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July 9, 2014

Another Bite of the Cleveland Apple

Carving up the Cleveland hospitality scene in anticipation of the 2016 GOP nominating convention has turned into quite the task. So much so, in fact, that we’re back with a second round of dining/drinking/carousing picks for those destined to head due west ahead of the next presidential election cycle.

During our initial foray into can’t miss eateries, Cleveland Magazine managing editor Kim Schneider shared insights into coveted seats, suburban retreats and dedicated suds slingers.

But man cannot live on steak and beer alone. (Can we?) Full story

Politics & Prose Gives Amazon the Business

The District’s highest profile independent bookstore is getting political once more, weighing in on the ongoing tug-of-war between online retailer Amazon and authors with some cheeky in-store signage.

“Hachette Titles: Usually ships in  … Oh, wait, just pick it up right now!” Team P&P touts in front of a display featuring the latest imprint to tangle with the one-click-and-a-drone-will-deliver-it-right-to-your-doorstep giant for control of the e-publishing revenue stream.

A secondary placard posted within the landing spot (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW) for rising/sitting/retired politicos with great stories to tell paraphrases from the commentary that prolific author and voracious reader James Patterson posted on his personal website earlier this spring about the troubling literary row. Full story

July 8, 2014

Chowing Down, Cleveland-Style

Now that the Republican National Committee has elected to give Cleveland a star turn come 2016, it’s time for political operatives (and reporters) to begin debating the only thing that really matters during nominating conventions: Where we all gonna eat?

Granted, some would-be pundits and cash-strapped hacks may wind up wandering no further than whatever media-sponsored hangout keeps the complimentary drinks flowing that summer.

But we here at HOH are all about exploring C-Town to the fullest. Full story

Jared Polis and Dan Maffei Welcome New Daughters

(Courtesy of Rep. Maffei)

 

For Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., the past Fourth of July weekend was remembered for more than fireworks and American flags. The dads each celebrated births of their daughters, skipping out on typical Independence Day festivities.

Rep. Maffei and wife Abby Davidson Maffei on July 4 announced the birth of Maya Elizabeth Maffei. Born July 3 at 6:23 a.m., Maya’s birthday is just one day before her father’s, with Rep. Maffei turning 46 this past Independence Day. Abby Davidson Maffei works for humanitarian organization CARE.

In a statement, Rep. Maffei and his wife announced that Maya — the couple’s first child — weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

“Maya is the biggest little birthday present I could have ever dreamed of, and we are so delighted to welcome her into the world,” Rep. Maffei said in a statement.

Also during this past weekend, Jared Polis and his partner — writer Marlo Reis — welcomed daughter Cora Barucha into the world on July 4, posting to Facebook a picture of Cora donning a quilted American flag sweater. Cora weighed 9 pounds and

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(Courtesy of office of Rep. Polis)

was 21 inches long.

Polis’ office confirmed Cora’s birth and Polis’ sister, Jordanna Schutz, explained the origins of Cora’s middle name on Facebook.

This is the couple’s second child. In 2011, Polis became the first openly gay parent in Congress after the birth of son Caspian Julius. As with that news, Polis has decided to keep the details of this birth tightly held.

Schutz said her great-great aunt, Kasha Barucha, fled to the United States from Russia in order to protect her family during the 1905 Russian revolution.

“Barucha means blessing,” Schutz posted to Facebook. “It is a good day to celebrate two blessings: my new niece, and the promise of ‘Inalienable Rights’ to ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Boozy Treats, Sweaty Pits Await Rooftop Deck Caucus

On Thursday, Holland & Knight will once again play host to the “Rooftop Deck Caucus,” the informal nickname for the throng of fun-seeking congressional staffers who flood the lobbying firm’s sun-splashed offices each summer.

(Courtesy Holland & Knight)

(Courtesy Holland & Knight)

Public policy head Rich Gold — “and DJ,” he added — told HOH the come-as-you-are gathering (800 17th St. NW) began as an in-house shindig, but noted that it has since evolved into a widely attended opportunity to blow off some steam.

