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April 18, 2015

April 7, 2015

Murphy, Blumenthal Confident About Friendly Bet on Women’s Basketball Title Game

The Connecticut and Indiana Senate delegations have made a rather sweet wager ahead of Tuesday night’s NCAA women’s basketball championship game in Florida, and the Connecticut senators are sounding pretty confident.

Ahead of yet another matchup between the University of Connecticut Huskies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Indiana Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly have put up South Bend Chocolate Co. treats against offerings from Munson’s Chocolates — a Connecticut confectioner known to Heard on the Hill for delectable chocolate-dipped bananas.

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Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

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Playing a morally suspect congressman on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal” wasn’t overly taxing for Jordan Belfi. He has, after all, received a master class in the art of behaving badly from the near-constant parade of lawmakers who wind up blubbering on national TV after their shady dealings become public.

“I feel those interviews,” the veteran actor said of the here-we-go-again performances embattled pols seem to deliver on an alarmingly regular basis. Full story

April 6, 2015

The Dog Days of … April?

Spring break has apparently broken bad for staff trying to go about their business in the Hart building.

Per a tipster, the prospect of putting in an honest day’s work was rudely interrupted by the discovery of some highly offensive material.

“One of my staffers brought to my attention that there is a large pile of what appears to be either dog vomit or dog poop at the top of stairs here on the 5th floor of Hart near our office,” a Senate Democratic aide last week blasted out to those still hanging around town while the brunt of the legislative branch kicked it live across the country.

“Whatever it is, it was obvious that absolutely no effort was made by the owner to clean up this mess,” the none-too-pleased staffer fumed on an internal listserve. “I have called the Superintendent’s office but obviously this should not be their problem.” Full story

April 3, 2015

#HashtagWars Gets All Political

A social media challenge to come clean about well-known fibs wound up fragging political types across the ideological spectrum.

As he does most nights, talk show host Chris Hardwick put “@Midnight” fans to the test Thursday by proposing everyone own up to the mundane falsehoods that have become part of the fabric of modern life.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who seemed to get a kick out of the assignment, used the opportunity to unburden himself of creepy tendencies. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Barbara Mikulski (Video)

With Congress out of town, Heard on the Hill pays tribute this week to the longest serving woman in Congress. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski teaches us about “soft-hearted social workers,” calcium-rich beverages and Girl Scout cookies.

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April 1, 2015

Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

Religious activist Rita Warren will not allow House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving — or anyone else, for that matter — dictate how or when she carries out her business on the Capitol grounds this Easter.

Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 86-year-old demonstrator — who has been bringing Christ to the attention of congressional visitors for so long she’s been dubbed the “Jesus Lady” — told HOH that Irving’s office alerted her on Tuesday that, due to a recent rule change, she was prohibited from bringing the oversized cross she uses in her annual procession onto the campus.

“They’re telling me I can’t bring the cross. Without the cross, we can’t do the crucifixion,” she said. Full story

Food Court: Exploring The District Fishwife Is a Net Win

As if lining its display case with glistening slabs of crimson tuna and pearly white scallops wasn’t enough of an irresistible lure, the tastemakers calling the shots at The District Fishwife are not afraid to reel in folks with the intoxicating aromas of beer-battered, deep-fried, finger-licking-good seafood.

Founder Fiona Lewis, who co-owns the combination retail shop/grab-and-go eatery with her spouse, Ben Friedman, launched the family-run enterprise last winter at Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NE).

The dual purpose stall, which resides in the less restaurant-intensive end of the highly selective shopping and dining complex, invites passersby to come chew the fat about sustainable eating. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5 a.m.
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March 31, 2015

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

Negotiating tight spots, a source maintains, isn’t the only thing Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has trouble with when she’s behind the wheel.

Perusing the now-viral video HOH posted of the 13-term lawmaker struggling to negotiate an angled Capitol Hill parking spot jarred the memory of a tipster who recalled a more appalling run-in that happened nearly a decade earlier.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

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Per our source, a seemingly average winter day in 2006 took a turn for the worse once Norton showed up on the scene. Full story

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

He may (again) be done punching a clock under the Dome. But boomerang staffer Shane Skelton remains in awe of what he’s seen and done while working in the legislative branch.

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

Bob Latta, R-Ohio, are photographed outside of Longworth Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)" width="445" height="296" /> From left, Jason Isakovic, Izzy Santa, and Skelton when they worked for Latta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The one-time GOP aide — who first got his feet wet interning for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and most recently swam with the sharks over at the House Budget Committee — recently decamped from the Capitol to become executive director of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.

Skelton told HOH he learned much from toiling within the halls of Congress — not the least of which was developing an abiding respect for the institution as a whole.

His most moving experience: Watching all the hard work he poured into the bipartisan spending plan crafted by then-Budget heads Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., finally pay off. Full story

March 30, 2015

Solons Spend Spring Break at Replica Workplace

Lawmakers old and new spent the first day of a scheduled two-week recess taking in a very familiar sight: a carbon copy of the Senate chamber designed to honor “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy.

Everybody who is anybody (in modern politics, anyway) beat a path to Boston over the weekend for the official unveiling of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of the late Massachusetts Democrat. Some, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., couldn’t help but take in the scenery.

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March 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

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March 27, 2015

Cyrus Clan Cusses Out Mike Pence

Braison Cyrus, younger brother of pop star and twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus, has launched a campaign to have everybody on the Internet give Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hell for signing into law a polarizing “religious freedom” bill. Full story

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Either way, the de facto congressional programming gods showed their feet of clay during the marathon viewing party that was Can’t-Tell’em-Apart-Thursday.

C SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

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Mind you, us print folks have already copped to occasionally being stumped by which older white man in a suit is popping off at the mouth. But our counterparts over at C-SPAN appear to be having real trouble differentiating among Asian-American lawmakers.

The comedy of errors commenced as soon as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., stepped up to the mics. Full story

March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

Pelosi has asked for a pool table for her birthday since 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of, ‘Where do you put the pool table?’ So that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

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Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

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A Senate GOP aide alerted press that because of the ongoing floor action, a planned open executive session was being downgraded to an off-the-record huddle within the chamber.

“Because of the location and limited space for this meeting, the proceedings will only be accessible to people with floor privileges,” staff warned via email.

Per a committee spokesman, the procedural audible caused some reporters, including CQ Roll Call scribe Niels Lesniewski, to raise a red flag. Full story

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