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November 25, 2013

McMorris Rodgers Gives Birth to Her Third Child

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave birth to her third child, Brynn Catherine, early Sunday morning.

McMorris Rodgers Gives Birth to Her Third Child

(Courtesy Cathy McMorris Rodgers)

The Washington Republican’s latest bundle of joy, who clocked in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces, arrived at 6:19 a.m. Sunday — slightly earlier than her December due date.

“Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world,” McMorris Rodgers said alongside a photo posted on her Instagram account Monday afternoon. “She’s beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full.”

All three of McMorris Rodgers’ children were born while she was serving in Congress. She and her husband, Brian, welcomed Cole in April 2007 and Grace in December 2010.

The new addition to the McMorris Rodgers family continues the recent House baby boom. Fellow Republicans Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio both became fathers earlier this month.

Stocking Stuffers Galore in House Gift Shop

Still wrestling with what to get loved ones mildly liked ones this holiday season?

Stocking Stuffers Galore in House Gift Shop

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Has the House Gift Shop got a deal for you!

On Dec. 2, nearly everything in stock will be 10 percent off. That’s right, bargain hunters, 10 percent off almost everything awkwardly stamped with a congressional seal. Staff said the discount does not apply to any of the Tiffany & Co. items (the sterling silver collection ranges from an $80 necklace with House seal-emblazoned charm to a $300 bracelet with a similar charm), 2013 holiday ornaments or special orders.

Stocking Stuffers Galore in House Gift Shop

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

This year’s official holiday ornament features a mini Statue of Freedom purportedly carved from pieces of marble removed during a previous restoration. Full story

Tortilla Coast Caters to Black Friday Crowd

We’ve already laid out a cornucopia of options for those who prefer to let others do the cooking on Turkey Day. Now the Clover Restaurant Group wants to take care of those in need of sustenance during the most hectic shopping day of the year.

In a bid to woo Black Friday bargain hunters (and folks who might already need a break from leftover bird), the proprietors of the Tortilla Coast and Café Deluxe chainlets have decided to serve brunch at all their restaurants on Nov. 29.

The flagship Tortilla Coast (400 First St. SE) — aka Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s clubhouse — will dish out brunch specialties from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured items include: short stacks of buttermilk pancakes, fajita steak and eggs, Captain Crunch-studded brioche French toast, huevos rancheros, chorizo-laced breakfast burritos and spinach-mushroom omelets.

The Logan Circle Tortilla Coast (1460 P St. NW) will offer its brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured items include: scrambled-egg-filled enchiladas, short rib breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, cornmeal-banana pancakes and Mexican toast (corn flake-crusted brioche, sweet crème fraiche, assorted berries, orange syrup).

No doubt the signature frozen margaritas will also be flowing like water.

November 24, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving From Capitol Quip!

Happy Thanksgiving From Capitol Quip!

Happy Thanksgiving from Capitol Quip! So as not to force any readers to vote for their favorite Capitol Quip caption in a tryptophan-induced food coma on Thanksgiving Day, this one’s on us! We’re going to let the image speak for itself.

We’ll be back next week with a brand-new Capitol Quip on Dec. 1 on this blog and in the following print edition of Roll Call. Until then, have a safe and happy Turkey Day!

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

By Jason Dick Posted at 7:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

A Kick and a Miss | Capitol Quip

A Kick and a Miss | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many 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.

November 22, 2013

On Reddit AMA, Niels Lesniewski Discusses Nuclear Option, Movember

Roll Call’s own Niels Lesniewski took to Reddit Friday to field questions about what happened in the Senate Thursday in the wake of the nuclear option being triggered.

On Reddit AMA, Niels Lesniewski Discusses Nuclear Option, Movember

Lesniewski with his favorite reading material, Riddick’s Senate Procedure. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

His “Ask Me Anything” thread is still live on the site.

“Democrats seem to have decided that being able to get President Obama’s nominees confirmed outweighed the risks of the next Republican president doing the same,” he wrote of the historic change to the Senate’s rules.

Redditor arrggg asked what the most monumental rules change was previously.

