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September 21, 2012

Votes vs. Vittles

The saga over encroaching politispeak continues:

Votes vs. Vittles

(Courtesy the Zeitgeist Movement)

Say it with me now: Just seven more weeks to go.

Washington Native’s Art Show Comes to Capitol Hill

David Molesky’s show at the Barracks Row gallery the Fridge, “Air/Water,” is full of surreal colors, bursts of fire and crashing ocean waves.

The artist was inspired by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. “I hope to bring some awareness and appreciation for the beauty of nature and an awareness for what we’re doing to it without getting too literal,” he tells HOH.

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Angry Aryans Coming to Town

A week that started with the celebration of the Jewish New Year will evidently come to a close Saturday with a neo-Nazi rally converging a stone’s throw from the Capitol.

Morris Gulett, the self-described “world leader” of Aryan Nations tells HOH that 40-60 members of his segregationist society are expected to amass at Lincoln Park and then march to Union Square (opposite the Reflecting Pool) in order to protest the treatment of white farmers in post-apartheid South Africa.

The rally is being coordinated by Maryland-based separatist Mark Ledbetter and will feature guest speakers Monica Stone, a sympathetic South African national, and Ryan Mullins, a ranking member of Aryan Nations from Tennessee.

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Thank God It’s … Rib Day?

It would appear that Rep. Louie Gohmert is transplanting his famous barbecue from his office balcony to the Speaker’s Lobby.

A fellow scribe reports the Texas Republican carted in a smorgasbord of his signature ribs — “It’s an annual thing,” a Gohmert aide said of the regular meat-fest — to the area just outside the House floor. Nice way to ring in the recess!

Gohmert’s peeps declined to share the Congressman’s closely guarded recipe, revealing only that “it’s his conservative spin on LBJ’s famous rib recipe.”

Sounds like the spread is quite intoxicating.

“Smells like cinnamon,” our spy shared.

September 20, 2012

Uggie Steals the Show at Pet Night on the Hill

Two famous, four-legged movie stars descended on Capitol Hill on tonight for the 16th annual Animal Health Institute Pet Night, mugging for the camera and doling out kisses to excited Hill staffers and Members who attended the event.

Uggie, the wiry Jack Russell terrier famous for his role in the Oscar-winning film “The Artist,” donned a dapper tuxedo and basked in the attention of the adoring crowd. He also kept a watchful eye on Tennessee, a black-and-white cat who played Buttercup in “The Hunger Games,” who was more eager to explore the Cannon Caucus Room than she was to play with her canine counterpart.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), a veterinarian by trade and owner of two dogs, a cat and four sheep, made an appearance, saying that caring for animals is an issue with bipartisan support in this divided Washington political landscape. Full story

Capitol Hill Invades Thursday Night Shows

Congressional operatives should see a flood of familiar faces on KableTown NBCUniversal tonight, as a group of Senators lend some street cred to “Parks and Recreation,” while a trio of D.C. tastemakers — including one Barracks Row toque — help quickfire up “Top Chef: Seattle.”

As we reported back in July, in tonight’s episode (9:30 p.m.) of “Parks and Rec,” “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington,” Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) all get to play themselves at a very D.C. reception. (So meta; we know.)

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Fifty Shades of Mitt Romney

Those merry pranksters at Joe Digital have mashed up the planks of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign with “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The results are awesome.

50 Shades of Mitt from The Final Edition on Vimeo.

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Downing a Few at Top of the Hill

God bless us all, we made it to Thursday.

More importantly, we are just 47 — or as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney now likes to call it, that “#@$!%^& number” — days away from being able to zone out about presidential elections. (To be fair, the 2016 race is well under way, political reporters will tell you. But we won’t let them spoil the party.)

What better way to commemorate our numerological boon than to commune today from 6 p.m-??? at Top of the Hill (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) for another Famous DC/Heard on the Hill happy hour?

Your dedicated HOHers will be there.

So please join us so we can clink glasses and toast to long-lasting friendship. (Or don’t, in which case we’ll claim your share of the booze and use it to drown our sorrows.)

Daniel Akaka Gets Lei From Ron Johnson

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) embraced the aloha spirit Wednesday.

During a Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management hearing, Johnson, the subpanel’s ranking member, took a moment to honor retiring Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) with a floral lei and a hug.

Do yourself a favor and check out this adorably awkwardly, sweet, bipartisan moment.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Gets Into Election Spirit

In Washington, everything can carry a political message, including, of course, the ever popular cupcake.

Last week, HOH reported that the group Bankrupting America was ringing in the growing national debt by using the cupcake as a sweet message conveyor. This week, we can report that Sprinkles Cupcakes is getting into the act — albeit with a decidedly anti-partisan message.

“Sprinkles Cupcakes is launching an ambitious first-time-ever cupcake-based anti-partisanship campaign,” says Sprinkles spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley. Full story

Jesse Jackson Jr. Digs for Sale

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who disappeared from the public eye in early June beneath a cloud of mystery ailments — the latest diagnosis: bipolar disorder — has put his Dupont Circle home up for sale.

“Like millions of Americans, Congressman Jackson and Mrs. Jackson are grappling with soaring healthcare costs and are selling their residence to help defray costs of their obligations,” Rick Bryant, Jackson’s chief of staff, said in a statement.

As originally reported by the Chicago Tribune, Jackson is asking $2.5 million for a tony 2,936-square-foot pad featuring four bedrooms, three full baths and a rooftop Jacuzzi.

According to real estate records, Jackson paid $575,000 for the same property in 1998.

Ken Burns Gets Capitol Treatment

Ken Burns Gets Capitol Treatment

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The United States Capitol Historical Society will bestow its 2012 Freedom Award on distinguished documentarian Ken Burns tonight, rolling the fete for the filmmaker into the group’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Burns has trained his cameras on all manner of Americana, beginning with his 1988 look at “The Congress,” leading all the way to 2011’s peek at “Prohibition.” His “The Civil War” and “Baseball” continue to be lauded years after their releases.

“His documentaries capture the human story of America, making our nation’s political, cultural and social history eminently accessible and engaging to millions,” USCHS President and former Rep. Ronald Sarasin (R-Conn.) said in a release.

Burns joins an elite group that has been honored, including Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), ex-Sens. George McGovern (D-S.D.) and Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) and former Speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.).

The invitation-only Burns bash begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Capitol Connections

Capitol Hill’s hours can be unforgiving. And it’s not unusual for staffers, politicians, operatives and even reporters to find themselves lonely and tired on the other side of the legislative calendar or campaign cycle. It’s OK, Erika Ettin is there for you.

“Essentially, you are completely outsourcing your online dating life to me,” says Ettin, founder of A Little Nudge, a D.C. online dating consulting firm. In this instance, she’s referring to her platinum package, which entails her taking charge of a person’s dating life.
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Fat Cats on Capitol Hill

A group of Members and their staffers will gather in the Rayburn House Office Building at 4 p.m. to be briefed on the problem of fat cats in America.

No … not the monied interests of political caricature, but actual obese cats — and other pets. According to the Banfield Pet Hospital, this is, ahem, a growing problem.
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By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:01 a.m.

September 19, 2012

McCain Threatens Congressional Action if Nats Don’t ‘Let Teddy Win’

McCain Threatens Congressional Action if Nats Dont Let Teddy Win

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The “Let Teddy Win” movement got a little boost Tuesday night from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The former presidential candidate voiced his outrage that the Washington Nationals mascot representing 26th president Theodore Roosevelt has never once pulled out a win during the crowd-pleasing, fourth-inning presidents race that takes place at every Nationals home game.

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