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February 10, 2015

Steve Israel: Coming Soon to Cable TV

What, me on TV? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

What, me on TV? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

It’s too soon to tell whether Rep. Steve Israel will be successful in his role coordinating House Democrats’ messaging. But one that is certain is the New York Democrat’s novel-writing skills continue to pay dividends.

Late last year, Israel’s “The Global War on Morris” was published to critical acclaim. Now the rights to the comedic take on a sad-sack Long Islander who is mistakenly targeted by anti-terrorism authorities have been acquired by Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski for development as a cable series, Deadline reports. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:08 p.m.
Books, Reps, TV Land

February 9, 2015

Niki Tsongas, Jerrold Nadler Embraced by LGBT Filmmakers

Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.

According to Caroline Hart, the European half of a domestic partnership that came under fire after Department of Homeland Security agents tossed around talk of deportation following a return flight from her native England, the kind words both lawmakers shared via Twitter will be rolled into “Status Unknown” — a dramatization of the nightmare scenario she experienced at Logan Airport. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Tom MacArthur

MacArthur rubbed his head for good luck during the House office lottery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

MacArthur rubbed his head for good luck during the House office lottery. (Bill Clark/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, freshman Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., tells us about his favorite beaches outside of Jersey, and his preferred music not including Springsteen (Spoiler: He couldn’t keep himself from mentioning his love of the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen). And since we wanted to clarify something, we threw in an extra (bonus!) question.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Jersey shore — and where do you get the best boardwalk food and experience? Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 3:59 p.m.
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Eugene Mirman Has an Ear for Lawmaking

Comedian and voice-over actor Eugene Mirman must have a gas tuning in to C-SPAN 3.

Pop culture portal Vulture recently asked the “Bob’s Burger’s” star to help identify the formulator of certain noxious emissions, and he came up with some curious conclusions.

“That sounds, and I’m pretty sure I’m right, like a congressional subcommittee,” the Comedians of Comedy alumnus says of the three-part toot (get an earful at 0:20-0:28) crafted by Vulture’s audio engineers. Full story

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell has cried foul over HOH dropping the ball on which college hoopsters will travel to College Park, Md., next to defend the Wolverine State’s honor.

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When last we took you behind the scenes of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s burgeoning roster of athletic supporters, HOH hinted that Dingell’s delegation mates should leave their options open toward the end of the month.

Dingell drilled us for putting the wrong team on the court against the Maryland Terrapins. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: ‘Significant’ Special Elections

“Significant” special elections: special elections usually are triggered when someone dies, resigns, or gets elected or appointed to another office, leaving the seat vacant. Both parties reflexively spin such wins as significant harbingers of future campaigns.

— From “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech,” by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark. Full story

David Jolly Aide Accused of Poaching Bill Young’s Internal Rolodex

A staffer who worked for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young Jr., R-Fla., says her colleague, a one-time case assistant who was subsequently promoted to constituent service representative after Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., took control of the seat, surreptitiously copied Young’s star-studded contact list.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harry Glenn, Young’s former chief of staff, told CQ Roll Call that office staff was alerted by the Clerk of the House in fall 2013 that any sensitive information — save for ongoing casework — had to be purged. Full story

February 8, 2015

No Hand-Wringing in This Capitol Quip

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Ready for a hands-on experience with this week’s Capitol Quip?

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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February 7, 2015

It’s in the Capitol Quip Pipeline

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Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest.

The winner will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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February 6, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 2, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the week bragging about their state’s venison, not trading Chinese tea for Texas residency and discussing their favorite moves: “My Cousin Vinny” and “Groundhog Day.”

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Cory Gardner, Charlie Rangel School #ThisTown in Skewering Solons

The hundreds of lawmakers, media professionals, staffers and armchair pundits who piled into the Mandarin Oriental ballroom for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s yearly gala Wednesday were treated to a double dose of comedy from a pair of quick-witted pols.

Colorado Republican Cory Gardner and New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel took turns letting each other, their colleagues and everyone else in the room for the 71st Annual Congressional Dinner have it, peppering their tongue-in-cheek remarks with topical barbs.

MSNBC personality Alex Wagner (check out her routine from 27:45-35:01) led the assault by comparing Capitol Hill decorating schemes to hit TV shows. Full story

Patrick Meehan’s Cool-As-Ice Hockey Career

His best skating days may be behind him, but Rep. Patrick Meehan’s conduct during his hockey officiating career made a lasting impression on National Hockey League player and newly minted author Val James.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

James, who details his life experiences in the forthcoming “Black Ice: The Val James Story,” recalls one particular incident when the Pennsylvania Republican’s character brilliantly shone right through.

“When two Richmond Rifles fans cast a fishing line with a toy monkey tied to it into the penalty box where James was sitting, referee Patrick Meehan stopped the [Eastern Hockey League] game and demanded the ejection of the offending fans,” political reporter and hockey aficionado William Douglas chronicled on his blog.

“He did something that could have possibly at that point got him killed or lynched after the game,” James wrote. “But, nonetheless, he stood up for something, and that means a lot to me.” Full story

Hanging With Steny Hoyer Is a Slam Dunk

Bourbon summit, schmourbon summit. If you wanna get in good with Maryland Democrat Steny H. Hoyer, you’ve gotta take it to the hole.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

According to staff, the House minority whip is a “huge Terps fan” who semi-regularly rounds up colleagues to go to college basketball games with him at the University of Maryland. On Wednesday he rallied fellow alums Cheri Bustos of Illinois, William Lacy Clay of Missouri and delegation mate C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to head over to College Park to watch the Terrapins take on the Nittany Lions. (Maryland topped Penn State 64-58.) Full story

February 5, 2015

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken reminded his fellow senators of his comedic roots on Thursday, taking a pointed jab at the Judiciary Committee’s new GOP majority.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, who joined the Senate in 2009, called Republicans chronically lazy for skipping the panel’s routine markup sessions, now and in the last Congress. Full story

Benjamin Cole Desperately in Need of a Do-Over

Friday can’t possibly come soon enough for embattled House staffer Benjamin Cole.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

The spokesman for Illinois Republican Aaron Schock is having what’s got to be his worst week in Washington, a parade of public humiliations that began with the discovery of his boss’ unusual taste in office décor.

“You’ve got a member [of Congress] willing to talk to you about other things … why sour it by rushing to write some gossipy piece?” Cole, in a painfully JV attempt to trade something (anything!) for squashing the revelation Schock likes artsy stuff, pleaded with political profiler Ben Terris in Monday’s Washington Post. Full story

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