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April 10, 2013

Making Friends on Budget Day

Giddy to get in a good shot at President Barack Obama, Lone Star State Republican Rep. Pete Olson fired off this flippant non-read of the newly released White House budget:

Making Friends on Budget Day



But his constituent Justin Kugler didn’t seem terribly impressed:

Making Friends on Budget Day


Best of luck patching things up before 2014!


April 9, 2013

Hirsute Presidents Get Their Due

Hirsute Presidents Get Their Due

(Courtesy Littleton Coin Co.)

The Littleton Coin Co. of Littleton, N.H., has done a great service, offering 2012 presidential dollars that feature three of the more obscure leaders who just happened to sport some of the most interesting chief-executive facial hair: Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland again, from his second, nonconsecutive term.

But presidential-history nuts should act fast because these coins “will never be minted again,” a Littleton Coin ad declares.

The ad, with the leaders’ visages in gold splendor, sent us tumbling down a presidential rabbit hole.

What if the coins are these presidents’ last, best chance at being remembered?
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Reichert to Discuss Green River Killer

Fans of true crime will gather Wednesday evening to hear the real story behind the capture of the infamous Green River Killer, which so happens to star a current member of Congress.

The event, to be held at the Naval Heritage Center at the U.S. Navy Memorial, is titled “The Hunt for the Green River Killer” and will feature several of the law enforcement professionals — retired King County Sheriff and now-Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jana D. Monroe and the chief criminal investigator for Washington state, Robert Keppel — who helped to apprehend the serial killer of at least 48 women.
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Dissecting Priebus’ Pieplomacy

In an effort to shame President Barack Obama into a little belt tightening ahead of Wednesday night’s dinner summit with GOP lawmakers, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has offered to spring for pizza for the hush-hush sit-down.

“Instead of eating out as the president and senators did last month, I suggest they eat in. With their budgets tight in the struggling economy, many families are doing exactly that,” Priebus chided in a release.
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By Warren Rojas Posted at 6:41 p.m.

Overheard on the Hill

“I know I didn’t have anything to do with it.”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the possible bugging of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign office.

Even Senators Have to Call Their Parents

Think members of Congress aren’t subject to the same stuff as us mortals? Think again.

Even senators have to call their parents!

Check out the following Tuesday photos of Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., who is seen clutching his daily schedule. The one item in bold? “Call Your Dad.” Despite being a member of the world’s greatest deliberative body, no one gets off easy on the homefront.

Even Senators Have to Call Their Parents

Murphy clutches his daily schedule. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Even Senators Have to Call Their Parents

“Call Your Dad” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


Quorans Clueless About Congress

Because we are nothing if not dedicated to civic journalism, HOH will field some of the burning questions about our elected officials currently piling up on existentialistic clearinghouse Quora:

Quorans Clueless About Congress


Depends on who gets more camera time. Also, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell MIGHT have a different succession plan in mind.


Quorans Clueless About Congress


Crazy fun? The maniacally outraged James A. Traficant Jr.

Crazy mean? Pete Stark was quite the curmudgeon.

Crazy hot? We’ll defer to POTUS on this one. Full story

April 8, 2013

Taste the Plain? Not on Our Watch

With the NCAA crown on the line, House Democratic Reps. John D. Dingell and John Yarmuth contributed to “March Madness” by pinning their boozy hopes and ravenous dreams on the Michigan Wolverines and Louisville Cardinals, respectively.

As usual, the winner is expected to feast on regional specialties culled from the loser’s district. Which, at least in this case, includes fast food.

Because of the lack of specificity from both sides, HOH felt obligated to help sweeten the potential pot.
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By Warren Rojas Posted at 6:42 p.m.

