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June 6, 2012

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

From Rock God to Aspiring Lawmaker

Texas businessman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who bested Rep. Silvestre Reyes in last week’s Texas Democratic primary, isn’t just a political rock star. He’s a veteran of the ’90s emo-progressive invasion and has friends that still fill arenas on the reg.

O’Rourke once handled guitar-playing duties for the El Paso-based band Foss (“waterfall” in Icelandic):

From Rock God to Aspiring Lawmaker

(Courtesy Cedric Bixler Zavala)

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Take Five With Rep. Kevin Brady

Take Five With Rep. Kevin Brady

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tuesday is here again, and that means it’s time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress. Today, it’s Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who talks about his favorite sitcom and Bob Dylan.
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June 4, 2012

House Press Gallery Subject To Leak

Though the House was out of session Monday, the chamber’s press gallery kept busy when a flood from the men’s restroom caused enough damage to warrant replacement carpet tiles.

According to Architect of the Capitol spokeswoman Eva Malecki, the “flush valve sensor in one of the urinals became stuck in the ‘flush’ position, which resulted in excess water overrunning the drain over a period of time.
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Bye, Bye, Bye

After last week’s brouhaha, Rep. Nan Hayworth decided to cut her political consultant Jay Townsend loose.

The New York Republican announced her decision at a press conference this morning.

Hayworth came under fire from her Democratic opponent, Richard Becker, after Townsend took to a Facebook page late last month to work through his feelings.

One of the remarks Townsend posted especially seemed to raise Democratic ire.

“Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector,” Townsend wrote on the New York 19 House of Representatives Civil Discussion Center’s Facebook page.

Becker and his supporters urged Hayworth to fire Townsend for the remarks, going so far as to hold a press conference about it early this morning. Then Townsend got the boot. And Becker’s campaign seized the opportunity … to gloat.
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‘Save Your Money,’ McMahon Camp Advises Potential Shays Backers

In a tight economy, every penny counts.

That must be why Chris “Good Samaritan” LaCivita, a senior consultant to Connecticut Senate hopeful Linda McMahon, is warning political action committee members and other political contributors not to bother with the fundraiser former Republican Rep. Chris Shays has scheduled for today.

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Tales From the Gipp

President Abraham Lincoln might be getting the Hollywood treatment this summer, but back in 2007, actor/producer David Arquette opened the door for ax-wielding ex-presidents hell-bent on carving up undesirables with his campy slasher flick “The Tripper.”

At its heart, the film is a classic morality tale. Capitalism vs. conservancy. Man vs. consciousness. And, of course, sharp/pointy/serrated weapons vs. nubile flesh.
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The Tale of Michael the Intern

Say what you will about outgoing Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D), but he is a hero … at least he is to one Hill intern named Michael.

One of the brand-new summer interns was gathering signatures from Members on a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency “expressing our support for a collaborative effort between EPA and D.C. Water to incorporate green infrastructure,” said James Walkinshaw, chief of staff to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).

The office needed a signature from Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va.) office.
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Tryst, Museum Join Forces

Two Washington institutions, the Phillips Collection and Tryst Coffee House Bar and Lounge, have joined forces.

Tryst — known as the living room of Adams Morgan — is loved for its coffee, animal crackers and old couches. It is  a place where people hang out. If you stay long enough, it seems like everyone in the city will eventually pass through. It is a place that fosters community.
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By Neda Semnani Posted at 12:01 a.m.

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