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June 6, 2014

Sleazy Pol Sparks Spectacular Reddit Guessing Game

Reddit, the online hub known for its no-holds-barred “Ask Me Anything” discussions has been consumed by the SHOCKING! (shocking?) revelation that some elected official, somewhere may have slipped a paramour a few bucks to keep quiet about their extracurricular activities.

“Relative of mine slept with a notable politician and was paid to keep quiet. Has the hush letter in writing,” a Redditor who posts under the moniker diztorted floated in a forum rife with heartbreaking tales of childhood molestation and jarring anecdotes about stumbling upon unknown siblings/secret second families.

Unlike the surreptitious financial support former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards sent mistress Rielle Hunter’s way, or the consolation prize former Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign served up to one-time aide Doug Hampton, after bedding his wife, Cynthia, this purported philanderer apparently had the foresight to contractually bar the other party from ever saying a word about what had transpired between the two of them.

“This is ‘House of Cards’ stuff here, Underwoods be damned,” said a commenter who goes by TheSouthernPunk.

Soon, everyone begun weighing in on the hush-hush, hanky-panky. Full story

Can Obama’s Tumblr Town Hall Compete With ‘Texts From Hillary?’

With President Barack Obama getting ready to host a Q-and-A on Tumblr on education, it’s worth revisiting one of the best Tumblr memes ever, which started with a little old exchange between Obama and a very in-charge Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Screenshot courtesy of Tumblr)

(Screenshot courtesy of Tumblr)

Has it really been two years since “Texts from Hillary” debuted? My how time flies.

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:52 a.m.
POTUS, Webtastic

June 5, 2014

C-SPAN’s Vintage Coverage of Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Talk about a public service! C-SPAN has some serious Throwback Thursday action going on, with videos of past Roll Call Congressional Baseball Games, including from as far back as 1982.

Relive all the glory. Rep. Bob Michel, R-Ill., singing the national anthem. The rough first play of the game in which Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Ohio, broke his arm in 1994. The socks. The polyester. Congressmen wearing those old Pittsburgh Pirates birthday cake-style hats. The rainbow pride Houston Astros jerseys.

It’s all there.

By Jason Dick Posted at 5:11 p.m.
Sports Desk, Webtastic

Rock Lobster! Maine Crustacean Cruising in Taste of America

The Maine lobster roll continues to claw its way to the top of the Taste of America 3rd Round vote totals, steamrolling (so far) Delaware’s boardwalk fries in a regional seafaring fight.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4QSYx4wVQg

In other Round 3 action, Montana steak is pounding Oregon blackberry pie in a contest attracting many thousands of votes, and New York buffalo wings are taking flight against another Eastern bottom-dwelling protein, Maryland crab cakes. Round 3 might be one of the crueler brackets, as it makes difficult choices imminent. Who really wants to choose between Iowa bacon and Wisconsin macaroni and cheese? Don’t they go together so well?

Round 3 voting ends Friday, so make sure your vote counts.

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:54 a.m.
Food

June 4, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Driving Congress 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 Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • It could be worse!! We could actually give Congress the keys.
  • Whatever you do, don’t let any of the red ones Rove about.
  • Man, these Koch brothers donations are getting out of hand.
  • Which one has the Cruz control?
  • The “R” models and the “D” models keep running into each other; the “I” models just keep going in circles!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 8 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 9:48 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Conservative Confab Kinda-Sorta Psyched for Christie

To the untrained observer, it may look like this in-flux Faith & Freedom Coalition news release is attempting to put on as happy a face as possible about having to settle for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at its conference, instead of nabbing the headline-grabbing Benham Brothers the event promoters clearly had their little hearts set on.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

Not so, publicist Dave Mohel assured HOH.

Full story

NoVa Residents Primed to Walk All Over Gerry Connolly

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly will be immortalized as a bike trail this Saturday, effectively cementing his place in regional history for a good long while.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Virginia Democrat is poised to see his name added to the Cross County Trail on Saturday at 10 a.m., during a ceremony at Laurel Hill Park in Lorton, Va.

The official renaming comes some 15 years after local leaders first dreamed of piecing together the 40-mile stretch of recreational roadway, a project that Connolly, during his tenure as chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, helped make a reality.

(Courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority)

(Courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority)

“He already is informally considered by many to be the ‘father’ of the CCT, and this trail naming is a well-deserved tribute to Mr. Connolly for his dedication and support of the Fairfax County Park Authority,” board members wrote last summer, in a report endorsing the name swap.

This cycling enthusiast is very familiar with the rolling terrain destined to bear Connolly’s brand into perpetuity; I even plotted a few choice spots to grab a bite along the way a few years back.

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:57 a.m.
Food, Reps

June 3, 2014

Anatomy of a Steve King Tweet

Rep. Steve King took to the Twittersphere Tuesday to denounce the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials detained at Guantánamo Bay, asserting that the Obama administration and Bergdahl were working for al-Qaida.

To understand and appreciate the Iowa Republican’s tweet, you have to break down all the subtle complexities, all the puzzle pieces that King rammed together.

