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September 2, 2015

August 14, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

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August 13, 2015

Just Call Him ‘Grandpa Boehner’

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, shakes hands with John Griffin, age 3, son of Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., as he walks back to his office after a vote on the House floor in the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner reacquainted himself with the younger set in 2013, when he shook hands with John Griffin, the three-year-old son of former Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to “the children,” so we can’t imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:

No photos yet, but the Ohio Republican offered a few vital stats for inquiring minds following a congratulatory tweet from his colleague, House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers:  

HOH hears that little Alistair’s mom is Lindsay, one of Boehner’s two daughters who married in 2013.

A spokeswoman in the speaker’s office confirmed that Boehner is “thrilled.”

 

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Marsha Blackburn Digs What Gingham Café Is Cooking

Rep. Marsha Blackburn took to social media Wednesday to plug an old pal’s restaurant, a homespun establishment specializing in comfort food and tantalizing sweets.

The Tennessee Republican told HOH she originally met Gingham Café owner Niesha Wolfe shortly after arriving in Congress. Full story

Office Space: Bruce Braley’s Baseball Haven (Video)

Roll Call Office Space

Braley talks baseball during a tour of his office on March 12, 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Bruce Braley gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which will make a triumphant return this fall.

From 2007 to 2015, the Democrat represented the Iowa district where the steel bollards protecting the entrances to federal buildings were manufactured and where the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Full story

August 12, 2015

Shining a Light on Sodexo’s Hospitality Protocol

Just-arrived House restaurants handler Sodexo appears to have already rubbed at least one congressional diner the wrong way due to a concern about food-handling practices.

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The French-born hospitality conglomerate Monday formally assumed control of all House dining operations, replacing outgoing food-service vendor Restaurant Associates.

Mere hours into the transition, a tipster searching the Rayburn Café for sustenance told HOH he overheard a Sodexo manager instruct staff to gloss up the apples by giving them a once over with commercial cleaning cloths. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:15 a.m.
Food, HillSide

WednesDaze: Get Wild at Cashion’s

Cashion’s toque John Manolatos has an idea he’s hoping will catch on: family-style seafood dinners featuring line-caught whole rockfish.

(Courtesy Cashion's Eat Place)

(Courtesy Cashion’s Eat Place)

He’s serving up his inaugural fish feast — featuring a 13- to 15-pound sustainable rockfish that’s been oven-roasted for an hour, flanked by fresh sea salt, olive oil, fresh lime, scallions-marinated olives, house-made hot sauce, salsa verde and paprika aioli — Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

The all-inclusive meal (Greek salad and fruit clafoutis with buttermilk sorbet bookend the experience) runs $55 per person, and reservations are limited to the first 20 requests. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:03 a.m.
AwesomeSauce, DC, Food, Restos

August 11, 2015

Team Duffy Chronicles Life in the Surreal World

The latest batch of summer interns to assist reality TV vet Rep. Sean P. Duffy have come and gone. But they’ve left behind a video diary of what it’s like to become schooled in the ways of Washington.

An aide to the Wisconsin Republican told HOH the office has long encouraged each crop of unpaid help to come up with creative ways to recruit their ultimate successors. Full story

August 10, 2015

Exit Interview: Amy Harris Honored to Walk the Halls of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harris loved the solitude of the Rotunda at night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican aide Amy Harris has found a new home at the National Association of Home Builders’ BUILD-PAC. But she’ll remain forever grateful for the highly instructive time she spent learning the ropes of the legislative branch.

“I have been very fortunate to work with some incredible members. People I never thought I would be standing in the same room with, let alone them knowing my name,” Harris told HOH about her experience on Capitol Hill. Full story

D.C. Kids Sing for Statehood at the Capitol (Video)

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(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!,” the kids of Capitol Hill sang Sunday morning.

More than 30 children, mostly hailing from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, congregated at the U.S. Capitol to sing comedian John Oliver’s revised 50-state song, highlighting the District’s lack of voting rights. Oliver aired a 17-minute segment on D.C. statehood on his HBO program, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on Aug. 2, which has been touted by District lawmakers, activists and residents as unprecedented national attention on the issue.

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August 7, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Aug. 3, 2015 (Video)

Despite a three-day workweek, the Senate still found time to count the fingers on one hand, draw stick figures and drink lots of water.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Gets Into the Spirit of DC Beer Week

‘Twas a time when lawmakers wouldn’t dare show their faces at a local watering hole in the middle of a workday. Luckily for HOH, things change.

And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is leading the charge by popping into Right Proper Brewing Company at noon to tour one of the engines of D.C.’s beverage industry. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 p.m.
Booze, DC, Restos

August 6, 2015

Rob Portman’s Guide to Properly Rocking Cleveland

With the first GOP debate almost upon us, the eyes of the nation are turning to Cleveland — a destination Sen. Rob Portman insists is well worth exploring.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“It’s a great town. There’s so many beautiful areas now,” the Ohio Republican told HOH about the Rock and Roll Capital of the World.

Lord knows if any of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls will circulate anywhere other than the Quicken Loans Arena lobby — not a single one mentioned “sightseeing” when they shared their pre-debate rituals with IJ Review — before or after Thursday night’s Fox News Channel-moderated media circus.

Per Portman, anyone who’s feeling adventurous ought to spend some time getting to know the city. Full story

August 5, 2015

WednesDaze: Polishing Off Pitchers with Our Future Leaders

Why wait an extra 24 hours for the Republican primary debates to get faced when you can crush pitchers of cold brew Wednesday?

That’s right, the politically themed debauching can begin in earnest today during the “Pitchers and Politics Pre-Debate Happy Hour.”

 

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(Screenshot)

Approximately 23 hours before Fox News Channel even pretends to care what the struggling-to-catch-on GOP presidential candidates have on their minds, the College Republican National Committee and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management plan to welcome those thirsting for knowledge to Stanton & Greene (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) for some hump day action. Full story

August 4, 2015

Pummel Your Liver on GOP Debate Night

Care to make the first GOP primary debate that much more palatable?

Political observers at Cloture Club and the Sun Times Network suggest getting good and blasted.

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

(Courtesy Cloture Club)

Cloture Club has devised a way to make one hang on any given candidate’s every word: attach serious drinking consequences to all the bloviating. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Bruce Westerman

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

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. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., talks about good Southern cooking and all things Arkansas. Full story

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