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October 26, 2015

Roske Gears Up for ‘Courting Des Moines’ Debut

The film makes its D.C. debut in January, (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

The film makes its D.C. debut in January. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Brent Roske bills “Courting Des Moines,” as the quintessential film about the Iowa Caucuses and a must-see for political junkies who want more than a “30-second sound byte from cable news” on the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. Full story

Emotional ‘Draft Night’ for Capitol Police Officer

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - The trophy for the Congressional Longest Yard Football Champions is seen during Congressional football practice before the Congressional Football Game next week on October 28, 2015, on the National Mall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The trophy is up for grabs Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When Capitol Police Explosive Detection K9 Handler James Davis deployed to Iraq four years ago, Our Military Kids gave his children a helping hand. Now the Congressional Football Game for Charity gives Davis, star wide receiver for “The Guards,” a chance to return the favor. Full story

October 24, 2015

Oct. 25 Show Lineup for ‘Roske on Politics’

Roske speaks with Albright this Sunday. (Photo Courtesy Brent Roske)

Roske speaks with Albright this Sunday. (Photo Courtesy Brent Roske)

Fmr. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; and author Marianne Williamson join Brent Roske on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics” show this Sunday.

Watch a preview of the broadcast below and tune in at 11 a.m. on NBC-Hagerstown, directly following “Meet the Press.”

ROP WHAG 15 spot from Brent Roske on Vimeo.

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By JM Rieger Posted at 10:09 a.m.
DC, TV Land

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

Members returned from a weeklong break to continue rabbit massages, treat their hemorrhoids and insult children.

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October 23, 2015

Capitol Hill to Hoist Cup for Lincoln Chafee

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

It’s been a hectic week on Capitol Hill, so what better way to top it off than by toasting the latest failed presidential candidate? Full story

Adam Schiff Sings ‘Meet the Mets’ (Video)

Rep. Adam Schiff broke into song Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam Schiff broke into song Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., broke into song on the House floor Friday, but not by choice.

The California Democrat lost a bet with fellow Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York, when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the New York Mets last week in the National League playoffs.

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Taking Beyoncé’s Picture, as Told by Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy gave some Instagram advice Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy gave some Instagram advice Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress looking to boost their Instagram followers might want to take a page from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s book and snap a picture of Beyoncé.

At the second congressional hackathon Friday morning, the California Republican described how he exponentially increased his followers after posting a photo of the singer and her husband, rapper Jay Z, at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration. Full story

October 22, 2015

Democrats Pack Benghazi Hearing to Lift Clinton’s Spirits

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., left, and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., make their way to the House Democratic leadership elections. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Hastings, left, compared the hearing to his impeachment proceedings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not often that all committee members show up when their panel holds a hearing. It’s even more rare that members not even on the committee attend the hearing, just to see what’s going on.

But Thursday was one of those rare occasions, with presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill to testify on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 7:10 p.m.
Drama, POTUS, Reps

Barber’s Back and ‘Completely Disappointed’ in Benghazi Committee

Barber said the Benghazi Committee turned into "a political witch hunt." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Barber said the Benghazi Committee turned into “a political witch hunt.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., was in D.C. for business Thursday, so he thought he would return to Capitol Hill to see the committee he helped create. He was not pleased.

Barber was one of seven Democrats who broke ranks in 2014 to vote to establish the House Select Committee on Benghazi. And as he sat in the hearing room, watching lawmakers question former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was “completely disappointed.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 6:27 p.m.
#tbt, Drama, Reps

Davis: Publishing Member’s Travel Plans Encourages ‘Bullying’

Lofgren (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lofgren said the sergeant-at-arms was overreacting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Democrat Zoe Lofgren did some Googling Tuesday night to figure out if making members disclose where they are traveling with taxpayer money would expose them to danger.

“We’re fooling ourselves,” she told her colleagues the next morning, as the House Administration Committee marked up new spending rules. The panel rejected an amendment from Lofgren aimed at greater transparency for mileage reimbursements. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:05 p.m.
Reps, ScandalFaced

The Lighter Side of the Benghazi Hearing (Video)

It wasn't all dark at the Benghazi hearing. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It wasn’t all dark at the Benghazi hearing. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

While the tone of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s hearing with Hillary Rodham Clinton has largely remained somber or even emotional, there were lighter moments. Full story

By Aisha Chowdhry Posted at 2:59 p.m.
Slugfest

‘Dump Trump’ Push Spurs #RacismIsntFunny Campaign (Video)

Gutierrez is urging NBC to "Dump Trump." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gutiérrez is urging NBC to “Dump Trump.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The campaign to bar presidential hopeful Donald Trump from hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7 took another step Thursday with the launch of racismisntfunny.com.

The website comes one day after Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., stood on the House floor next to a black poster with bold white letters that read: #RacismIsntFunny. Full story

Office Space: Debbie Dingell’s Michigan Museum (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., shows off her patriotic walls, her historic desk and her Ford Mustang collection.

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V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Don Beyer Wins Press Club Spelling Bee

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

One thing’s for sure after Wednesday night: If you want to win a spelling bee, you better be a Democrat from Virginia.

Freshman Rep. Don Beyer Jr. bested fellow lawmakers and journalists to take home the National Press Club spelling bee trophy, taking the title of best speller on Capitol Hill from the 2013 champion: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 9:25 a.m.
Baller, Drama, media, Reps, Sens

October 21, 2015

Democrats Toast Iran Deal as House Freedom Caucus Talks to Paul Ryan

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats celebrated in the ornate Rayburn Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just around the corner from the House Freedom Caucus’ closed-door meeting with Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday afternoon, Democrats threw a party to celebrate formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal.

A string ensemble invited to play at the stately Rayburn Room event filled the marble halls with music, and provided a sophisticated soundtrack for the GOP leadership race stakeout. Democrats shuffled back and forth from the reception to their cloakroom undisturbed, while reporters pounced on members exiting the GOP meeting with the Wisconsin Republican. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:52 p.m.
HillSide, POTUS, Reps

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