 

He begins with a hashtag. And not a common one. Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 3:58 p.m.
Drama, FightingWords

Kids Sway the Darndest Things

“A 4-year-old ‘lobbyist’ just handed this to me in Dirksen,” a colleague relayed via email after crossing paths with the pint-sized influence peddler over in the Senate office buildings.

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

The combative sentiment stamped across the narrow strip of campaign literature is the latest rallying cry adopted by the left-leaning ladies behind the MomsRising movement. Group members are on Capitol Hill today beating the drum for U.S. Surgeon General nominee Dr. Vivek H. Murthy.

Senate’s Common Sense Coalition Convenes at nopa

A tripartisan group of Senate lawmakers retreated to the relative safety of Penn Quarter Monday night, gathering around the table for a working dinner at nopa Kitchen + Bar.

Out tipster counted 10 participants in all, a roster that included: Common Sense Coalition organizers Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, along with Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Angus King, I-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Did they need to clear the air about the administration’s proposed crackdown on carbon emissions?

Were they giving each other friendly odds on which leader might crack first during today’s campaign finance rumble?

Or was last night all about consoling Manchin after seeing his beloved pepperoni rolls bounced from the Taste of America brackets? Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:51 p.m.
DC, Food, Restos, Sens

June 2, 2014

Chris McDaniel Mississippi Voters Finding … Kentucky

Which McDaniel is it? This photo was taken in Kentucky over the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Which McDaniel is it? This photo was taken in Mississippi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

He’s a young, conservative, Republican state senator from the South named Chris McDaniel.

No, not the one hoping to topple Sen. Thad Cochran in Tuesday’s Mississippi Republican primary.

This guy is a Kentucky legislator elected in 2012. And thanks to the other guy’s insurgent candidacy and a case of mistaken identity, this state lawmaker has been hearing from voters through just about every medium — calls, emails, Twitter messages, Facebook and even snail mail.

Full story

Adam Schiff Embraces Rigors of AIDS/LifeCycle Ride

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., appears to be reveling in the week-long cycling challenge he started on June 1, sharing highlights from the rolling landscapes he’s furiously pedaling across with his web flock.

The seasoned marathoner swapped his well-worn kicks for unfamiliar wheels (Bang-up job, FedEx!) in order to take part in the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle trek, an annual fundraiser benefiting the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Schiff has completed a handful of running challenges over the past four years, but previously alerted HOH that, prior to Sunday, the furthest his limbs had ever carried him was 65-miles at a time.

Per his Instragram feed, Schiff blasted right through that benchmark on day one of the LifeCycle adventure, spinning some 80-odd miles during the first leg of the trip.

“Over to the coast and down the Pacific Highway, through Half Moon Bay and on to Santa Cruz in some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere. Rolling hills over rugged coastline, just gorgeous,” Schiff shared online.  The budding century rider shrugged off the pre-dawn start (“Up at 3:30 a.m.,” he nonchalantly mentioned) and was oddly excited about pushing himself 33 percent harder Monday (scheduled distance: 108 miles) than he’d ever attempted.

The jaw-dropping scenery unspooling before him must be quite the motivator.

Though it sounds like Schiff’s also soaring high on a combination of stress-busting endorphins and life-changing camaraderie.

“The best part of the ride, in addition to the great views, are the great riders and roadies,” he asserts on social media. “Very entertaining crowd, let me tell you.”

Glenn ‘Mr. One Minute’ Thompson Conquers C-SPAN

Rep. Glenn Thompson is done toiling behind the scenes. The Pennsylvania Republican has somewhat quietly, yet rather effectively, managed to topple two of his chattiest colleagues in the race to total C-SPAN dominance.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

Granted, it’s only June, so there’s still plenty of time for other talking heads to get their rhetorical swerve on.

But Thompson appears to have the dedication, discipline and time-management skills required to carry him across the “Hey, Isn’t That …” finish line by popping up on must-D.C. TV more than anyone else this year.

As (only) C-SPAN junkies can attest, Thompson seemingly came out of nowhere over the past 18 months, knocking off perennial camera hogs Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, by amassing 155 onscreen appearances to their 136 and 124, respectively.

Full story

Taste of America Defending Champ Eliminated, Field Is Wide Open

Robert Schwalbach, right, chief of staff for Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands, talks with chef Spike Mendelsohn after the Northern Marina Islands team won the Roll Call "A Taste of America" contest. Mendelsohn holds the winning entry, an Apigigi, at We, the Pizza, his establishment on Capitol Hill where the winners were announced in 2011.

What’s an apigigi? As pictured here in 2011, it’s a Taste of America winner that went on to be stifled the next year. Competition is fierce. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

With last year’s champion out of the Taste of America competition, the field is wide open for a new dish to be crowned the best food in America.

So which state’s specialty will be this year’s Cinderella story? That remains to be seen as round 3 is currently underway and is set to end Friday.

The bracket-style tournament occurs alongside the 53rd Annual Congressional Baseball Game and pits state delicacies against one another, giving voters the opportunity to choose which dish will come out on top. Full story

June 1, 2014

Who’s Driving This Congress? | Capitol Quip

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Google is making some headway on developing driverless cars. Now, if they can take some of that technology and know-how and apply it to Congress …

That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

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 7:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

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