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October 13, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Ad Hoc Select Committee

Ad Hoc Select Committee. A temporary committee selected for a special purpose or to deal with a specific subject. Conference committees are ad hoc joint committees. A House rule adopted in 1975 authorizes the Speaker to refer measures to special ad hoc committees, appointed by him, with the approval of the House. These committees are supposed to consider measures that overlap the jurisdictions of several standing committees.

From “Congressional Quarterly’s American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz.

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October 9, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Oct. 5, 2015 (Video)

A crazy week on Capitol Hill quickly spiraled into a competition to apply lipstick, open beer with another beer and sell used cars.

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Pols, Cops Prepare for Gridiron Match

Team “Mean Machine” will once again clash with “The Guards” for bragging rights on Capitol Hill in the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity on Oct. 28.

Members of Congress and staffers huddle during a congressional football practice on the Mall in preparation for the upcoming game between members of Congress and the Capitol Police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress and staffers huddle during a congressional football practice on the Mall in preparation for a game between members of Congress and the Capitol Police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fundraiser, which benefits the non-profit United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund, American Red Cross National Capital Region, Our Military Kids and A Advantage 4 Kids Inc., pits lawmakers against Capitol Police officers in a game of pigskin. Full story

The Congressman Who Broke the McCarthy News on Twitter

Congressional reporters are used to competing with each other to break news, but there is a new kid on the block with a distinct advantage.

According to a list compiled by Republican digital strategist Patrick Ruffini, the first person to tweet Thursday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had told his GOP colleagues he was dropping out of the race for speaker was Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.

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October 8, 2015

Takano Trolls GOP Over Speaker Chaos

Takano couldn't help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takano couldn’t help but poke fun at the GOP Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Mark Takano had some fun with the GOP leadership scramble Thursday afternoon. As Republican after Republican said they were not interested in seeking the speakership, the California lawmaker tweeted out a mockup of a Craiglist ad.  Full story

#tbt: Boehner Responds to Leadership Chaos…in 1998

Livingston walks back to his office after resigning as speaker. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Livingston walks back to his office after resigning as speaker-elect. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision Thursday to take himself out of the race for speaker immediately brought to mind the tumultuous end to 1998, when Speaker-elect Bob Livingston announced on the floor — as the House was considering resolutions of impeachment against President Bill Clinton — that he would be resigning.

Roll Call’s Ed Henry caught up with John A. Boehner in the immediate wake of those stunning turn of events at the Capitol in mid-December 1998. Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 2:44 p.m.
#tbt

End. Multitasking. Now.

Eating at one’s desk is bad enough.

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(Screenshot from Cloakroom)

House staffers clearly need to clean up their act. Full story

Capitol Police Nab Nude Dude Bathing in Neptune Fountain

nude man

No skinny-dipping allowed. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only the gods are allowed to be naked in the Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune fountain, Capitol Police warned a 27-year-old man last week.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, cops responded to 10 First St. SE, following a report of a nude male bathing in the fountain. Police say they discovered Wodaji Getawa Mekonnen “matching that description, with his genitalia exposed.” Full story

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

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Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called “Sunny and 75” at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb.” Full story

October 7, 2015

Office Space: John Hoeven’s North Dakota Wilderness (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., walks Roll Call through his hunting expeditions, hockey bets and ice jam excursions.

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Steve Scalise Swaps Whip for Cupid’s Bow

Uniting the warring factions of his caucus remains challenging, which may be why Majority Whip Steve Scalise elected to focus his energy on bringing together visiting lovebirds Steven Montiero and Ana Sidoran for a surprise proposal Tuesday. Full story

Library of Congress Staffers Cleaning House With Used Book Sale

Bargain shoppers, rejoice!

The Library of Congress’ annual used book sale is taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), and everything is priced to move.

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

The yearly purge, coordinated by the Library of Congress Professional Association, serves as a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds flowing through to the CFC general fund. Full story

Clinton Campaign Features @KevinMcCarthy — No, Not That One

On Twitter, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy goes by @GOPLeader. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy!

But, the Internet does not seem to know that, and the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking full advantage.

The @kevinmccarthy one belongs to a guy named Kevin McCarthy in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa McCarthy has received no shortage of messages on Twitter since the California Republican threw his hat into the ring for speaker and commented on the political implications of the House’s committee investigating the attack on Benghazi, Libya, which he has since revised and extended.

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Overheard: Droning On in Committee

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“We had interruption of critical firefighting activity this summer because of idiots wanting to fly their toy drones.”

 House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., at a hearing Wednesday. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Brendan Boyle

 (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, freshman Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., talks about Philadelphia foods, a magical week and the time he was on Russian TV. Full story

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