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March 24, 2014

Maher’s Audience Targets Grimm, Farenthold

The first round of votes has come in: Reps. Michael G. Grimm of New York and Blake Farenthold of Texas are “fan favorites” — to be ousted from office in November.

The two lawmakers are among the total of 16 House Republicans who will be nominated via Twitter by the public over the coming weeks as part of political comedian and liberal firebrand Bill Maher’s #FlipaDistrict campaign.

Grimm, with friend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Grimm, with friend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Once all the candidates are narrowed down “bracket-style,” Maher will target the “winning” incumbent for defeat in the midterm elections.

Farenthold (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Farenthold (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maher won’t be running himself, of course, but the host of HBO’s “Real Time” has plenty of money to throw behind the official Democratic challenger, plus a coterie of fans enthusiastic to aid in the effort. Full story

DC-3 Shuttles Hot Dogs to the Hill

Gourmet wiener joint DC-3 is hoping to take a bigger bite of the congressional dining pie by rolling out delivery of its signature tube steaks to Capitol Hill.

The new service promises to connect hungry mouths in the halls of Congress with the nearly dozen well-dressed links heaped together on Barracks Row (423 Eighth St. SE) seven days a week. A minimum order of $15 is required — which works out to three stand-alone dogs, two combo meals (dog, chips, fountain drink) or four orders of deep-fried Oreos with a cotton candy chaser — and delivery is limited to a 1 mile radius of the restaurant.

(Courtesy matchboxfoodgroup)

(Courtesy Matchbox Food Group)

Apart from the locally inspired half-smoke (which features the hybrid link, sweet relish, yellow mustard and raw onion), the restaurant tips its hat to regional delicacies including: the Philly Cheesesteak, fully sport peppered and dill pickled Chicago-style offerings, dueling chili-covered Coneys (NYC and Cincinnati) and the cole slaw slathered West Virginia dog.

Bon appetit!

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:40 a.m.
Food, HillSide, Restos

March 23, 2014

Test Your Strength: Punish Putin | Capitol Quip

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Following Russia’s invasion into the Crimea region of Ukraine, the former Soviet Union’s macho man President Vladimir Putin and American leaders are locked in a war of words (and sanctions) not seen or heard since the 1980s, which 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.

Is the Truth Catching Up With Brennan? | 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.

March 21, 2014

10 Things Sen. Dan Coats Will Miss Now That He’s Banned From Russia

Russia issued sanctions against nine U.S. officials Thursday, most of whom responded with statements and tweets saying they were proud to be on Russia’s list.

One of those lawmakers was Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., who tweeted this Thursday:

But upon further reflection, Coats realized there are some things he’ll miss now that he is banned from visiting Russia.


Full story

March 20, 2014

CFPB a Secret to One Secret Service Agent

“What the hell is the CFPB?” one Secret Service agent asked Steve Antonakes, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Antonakes described this moment of confusion in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Full story

John Lewis Breaks it Down

Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” has remained at the top of the charts for a month now, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., recently showed why the tune is such a hit.

Rachelle O’Neil, a staff assistant in Lewis’ office, posted two Facebook videos Wednesday of the congressman cutting the rug. O’Neil said the dance was part of a “long-awaited” birthday celebration.  (Lewis’ birthday was Feb. 21.)

“Be happy everybody, happy,” said Lewis.  “That’s what the government is supposed to do.”

Keep dancing, congressman.

 

The New ‘It’ List: Russia Sanctions 9 U.S. Officials (Updated)

Updated 1:55 p.m. | Russia sanctioned nine top U.S. officials on Thursday, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John A. Boehner, a retaliation after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian officials over the annexation of Crimea.

Those sanctioned took their appearance on the list as a badge of honor.

 

 

Full story

Puppets Weigh In on Supreme Court Contraception Case

One women’s group is pulling the strings in a new ad campaign aimed at raising awareness and support for a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception.

