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August 1, 2015

July 21, 2015

NAMA Offers Up Free Nom, Nom, Nom

Staffers who live and die by the omnipresent snack dispensers that dot congressional office buildings can, on Wednesday, feast on the future offerings the National Automatic Merchandising Association plans to dish out as part of its lobbying day.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the self-proclaimed “refreshment services industry” are expected to share a preview of the healthy alternatives making their way into coin-operated circulation during a reception slated to be held in Rayburn 339B from noon to 2 p.m.

Per a NAMA aide, some of the alternative munchies that should be up for grabs include: Trio nut bars, Fiber One bars, Nature Valley granola bars and Nutri-Grain cereal bars. No word on what types of guilty pleasures (oversized bear claw, anyone?) might also be on the table.

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Sporty Pols to Partake in Charity Tennis Match

Around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have agreed to prove their worth on the tennis court Wednesday by participating in the rapid-fire Washington Kastles Charity Classic.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tickets to the fourth annual fundraiser, scheduled to take place at Kastles Stadium at the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m., start at $10 per person and climb to $50 for VIP amenities. Per organizers, all proceeds are expected to flow through to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, DC Public Education Fund or Food & Friends, with attendees deciding which group should benefit from each ticket purchase.

As part of the program, tennis pros and participating pols will be split into Team Stars and Teams Stripes and pitted against one another in a series of successive tiebreakers. Full story

Capitol Police Still Struggling With the Bathroom

Capitol Police are aces when it comes to keeping lawmakers and the rest of the congressional community free from harm. But a recent incident regarding sensitive equipment again left behind in restrooms portends that perhaps a refresher course on securing personal belongings maybe didn’t fully take.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While deadly firearms were not up for grabs this time around, a tipster told HOH about a tragicomic scenario that unfolded July 17 in a Senate office building. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Gary Palmer

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/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. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., talks about living in the Capitol, baseball and Led Zeppelin. Full story

July 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Partisans Face Off on the Mall

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Time to brush up on those “Casey at the Bat” references.

Lines from the iconic poem capturing America’s pastime are sure to abound Tuesday evening when Pennsylvania’s two senators face off at their annual softball game, particularly since one of them shares a surname with baseball’s mighty-but-humbled slugger. Full story

New Site Makes Sport of Sizing Up Pols

Lawmakers looking for a little pick-me-up (or, possibly, some of the most depressing news ever) need look no further than the completely inane “Sexy Congress” selection tool.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

The nascent time suck functions on a basic premise: Pick the pol(s) you find most attractive.

There’s no bracket to configure. No swiping (right or left) to maneuver. Just a simple point and click on whoever happens to get you hot under the collar at this exact moment in time. Full story

July 17, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week vomiting, giving weather forecasts and “failing to communicate.”

Full story

Twitter Defends John McCain After The Donald Attacks

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday continued his assault on the GOP establishment by publicly mocking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on social media.

Trump lashed out against the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in retaliation for having his growing fan-base demeaned. Full story

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”

(Courtesy DC Comics)

(Courtesy DC Comics)

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. Full story

July 16, 2015

Sheila Jackson Lee at Center of Capitol Police Collision Questions (Video)

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., center, holds his face as he stands besides Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, left, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., during a prayer vigil for victims of the Charleston shooting, outside of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jackson Lee allegedly rushed to her aide’s defense after a minor accident on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A recent Capitol Hill collision drove a confrontation between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Capitol Police.

On June 17 at around 1:45 p.m., Jackson Lee’s chief of staff had a minor traffic accident on the House side of the Capitol grounds. Full story

Will Missouri Voters Want a Blunt or ‘Wana Dubie?’

Blunt earned a challenger with an interesting name as he seeks reelection. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Blunt has a challenger with an interesting name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Missouri voters are not satisfied with Democrat Jason Kander’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, they might find themselves considering another option: Do they want Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for another six years or do they ‘Wana Dubie’?

Full story

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)

 

SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The writer and director of the Syfy channel’s deliberately absurd “Sharknado” franchise is excited to rain terror on the nation’s capital in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

During a round of interviews here at Comic-Con International, Ferrante discussed his vision for the latest meteorological mayhem. “I wanted to do ‘White House Down’ with sharks,” he said.

The latest installment in the series of insane shoot ‘em ups tracks a fresh round of predator-spewing storms as they fling ravenous marine life up and down the East Coast. Full story

July 15, 2015

Charlie Rangel Gussies Up His Staff

Need to spruce up your look? Mayhaps it’s time to enroll in the “dapper” lessons Rep. Charles B. Rangel has taken to sharing with congressional aides.

Charlie Rangel

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The New York Democrat, who has long been recognized for his sartorial style — GQ tagged him as one of the “District Dandies” in 2012 — is apparently no miser when it comes to doling out fashion tips. Full story

Madeleine Albright to Guest Star on ‘Madam Secretary’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will share the small-screen with her fictional counterpart this fall on the CBS drama “Madam Secretary.

The one-time secretary of State will appear as herself to advise the show’s top diplomat — Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord — on “a sticky situation … threatening to fracture her relationship with [faux] President Conrad Dalton,” CBS said in a statement.

Albright, a Czech immigrant who served during the Clinton administration as the nation’s first female secretary of State, this week visited the set of “Madam Secretary.”

Full story

Ed Royce Wants to Get Wild

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce plans to bear down on anti-poaching efforts Wednesday by hosting a super serious policy discussion — followed by a two-hour mixer featuring free booze, nosh and face time with utterly irresistible critters.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If history is any guide, the happy hour-ish gathering, which is scheduled to take place in 2172 Rayburn from 5 to 7 p.m., should be completely overrun by interns and staff jockeying to snap selfies with exotic guests corralled by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

That particularly facility has kept pols in cute and furry props for decades, due largely to the advocacy efforts of director emeritus Jack Hanna and the politically active Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Full story

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