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December 5, 2014

‘O’ Boy: ‘Bedlam’ in Inhofe’s Office

O Boy: Bedlam in Inhofes Office

(Courtesy the office of Sen. James M. Inhofe)

What’s orange and crimson and Oklahoma all over?

That would be the office of Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., on the day before the annual “Bedlam” football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Each year, Inhofe’s office snaps its annual “Bedlam” photo, which a staffer kindly forwarded to HOH on Friday. Judging from the incredible mixing of OU crimson and OSU orange splashed across T-shirts, pants, scarves and the like, it truly is fashion bedlam, as well as a demonstration that the boss doesn’t discriminate when it comes to university allegiances.

For the record, Inhofe attended the University of Tulsa.

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When Shushing Folks Disturbs the Peace

A prominently displayed plea for tightly zipped lips has got tongues wagging in Cannon.

When Shushing Folks Disturbs the Peace

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The campaign to dial things down a bit is the brainchild of newly displaced members of the House Budget Committee’s minority staff; the congressional aides recently got uprooted from the basement of Cannon by ongoing renovation efforts.

The migration from secluded workspace to heavily trafficked juncture has proven more jarring than expected — hence the oversized request (“Quiet Please! Offices at Work,” the announcement reads) for passersby to show a little respect while milling about outside.

“It is a temporary sign during our transition to the first floor, as the stairwell opposite the new space is an unusually noisy gathering place,” a Budget Committee aide told HOH.

One House staffer bristled at the visual pollution, chiding the new arrivals for making much ado about nothing. Full story

December 4, 2014

Go-Go Legends Agree to Play Marion Barry Out

A who’s who of go-go royalty Thursday are planning to honor the late Marion Barry with a jam-packed show scheduled to keep Ibiza nightclub bumping late into the evening.

The “Mayor for Life” Tribute, set to take place from 7 to 11 p.m. in Northeast D.C., is anticipated to bring together a host of local talent who wanted to do their part to bid the iconic District leader farewell.

Go Go Legends Agree to Play Marion Barry Out

(Courtesy ForeverDC)

“Everybody wanted to do something for Marion,” an event organizer told HOH about the star-studded send-off that quickly came together following Barry’s passing in November. Full story

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

To the victor go the ‘Spartans at Themopylae’ bragging rights? (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Here’s something you don’t see every day in the Congressional Record: a subhead titled, “The Spartans at Thermopylae.”

The occasion? No less than the annual gloating of the victorious team in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, this time in floor remarks on Sept. 25, 1980.  Full story

Take Your Time Getting to Know Rose’s Luxury

Take Your Time Getting to Know Rose’s Luxury

Silverman, center in sweatshirt, is chef/owner of Rose’s Luxury. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Unbridled success, it would seem, has yet to ruin Aaron Silverman, the enterprising chef who gave life to critical darling Rose’s Luxury, just more than a year ago.

Some fans, on the other hand, are feeling the, ahem, wait of the world on their shoulders.

“So, can we go get a six-pack and just drink out here?” one exasperated fellow wonders aloud after finding himself at the far end of a morale-sapping, 100-plus person backup to get into the no reservations-taking temple to new American cooking.

The frustration is understandable. Full story

December 3, 2014

Cooking Stars Hold Pols’ Feet to the Fire About Africa

Culinary heavies all charged up about energy poverty fanned out across the Capitol Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to illuminate lawmakers about the importance of empowering Africa.

Cooking Stars Hold Pols’ Feet to the Fire About Africa

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The lobbying blitz was coordinated by ONE, a nonprofit that works to bring change in the global health and social justice arenas. The current campaign is focused on carrying the stalled Electrify Africa Act of 2014 across the legislative finish line before lawmakers put a bow on the swirling cromnibus package and wrap up their official business for the year. Full story

Vote for Your Favorite Changing of the Guard Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Changing of the Guard 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. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Yes, I know the Senate doesn’t have a mace. I couldn’t decide what to get you so I stole this from the House.
  • It’ll be a remake, Mr. Reid Goes to Washington
  • I love holiday traditions, don’t you Harry?
  • By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you useless. You may now kiss my filibuster.
  • Do I get three wishes with this?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Dec. 7 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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Senate Aide Officially Ushers in the Holiday Season — on Letterhead

“Could this be any more #thistown?” an HOH tipster bemoaned in passing along the holiday missive Hayden Rogers, chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., recently distributed to work colleagues.

Senate Aide Officially Ushers in the Holiday Season — on Letterhead

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

Some Capitol Hill denizens tend to go all-in on holiday messaging, often resulting in self-effacing fun for everyone. Rogers said he’s wanted to join the choir of cheerful voices since coming to Congress in 2007, but quickly ascertained that it simply wasn’t feasible to be as all-inclusive as he would have liked on that grand a scale. Full story

December 2, 2014

Solons Follow Blues Brothers’ Lead

In a rare show of unanimity, House lawmakers Tuesday overwhelmingly agreed to permanently drive a wedge between Nazi sympathizers and future social security benefits.

