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June 28, 2012

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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Who’s on First?

And now for something not related to health care or contempt!

Although a pall of partisanship has hung thick over Capitol Hill this week, at least two Members were out to lighten the tense mood.

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Homeward Bound

As if they didn’t already have enough to worry about (opposition candidates, disillusioned voters, vindictive super PACs), politicians can now add disgruntled cabbies and savvy gamers to the growing roster of those looking to boot them from office.

To be fair, Linda Mess (taxi driver) and Rich Colburn (video game developer) are more interested in launching lawmakers skyward via all kinds of wacky propulsion devices. But the basic principle is the same.
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Scarred But No Longer Scared

Scarred But No Longer Scared

Reps. Bruce Braley and Jackie Speier speak with Protect Our Defenders members as they deliver letters thanking the 125 co-sponsors of Speier's Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A cadre of sexually mistreated warriors brought their very personal battle to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, huddling with Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) to champion changes in the handling of military rape.

The morale-killing crisis is exhaustively chronicled in the film “The Invisible War,” an unflinching look at sexually abused service members who, until now, had been kept at bay by bureaucracy and indifference.

Speier introduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act last fall. The bipartisan bill, which aims to create autonomous oversight of reported rapes, has 125 co-sponsors.
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Baltimore Bombs Away

Baltimore Bombs Away

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Good news for the calorie-deprived!

Dangerously Delicious Pies, the Baltimore-born, D.C.-colonizing, absurdly tasty pie establishment, is opening another outlet for Capitol Hill today.

The purveyor of sweet and savory pastries is taking over the old slot in Union Station’s food court previously occupied by another Baltimore institution, Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop.
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By Jason Dick Posted at 12:01 a.m.

June 27, 2012

Getting Comfy on the House Floor

C-SPAN’s cameras caught a small child making himself comfortable as Massachusetts Rep. John Olver (D) said something. FamousDC helpfully posted the clip.

The kid stuck both hands down his pants before curling up and falling fast asleep.

It was all pretty adorable.

Show Me the Funny

Lyrical poets Black Moon once asked a fairly straightforward question:

It took almost 20 years, but we now have a definitive answer — Congressional press wranglers:

Show Me the Funny

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)



Funk Descends on National Mall

The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival is set to get down tonight.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open its brick and mortar portion in 2015 on the National Mall, is bringing funk legends George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk and Meshell Ndegeocello to perform on the National Mall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Cabinet Viewing

You’d never know documentary films account for only a fraction of the box office by this week’s sneak preview of “The Queen of Versailles.”

Among the throngs packed into E Street Cinema on Monday evening were two Cabinet secretaries, along with the usual policy wonks, what remains of the cinema press corps and friends and family of the filmmaker.
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Rhode Island Scholars

Caleb Chafee, the son of former Rhode Island GOP Senator and current independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee, has gotten himself into quite a pickle.

On Memorial Day weekend, police say, 18-year-old Caleb threw himself a graduation party at his family’s compound. Caleb had just graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School, a boarding school in Portsmouth, R.I.

According to the police report, young Chafee and his friends began gathering at the compound around 1 p.m., and the suds flowed throughout the afternoon.
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Soft Rockin’ It

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” well, it seems as if he heads to Capitol Hill to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act.

Or at least that’s what soft-rock balladeer Michael Bolton — whose legendary cover of “When a Man Loves a Woman” earned him a Grammy in 1991 — did Tuesday.

Bolton made the rounds on the Hill, at a press conference held by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was advocating for VAWA, and then on the East Front of the Capitol at a “Save VAWA National Action Rally” with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Daniel Akaka
(D-Hawaii) and Reps. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.).
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By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:01 a.m.

June 26, 2012

Catch a Free Rider

HOH’s favorite geeky wonk-rock band is back to explain complicated stuff to America through the magic of song.

The D.C.-based Consensus Bureau is doing the Supreme Court justices and health care reform junkies a giant favor.

“The individual mandate and the problem of free riders in the healthcare system is an issue poorly understood for one simple reason: There are no catchy songs explaining it!” the band said in an email. “Until today….”

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