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December 31, 2015

Roll Call’s Best Capitol Quips of 2015

logo_capitolinkThe 114th Congress provided our old Capitol Quip captioning contest with ample material. It was tough to winnow the crowd, but here are our 12 favorite Capitol Quip cartoons from 2015: Full story

December 30, 2015

Coming Soon: More Capitol Filming?

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Norton, seen here with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, wants to see more cameras on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., wants to bring a little more Hollywood to Washington, claiming the Capitol grounds should be open to commercial filming when Congress is out of session.

Norton plans to introduce legislation after the recess that would expand permit privileges beyond Union Square, the 11-acre area below the west side of the Capitol and part of the plaza that includes the Reflecting Pool.

“Hollywood and other commercial filmmakers should not have to go to fake capitols for movies and films about the capital of the United States,” she said in a statement released Tuesday. She added that the Union Square access shows “Capitol Police can handle filmmaking on the grounds when Congress is not in session.”

The Netflix hit “House of Cards” filmed on the National Mall in August 2014 but shoots most principal photography in Baltimore because of the Capitol restrictions. Norton introduced a bill that year to allow commercial film and photography crews to apply for permits for exterior shots of the Capitol and grounds.

Her reasons for bringing up the issue again include its possible boost to the capital economy and to spread the story of Congress and help the “low” reputation of the legislative body.

Of course, more cameras around the campus might also mean more opportunity to record incidents like Norton’s attempt at parking earlier this year. Cinema verité has its risks.

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 11:07 a.m.
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Office Space: Dave Reichert’s Washington Precinct

Reichert speaks with CQ Roll Call in his Longworth House Office in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reichert dished about his office, including tokens from his time as sheriff. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., recalls his time as King County sheriff, his love of James Brown and the time he recovered Nancy Pelosi’s missing shoe.

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December 29, 2015

Rep. Kennedy Welcomes First Child

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 3: From left, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, and Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., pose during Kennedy's ceremonial swearing-in in the Capitol on Thursday, January 3, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Then-Speaker John A. Boehner, left, Birchfield Kennedy, and Kennedy pose during Kennedy’s ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 3, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another heir to the Kennedy legacy was born Tuesday: Eleanor Kennedy. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D- Mass., announced the birth of his daughter on Facebook.

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Kennedy and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, have been married since December of 2012 and this is the couple’s first child.

“Lauren and I are so happy to announce that our daughter Eleanor (Ellie) arrived this morning! Her mom is doing great and her dad can’t stop smiling. We are so grateful for all of the love and support we’ve received and can’t wait to introduce her to everyone in the new year!” he wrote on Facebook.

The son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, Kennedy and his twin brother, Matt, were born in 1980. The former Peace Corps volunteer was first elected to Congress in 2012. Lauren, a health policy lawyer, was a fellow student at Harvard Law School and the couple met in a class taught by now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

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December 28, 2015

Rep. Young Welcomes Great Grandson

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and his wife Anne Garland Walton walk by Speaker Boehner's office in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Young, right, seen here with wife Garland Walton spent Christmas getting to know his new great-grandson Jaxson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, welcomed a great grandson this month, Jaxson, who was born Dec. 13 and whom the congressman met for the first time on Christmas day. He is Young’s first great grandchild.

“Parenthood has been one of the greatest honors of my life, so words can hardly describe the joy I felt holding my great grandson for the first time,” he shared on Facebook.

Jaxson is the son of Caity Crombie, one of Young’s 14 grand-children. Kaity is the daughter of Dawn Vallely, one of Young’s two daughters.

It’s been a busy 2015 for Young family additions. On June 9, Young married Anne Garland Walton on his 82nd birthday. The two had a private ceremony in the Capitol chapel and House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy officiated.

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HOH Word of the Week: Goat, Goat Food

Goat. Derogatory slang for a constituent.

Goat food. Shameless political posturing.

From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy

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Congressman Adopts Baby Girl

UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 12: Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., participates in a news conference on Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011, to introduce the "Northern Arizona Mining Continuity Act of 2011," which will stop the Interior Department from banning mining in a vast area of Arizona that represents the nation's second largest domestic source of uranium ore. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schweikert brought his newly adopted daughter to a fundraiser before Christmas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., received a very special present this year: a baby girl.

