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December 19, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Inspires Sugar Daddy Site

Sorry, male reporters and lower-level government workers. According to the website Seeking Arrangement, rational, heterosexual women like dating only wealthy men.

With all the fiscal cliff bruhaha shenanigans swirling about, the sugar daddy/sugar baby matching site has helpfully offered reduced prices on membership.

“Ladies, you’re spending your hard-earned money to make sure the holidays will be perfect for your loved ones,” Seeking Arrangement’s advertisement begins. “Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., your elected officials can’t agree on how to avoid the fiscal cliff. If they can’t reach a compromise by Dec. 31, you’ll have to pay up to $2,000 more in taxes next year.

“That’s two grand less to spend on gifts, rent, clothing, tuition, the list goes on,” the ad continues.

If you’re pretty, however, another option is open to you. Full story

December 18, 2012

Gun Enthusiasts Return Fire in Cyberspace

With the NRA in full retreat from Facebook and suddenly gun-shy Republicans rethinking their allegiance to the Second Amendment, conservative activists are taking to the Internet to defend their right to self-defense.

Almost a dozen anti-gun missives — including six launched the day of — have cropped up on the White House’s “We the People” petition page since the Dec. 14 slaying of 20 children and six unarmed adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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By Warren Rojas Posted at 8:03 p.m.
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Overheard on the Hill

“Score this!”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., challenges the National Rifle Association to oppose the Violence Against Women Act.

 

Camp Beats Cancer

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp has kicked cancer to the curb, receiving word from his physicians that intensive therapy has rendered him “cancer free.”

“I am extremely thankful for the excellent treatment I received from dedicated physicians, nurses and medical staff,” the head taxwriter announced Tuesday. Camp alerted colleagues to his non-Hodgkins large B-cell lymphoma in late July, mapping out a treatment plan that included monthly chemotherapy sessions.
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How to Stay Out of HOH

As loyal readers of this venerable column know, we are blessed with ample material. The trials, tribulations and pratfalls of members of Congress and their staffers provide a seemingly endless supply. Who could forget, for instance, the staffers for Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, R-Miss., who tried to bribe an Annapolis property manager with pecans after trashing her rental property? Good times. Great copy.

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Speak Easy and Carry a Big Drink

The Prohibition-era ambiance of speakeasy drinking arrives Tuesday night at Eastern Market with one modern twist: To score one of the 26 seats available at Harold Black, the cozy bar opening above Acqua Al 2, you must text a request for reservations to an exclusive phone number.

Hiding on the second floor at 214 7th St. SE, the bar is the latest project by fine-dining team Ari Gejdenson and Johnny Spero. With no website or social media presence, local food bloggers report exclusive invites have arrived via small white cards marked “h b” with a phone number on the back.  Local blog Girl Meets Food appears to have reported the news of the opening first. Eater DC has also been following the opening closely.

The menu features nine $14 “Elixirs” in addition to beer, wine, spirits and “vittles.” Capitol Hill patrons might be keen on sipping the “the Deal-Breaker,” a combination of stout beer, cask-aged rum and vanilla, in Harold Black’s secretive, backroom setting. Would it be bad luck to order one of those during the fiscal cliff negotiations?

December 17, 2012

Take Five With Rep. Don Young

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s the final Take Five of the year for HOH, and we celebrate with one of our favorite members, GOP Rep. Don Young of Alaska, who waxes about chewing on blubber and how he takes cues from the leadership style of “Old Guts and Glory,” Gen. George Patton.
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Capitol Police, Santa To Throw D.C. Kids a Holiday Party

December is proving to be an exciting month for the kids at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast Washington.

Earlier this month, the kids got to take a music class with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Damien Woetzel, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet. As cool as that was, 60 Savoy students might be a smidge more excited about what’s coming on Wednesday.
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We Act Radio Parties With Frank, Conyers

Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., will be the stars of We Act Radio’s holiday fundraiser, a party designed to highlight their combined 80 years of progressive politicking on Capitol Hill.
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Affleck Who?

Get ready to swoon, Capitol Hill. Hollywood hunk and celebvocate Ben Affleck will testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday on the “evolving security situation” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Westboro’s Newtown Plans Spark Grass-Roots Backlash

Westboro Baptist Church’s attempts to ride Sandy Hook’s tragic coattails back into the media spotlight has pushed the highly divisive group into new territory: most wanted by White House petitioners.

Best known for derailing private funerals with its anti-abortion and homophobic propaganda, the WBC announced during the weekend that it planned to picket the Sunday night vigil the community of Newtown, Conn., held to commemorate the victims of Friday’s school shootings.

Counter-protesters marched to the Internet instead, prodding the White House to shut down the group one way or another. Six petitions calling for retribution against Westboro have been submitted since Friday, with requests ranging from making it illegal to picket funerals (6,300-plus signatories and counting) to formally recognizing them as a hate group (114,000-plus signatories and counting).

“They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment of others and will not improve without some form of imposed regulation,” warns the leading petition — which has more than four times the support required to prompt an official response from the administration.

Your move, Mr. President.

December 16, 2012

Spiritual Leader to Exorcise Congressional Demons

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman, a dogged advocate of bipartisan prayer summits and having elected officials consult with the Almighty on just about everything, feels the time is ripe for a little housecleaning.

His first order of business: a public exorcism on Capitol Hill, scheduled to take place Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the East Front of the campus.
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Overheard on the Hill

“It’s quite plain that Lord Grantham has made quite a catastrophic investment that is going to bring down — talk about jumping off a fiscal cliff — it’s going to bring down the entire structure of the world that he knows.”

Hugh Bonneville, the actor who plays Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey,” using Washington’s political metaphor du jour to describe a major plot point in the upcoming season of the PBS hit.

Inaugural Tickets Going Fast

Workers continue to put the finishing touches on the stands at the Capitol for Obama’s inauguration Jan. 21. Norton said District residents have been clamoring for tickets to the swearing-in ceremony. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Hey, members of Congress: Got any extra tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration laying around?

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office has been “besieged” by District residents calling in the hopes of scoring tickets to the official swearing-in ceremony on the National Mall on Jan. 21, and she’s hoping her colleagues can spare some of their extras.
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Nothing Says Christmas Like The Fridge

Hey, D.C.: Staying local looks so good on you.

This holiday season hit up Capitol Hill’s art gallery The Fridge for handmade gifts crafted by local artists. Even better, the gallery, located at 516 Eighth St. SE, rear alley on Barracks Row, will split all profits with the artists themselves.
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