the-scenes peek of the sauce selection process, barbecue legend Ardie Davis is getting politically active and demanding satisfaction.

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Flipping for NFL Greats

The thing about currency is that it’s, well, current. Not so in Congress.
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To Hill and Back

Nineteen Members of Congress, five journalists, two professional actors, one Member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament and many other Washington, D.C., notables took to the stage to rehearse “Romeo and Juliet” in front of a packed house to raise money for a good cause.

To Hill and Back

Monday’s “Will on the Hill” benefit raised more than $400,000 for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s local educational programs. (Courtesy Margot Schulman)

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Getting Saucy in Charlotte

Convention season is almost upon us, y’all. And the Democratic Party is priming the pumps of our hunger by unveiling the official barbecue sauces of its nominating shindig.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 a.m.
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May 8, 2012

Wounded Warriors Gifted $1 Million

How was your Monday? Probably not as exhilarating as the determined do-gooders behind the Fisher House Foundation, given that they collected more than $1 million during their biggest charity golf tournament yet.

The annual fundraiser, benefiting a network of “comfort homes” uniting visiting families with wounded or recovering military personnel, took place at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., and featured a full day of golf as well as a gourmet dinner. Now in its ninth year, the program was founded, and continues to be championed, by government contractor SAP. Full story

Internet Haters All A-Twitter

File under “You can’t please any of the people any of the time.”

An innocent retweet by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of our story on Monday about the floofy wittle pup — that’s @FloridaBriar to all Twitterati — prowling around the office of Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) has apparently opened both men up to attack by single-minded conservatives. Full story

Take Five With Rep. Mary Bono Mack

Tuesday is here again, which means HOH brings you another exclusive look at a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) talks about shoes, gymnastics and Sandra Bullock.

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Noem Earns Her Bachelor’s

Oh, the places you’ll go, Kristi Noem!

The Republican freshman walked in graduation ceremonies for her bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University this past Saturday. (She earned her degree in December.)
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Cheers to HOB III

Two of the most powerful women in the D.C. hospitality-verse have made it their mission to generously feed and artfully intoxicate Capitol Hill. And that’s exactly what will happen when Hank’s Oyster Bar takes up residence at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE later this summer.

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May 7, 2012

Tom Daschle Ready to Mentor, but America Seems Uninterested

The Trust for the National Mall had a very fun Ball on the Mall on Saturday to raise money for preserving America’s “front yard.”

The evening’s activities included eating good food, drinking good drinks, dancing to good songs and bidding on good things! Dancers got on their knees, fell on their tushes and whirled like colorful dervishes.

But, in our opinion, the real drama of the evening happened off the dance floor with the silent auction.

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Nancy Pelosi Has Kind Words for MCA

Nancy Pelosi Has Kind Words for MCA

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Beastie Boys, crown princes of hip-hop and overall silliness, lost one of their own Friday when founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch died of cancer.

Tributes poured in from the entertainment and pop culture universe — and from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“As an artist, Adam Yauch changed the course of music; as a humanitarian, he changed lives,” the California Democrat and former Speaker said in a statement about the “creative genius.”

So we get why Rolling Stone and “Fresh Air” would sing MCA’s praises, but why a grandmother and political trailblazer who was a couple of generations removed from rocking out to “Sure Shot” and “Intergalactic”?

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Cato Prom: Caviar, Governor, Dissident, Protester

On Friday, the Cato Institute awarded the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty at its biennial black-tie dinner.

The evening started with an open bar and wee caviar potato bites. Also at the event: a man in a bowler cap, several ponytails and at least one marijuana lapel pin.

The Milton Friedman Prize, which we kept calling the Ayn Rand Prize for Public Service, includes a $250,000 cash prize, was presented to Chinese dissident and economist Mao Yushi.

Yushi is the chairman of the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing. As he approached the podium to accept his award, a man raced down the center aisle of the Washington Hilton’s hall carrying two protest signs, one of which accused the economist of being a part of “the 99 percent.”

Several men in tuxedos escorted the protester from the hall. In the background, one dinner attendee shouted, “Commie pinko!” Full story

Food Trucks Invade East Capitol Hill

Most Capitol Hill folks know that, absent a D.C. United soccer match, RFK Stadium and its endless series of parking lots can get a little desolate.

The DC Food Truck Association aimed to change that over the weekend, bringing its Curbside Cookoff: Trucko de Mayo to Lot 3 of the RFK grounds on, you guessed it, Saturday, Cinco de Mayo.

Food Trucks Invade East Capitol Hill

Tops Truck hands out sausages at Trucko de Mayo on Saturday. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

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