Jake and Elwood would be so proud.

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Lawmakers Commemorate a Decade of AIDS Activism

Lawmakers Commemorate a Decade of AIDS Activism

Valenti (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Current lawmakers and congressional alumni are joining with the Motion Picture Association of America to tout the philanthropic efforts of the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The global relief organization was co-founded in 2004 by the MPAA’s iconic chief, the late Jack Valenti. Full story

Booze Crews Toast Mark Amodei, Linda Sánchez

Booze Crews Toast Mark Amodei, Linda Sánchez

Sanchez will be toasted for her bipartisanship. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Beverage slingers are raising their glasses to Reps. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., and Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif., for being so darn agreeable.

The House lawmakers have been named the 2014 Congressional Bipartisanship Honorees by Constellation Brands. According to an organizer for a Beer Institute-hosted event that will fete the duo, the two got the nod  “for their willingness to engage constructively and respectfully with members of the opposing party.”

A commendable trait, to be sure — even if their respective voting records don’t seem to reflect said open-mindedness. Full story

Overheard: Sink or Swim With Joe Manchin

Overheard: Sink or Swim With Joe Manchin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“We go out in the middle of the Potomac, and that way nobody can jump or swim. They’ve gotta talk.”

— West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III shares the secret to the bipartisan shindigs held aboard his houseboat on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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December 1, 2014

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Rep. Lou Barletta looks into the crowd at the 53rd annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mark your calendar: The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for June 11.

The mid-summer Capitol Hill classic provides members of Congress the opportunity to transcend partisan and chamber differences in a good-natured but competitive contest. The Democrats are on a roll of late. The 15-6 victory this year in front of 8,503 at Nationals Park was their sixth in a row.

But the offseason has been filled with drama. The Democrats’ ace pitcher, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana has a torn labrum, although he has vowed to pitch next year, possibly even delaying surgery to repair it. In addition, the GOP wave carried out veteran third baseman Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y. Full story

Contempt for Elizabeth Lauten Spreads Far and Wide

It seems that no one, or anything, is immune from the seething rage Elizabeth Lauten fomented by launching a personal attack against Sasha and Malia Obama.

The one-time spokeswoman for Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., had to fall on her sword Monday after her widely publicized rant about teenage behavior sparked a rhetorical war that cut across racial, political and gender divides.

The presumably seasoned public relations professional — Lauten handled press for one-term tea party favorite Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois during the 112th Congress, spent a few years as “social and earned media manager” at Purple Strategies prior to that, and earlier this year launched her own shop — inspired not one (#ElizabethLauten) but two (#FireElizabethLauten) vitriol-laden threads on Twitter.

About that firm? Perhaps Lauten tapped her classics major at East Carolina University, naming it Audeamus Communications. Audeamus means “may we dare” or “may we risk” in Latin. Do with that information what you will.

In addition to exposing herself to ridicule (it didn’t take long for the hypocrisy bashing to kick in) and scorn (The Smoking Gun unearthed a decade-old shoplifting charge), Lauten’s antics suddenly made Fincher fair game.

And he wasn’t the only one caught in the mounting crossfire. Full story

Medium Rare’s Free Turkey Fry Was Red Hot

Medium Rare fried up more than 175 turkeys and spread holiday joy throughout the Barracks Row community this past holiday weekend.

Underestimating the popularity of the annual fried turkey service Medium Rare founder Mark Bucher has put together since 2008, this HOH contributor and his party quickly realized our poor planning left us needing an alternative way to cook our bird, as turnout was massive.

Medium Rare’s Free Turkey Fry Was Red Hot

(Courtesy Mark Bucher)

Bucher said the line started around 8 a.m. for the culinary assistance scheduled to take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. When he opened the doors at 9 a.m., a full two hours early, he was met with enthusiastic fans. “We were greeted by an 89-year-old grandmother, who was using a walker, who took a bus 45 minutes to have her turkey deep fried. She had received a free turkey from the Marion Barry turkey giveaway, and had nowhere to cook it,” Bucher said, noting that they tended to 19 Marion Barry turkeys this year.

Many more visitors gathered to have the turkeys fried to a golden brown, including a number of wheelchair-bound veterans. Once there, they mingled with doctors, lawyers, and even some local politicians all while being filmed by a TV crew from ABC7.

Per Bucher, visitors traveled from as far as Leesburg to have their turkeys cooked for them. Once inside, patrons chatted with one another while enjoying complimentary coffee and hot cider.

There were a few mishaps. Bucher said one turkey hit the floor of the restaurant and another was picked up by someone who did not drop one off.  There was no need to worry though, as Bucher had a few extras ready to go.

As always, the event was free to the public, though Bucher was accepting donations for DC’s “Ready, Willing and Working” charity. And for those wondering when they need to line up next year, Thanksgiving in 2015 is Nov. 26.

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