Schweikert’s daughter, Olivia, arrived three months ago, according to the Arizona Republic, but he and his wife chose not to announce it right away. Schweikert brought her to a holiday fundraiser in Scottsdale on Dec. 21.

The 53-year-old Republican and his wife, Joyce, have no other children. Schweikert was himself adopted as an infant and his foster father, Bill, was also adopted.

The Schweikerts went through training to become foster parents and expected to be given a 7- to 10-year-old child or siblings. But a physician in Phoenix called the couple at 3 a.m. after delivering a baby girl in October and they drove to the hospital and met Olivia.

“We won the jackpot,” Schweikert told the newspaper.

Fatherhood has given Schweikert a new sense of urgency in Congress, he told the Republic. But he added that he would talk his new daughter out of being a career politician.

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Ted Lieu Introduces Himself

Hello! Is is Lieu you're looking for? (Tom Wiliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hello! Is it Lieu you’re looking for? (Tom Wiliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the freshman Democrat who needs no introduction.

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December 25, 2015

Onward Christmas Warriors …

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for his media availability with Santa Claus before his rally at the Life Church in Mechanicsville, Va., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Does Cruz have Santa’s back? Survey results suggest voters are skeptical (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the War on Christmas, at least for culture warriors alert to any signs of an anti-Santa strain. Lucky for them, Donald Trump is around.

In the latest example of pollsters having fun, the folks at Public Policy Polling have surveyed the land and, after checking it twice, found out that among voters who believe there is an assault on yuletide cheer, the billionaire developer is the 2016 presidential candidate they most trust to protect America from the War on Christmas. Full story

Lawmakers Share Their Christmas Traditions

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 17 - Christmas Nutcrackers don the outside the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Christmas Nutcrackers don the outside Dingell’s Cannon office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

While their Capitol Hill offices remain decorated with holiday spirit, lawmakers are home celebrating with their families and loved ones.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said in the four decades he has been in Congress, he has never spent a Christmas in the Washington area, always in Iowa. “For the most part, during those 40 years, it has been at our farm house,” the senator told Roll Call. “I guess when I had in-laws alive more than 25 years ago, we used to go there for Christmas but we always had a Grassley Christmas.” Full story

December 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 2 - Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks during a House Rules Committee meeting on "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, November 2, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sessions likes to thank the committee’s “awesome stenographers.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”

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White House Shares Spotify Playlists

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The White House is spreading holiday cheer by sharing the first and second couples’ Spotify playlists.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have shared “Holidays with the Obamas,” which starts off with “O Tannenbaum” from the animated classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Full story

Rand Paul, Relatively Quiet on the Floor

UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reacts to a question about Sen. Ted Cruz as he arrives for the rare Sunday session in the Senate on July 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul is first in attendance among presidential hopefuls but not in floor speeches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Of the senators running for president, Rand Paul has the best attendance in 2015, voting 94 percent of the time. But that doesn’t mean the Kentucky Republican has been particularly chatty on the floor.

In fact, he spoke on the floor 8 percent of the total days the Senate was in session, only 13 times, according to data from C-SPAN. Among senators running for president, that put Paul second-from-last in floor speeches.

That may surprise many, due to Paul’s reputation for filibuster-type floor flourishes, particularly when it comes to surveillance and homeland security. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 10 a.m.
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Congress Bets on Bowl Games

Dingell is hoping her Wolverines will clobber the Gators and she can collect some key lime pie. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dingell is hoping her Wolverines will clobber the Gators and she can collect some key lime pie. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s bowl season and Congress is showing support for its home teams.

Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., are wagering hometown foods on the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Full story

December 23, 2015

Office Space: Joe Wilson’s South Carolina Archive

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., poses for a photo on the House steps with a group of students from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Wilson poses earlier this month on the House steps with students from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., recalls his first trip to Washington, D.C., while finding time to show off his array of plaques, pictures and mementos.

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