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February 1, 2015

January 27, 2015

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Grassley is a Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Never one for false modesty, Sen. Charles E. Grassley thinks he’s pretty good at using Twitter.

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Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

The dueling pols are sharing top billing at this year’s typically tongue-in-cheek shindig, a press-friendly gathering — MSNBC personality Alex Wagner is expected to serve as the master of ceremonies — that ushers in the cavalcade of seasonal awards dinners in #ThisTown. Full story

January 26, 2015

House Staffer Keeps ‘Em Guessing on ‘Jeopardy!’

House Staffer Keeps Em Guessing on Jeopardy!

(Courtesy Will Anderson)

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up? Full story

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.

Lewis brought up the bipartisan movie plans during a National Press Club discussion of his latest autobiographical project, “March: Book Two.” Full story

John McCain’s Counterterrorism Contretemps

John McCains Counterterrorism Contretemps

McCain discussed Yemen on Patrick’s radio program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Yeah, you know, Yemen falls to the Houthis, and we’re talking about football.”

— Sen. John McCain, asked on Dan Patrick’s radio program if he had spoken to fellow senators about the controversy over whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. This year’s Super Bowl, featuring the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, will be played in the Arizona Republican’s home state.

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Reid Opines on ‘#Deflategate’

Nevada Senators Blast League Over Deflategate

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Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

— From “The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics” by Rich Rubino.

HOH Editor’s Note: Happy Australia Day!

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HOH Words of the Week: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

HOH Word of the Week: Clinker

HOH Word of the Week: Vote

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

HOH Word of the Week: Bold

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January 25, 2015

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

President Barack Obama has signaled to the 114th Congress that he’s ready to play some smash-mouth political football, which — along with the New England Patriots-provided #deflategate — brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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January 24, 2015

Capitol Quip’s Double SOTU Special

Capitol Quips Double SOTU Special

Capitol Quips Double SOTU Special

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entries, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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January 23, 2015

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.

Someone in the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., recently did just that, juxtaposing the New England Patriot’s ballsy brushoff of #DeflateGate with head-scratching comments delivered by administration officials.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever gate

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The eight-question “quiz” is all about celebrating foot-in-mouth disease — a relatively common condition here on Capitol Hill. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19, 2015 (Video)

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women’s health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

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The Art of John Boehner Clapping (Video)

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, it often wasn’t about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped, so much as how he clapped. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.

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Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

In anticipation of the 2015 Washington Auto Show, representatives from Ford Motor Company fanned out across the Capitol to deliver commemorative models of the latest Mustang to the 150-odd members of Congress whose districts produce parts for the iconic muscle car.

Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The automotive swag took Rep. Mike Quigley back to a simpler time — an era of kid-free living, and working odd jobs (construction, fast food) to scrape together just enough scratch to put him behind the wheel of his first American-made ride.

“You know how in those romantic movies the music swells up and a light shines down from above on your beloved? That’s how I felt,” the Illinois Democrat said of the dreamlike state he entered upon spying the Army green, hard-top 1966 Mustang that stole his teenage heart. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:12 p.m.
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Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

What’s different about Matthew Leffingwell’s swan song is that even though he’s joining a global powerhouse co-founded by musical royalty, the Capitol Hill vet insists he will genuinely miss hearing solons crack wise about, well, everything. Full story

January 22, 2015

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

The late ex-Rep. Boggs, right, hangs out with her “baby” Cokie Roberts, left and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cuba’s in the news these days, as it was in the Jan. 22, 1998, HOH edition of Roll Call, albeit in a roundabout way.

Crippled in Cuba. Congressional reporters worried about being scooped by Cokie Roberts can breathe easy because everybody’s going to have a leg-up on the ABC News star for at least a few weeks,” Ed Henry wrote.  Full story

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