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February 23, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Junketeer

“Junketeer. Member of Congress given to travel outside of his or her district. All too often, the junketeer is more than willing to give up precious winter days in Washington, D.C., to discuss Atlantic-Pacific relations under the hot Hawaiian sun or to address the issue of Caribbean cooperation at poolside in Montego Bay.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary: The Ways and Meanings of Capitol Hill,” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy Full story

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group and founder of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC), has devoted the past 18 years to overcoming the “truth embargo” about government involvement in alien affairs.

He’s now ready for Congress to officially weigh in.

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

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“Once this evidence is properly looked at, the way it should be, any reasonable person will come to the same conclusion,” Bassett told HOH about the cumulative knowledge his advocacy group wants to share with interested lawmakers.

Bassett laid the groundwork for his latest congressional outreach a few years back, hosting a 30-plus-hour mock hearing (spanning five days) at the National Press Club in 2013. He had copies of the recorded sessions of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure delivered to every Capitol Hill office — a bundle containing 10 DVDs, a letter signed by the participating witnesses and a request to meet with Bassett — immediately following the midterm elections. Full story

February 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Chuck Schumer (Video)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer laughs at his own jokes and shows his love for Rep. Steve King, all the while remaining very “happy.”

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Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

The public broadcasting community is slated to tip its collective hat to Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Feb. 24 for a career spent defending the little media guy.

Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Per event organizers, the Illinois Democrat will be presented with the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award next week at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The breakfast meeting, which is scheduled to include remarks by Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus Co-Chairman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will cap off the 2015 Public Media Summit taking place in Washington from Feb. 22 through Feb. 24.

Attendees at the Association of Public Television Stations’ fourth annual conference are also expected to pay tribute to former Sen. Richard G. Lugar. The Indiana Republican will be honored with the CPB Thought Leader Award during a weekend luncheon. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is scheduled to share his take on public media’s role in civil discourse during the same session (Fairmont Washington Ballroom, 1-2:30 p.m.). Full story

February 19, 2015

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

If you think prepping for your commute across the wind-whipped, frozen tundra that’s overtaken the District this week (Wooly hat? Check. Gloves? Check. Lips? Painfully cracking.) has been a humdinger, get a load of what Rep. Chellie Pingree has been waking up to.

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

(Courtesy Bill Trevaskis)

In order to travel from her home on the island of North Haven, Maine, to the mainland, the Democrat had to slog across the fully iced-over Fox Islands Thorofare waterway. Full story

No Labels Hosts ‘Problem-Solver’ Party

Now that it’s got a fully functional mystery logo in hand, No Labels is prepared to get its branding on Feb. 24 via a collective toast to legislative cooperation.

The non-partisan advocacy group is scheduled to welcome pols back from recess by raising a glass to “the common bonds that unite us” (Capitol Hill receptions?) in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

No Labels leaders ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.; ex-Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.; and ex-Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., are expected to oversee the gathering of sitting members, congressional staff and business leaders. Full story

February 18, 2015

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

(Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Fed-up millennials: Generation Opportunity wants you!

The youth-centric organization — an advocacy group partially bankrolled by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s favorite bogeymen, the Koch brothers — is hosting its monthly Millennial Meet-Up Feb. 23 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Senate Budget Committee room (Dirksen 608). Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 9, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepared for the holiday weekend by contemplating hamsters, Venezuelan hamburgers and former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s grandchildren.

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February 17, 2015

Lindsey Graham Jokes About Strom Thurmond’s Virility (Video)

Did Sen. Lindsey Graham go there and invoke Sen. Strom Thurmond’s legendary friskiness? Yes, he did.

Here’s how his quip went down at a subcommittee hearing on military retirement and compensation last week.

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Joe Biden Puts Hands on Ash Carter’s Wife (Video)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. got up close and personal with the wife of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter at his swearing-in on Tuesday. Full story

House Lawmakers Open Hearts — and Wallets — for DCCC

Before skating out of town for recess — and, presumably, out of the path of the snow that was aboutto ice over D.C. — House Democrats gathered at Acqua Al 2 on Feb. 12 for some holiday mixing (and fundraising).

An HOH tipster said Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Lois Frankel of Florida organized a Sadie Hawkins-style event to drum up dues for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Male members had to pony up $10,000 in order to escort a lady lawmaker to a pre-Valentine’s Day shindig held at the Eastern Market standby — an evening that was, we’re told, capped off by a late-night karaoke jam.

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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.
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