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May 24, 2012

Enough, Already!

Democrats get ready! Local tea party folks plan to greet those attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with some serious political verbiage — at least the ones arriving via the highway.
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Now Paging the Pages

The U. S. Capitol Page Alumni Association starts rolling into town today for a reunion weekend jam-packed with educational activities and nostalgia-stoking get-togethers. Too bad most of Congress won’t be around to participate.

The “Page Alumni Homecoming” not only falls on a long weekend — Memorial Day, for you noncalendar watchers — but also smack-dab between rolling recesses (the House returns just as the Senate skips town) that have kept lawmakers from the two chambers on different pages, so to speak, throughout most of the 112th Congress.
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May 23, 2012

Sorry … Can You Repeat That?

Last Thursday, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) stoked the birthers when he said President Barack Obama wasn’t American, at least not in his heart, and he’s been walking back, or sideways or forward, from the statement since.

“I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America,” Coffman told a friendly audience in Albert County, Colo., according to Colorado’s 9News. “I don’t know that, but I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

The audio recording was obtained by 9News. Coffman followed up by releasing a statement apologizing and claiming that he misspoke.

“I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as president of the United States,” he said.

However, Coffman was a bit vague about whom the apology was directed to, and so the local news folks wanted to do a follow-up of their own.

On Tuesday, 9News asked the Congressman to clarify, while Coffman did his best not to clarify. Full story

‘Rapper’s Delight’ Not by Donna Summer

Unless the Library of Congress knows something we don’t, the hip-hop classic “Rapper’s Delight” was recorded by the Sugarhill Gang in 1979 and not by the late great Donna Summer in 1977.

Obviously, the LOC knows that, but the first sentence of its Wednesday morning statement is just a smidge confusing:

“The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ Donna Summer’s electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon are among the sound recordings selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.”

The LOC, and the news outlets that lifted the sentence, obviously meant that both the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Donna Summer’s 1977 disco classic, “I Feel Love,” will be saved for posterity.

Oh, awkward sentence structure, how awkward you make things.

The LOC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Recording Registry.

“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come.”

Check out some of the other recordings that made the registry after the jump.

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Dakota Rising

Dakota Rising

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) drew a crowd Tuesday afternoon while carrying Dakota, his loyal canine companion, down the escalator toward the Capitol subway. Dakota has been undergoing treatment for cancer, making fewer appearances in the Capitol since the fall.

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No to Water; Yes to Bullets

Convention friends and gun enthusiasts, rejoice! If you’re heading to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August and planning to hang out in the designated protest zone, the Tampa City Council has cleared the way for you to pack heat.

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When Meghan McCain Met ‘The Joke Man’

Whether busy dressing down Republican presidential hopefuls on cable news, gushing about her love for all-things-men to Playboy, or opening up about passing joints around the table at dinner parties (stay tuned), Meghan McCain lives her life very much out loud.

Yet we were still a little surprised to discover the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) once spent the holidays with gross-out comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling.

Martling, a longtime contributor to the “Howard Stern Show” and now a satellite radio show host (“Jackie’s Joke Hunt” airs at 7 p.m. EST Tuesdays on SiriusXM’s Howard 101), confirmed to HOH that he, McCain and several other friends celebrated Thanksgiving together in 2007:

When Meghan McCain Met ‘The Joke Man’

(Courtesy Jackie Martling)

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May 22, 2012

Nearly Every American Thinks Birth Control Is OK

Nearly every American — including 82 percent of American Catholics — thinks birth control, and the people who use it, are all right by them.

In a Gallup poll released today, 89 percent of American adults and 90 percent of non-Catholics think using birth control is morally acceptable. Just 8 percent of American adults believe that people who use contraceptives are moral ingrates. Full story

John McCain Knocks Canadian Hockey Teams

During debate Monday on an Iran sanctions bill, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) poked fun at the inclusion of language saying the bill wouldn’t authorize military force against Syria, a different country, by suggesting adding Brazil and Canada to the list — and then taking a shot at Canadian NHL teams.

“I wonder if we ought to include Canada and maybe Brazil and other countries along with that, since this resolution contemplates in no way anything concerning Syria, but I guess we could probably throw it in,” McCain said.

“However, I will not ask for a unanimous consent to amend to add Canada, although the Canadians are very upset because they have no teams in the finals of the National Hockey League Stanley Cup championship series,” McCain added. Full story

John Mayer Done With ‘Rocking’ the Boat

John Mayer, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter whose career nearly did a death spiral after he famously overshared about past sexual dalliances, has a new album out today:

John Mayer Done With ‘Rocking’ the Boat

(Courtesy John Mayer)

Born and Raised” marks the next act in Mayer’s musical evolution, a roller coaster of a ride that launched in 2001 when “Your Body Is a Wonderland” began climbing the Billboard charts. The latest effort is bluesier and, if possible, perhaps even more introspective than some of his earlier outings — an emotional arc he claims was facilitated by unplugging from social media and refocusing on his craft.

The newly toned-down tunesmith has also learned to hold his tongue in the political arena, indicating that he’s less inclined to pile on to issues that have already been thoroughly exhausted by professional pundits.

“It’s very seldom that I see something and think, ‘Well, this is what people aren’t talking about,’” he said, adding, “We live in a world where you can see [and hear] every shade of pro and anti.”

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Hill Vet Goes For Broke

Dylan Jones, a Congressional-staffer-turned-lobbyist, begins a two-day stand on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” today.

Jones worked for Democratic Reps. Shelley Berkley (Nev.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) and former Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski (Pa.) before migrating to K Street. His game show gig partially fulfills daydreams hatched while halfheartedly watching the House floor.
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A Round for Brown

Washington’s own Derek Brown and his bar, the Columbia Room, have been recognized as some of the best in America.

The Tales of the Cocktail conference, which is to spirits and cocktails as the James Beard Foundation Awards are to the food industry and the Oscars are to film, released its nominees for its Annual Spirited Awards last week.

Brown is one of 10 nominees for the Best American Bartender of the Year, and his Columbia Room is one of 10 nominees for the Best American Cocktail Bar.

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Take Five With Rep. Marcia Fudge

Take Five With Rep. Marcia Fudge

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) talks about those first-place Cleveland Indians and her favorite dinner spot back home.

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May 21, 2012

None of the Above

Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays:

None of the Above

(Courtesy Victor Lerat)

(Or do they?)

 

This Post Is Meh

Those apathetic cats at Meh. Romney are running out of time!

The group of underwhelmed Mitt Romney supporters would like to bring its lukewarm support of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

This Post Is Meh

The dream "Meh. Romney" billboard makes potential supporters feel very little. (Courtesy Meh. Romney website)

Meh. Romney needs to raise $6,935 to make its dream of large-print apathy messaging come true. Sadly, Meh. Romney supporters seem a bit meh about the proposed billboard. As of today, the group has raised a paltry $899.

If you have nothing better to do and are kind of into Romney, help them out.

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