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October 25, 2014

June 7, 2012

Pete Hoekstra’s Recklessly Spelled Ad

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra is running for Senate and becoming one of the most entertaining Members of Congress in the process.

In this latest YouTube adventure, the Michigan Republican proves that no one can spell “reckless” like he can.

Pete Hoekstras Recklessly Spelled Ad

Screen grab from YouTube

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Undercutting the Budget-Slashing Talk

Turning unsuspecting politicians’ words against them is basically a sport in this town.

Still, we were surprised to hear New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) cry foul over an attempt by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to claim consensus in the deficit reduction fight.

The squabbling began after Blackburn blanketed fellow lawmakers with a “Dear Colleague” letter intimating that she and various GOP bigwigs were on the same page when it comes to spending cuts. To prove her point, Blackburn stitched together partial quotes from Cuomo, New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie and Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels into a tacit endorsement of her plans to shrink the government. Full story

Tweet-Fighting Men

If you’re not, you should start following Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), his chief of staff, Johnny Amaral, and Fresno Bee reporter John Ellis on Twitter.

The three have known each other for years and sure do tweet like they have.
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Overheard on the Hill

“We shouldn’t get caught up in the weeds.”

— Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D) during Judiciary Committee debate on a medical marijuana amendment to the Safe Doses Act.

Different Kind of House Call

If you see Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Capitol, don’t jump to the conclusion that she’s there to tip off Members on whether the high court is going to find the 2010 health care law unconstitutional.
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Mazel Tov to Absent Rabbi

As Rep. Bill Pascrell learned he defeated fellow Rep. Steven Rothman in New Jersey’s Democratic primary Tuesday night, his November challenger was probably dancing the Horah and singing “Hava Nagila.”

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a heavily bearded Orthodox Jew, won the Republican primary in the 9th district. He wasn’t there, though, instead opting to be halfway around the world for his sister-in-law’s wedding in Israel.
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June 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Leader

In what can only be described as a case study in sarcasm, the Democratic press office has sent an email to everyone else wishing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) a happy, happy birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Leader

This is the Someecard the office included in the email. (Courtesy Someecards)

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Steny Hoyer’s Daughter Officially Comes Out

Steny Hoyer’s Daughter Officially Comes Out

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stefany Hoyer Hemmer, the 43-year-old daughter of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), told the Washington Blade she is a lesbian — an announcement precipitated, at least in part, by her father’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages.

Hemmer is very candid about her sexual orientation and her excitement about marriage equality in the exhaustive interview.

Hoyer seems totally supportive of his daughter’s political stance.

“I’m pleased that Stefany is adding her voice to those across Maryland and the country calling for marriage equality,” Hoyer told the Blade. “This is about ensuring all families receive equal treatment under the law. As more people speak out, the more momentum this effort gains to give every family the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Feast on the Northeast

Most Members of Congress seed snack bowls in their reception areas with little tastes of home.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) prefers to bring hospitality giants to the Capitol for an “Experience New Hampshire” reception — an invitation-only event happening tonight in the Russell Senate Office Building.

The annual eatravaganza (this year marks the third such gathering) is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire State Society and will feature almost two dozen restaurants, bakeries, confectioners, breweries and winemakers from across the Granite State. Full story

Eliot Spitzer, as Current as Ever

Eliot Spitzer, as Current as Ever

(Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

HOH sat down recently with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to talk about his new gig as the host of “Viewpoint” on Current TV. What follows are edited excerpts.

HOH: Do you think of yourself as a journalist?

ES: I think of myself as a person who was in the political arena, who was attorney general and governor, who wants to continue to participate and — journalism is traditionally referred to as the fourth estate — you have traditional government and you have the other realms as well. But I think journalism is a critical means by which concerned citizens try to contribute, inform [and] lend their views. By participating through my columns at Slate and Current TV, an hour every night, this is a way for me to participate and be involved in the decisions that are so central to the direction that we’re going to take for the next 20 years.
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One Berry Important Cause

The Wisconsin delegation might not agree on who deserves to be governor, but today it’ll lock arms around one parochial certainty: Cranberries should be above the law.
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June 5, 2012

Luck of the Draw

As one might imagine, Democrat bashing has been all the rage on the Anyone BUT Obama Facebook page since the group signed on in 2011.

The conservative cyber-hangout aggregates any and all streams of attack leveled against President Barack Obama, drawing from sources as varied as conspiracy-fomenting Newsmax to sardonic commentator Dennis Miller.

And while it’s crystal clear who the group “likes” — it has given the virtual thumbs up to the entire crop of since-discarded Republican presidential hopefuls, purported vice presidential frontrunners Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, as well as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) — it’s less obvious who, and more importantly why, others have landed on its hate list. Full story

John Lewis’ Politics and Prose

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis will read excerpts from his latest book at 7:30 p.m. at Politics and Prose.

In his latest memoir, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change,” Lewis reflects on his career, from the his days with the civil rights movement to his current job in Congress. He hopes the book will provide guidance to “anyone seeking to live virtuously and transform the world. Full story

This Is Your Quail on Drugs, Behaving Badly

Dear scandalized lawmakers: Japanese quail high on blow like to have sex, but that’s not the only reason scientists want to study them.

There is a spate of Republican lawmakers who are absolutely shocked that the National Institutes of Health would ask for about $400,000 to fund a two-year study at the University of Kentucky to research how cocaine affects the sexual habits of the Japanese quail.

In fact, the proposed federal grant even made No. 23 on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) 2011 annual “Wastebook.”

This week, New York GOP Rep. Tom Reed had still not gotten over this indignity.  Full story

God Blame the Queen

This just in: Black is white. Night is day. Johnny Rotten’s a peacenik, while Morrissey’s full of rage.

We know, we know. HOH is only supposed to dish dirt about political types grandstanding on this side of the pond. But all the hoopla surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee is too awesome to ignore — particularly once Britain’s rock royalty began popping off at the mouth about the headline-grabbing affair. Full story

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