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November 2, 2012

Political Reporter’s Nightmare Comes to a Head This Week

One in an occasional series in which CQ Roll Call reporters share their point of view. This time around, political reporter Abby Livingston on having a name you can’t run away from.

A yearlong personal drama came to a head earlier this week, when a colleague asked me why people are Tweeting about me and broncos.

I checked my feed, and the culprit was my former boss and current Congressional softball team co-captain Amy Walter of ABC News.

  • @amyewalter: We are all Abby! RT ‪@Chris_Moody: New avatar. Solidarity with Abby. ‪#BroncoBamma ‪#MittRomenny


No. We are all not Abby. I am Abby. Full story

‘Black Tulip’ Filmmaker Talks About Shooting, Troubles in Afghanistan

Sonia Nassery Cole endured death threats, a kidnapping and bomb blasts to film “Black Tulip” in Kabul, Afghanistan.

But she survived, as did the film, and with a recent screening at the Motion Picture Association of America headquarters here in Washington and a publicity tour surrounding its release, the film could help remind Americans mired in election fever that there is still a war going on across the world.

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Hello Kitty, Hello President

HOH swung by LivingSocial’s 916 F St. NW space to check out the Hello Kitty for President extravaganza. We entered confused. We left happy, wildly confused and weighed down by swag and paper crowns.

Hello Kitty, Hello President

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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Yes Virginia, There Is an Election Coming

Some NoVa Republicans are clearly ho-ho-hoping the Old Dominion will glow blood red next Tuesday.

Yes Virginia, There Is an Election Coming

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)


November 1, 2012

Third-Party Candidates Descend on D.C. for Last-Ditch Debate

Political gadfly Ralph Nader wants to give 2012’s class of third-party presidential candidates one last say before Election Day, gathering the four most viable long shots for a weekend debate at Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St. NW).

Ex-Rep. and Constitution party nominee Virgil Goode (Va.), former New Mexico Gov. turned Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson are all expected to bare their souls to select media from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. this Sunday, just two days before voters head to the polls.

Nader pitched President Barack Obama and GOP hopeful Mitt Romney about holding a debate here in the nation’s capital but told HOH he never heard back from either camp.

“The District has been exploited as a backdrop for large partisan fundraisers in its major hotels, restaurants and clubs. But the District’s human and political rights have been ignored,” Nader chided the main contenders in a Sept. 18 letter cosigned by a coalition of two dozen civic groups and concerned individuals, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and local restaurateur/debate host Andy Shallal. Full story

Voice Mail Greeting Doubles as Biden Time Machine

Vice President Joseph Biden’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination lives on.

Just call Sam Spencer, a former Biden campaign staffer, who has had the vice president’s voice on his cellphone voice mail for almost six years.

“I’m Sen. Joe Biden, and I’m running for President of the United States, and I’m making the greeting for Sam,” the former Delaware Senator says before the beep.

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Parkmobile Backs Down From Blaming Dick Durbin for Parking Fee

Want to get a Senator riled? Blame him for high parking fees.

Pay-by-phone outfit Parkmobile last week blamed Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for the 13-cent increase in D.C.’s mobile parking meter fees. This didn’t sit too well with Durbin, whose face was adorning parking meters on a sticker that said “Durbin Tax” throughout the nation’s capital. And in an email sent to subscribers this afternoon, Parkmobile backed down.

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Alabama GOP Takes Election Watch Party to the Range

For one day only, the entire country will separate along party lines, people will cast their votes and bipartisanship will be ignored, at least until the final results are tallied.

While this is happening, groups of partisan Americans will come together to drink to the health of their party and the success of their candidates. Most of these parties will feature booze, the American flag and many televisions.

At least one election party will also feature a firearm or two. Full story

José Andrés Dishing Out Food Politics, Policy This Spring

Restaurateur José Andrés is exporting his insights into the intersection of food and culture to George Washington University. And he will share the sum total of his experience with those who carve out room in their spring schedule to join his inaugural “World on a Plate” course.

The class marks a new chapter in Andrés’ relationship with the university. He has previously served on GWU’s Urban Food Task Force, advised GWU President Steven Knapp on food policy issues and assisted in the development of the School Without Walls pilot program.

“Food is that thread that runs through the fabric of society: culture, energy, art, science, the economy, national security, the environment, health, politics and diplomacy,” Andrés said in a release touting his leap from Think Food Group boardroom to classroom, adding, “Eating is the one thing, besides breathing, that we all do from the day we are born until the day we die.” Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:23 p.m.

Chip Cravaack Points Big Gun at ‘Friends’

We’re guessing Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) is a big supporter of the Second Amendment.

Chip Cravaack Points Big Gun at Friends

Courtesy Facebook

“This weekend,” writes Cravaack, “I’ll be using my AR15 223 5.56 UTG rail, generic stock & grip. NcSTAR scope. Might be borrowing my buddy’s AR10 308.”

The best part of the picture is it looks as if Cravaack’s rifle is pointing at his decorative “Friends” tchotchke.

What Late Night Viewers Really Want

Talk show host Jimmy Fallon has challenged the Twitterverse to come up with a goofy political platform, gathering the hopes/dreams/maniacal plans of the microblogging savvy beneath the #IfIWerePresident umbrella.

Per Fallon’s original post, the cyber-confessions might be used for a bit in the future.

But why wait for NBC execs to pass judgment on the crowd-sourced comedy when we here at HOH have cataloged and cross-referenced some of the most pertinent posts to date:

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Dick Durbin Blamed for New Parking Tax

While everyone was distracted by Sandy the superstorm, another tempest was brewing between Congress and the district.

Dick Durbin Blamed for New Parking Tax

An eagle-eyed tipster sent us this sticker featuring Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin's face.

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Protest-Free Pro Forma?

House Democrats were noticeably absent during Tuesday’s pro forma session, which was delayed until 4 p.m. because of Hurricane/superstorm Sandy.

“Obviously, we have been going to each pro forma session and pointing out that Republicans are not in session and are not getting work done,” a Democratic leadership aide said. “But given Hurricane Sandy and its devastating impact, we felt that [Tuesday] was not the time.”

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Who Would You Want in Your Corner?

If anything, the past few days of hunkering down to wait out Hurricane Sandy have made us ponder who we’d want in our corners if things go wrong.

Before the storm hit, we at HOH were pondering Halloween-appropriate stories and asked our readers which Members of Congress would you want in your survival group in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Post-Sandy, the question has taken on new resonance, as we survey the damage to the Eastern United States. So without further ado, here are the Members our loyal readers see as the most essential to getting through a disaster.

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Faking It

There’s nothing like parody Twitter accounts to make us laugh in the face of the depressing news of the devastation on the Northeast coastline due to superstorm Sandy.

Interspersed between tweets revealing news of devastating fires, floods and power outages, political parody Twitter accounts such as @MittStormTips and @ElBloombito found a way to make us smile, poking fun at the personalities of our political figures.

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