“This was probably the biggest change since 1975, when they reduced the number needed to break most filibusters from two-thirds to 60 votes,” Lesniewski responded.

But not all the questions were so serious.  Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses (Video) | Week of 11/18/13

From being fed up with task force after task force to parliamentary points of order, expect the unexpected on the House and Senate floor in this week’s Congressional Hits and Misses.

JFK’s Roll Call Testimonial

As a member of Congress who made his way to the White House, John F. Kennedy never forgot his Capitol Hill roots. In the days after the president’s funeral, Roll Call’s editorial on Nov. 27, 1963, recalled that Kennedy wrote to us the year before, on the occasion of our seventh anniversary, to wish us well:

“The original aims of your newspaper — to provide the members and staffs on Capitol Hill with a weekly medium of news about each other and to inject a healthy spirit of fun into the proceedings of Congress — have been admirably fulfilled. We on this end of Pennsylvania Avenue will continue to count on ROLL CALL for the excellent ‘under the dome’ coverage it provides.”

As Roll Call founder Sid Yudain wrote in the editorial: “No newspaperman could wish for a greater testimonial.”

Georgetowners Toasting JFK in Neighborhood Tribute

Capitol Hill veteran-turned-lobbyist Bill Broydrick on Friday is following in President John F. Kennedy’s historic footsteps, rounding up those who share a postal code with the late Massachusetts Democrat for a commemorative drink.

“My wife Cindi and I live on the same block as President Kennedy did when he was elected President,” Broydrick told HOH in an email, putting himself in the proximity of the love nest JFK and Jackie shared at 3307 N. St. NW during his 1960 campaign. “We have invited all of our neighbors to share a drink and toast to JFK at Martin’s Tavern where JFK asked Jackie to marry him.”

Per Broydrick, this is the first time he’s attempted to orchestrate such a pilgrimage; just more than a dozen neighbors — including the folks currently residing in the old Kennedy roost — have agreed to make the trek. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:03 p.m.
Booze, DC, POTUS, VIPs

November 21, 2013

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

During Thursday’s grand opening here in D.C., Capriotti’s — a sandwich shop that got under way nearly four decades ago in Wilmington, Del. — got a visit from a very special fan: sub-dispatcher-in-chief Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Delaware Democrat strode into the new location (1800 M St. NW) and was immediately welcomed by thunderous applause. The store was packed with friends and family of the Capriotti’s chain (95 stores and counting), while Racing Presidents, freebie-seekers and star-struck tourists milled about outside.

Biden Stumps for Capriotti’s Subs

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Once at the counter, Biden ordered lunch for himself and President Barack Obama. He put in for two medium Italian subs — “We don’t call them hoagies in Delaware. We call them subs,” VPOTUS explained to the crush of reporters on hand for the lunch outing — both stripped of onions, an order of hot peppers on the side, one large “Bobbie” (a Thanksgiving-style mash-up of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo) and another large Italian sub, again with hot peppers on the side.

The crowd erupted in laughter after Capriotti’s CEO Ashley Morris recited back the charge ($56.25), at which point Biden, who discovered he only had $50 on him, called back to staff to loan him a few bucks. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:50 p.m.
DC, Food, POTUS, Restos, Uncle Joe

For Holiday Season, Hillys Offer a Guide

Now that the Roll Call holiday gift and eating guide is out, it seems like as good a time as any to plug the Capitol Hill businesses, nonprofits and services that were recently honored at the Hilly Awards.

About 100 people milled about the Stars and Stripes Club on Nov. 16, drinking, snacking and chatting in a large room that overlooked Nationals Park from behind home plate.

“I love being part of this community. … I love being the best damn hair salon on Capitol Hill,”  said Michael Anthony, whose eponymous salon won best the award for health and beauty service of the year.

Below is list of the 2013 winners followed by the runners-ups:

Best bar: Beuchert’s Saloon. Runner-up: The Pug.

Best restaurant: Acqua Al 2. Runner-up: Belga Café.

Best retailer: Frager’s Hardware. Runner-up: Hill’s Kitchen.

Best health and beauty service: Michael Anthony Salon. Runner-up: Bubbles.