“It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek event, to say the least,” he suggested. “It also tends to get hot and sweaty, given Washington in July.”

Skyrocketing temperatures or not, Gold said he’s noticed some crossover between the more member-friendly reception his group puts on in the Cannon Caucus Room and the open-air soiree — overlooking the White House, no less — happening this week.

“It has started to get out,” he said, estimating that around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have begun routinely mixing with the 300-odd partygoers that congregate on the roof each year.

Those willing to brave the humidity for this year’s 8th annual outing, which is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are set to be rewarded with spirited “cocktail ice creams” and “adult” sno-cones, Baja-style fish tacos, mini crab cakes, the musical stylings of the Grateful Dead and Jimmy Buffett and “maybe even a photo booth.”

“Come party till you pass out. Something Washington doesn’t do nearly enough of,” Gold counseled.

July 7, 2014

Fleshing Out the Disposition of the Senate

According to CQ Roll Call alumnus and current Washington Examiner senior correspondent David M. Drucker, Sen. John McCain has over the past few years evolved into the “conscience of the Senate.”

(Warren Rojas/ CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/ CQ Roll Call)

We’re in absolutely no position (sold our soul years ago) to argue whether the Arizona Republican is the moral center Capitol Hill needs or even deserves right now. But spotting the oft-recycled title did spark an interest in trying out other potential modern day superlatives.

Say hello to The FILL IN THE BLANK of the Senate:

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Keenly Tuned Id?

 

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dynamic ego?

 

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Burgeoning superego?

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Simmering rage?

 

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Unflinching optimist?

 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Awe-inspiring stick-to-itiveness?

 

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Palpable sense of relief?

Did we miss anyone?

By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:59 p.m.
Freshman, media, Sens

Stan Lee and John Lewis: The Drawing of the Two

Some lawmakers enjoy being able to drop out of sight during recess. Others, such as critically acclaimed graphic novelist/Rep. John Lewis, find it much harder to disentangle from the swirling celebrity life.

Case in point: fans of the Georgia Democrat simply could not resist prodding him together with comics legend Stan Lee — you know, the guy who created all those spandex-clad superheroes that lord over movie screens every summer and has done cameos in many of the Marvel flicks — during a chance meeting in Las Vegas.

(Courtesy Andrew Aydin)

(Courtesy Andrew Aydin)

“It was totally by accident, but as soon as they were near each other, people started pushing them together. I grabbed my phone as quick as I could and snapped the picture,” Andrew Aydin, congressional aide and co-author of “March,” the illustrated tale of Lewis’ Civil Rights Era activism, told HOH.

Per Aydin, it was the first time they had crossed paths with the nonagenarian wellspring from which the likes of Spiderman, the Hulk and the X-Men had flowed since officially joining the comic writing verse last summer.

“Neither of us had ever met him before,” Aydin said of the serendipitous encounter. A lifelong reader (“I gushed like a fanboy,” he admitted), Aydin was thrilled to hear Lee chatting with his boss about “March” and just generally soaked in the absolutely magical moment. Full story

Tim Krepp Embraces His Eyebrows in Bid for Congress

 

Krepp is not shying away from his eyebrow powers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Krepp is not shying away from his eyebrow powers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tim Krepp, an independent hoping to challenge Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is embracing his facial hair — the type above his eyes.

Pace and son Jonah collect signatures for Krepp's candidacy, with eyebrow-centric campaign wardrobe. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Pate and son Jonah collect signatures for Krepp’s candidacy, with eyebrow-centric campaign wardrobe. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

At Eastern Market over the weekend, Krepp supporters gathering signatures for the Hill East denizen/veteran tour guide sported T-shirts emblazoned with “Tim Krepp Congress 2014.” A dialogue balloon above “Tim” features one of Krepp’s defining features, his caterpillar-like eyebrows. Another dialogue balloon under “2014” states, “Seriously? Seriously!”

