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March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Show Off Blades of Glory

From left, Katko, Brown, Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen helped put the Lawmakers over the top. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

From left, Katko, Brown, Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen helped put the Lawmakers over the top. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BALLSTON, Va. — Canadians and Minnesotans are some of the nicest people you can meet — unless they have a hockey stick in their hands.

The evidence was apparent at Wednesday night’s 7th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge. The Lawmakers and Lobbyists came into the contest tied with three challenge wins each. The Lawmakers took back the title Wednesday here at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, winning 3-2. It was in no small part thanks to the Northerners, newbies, and a little Led Zeppelin. Full story

#tbt Trivia: Strange Mailings Edition

#tbt Trivia: Test Your Congressional Brain

 

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60 and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

Miss the previous iterations? Find them here and here and here.

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March 25, 2015

Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video)

Updated 5:02 p.m. | Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

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“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one mystified observer — who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty — said as the video was being captured. The tipster said Norton rubbed the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled silver sedan. Full story

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

The tea party favorite might be the first far-right candidate to officially call dibs on moving into the Oval Office post-44, but as Web watchers were quick to point out, he’s way behind the curve when it comes to staking out online positions.

“Note to self, buy domain name before running for President #YouCruzYouLose,” instapundit Chris Weidel, who redirected social media users to the pre-occupied TedCruz.Com site, ribbed the Texas Republican Senator on Twitter. Full story

March 24, 2015

Overheard: The Ghosts of GOP Past

“I decided in my old age I’m going to haunt the Senate, so here I am.”

— Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., discussing his curious retirement plans while hanging with senators and former Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., just outside the other chamber. Full story

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

Scalise, measuring a possible whip? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise, measuring a possible whip? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When the House Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good.

These might not be the actual words to the infamous 1980 masterpiece by Devo, but GOP Reps. Steve Scalise and Patrick T. McHenry are welcome to borrow from HOH’s mediocre parody lyrics when touting their new fundraising operation, which is named for the song’s seminal refrain. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 4:48 p.m.
AwesomeSauce, Reps

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

Smith is on the DL after hip surgery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Smith is on the DL after hip surgery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam Smith is recovering from his second hip surgery, placing the Washington Democrat on the disabled list for the upcoming 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Smith’s spokesman confirmed Monday that the congressman had hip replacement surgery on March 18 in Seattle. The surgery was Smith’s second to alleviate his hip injuries. He previously had surgery on his other hip to completely reshape it due to torn cartilage. Smith suffers from bone spurs, bone growth in the wrong places and loose cartilage. “It’s disappointing,” Smith told HOH in January, amid speculation he would sit out this year’s game, “but at this point I’m looking forward to just being able to walk.” Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

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Richest Man in Congress Knows His Soda Bargains

Issa mixes with reporters to find affordable soda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Issa mixes with reporters to find affordable soda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa may be worth at least $357 million, but he apparently knows where to find the cheapest sodas on Capitol Hill.

On Monday evening, Issa came strolling through the House Press Gallery — sporting a goatee, HOH noticed — and revealed that, despite his Scrooge McDuck-level of wealth, he keeps it real in at least one regard.

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By Matt Fuller Posted at 11 a.m.
DC, Reps

Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

Kilmer. Big "Star Wars" fan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kilmer. Big “Star Wars” fan. (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. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., discusses his “Star Wars” obsession, the pros and cons of winning a jalapeño eating contest, and teleportation.

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March 23, 2015

Rep. Raul Ruiz Welcomes Twin Girls

Ruiz with his wife, Monica, and twins Sky and Sage. (Photo courtesy Rep. Raul Ruiz)

Ruiz with his wife, Monica, and twins Sky and Sage. (Photo courtesy Rep. Raul Ruiz)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, the California Democrat and doctor known for saving ailing passengers on airplanes, can now add a new role to his resume: dad.

Ruiz and his wife, Monica, welcomed twin daughters, Sky and Sage, over the weekend, his office announced Monday afternoon.

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Date Set for Congressional Golf Tournament

Gingrey

Phil Gingrey works his way out of a sand trap during the 2011 tournament. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Get excited: The 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge is scheduled for Monday, July 27.

This year, Roll Call has promised a shiny new trophy for the winners.

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O Can He Sing

Now-Secretary of State John Kerry played in the Congressional Hockey Challenge in 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mike Sommers, chief of staff to Speaker John A. Boehner, is not Canadian.

But the top aide to the House leader from Ohio has a hard-to-explain love for the national anthem of our True North neighbors. He’ll let it shine on Wednesday at the 2015 Congressional Hockey Challenge.

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Hot Button Time Machine: Dan Mitchell’s Budget Tips

With House and Senate Republicans readying the horses for trading in the hopes of taking a victory lap after reconciling their competing spending priorities, HOH elected to check in with keen political observers about what has to happen to salvage the perennially doomed budget negotiations from ultimate ruin.

Approving a symbolic funding blueprint — it is non-binding, after all — and following through with the corresponding appropriations bills have over the past few decades largely become passé on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, concludes a news conference Monday in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama enjoyed one year (2009, his first in office) of unified support for his budget, but since has seen congressional leaders pass the buck via highly politicized continuing resolutions or desperation-move omnibus bills.

Dan Mitchell, a senior fellow at Cato Institute specializing in fiscal policy, would love to see that trend reversed.

But that, he projects, will take time. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Politician

“A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead 10 or 15 years.” — President Harry S. Truman explaining a very important distinction (and why he was happy to be in the former camp) in 1958 per “The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics” by Rich Rubino.

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