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July 5, 2015

June 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

Democrats Celebrate 7th Straight Baseball Win on House Floor (Video)

Doyle celebrated Democrats' 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Doyle celebrated Democrats’ 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Baseball Managers Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., interrupted a series of votes Wednesday to once again bring the coveted Roll Call trophy to the House chamber, marking the Democrats’ seventh-straight victory over the Republicans in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. With the victory, Democrats now lead the all-time series by one game, 39-38-1.

In a break from decorum, the team managers addressed not only one another, but addressed other players by their first names on the floor. Barton commended his team’s effort and warned Doyle the GOP is “back.”

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Running the Bases While Running for Senate

Edwards also has to balance campaign events with congressional duties and softball practices. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo).

Edwards balances campaign events, congressional duties and softball practice. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Balancing legislative responsibilities with running for Senate is challenging enough — throw in a few softballs and the juggling gets more intense.

For some female lawmakers set to take the field for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game who have to also balance a competitive campaign, the camaraderie of the annual event makes the grueling schedule worth it.

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June 23, 2015

Bad News Babe Sizes Up Congressional Softball Squad

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call alumna and inexhaustible trash-talker Abby Livingston remains confident her fellow Bad News Babes will wind up winning Wednesday’s seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Which is not to say toppling the defending-champ pols will be a cakewalk.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Following a tough scrimmage on June 21 (“We got crushed,” volunteered one BNB player.), Livingston told HOH the press team has matured significantly. Full story

Redditors Get Off on Plugging C-SPAN

Playboy scoured the Internet (OK, just Reddit) in search of rock-solid sex tips and apparently came away with a deeper appreciation for public broadcasting.

Per Hugh Hefner’s pet project, the best way to up your carnal knowledge is to tune in regularly to floor proceedings. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(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, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., chatted about running, good advice and the best thing about California, man.
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June 22, 2015

Markwayne Mullin’s Crunching Workout Plan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin expects to lead any and all members of the legislative branch interested in feeling the burn in a cardio-intensive workout Thursday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The roughly hour-long program, which is scheduled to take place in Upper D Park (opposite the Longworth House Office Building) beginning at 7 a.m., is being co-sponsored by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus in honor of Men’s Health Month.

An event organizer said the Oklahoma Republican, who regularly leads fitness-seeking lawmakers through similar paces in the member’s gym, has been tasked with developing the workout routine. Full story

June 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 15, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent a busy week on the Hill mispronouncing the names of NBA players, “beating dead donkeys” and getting kicked out of private briefings.

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Bill Pascrell Comes to Alexander Hamilton’s Defense

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pascrell has come to the defense of Hamilton. (Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At least one member of Congress is coming to the defense of Alexander Hamilton.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., is prodding Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to reverse course on his plan to reduce the presence of the first occupant of that office and instead take the historic step of putting a woman on the $20, supplanting President Andrew Jackson.

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Alpacas on the National Mall

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In addition to great music, food and fun from Peru planned for the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, there will be alpacas.

On Friday, June 26, there will be a presentation by the weavers from the Center of Traditional Textiles. Based in Cuzco, Peru, members of the cooperative will demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. As a part of the ceremony, the alpacas will be decorated. They will also be at the festival the following Friday as well.

Flame Pool Alpacas (“Where Suris Rule” according to their website) from Columbia, Md., will be providing the world’s cutest pre-sweaters. Owner Kathy Graziani made clear that the alpacas will not be visiting with the crowd. Still, there will still be the spectacle of a dressed-up alpaca on the National Mall.

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Dennis Ross Smokes Out Grilling Mates

Just because he no longer makes the rounds on the competitive barbecue circuit does not mean Rep. Dennis A. Ross is done raking favorite foods — or like-minded colleagues — over the coals.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Every weekend I’ll be doing something,” the Florida Republican told HOH of his penchant for firing up his wood-pellet fed smokers, he’s got two, whenever time permits. Full story

June 18, 2015

Steve Daines Wants Jeannette Rankin on #TheNew10

Sen. Steve Daines, hoping to get out ahead of Treasury’s recently announced hunt for the next face to grace the $10 bill, is placing his pick for Alexander Hamilton’s successor in the hopper.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

The Montana Republican has drafted a proposal — the “Celebrating the First Woman in Congress Currency Act” — urging the administration to commemorate former Rep. Jeannette Rankin, R-Mont., ahead of all others. Full story

Derek Kilmer Gets a Jump on Father’s Day (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kilmer said his father, an educator for more than 50 years, “may have taught my entire hometown.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Derek Kilmer took to the House floor Thursday to say a few words about a certain someone who schooled him — and quite possibly most of Port Angeles, Wash. — in the finer points of hard work and perseverance.

“I think he may have taught my entire hometown,” the Washington Democrat said of his father’s staggering reach following 51 years devoted to feeding young minds.

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Texas Pols Go to Bat for Astros (Updated)

Updated 3:31 p.m. | A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from the Lone Star State put Missouri pols on notice Thursday: acts of aggression against the Houston Astros will not be tolerated.

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, authored a stern warning — signed by three-quarters of the Texas delegation — to colleagues from the Show-Me State expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs between the dueling ball clubs.

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

 

“A state of war exists between the Astros and the Cardinal Empire,” Olson et al. ribbed their counterparts in response to reports that members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization may have hacked into Houston Astros’ computer systems. “There is no blinking at the fact that our team, our fans, and the sanctity of the game of baseball are in grave danger.”

Per staff, Olson hand-delivered the mischievous missive to every member from Missouri he was able to run down. Full story

Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

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