“We’ll see how far wit can take us,” signature-gatherer Brian Pate said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Pate’s name.

July 6, 2014

How the Obama-Boehner Relationship is Like the World Cup | Capitol Quip

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The United States fought valiantly in the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean we can’t extrapolate a sports metaphor for gridlocked Washington, particularly when it comes to our Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Send us a caption for this week’s contest by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

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

By Jason Dick Posted at 9:06 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Ride ‘Em, Thad Cochran | Capitol Quip

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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.

July 3, 2014

#tbt: ‘Tricky Mitch’?

McConnell and Nixon, together again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell and Nixon, together again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Those were the days! Back in 2001, our own Tom Williams snapped this photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., showing off his Russell Senate Office Building digs, with a portrait of a previous occupant, former President Richard M. Nixon, hanging prominently.

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:19 p.m.
#tbt, Sens, Shutterbugs

Malia Obama’s July 4th Sweet 16

Malia, far right, turns 16 the same day as America's birthday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Malia, far right, turns 16 the same day as America’s birthday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For the Obama family, Friday’s Fourth of July celebrations will also mark another milestone — Malia Obama’s sweet 16 birthday.

President Barack Obama made note Tuesday during a speech in Washington of Malia’s upcoming Independence Day birthday, with the president showing some apprehension as Malia begins to inch toward adulthood.

“With the Fourth of July on Friday — also Malia’s birthday for those of you who are interested — she will be 16,” the president said before beginning his remarks on the Highway Trust Fund. “A little worrisome.”

Turning 16 means Malia may soon be behind the wheel, as she will be at the minimum age eligible to obtain a driver’s permit in the District. Michelle Obama confirmed to Jimmy Fallon in February that Malia will indeed be on the road this summer, warning Washingtonians to “watch out.”

The Obamas have in the past marked Malia’s birthday in an array of locations, including on the campaign trail in 2012 and at Camp David in 2009.

Also in 2009, the president addressed military families on July Fourth in Washington as Malia turned 11 years old.

“When she was younger, I used to say that all these fireworks were for her,” the president said. “I’m not sure she still buys that.”

By Cady Zuvich Posted at 2:51 p.m.
FLOTUS, Kiddies, POTUS

Activists Petition Congress to Stick it to SCOTUS

Pray at the Pump Movement founder Rocky Twyman wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to step up and help him clean house across the street at the Supreme Court.

(Courtesy Rocky Twyman)

(Courtesy Rocky Twyman)

“Since the 2000 election that resulted in George Bush being selected as President of the United States, the Supreme Court has become highly politicized,” Twyman argues in his Change.org petition.

He cites polarizing positions such as the game changing Citizens United and McCutcheon cases, as well as controversial revisions to the Voting Rights Act, as evidence the judicial system has gone totally awry. “Because of these highly partisan decisions that enable individuals and corporations to virtually buy elections, we the people want to amend the Constitution of the United States and eliminate the unlimited terms of Justices to only eight years,” Twyman states.

Per Twyman’s plan, all future SCOTUS panelists would be term-limited to just under a decade at the highest court in the land, while any sitting justices who’ve presided longer than that would be urged to step down immediately. Full story

July 2, 2014

The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game in 3 Minutes (Video)

From the opening stretches to Speaker John A. Boehner’s slow jam, watch members in all their glory as the Democrats capture their sixth-straight coveted Roll Call trophy in a 15-6 victory.

Vote for Your Favorite Thad Cochran Riding High Quip | 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 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. (Note earlier time!)

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Don’t even say he’s riding high on the hog.
  • Praise the Lard, he won!
  • Who’s squealing like a stuck pig now?
  • Think we should tell him it’s not a horse?
  • No, I didn’t see it coming. I just thought that the pig would have been flying, too.

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

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:21 p.m.
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