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January 5, 2015

Capitol Quip and the World’s Reddest Deliberative Body

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For the first time since 2006, Democrats will head into a Senate controlled by the Republicans, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five 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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By Jason Dick Posted at 1:04 p.m.
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HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

Obstructionism: What politicians routinely accuse the opposition party leaders of doing when their legislative priorities are blocked. The charges are often deeply hypocritical, depending on the majority or minority status of the politician making the charge.”

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

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A Capitol Quip Message for the 114th Congress

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Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

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

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Jump Start 2015 With Researching Refresher

Check out the Library of Congress with its how-to sessions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Check out the Library of Congress with its how-to sessions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Whether you are new in town or just haven’t gotten around to perusing the wealth of knowledge maintained by the Library of Congress, now is the time to get schooled in the art of getting one’s proper learn on.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division typically hosts twice monthly orientation sessions (one evening, one day) for those interested in mining the LOC’s vast collections. The inaugural tutorial of the new year is scheduled to take place on Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Full story

December 31, 2014

Out With the Old Capitol Quip …

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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 Friday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • You’ve been well rested Ol’ Timer!
  • No cup o’ kindness for this auld lang syne!
  • Just watch me monopolize the joint!
  • There’s a new herd of elephant’s in the house!
  • Ya’ll better sensitize, prioritize, energize and, moralize, before heading over to the 114th!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Jan. 4 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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By Jason Dick Posted at 2:27 p.m.
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Spend New Year’s Day With Bob Ney

GOP leaders worked so hard to escape December without incident (Look, Ma! No government shutdown!), yet embarrassing revelations continue to pop up as the clock ticks down on 2014.

What better way to prepare for a fresh round of dirty laundry-airing infighting than to hear former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, run his former colleagues through the wringer all over again.

 Bob Ney (R-OH) tries to get through the sea of photographers as he leaves the U.S. District Court October 13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Ney entered a guilty plea to taking bribes in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ney tries to get through the sea of photographers as he leaves the U.S. District Court Oct. 13, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Ney entered a guilty plea to taking bribes in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of its Sunday night gabfest, “Q&A,” C-SPAN has been re-running some of the interview show’s greatest hits throughout the holidays. The Jan. 1 episode, scheduled to air at 7 p.m. EST, includes a conversation with the six-term lawmaker that fell furthest from grace as a result of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The 2013 replay, which took place during the promotional tour for Ney’s tell-all memoir, “Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill,” appears to be timelier than ever given the career-ending hit New York Republican Michael G. Grimm’s political life has taken in recent days. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2014 (Video)

From food to Janet Jackson and mic drops to outer space, Heard on the Hill presents the best gaffes, insults and soundbites from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

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December 30, 2014

The Gifts That Keep on Giving: HOH’s 2014 Faves

What a year we all just lived through!

There was election night drama, international intrigue and, of course, tearful farewells.

Keeping track of all the mayhem on Capitol Hill once again proved exhausting, thanks in large part to the concerted efforts of the following over achievers.

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The embattled pol is a one-man gossip mill. Full story

December 29, 2014

Meet the New Capitol Quip …

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Out with the old Congress and in with the new! The 114th Congress will be sworn in soon, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Friday (An extra day! Courtesy of the New Year.)

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

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By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
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December 24, 2014

Members of Congress Cut Anti-Drunk Driving Spots (Audio)

Thinking about hitting the road after knocking back a whole mess of eggnog?

This Greek chorus of sitting politicos won’t hear of it.

Full story

December 23, 2014

Brent Roske to Kick Off New Year with Expanded Show

“Chasing the Hill” creator Brent Roske may not have snagged that House seat he was angling for last year. But the political junkie is already positioned on the front lines of history in Des Moines, and he’s gearing up for 2016 with a half-hour long version of “Roske on Politics.”

The veteran TV producer relocated to the Hawkeye State as part of his ongoing mission to get up close and personal with the electoral process. His current project, which is operated in conjunction with the Des Moines Register, is now evolving into a self-styled Sunday show.

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December 22, 2014

Grover Norquist Will Miss Tussling With Stephen Colbert

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist fears no one in Washington. But it took him a while to figure out how to successfully mix things up with faux-conservative interviewer Stephen Colbert.

Norquist, who is no stranger to verbally jousting with opponents on the Sunday news shows — “You get it. They have liberal assumptions tucked inside a question … you deal with it,” he said of the standard us vs. them rhetorical smack down — told HOH he held The Colbert Report producers at bay about appearing on the show for over a year because he had some trouble wrapping his head around how to engage with Colbert’s TV persona.

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December 21, 2014

Have a Cuba Libre With Capitol Quip!

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President Barack Obama’s new positioning toward Cuba provides this week’s Capitol Quip.

It’s a short week with the holidays, so we’re going to wish you all a good one, and we’ll be back soon with another Capitol Quip contest. Happy Holidays!

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

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December 20, 2014

A Gold Star for Capitol Quip

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Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

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

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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December 19, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Farewell to the 113th Congress (Video)

Before leaving for the holidays, lawmakers paid tribute to one another, recalling “spawned” marriages while thanking their “awful” staff.

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