Take Five

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member better through five fun questions. This week, Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., talks about the Rolling Stones, dogs in the office and his heroes.
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In Washington, the Bard’s the Thing

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is gearing up for its spring season with its annual Will on the Hill event, which provides members of Congress and the journalists who cover them the chance to perform. The D.C. theater’s spring season might be one of its best yet, with its exploration of the intersection of Washington drama and the dramatic arts. And it aims to raise a little money in the process.
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Will Reid and McConnell Road-Trip To Springfield?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a piece of his Republican counterpart’s basketball action.

HOH already reported that Kentuckian Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader and the Senate’s No. 1 Louisville Cardinals fan, will be in Atlanta for tonight’s national championship game against the University of Michigan. But Reid had his own cause for basketball celebration with Monday’s confirmation that Jerry Tarkanian, the former coach of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels, would be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Nobody has brought more recognition to Nevada athletics and UNLV than Coach Tarkanian. Jerry is a legendary coach and he was a mentor to so many individuals over the years,” Reid said in a statement. “By bringing the best out of his players on and off the court, Jerry built a first-rate basketball program that Nevadans are fiercely proud of.”

When the coach’s son Danny Tarkanian ran for the House last year as a Republican, Reid took a swing at the younger Tarkanian’s financial woes but also highlighted his own role in helping the elder Tarkanian deal with repeated NCAA inquiries. Full story

Bennie Thompson’s Doing It Wrong

Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson is ready to make the bold leap from one social media timesuck to the next:

Bennie Thompsons Doing It Wrong


Too bad his gallery is woefully bare:

Bennie Thompsons Doing It Wrong


Gun jumper or champion of minimalism? Only time will tell…

Quora Cuts ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner Down to Size

Some political observers believe in the awesome power of forgiveness, the inspirational nature of redemption and mankind’s inherent ability to evolve.

Quora Cuts ex Rep. Anthony Weiner Down to Size


Quora comedian Clayburn Griffin is NOT one of those people.

By Warren Rojas Posted at 4:21 p.m.

Thatcher’s Death Makes Rep. Stockman Ready to Crush Liberals

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is broken up about the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and is burning his way through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief.

According to an impassioned release sent Monday morning, Stockman is well into the second stage of grief: anger. The five steps are, of course, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance.

Everyone’s grieving process varies, so Stockman’s doing a great job. The important thing is to feel the emotions and express them. In fact, even the headline of Stockman’s official press release really paints a picture of how he is feeling, not only about Baroness Thatcher, but also about liberals and leftists.

“Thatcher would want us to ‘fight on, fight to win’ and crush liberalism,” the release proclaims. A picture of Stockman and Thatcher is included on one side.

The first paragraph opens with expressions of sadness, which are appropriate and understandable when a great statesperson passes, but soon the tone shifts and Stockman begins comparing Thatcher with President Barack Obama.

“Where Obama failed,” he says, “Thatcher succeeded. While Obama forges chains of dependency and government bloat, Baroness Thatcher took a sledgehammer to the machinery of liberalism.”

He then goes on to slam, bludgeon and take down liberals and all those on the political left. Whatever else is clear, Thatcher’s passing has truly energized the congressman to take action.

“The best way to honor Margaret Thatcher is to crush liberalism and sweep it into the dustbin of history,” he says. ”What are you doing this morning to defeat liberal politicians?”

What was Stockman doing? Expressing himself.

Thatchers Death Makes Rep. Stockman Ready to Crush Liberals
Calls and emails to Stockman’s office were not immediately returned.

April 7, 2013

Messaging on the Cheap

President Barack Obama caught some grief last week after heading on over to Colorado to rally support for his expanded gun control push.

The April 3 visit, which critics decried as opportunistic — the state lays claim to two of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history, the 1999 assault on Columbine High School and the 2012 massacre at the Century Aurora multiplex — also came at a cost to taxpayers, vis-a-vis the bucks required to fuel up Air Force One.

Now, far be it from us to tell “44” when and where he can drag out the bully pulpit.

But given that we are now living in a post-sequester world, perhaps POTUS could grandstand a little closer to home and pivot to some back-burner priorities.
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