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April 21, 2015

April 15, 2015

Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

CNBC’s John Harwood gets the award for today’s quote of the day from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Speaking about his early life as a boxer, the Nevada Democrat questioned the wisdom of taking the punches he did, though he said he was good at the sport. “I fought for two years. It gave me confidence, that’s why I did it,” he said. “I’m glad I quit.”

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 12:55 p.m.
Sports Desk

Tex-Mex Free-for-All Set for April 21

Never mind the tired axiom about Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and unattended TV cameras. History has clearly shown the most dangerous proposition on Capitol Hill is impeding the path of fast-food crazed congressional staffers.


The ravenous masses on April 21 will once again have the opportunity to ravage unsuspecting minimum-wage workers during the annual Taco Bell Franchisee Congressional Reception.

The carnage should commence promptly at 5 p.m., with the full-contact gorging expected to subside by 6:30 p.m. — or whenever the shell-shocked tortilla flingers flee the Rayburn Cafeteria.

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Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

Whether courting home-schoolers or kicking it live with hog castrators (the new hockey moms?), would-be POTUSes have had it beaten into their skulls that the road to victory begins in Iowa.

Those who don’t have the faintest clue why the Midwest enjoys kingmaker status can, this fall, get a crash course in early caucusing from Steffen Schmidt, a professor of political science at Iowa State University.

Iowa Will Not Be Ignored

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“Dr. Politics,” as he’s come to be known after decades of closely evaluating visiting presidential campaigns, wants to help demystify the caucus process via a four-part online program.

The Web-enabled tutorial is expected to peel back the curtain on the history of the Iowa caucuses, the mechanics of the inaugural contest, how the media plays into the process, and what it will all mean as we are collectively dragged, kicking and screaming, toward Election Day. Full story

April 14, 2015

Lawmaker’s One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Lawmakers One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Connolly, joking here with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, is quick with a quip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

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Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied  to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story

Key Lime Pastry Pops Up at Ted’s Bulletin

Capitol Hill’s home for reimagined snack treats has flipped the script on a Sunshine State staple, (Just in time for Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential run? Hmm.) whipping up a house-made goodie accented with fruity key lime, crumbly graham cracker and fluffy whipped cream.

The flagship Ted’s Bulletin has been cranking out signature sweets from the get-go, tempting passersby with display cases full of freshly baked cakes, pies and custom treats.

A key lime production Monday joined the platoon of pop tarts Pastry Chef Todd Miller and his crew crank out morning, noon and night.

Key Lime Pastry Pops Up at Ted’s Bulletin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The bonus breakfast offering joins another seasonal player, salted caramel, on the revolving roster of oral entertainment. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:12 p.m.
Food, HillSide, Restos

Take Five: Rep. Dina Titus

Take Five: Rep. Dina Titus

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, the multitalented (and potential Senate contender) Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., talks about teaching, traveling and tap dancing. Yes, tap dancing. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
TakeFive

April 13, 2015

Lawmakers Lace Up Their Cleats for Charity Soccer Match

Lawmakers Lace Up Their Cleats for Charity Soccer Match

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., will take the field once again. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ten members of Congress will trade their suits for soccer jerseys next week to compete in the third annual Capital Soccer Classic.

The game is scheduled for Tuesday at RFK Stadium in the District of Columbia. Though it is free to attend the game, donations from the event’s sponsors will benefit the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which encourages the growth of soccer in the United States, particularly in underprivileged communities. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 10:26 a.m.
Reps, Sports Desk

Exit Interview: Scott Overland Cherishes Congressional Cutups

Leaving the friends he made and inspirational figures he encountered while working on Capitol Hill is no easy task for former staffer Scott Overland.

But he’s made his peace with moving on (Best of luck leading the pack as PetSmart’s man for legislative affairs!) by clinging to the joie de vivre inculcated in him by quick-witted pols.

The communications pro flexed his messaging muscles in both chambers, working first for former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and most recently for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.

Each man, he suggested, knew how to keep things pretty lively. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Window Dressing

Window Dressing. A speech or release of information that makes something seem more important than it is.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy.

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April 10, 2015

Meditation Museum Moves On Up

Need a little serenity now?

The oasis of enlightenment known as the Meditation Museum has taken up residence in some shiny new digs (9525 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) and starting Friday welcomes all to its grand opening.

Meditation Museum Moves On Up

(Courtesy Meditation Museum)

The suburban haven plans to welcome supporters — organizers tell HOH that aides from the office of Senate hopeful Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are expected to attend — from 6 to 9 p.m. at the updated outpost. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:18 p.m.
Reps

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

Advocates for living life 18 holes at a time are scheduled to bring their “A” game to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for another round of links-related outreach.

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Industry leaders are giving “National Golf Day 2015” all they’ve got, carting in Presidents Cup 2015 captains Jay Haas (U.S. team) and Nick Price (international team) to talk shop, Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed to help firm up the average duffer’s handicap and a slew of enthusiasts game to poke their heads into any congressional office that will have them. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Dan Coats (Video)

Heard on the Hill’s tribute to retiring lawmakers rolls on this week with Sen. Dan Coats and his affinity for grandchildren, massages and showing up to committee hearings on time.

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Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Brown hopes D.C. residents will be sipping on some civil disobedience next Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil disobedience can take many forms: a protest, a boycott, a strike, a sit-in. And soon you will be able to sip your civil disobedience on the rocks.

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown, one of the District of Columbia’s elected representatives who advocates for D.C. statehood, has concocted a cocktail called “Civil Disobedience,” or “the drink that will set you free,” to raise awareness about the statehood movement. Full story

April 9, 2015

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

It’s a home run for Nationals Park, which plans on adding a nursing lounge this July (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Nationals Park may be getting a bit more family friendly this year.

Responding to a change.org petition started by an Arlington woman, a spokesperson for the Washington Nationals said there are plans to open a “state-of-the-art space to accommodate nursing mothers” at Nationals Park this July, in time for the All-Star break. Women currently have the option to use a designated conference room, but there is no view of the game from it, and the petition complained it lacked privacy and was uncomfortably warm. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:36 p.m.
Nationals

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