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Hurling a heavy ball and hearing the crash of of the impact as you hit your target could be cathartic after a long workday, but it can also be a lot of fun.
The women of the Senate took part in some bipartisan bowling at the White House Tuesday night, hoping to strike up more camaraderie. And, by all accounts, there were plenty of laughs to spare. Full story
AFI Docs kicked off its monthly film series of documentaries this week with Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next,” an exploration of what makes a country strong, with everyone still reeling from Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.
“The French aren’t going to stop being the French,” Moore said during a post-screening Q&A when asked whether France might adopt Patriot Act-type measures in response to the assault that has shocked the world, and came just months after the deadly attacks on the Paris attacks of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Full story
“I only wish Yogi was here to celebrate the news. … He said himself, ‘If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,’ but today, it’d be close.”
— Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., on the news that baseball great Yogi Berra, who died in September, had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as reported by PolitickerNJ.
NEW ORLEANS — Sen. David Vitter, locked in a tight gubernatorial runoff election in Louisiana with Democrat John Bel Edwards, has given Big Easy satirists a lot of material.
“Part of Dirty Coast has always been to poke fun at New Orleans and Louisiana, and politics is a major part of that,” said Chris Marroy, general manager for the Crescent City clothier Dirty Coast. Marroy pointed to previous designs needling disgraced Mayor Ray Nagin and the football bounty-hunting scandal surrounding New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. Full story
Capturing the real-life drama of Capitol Hill in fiction can be a daunting task, but Colleen Shogan had an advantage: She’s been there, done that.
Shogan, 40, now the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, used her time as a Senate staffer as the basis of her debut mystery novel, “Stabbing in the Senate,” the first installment in her Washington Whodunit series. Full story
Metro Transit Police announced Monday that additional patrols were deployed on Nov. 13, as news broke of the attacks in France that left 129 dead and hundreds more wounded. A news release noted increased patrols “will continue for an unspecified period of time.” Full story
Michael Franzese is not your typical minister.
Around 30 years ago, he was listed among the most powerful mafia bosses, part of the notorious New York Columbo family. But after finding God while serving time in prison, he reformed. And on Nov. 13, he found himself talking about faith and redemption with Capitol Hill staff. Full story
Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and his wife Brooke added to their family earlier this month, with the birth of their second daughter. Eloise Jane — Yoder’s office said her name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers — arrived at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured about 21 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sister Caroline Lucille. Full story
The board with oversight over Capitol security said Monday the Capitol Police department “continues to be on highest alert” and is enhancing security around the complex following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“As with many law enforcement agencies around the nation, the USCP has increased visibility in a number of areas,” the Capitol Police Board wrote in a notice sent to congressional staff just after 10 a.m. “The increased presence and visibility is a proactive enhancement of our already heightened security posture. We appreciate your patience with any inconvenience you may experience or delays incurred at entry points to the Capitol Complex.” Full story
Capitol Police rolled out a progressive new policy on Oct. 29 for handling interactions with transgender individuals.
The six-page directive, obtained by CQ Roll Call, instructs officers on security screening, frisks, medical treatment and arrests for a population that the Justice Department defines as particularly vulnerable. Full story
Updated 8:43 p.m. Sunday | A stabbing at Union Station that resulted in shots fired put the area on edge Saturday night.
“An off duty police officer intervened in a stabbing incident, shooting a suspect. Suspect is in custody,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy wrote in an email at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Full story
A few hundred people gathered in Lafayette Square north of the White House Saturday evening to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks that shocked Paris and the world.
Several coordinated attacks, including two suicide bombs near a soccer stadium and suicide bombs detonated in a concert hall, left 129 dead and 352 wounded Friday night in the French capital, according to The New York Times. The Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack. On Saturday, the French Embassy in the District of Columbia organized a vigil to mourn and show solidarity with those suffering in France. Full story
There’s really no other place but the Kennedy Center to launch the premiere of an overhauled version of “Appomattox,” the Philip Glass opera about the end of the Civil War set at the eponymous courthouse.
The opera, which premiered in San Francisco in 2007, underwent a complete transformation after the Supreme Court upended the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Now there’s a new second act set during the Civil Rights era that features a young John Lewis — now the veteran congressman from Georgia.
Two labels, two different expiration dates — was this a culinary cover-up?
A concerned House cafeteria patron alerted HOH Thursday to what appears to be a not-so-hidden expiration date on one of the cheese and grapes snacks in Longworth cafeteria, though the sticker notes it was prepared in Rayburn. Full story
Early Tuesday evening, #thistown experienced a wedding for the ages.
Roll Call Capitol Hill Editor Jason Dick and Morning Consult’s Fawn Johnson tied the knot in front of a crowd of friends and family gathered at Atlas Brew Works in Northeast D.C. in a ceremony that perfectly expressed their personalities.
NPR’s Sue Davis officiated, and the vows, written by Dick and Johnson, included Latin phrases, references to Kurt Vonnegut and numerous mentions of the Washington Nationals. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss, the bride and groom orchestrated a T-shirt toss, showering guests with mementos from the couple’s vast collection. (Johnson put her crafting skills to good use ahead of time, turning their overflow shirts into table cloths.)
Guests were treated to a variety of brews, as well as barbecue from DCity Smokehouse and soft pretzels from The Pretzel Bakery before decamping to Boundary Road on H Street. The after-party featured a custom cocktail named after their PG-13 wedding hashtag (#FawnLovesTheD) and made with Pikesville Rye, Capitoline rosé vermouth, St. George spiced pear liqueur and Bittercube Jamaican bitters.
The CQ Roll Call family was well-represented at the party, along with a contingent of National Journal reporters past and present and Morning Consult staffers. The happy couple decamped to New Orleans the following morning — on a reasonably timed midday flight.