The new ad follows a puppet voiced by Daily Show co-creater Lizz Winstead as her boss and a judge follow her from the office to her bedroom, taking away her birth control.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWlxQU0OQT0

Ultraviolet, a women’s advocacy group, is funding the “five-figure” ad campaign, which is targeting women in swing states.  The campaign was launched ahead of the final arguments in Supreme Court case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which questions whether or not the ACA provision violates an employer’s religious freedom. Full story

Marcel’s Hosts Preview of Intercontinental Pop-Up

Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is heading across the pond at the end of the month to partake in a culinary exchange set to include a private reception for newly minted U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun, as well as a week-long “pop-up” dining experience orchestrated alongside award-winning British toque, Simon Hulstone.

(Courtesy Marcel's)

(Courtesy Marcel’s)

DC denizens have the opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors Wiedmaier plans to share with curious Londoners at the “A Tale of Two Cities” preview dinner scheduled to take place March 21 at Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

The seven-course meal ($165 per person) will showcase locally inspired dishes — including pan-seared scallops with black fermented garlic and squid ink, roasted pigeon with potato risotto and black truffle, and plum-tarragon tart with honey and cinnamon ice cream — paired with Virginia wines and spirits. Author and bon vivant Jason Tesauro has mixed together a slew of regional producers, promising pours from award-winning wineries such as Barboursville Vineyards, Thibaut-Janisson Winery (French President Francois Hollande was introduced to their bubbly at the latest state dinner) and Boxwood Estate Winery, as well as some fizzy refreshments from Foggy Ridge Cider and a little hard stuff from Catoctin Creek Distillery. Full story

CBO Sets Wheels in Motion for Annual D.C. Soap Box Derby

The Congressional Budget Office says hosting the 73rd annual Greater Washington Soap Box Derby on the Capitol grounds won’t cost the federal government any significant money, clearing the way for the June 14 competition.

Enterprising young builders will careen down Constitution Avenue in home-assembled vehicles this summer, pending a green light from the House and Senate.

Unlike other derbies around the nation, the D.C. event requires an act of Congress to authorize the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police Board and the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to negotiate the necessary requirements to hold the race at the Capitol. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:09 a.m.
HillSide

March 19, 2014

These Captions Will Self Destruct | 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:

  • Looks like the truth might catch up with Brennan!
  • We hired Edward Snowden to improve the graphics.
  • Hey look, it isn’t us this time.
  • This even surpasses the game Bush vs. Gore.
  • Thanks goodness for the CIA … they always make us look good by comparison.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on March 23 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.

 

Warner Picks Hoos Over Alma Mater

Sen. Mark Warner may be a George Washington University alumnus, but he’s all aboard the University of Virginia Cavaliers’ bandwagon this March Madness.

The Virginia Republican has the Wahoos winning the whole thing, downing Florida, Villanova, Michigan State, Coastal Carolina, and, you guessed it, the Colonials en route.


HOH is sure some GW fans are a little sore over the pick, but they can at least give Warner credit for picking them to upset the 8th-seeded Memphis Tigers in their first game.

If you can’t get enough March Madness, check out the Roll Call bracket, which matches members of Congress with schools in their district that have made it to the tournament.

 

Moran Celebrates Central Asian Culture in Rayburn

Not done partying, even though St. Patrick’s Day has passed? Worry not: It isn’t the only holiday taking place this week.

Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., celebrated Persian new year with a group of Tajik-Americans in Rayburn House Office Building Friday night, but noted that the less well-known holiday might be overshadowed. “Unfortunately you’re coming here kind of at the same time as another tradition: The Irish-American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day,” he told the crowd.

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(Julie Ershadi/CQ Roll Call)

“There are a few more Irish-Americans than there are Tajik-Americans,” he quipped. “I’m still Irish, but frankly I try to avoid it: too much drinking and too much, uh, celebrating.” Full story

By Julie Ershadi Posted at 11 a.m.
Artsy, Parties

March 18, 2014

Police Identify Teen Killed in Shootout With Authorities

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Police have identified the teen who died following a gun fight with authorities that took place a few blocks northwest of Union Station Tuesday morning as a 19-year-old from Hyattsville, Md.

Daquan Hendrix was wanted in the Feb. 27 homicide of Tykia Dickerson in Northeast D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The shootout ensued shortly after 6:17 a.m., when officers from a fugitive task force showed up on K Street Northwest with an arrest warrant. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:23 p.m.
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