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February 13, 2015

Don Beyer Commercial Gets Cameo on ‘The Americans’

Don Beyer Commercial Gets Cameo on The Americans

Don Beyer.)" width="335" height="335" /> Beyer chatted with Weisberg and Fields on the afternoon the episode with his dealership’s TV commercial aired. (Courtesy Rep. Don Beyer’s Office)

Why, yes, that was a circa-1982 commercial for Don Beyer Volvo playing in Wednesday’s episode of “The Americans.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:17 p.m.
DC, Reps, TV Land

House Democrats Materializing on Magic Mondays

What began as a solo project has evolved into a group effort, with more and more Democrat lawmakers suddenly appearing alongside Rep. Mark Pocan in his weekly, illusion-themed video chats.

The Wisconsin Democrat, a former childhood entertainer, launched his “Magic Mondays” series a few weeks back. In it, Pocan attempts to demystify the machinations of Congress by illustrating what’s really happening in Washington via sleight of hand.

Initial installments featured Pocan operating alone, or with the help of a staffer. This week, however, he got Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., to play along. Full story

February 12, 2015

Lisa Murkowski Immerses Herself in Beer Culture

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski is soaking in as much information as she can about craft brewing.

The returning co-chairwoman of the Senate’s Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus earlier this week worked on expanding her knowledge base by poking around neighboring Bluejacket brewery in Yards Park.

According to staff, the impromptu trip to the Yards Park area came about after Murkowski struck up a conversation with Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s resident beer guru Greg Engert at last month’s “Brewing Up History” event. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:25 p.m.
Booze, DC, Nationwide, Restos, Sens

February 11, 2015

Black Republicans Make a Joyful Noise at Trailblazer Luncheon

After two years of having to search far afield for inspirational minority leaders to honor, the Republican National Committee scored a hat trick Wednesday by celebrating the arrival in Washington of freshly elected Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas, along with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Black Republicans Make a Joyful Noise at Trailblazer Luncheon

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The trio of groundbreaking lawmakers was feted at the third annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards luncheon hosted by the RNC. Staff estimated some 300-odd attendees crowded into the Howard Theatre — a group that included one-time Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and New York Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson IV — to commemorate the dual celebration of Black History Month and the party’s monumental gains in the past election cycle.

“My commitment to you as chairman is to continue building a bigger, stronger more inclusive Republican Party, not because it’s good for our party, but because it’s good for our country,” GOP head Reince Priebus assured supporters. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:37 p.m.
DC, Freshman, Reps, Sens, VIPs

Raise Your Hand for Capitol Quip

Raise Your Hand for Capitol Quip
The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. Eastern Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • If anything, we should have to wash our hands on the way IN here!
  • I guess they call it dirty politics for a reason.
  • If word of this leaks out, we’re through.
  • I had my broker buy 10,000 shares of Purell stock this morning.
  • I’m washing my hands of this one!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Feb. 15 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:21 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Watch Andy Harris Wink (Video)

The Maryland Republican representative just could not get enough of the cameras during a House floor debate Tuesday. Full story

Nando’s Serving Up Free Eats at Yards Park

Any House staffers looking to escape the drumbeat of war and Bibi bashing that’s engulfed Capitol Hill may want to consider dipping down to Yards Park Wednesday to take advantage of Nando’s latest free lunch promotion.

Nando’s Serving Up Free Eats at Yards Park

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The South African chicken specialist is scheduled to give away a free quarter chicken, chicken sandwich or chicken pita to any customer who swings by 300 Tingey St. SE between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb 11. Full story

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Five Times

The House does not conduct verbal roll call votes like the Senate (it would take waaayyy too long), but if it did, imagine the traffic jam when the clerk got to “Smith” on the roster. And our handy guide will make sure you’ve listed the right guy as a co-sponsor of your bill. Full story

February 10, 2015

Big To-Do at Zoo! Wu, Where Are You?

What happens when one of god’s creatures gets caught contemplating the fate of a faux compatriot?

Political junkies of all stripes, naturally, find a way to connect the dots back to Capitol Hill.

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Live, From New York — It’s Al Franken!

It’s been decades since he stood on the fabled stage that so many comedy greats have called home. But come Sunday, Sen. Al Franken plans to be back in Studio 8H to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.”

Live, From New York — It’s Al Franken!

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The Minnesota Democrat, who spent a combined 15 seasons writing for and performing on the sketch comedy juggernaut, told HOH he expects to make the trek to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to watch the live, three-hour reunion show (scheduled to air on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.). “The whole experience was wonderful,” Franken said when pressed about the most memorable moments from over a decade spent with the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.” Full story

Steve Israel: Coming Soon to Cable TV

Steve Israel: Coming Soon to Cable TV

What, me on TV? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

It’s too soon to tell whether Rep. Steve Israel will be successful in his role coordinating House Democrats’ messaging. But one that is certain is the New York Democrat’s novel-writing skills continue to pay dividends.

Late last year, Israel’s “The Global War on Morris” was published to critical acclaim. Now the rights to the comedic take on a sad-sack Long Islander who is mistakenly targeted by anti-terrorism authorities have been acquired by Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski for development as a cable series, Deadline reports. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:08 p.m.
Books, Reps, TV Land

February 9, 2015

Niki Tsongas, Jerrold Nadler Embraced by LGBT Filmmakers

Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.

According to Caroline Hart, the European half of a domestic partnership that came under fire after Department of Homeland Security agents tossed around talk of deportation following a return flight from her native England, the kind words both lawmakers shared via Twitter will be rolled into “Status Unknown” — a dramatization of the nightmare scenario she experienced at Logan Airport. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Tom MacArthur

Take Five: Rep. Tom MacArthur

MacArthur rubbed his head for good luck during the House office lottery. (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. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., tells us about his favorite beaches outside of Jersey, and his preferred music not including Springsteen (Spoiler: He couldn’t keep himself from mentioning his love of the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen). And since we wanted to clarify something, we threw in an extra (bonus!) question.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Jersey shore — and where do you get the best boardwalk food and experience? Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 3:59 p.m.
TakeFive

Eugene Mirman Has an Ear for Lawmaking

Comedian and voice-over actor Eugene Mirman must have a gas tuning in to C-SPAN 3.

Pop culture portal Vulture recently asked the “Bob’s Burger’s” star to help identify the formulator of certain noxious emissions, and he came up with some curious conclusions.

“That sounds, and I’m pretty sure I’m right, like a congressional subcommittee,” the Comedians of Comedy alumnus says of the three-part toot (get an earful at 0:20-0:28) crafted by Vulture’s audio engineers. Full story

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell has cried foul over HOH dropping the ball on which college hoopsters will travel to College Park, Md., next to defend the Wolverine State’s honor.

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When last we took you behind the scenes of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s burgeoning roster of athletic supporters, HOH hinted that Dingell’s delegation mates should leave their options open toward the end of the month.

Dingell drilled us for putting the wrong team on the court against the Maryland Terrapins. Full story

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