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July 5, 2012

Mitt Romney: Dumb People Need Not Apply for Supreme Court

In his latest campaign promise, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney vows to nominate only smart people who believe in the United States Constitution to the Supreme Court.

In an interview Wednesday with CBS News, Romney was asked if he would still nominate Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts with the knowledge that Roberts would uphold the Affordable Care Act. Republicans across the land say the previously beloved chief justice was wrong, wrong, wrong in ruling that the legislation was constitutional.

Before we get to his answer, HOH thought it would be helpful to consult Romney’s campaign website. Lo and behold, his campaign website promises to “only nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.”

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By Neda Semnani Posted at 12:22 p.m.

July 3, 2012

Bring It, World!

Bring It, World!

(Courtesy Tea & Sympathy)

The Fourth of July is when we, the humble citizens of the ol’ You-Ess-of-Ayyy, come together to commemorate the violent birth of our inherently disaffected nation. There’s beef to be grilled, beer to be guzzled and pyrotechnics to be unleashed.

And if we can emasculate a few other nations in the process, all the better.

The U.S. Department of State has for years invited visiting dignitaries to raise and glass and enjoy a view of the fireworks display over the National Mall. This year, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, chief of protocol of the United States, has decided to up the ante with two groundbreaking events: an apple pie bake-off and the inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference.

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Tasting Tampa (on the Cheap)

Olympics, schmalympics. You wanna talk test of wills, try covering the upcoming political conventions.

Living out of suitcases. Navigating congested walkways. Muscling through sweaty scrums. It’s the stuff political reporters DREAM about.

The Republican National Convention is looking to tap into that quadrennial excitement with their GOParty Card, a passport to sliding-scale savings throughout greater Tampa Bay, Fla.:

Tasting Tampa (on the Cheap)

(Courtesy Republican National Convention)

The prospective discounts (good Aug. 17 through Sept. 3) apply everywhere from zoos and museums to golf courses and watering holes. But your dedicated HOH Food Desk decided to focus on what matters most: cheap eats.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:12 p.m.
Food, Nationwide

July 2, 2012

‘Jesus Lady’ Faces Eviction

Jesus Lady Faces Eviction

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 2:20 p.m. | Rita Warren, known  on Capitol Hill as the “Jesus Lady,” needs a little help from divine sources today.

The 83-year-old Fairfax, Va., resident, who sits in front of the Capitol with a life-sized mannequin of Jesus Christ every Tuesday and Thursday, is being evicted from the apartment she’s lived in for the past 22 years.

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Summer Intern Project

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) has some new summer interns on the Hill. And they just met you and this is crazy. Here’s their completely adorable 2012 Summer intern project. Watch it, maybe?



June 29, 2012

Game Changers

Republicans had a brilliant plan to win Thursday night’s CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game: And that plan was — gasp! — more regulation.

Sure, it was a move straight from the Democratic playbook (and let’s face it, after an 18-5 drubbing, maybe the GOP should at least try to steal signals). But the party that doesn’t believe Wall Street CEOs such as Jamie Dimon should have federal regulators all up in their business wanted to impose a new rule to curb the number of innings a single hurler could pitch in the annual charity game. Full story

Chowing Down

While Democrats summarily spanked their Republican counterparts (18-5) on the baseball diamond Thursday night at the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, the rest of us stuffed our guts with the top contenders in CQ Roll Call’s annual “A Taste of America” showdown.

Now in it’s second year, the regional taste-off pits iconic dishes from all around the country against one another, with items narrowed down by public vote.

Cherry cobbler, the official entry from Utah, handily claimed the 2012 crown. The dish was delightful, pairing sweet-and-sour cherries with a crumbly, streusel-like topping. Full story

Just Another Day in the 202

The circus came to Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning, pitching its tents on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court.

The news cameras were among the first to arrive. They rolled in to stakeout spots in front of the steps early. By 3:30 a.m., the prime spots were taken; by 4:30 a.m., the stragglers were relegated to the lawn on the strip of grass next to the court’s steps.
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Overheard on the Hill

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”
— Sen. Rand Paul, in a release.

“it’s constitutional. Bitches.”
— A tweet by Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard. @patrickgaspard

“It is not our job to save the people from the consequences of their electoral choices.”
— Chief Justice John Roberts

Wu-Hoo at SCOTUS, Too

Wu Hoo at SCOTUS, Too

Ex-Rep. David Wu joined the masses at the Supreme Court on Thursday. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Among the thousands of people amassed before the Supreme Court on Thursday morning was the former Member with the mostest, HOH favorite David Wu (D-Ore.).

The legislative pariah resigned his seat almost a year ago but continues to seek out the spotlight as if it’s his job.
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June 28, 2012

Capitol Tours? Sorry, Not for Sale

Want to party in the Capitol on July Fourth for $250?

You can’t. It’s against the law. But that didn’t stop some from trying.

On Wednesday,, a website that offers package deals on food, fashion and cultural activities, advertised something fun for Independence Day: Buy a $250 ticket to sample dishes from celebrity chefs and view fireworks from inside the Capitol.

MADE: In America, a nonprofit dedicated to selling U.S.-made goods, has organized Independence Day celebrations in the Capitol before.

But the marketing was a new twist that ran afoul of the law. Full story

Waxing Philosophic With the Weizel

What’s a contempt vote presser without political juggernaut Pauly Shore?

Waxing Philosophic With the Weizel

(Warren Rojas/CC Roll Call)

House Democrats were luckily not forced to contemplate that terribly upsetting possibility this afternoon, as the MTV icon was armed and ready with a video camera and a puzzled look on his face as he buzzed around the circle of lawmakers who paraded onto the Capitol lawn amidst the GOP’s election-year posturing.

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Back to School

Still seething with rage after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ruling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor assured opponents of the health care law that the GOP would renew its efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s “bill” in the coming weeks.

We realize the Virginia Republican probably has a lot on his mind today, but we’re a little perplexed by the gross misunderstanding (misunderestimation?) of exactly what he’s up against. Full story


The health care gawkers were in rare form this morning.

There were instapundits in lab coats, artists waving Obama chia heads, disgraced lawmakers, costumed detractors, sweat-stained staffers and iPad-waving tourists hoping to preserve the historic moment for posterity.


(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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Tweeting With All Due Deliberation

For anyone doubting that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act came as a bit of a surprise, the folks over at the Sunlight Foundation have collected on its Politwoops site the tweets of GOP Members of Congress who, going off of erroneous cable news reporting, celebrated the striking down of the individual mandate.

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