Best fitness service: Biker Barre. Runner-up: Results the Gym.

Best professional service: D.C. Access. Runner-up: National Capital Bank.

Best home and garden service: Frager’s Garden Pad. Runner-up: Moody Landscape Architect.

Best arts organization: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Runner-up: Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Best nonprofit: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Runner-up: Rural Dog Reserve.

Best cafe/coffee shop: Peregrine Espresso. Runner-up: Pound The Hill.

Best new restaurant: District Taco. Runner-up: Beuchert’s Saloon.

Best new business: Hank’s Oyster Bar. Runner-up: Beuchert’s Saloon.

Full story

Ex-Obama Aide Hosts Medical Fundraiser at Vendetta

Communications guru Scott Goodstein wants to thank the trauma team that came to his rescue after a life-threatening motorcycle wreck earlier this spring.

Ex Obama Aide Hosts Medical Fundraiser at Vendetta

(Courtesy Scott Goodstein)

So he’s paying everything forward by hosting a fundraiser Thursday night at Vendetta (1212 H St. NE) benefiting the medical personnel that placed him on the road to recovery.

The party, which is open to the general public (one can RSVP via Facebook or Evite, but a promoter assured HOH it was not required), begins at 6 p.m. and will feature complimentary appetizers. Meanwhile, $1 from each of the specialty drinks sold will flow through to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The external online director during President Barack Obama’s first bid for the White House most recently made headlines by having some fun with the government shutdown. His company, Revolution Messaging, put together the lawmaker-needling DrunkDialCongress.org service.

Goodstein launched another campaign shortly after the accident, vowing not to shave until after his final surgery and inviting well-wishers to style his next facial hair configuration while also stumping for some charitable giving.

He seeded that initial pot with a $218 donation — and was since watched it grow into a $4,200-and-counting windfall for UMD.

November 20, 2013

Jim Cooper Muses About App Replacing the Newspapers It Depends on

Jim Cooper Muses About App Replacing the Newspapers It Depends on

(Anna Giaritelli/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., believes government shortcomings and a concerned print news industry will soon be transformed into something more efficient.

“Our newspapers are dying. Dead tree products like this are having a hard time economically. The business model is not working and it needs to be replaced with something like iCitizen so that people can get the news they need,” said Cooper at  launch party for the new iCitizen app.

iCitizen combines data from a variety of news sources to inform users on issues, legislation and how to correspond with public officials.

A number of Nashville health care professionals, members and former members, including former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., rallied support for the product debut at the Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion on Tuesday night.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, another Tennessean, talked about the frustrations she has heard from constituents about the lack of reporting on select issues, but also noted the importance of community papers.

“I find it very interesting in my district, community newspapers that are specific to one area are very popular,” Blackburn said.

Interesting, too, that iCitizen relies on many “dying” organizations to provide news to users.

CEO Rod Massey listed the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Tennessee Tribune as examples of sources for iCitizen’s 8,900 separate data feeds.

“We’re just in our infancy as far as the sources we’re incorporating. … As we integrate more diverse sources, I absolutely see us bringing that from a variety of different venues,” Massey said.

Feeding Joe Biden

It’s Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s birthday!

Feeding Joe Biden

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

According to our sources, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee elected to surprise the 71-year-old Delaware Democrat with a dozen donkey-clad baked goods — featuring flavors ranging from red velvet to chocolate marshmallow — special ordered from Sprinkles Cupcakes (3015 M St. NW).

No word from our DCCC friends as to how many of the frosted goodies, which were delivered at 11 a.m., VPOTUS may have indulged in during the friendly pop-in.

We just hope Biden didn’t ruin his appetite — because he’s presumably expected to chow down at a new sub shop opening up Thursday. (Stay tuned).

Five Gridiron Plays to Choose From | Capitol Quip

Five Gridiron Plays to Choose From | 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:

  • Good grief.
  • Wow, and nobody even pulled the football away.
  • Think the 5 cent Psychiatric Help booth still takes his insurance?
  • I bet he’ll be on the disabled list for 3 years.
  • That’s how it always ends, Charlie Brown!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Nov. 24 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.

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:16 p.m.
Capitol Quip

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