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May 18, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Personally Obnoxious

Personally Obnoxious (or Objectionable) A characterization a senator sometimes applies to a president’s nominee for a federal office in that senator’s state to justify his or her opposition to the nomination.”

— From “American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz.

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May 15, 2015

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Tried?” Not ‘tried,’ ‘did!'” a gleeful HOH tipster squealed. “The member did bring two miniature horses into Cannon!” Full story

Using Rachmaninoff to Send a Message

Victims' Rights Amendment

Royce advocated for a no-fly zone at a Thursday event to bring awareness to the Syrian refugees in Turkey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Like many teenage boys, Tambi Cimuk visited the Lincoln Memorial and the White House on his first visit to Washington. Unlike most teenagers, he also played Rachmaninoff in the Rayburn Foyer.

“Oh my God, yeah, he is very unbelievable,” Cimuk said when asked if Rachmaninoff is his favorite composer. “Russian music is special, it’s very powerful.”

The 16-year-old Cimuk was just one part of the “Safe Harbor Turkey: Restoring Hope for Syrian Refugees” event Thursday, but he certainly provided the highlight, performances of Mozart’s Sonata in C Major K. 330, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor and the famously challenging Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Arranged by the Embassy of Turkey, the event featured photos, food and the famous piano prodigy to draw attention to the 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Full story

Schumer Family Ties Blanket the Airwaves

Turns out Sen. Charles E. Schumer can score airtime without even having to beeline for the next available live shot.

The New York Democrat has popped up on the boob tube twice over the past week — not because of his party’s break with the White House over trade promotion authority, but as a consequence of folks attempting to get deep with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer. Full story

Make Way for Ducklings: Capitol Edition

Two-day old ducklings try to leap out of the Lower Senate Park reflecting pool on the U.S. Capitol grounds to reach their mother. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Ducklings try to leap out of the Lower Senate Park reflecting pool on the Capitol grounds to reach their mother. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Spring has officially come to the Capitol — in the form of a mother duck and her 10 ducklings.

The family was spotted swimming in the Lower Senate Park and Capitol reflecting pools Thursday, as the 2-day-old ducklings were learning how to careen through the water. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:37 a.m.
Critters

May 14, 2015

Roger Williams to Coach GOP in Congressional Baseball Game

Williams is a former professional baseball player. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Williams is a former professional baseball player. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After years of losses at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans have announced a team coach in hopes of righting the ship, but their embattled manager remains at the helm.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, announced Thursday he was named the coach for the GOP, which suffered its sixth-straight loss to Democrats in 2014, 15-6. According to Williams’ spokesperson, Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, will remain the team’s manager, and Barton will still decide who plays and where. Full story

Camilla Captivates Capitol Hill (Video)

Yes, watching a grown man scootch in next to a disinterested pig for a selfie is funny.

But there’s something absolutely Zen about watching a wired mammal barrel through a ball pit.

“It’s enrichment. It’s just for fun,” an animal wrangler explained to the army of children transfixed by the sight of an up-and-at-’em armadillo plowing through a multi-colored obstacle course.

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Looking Good in That #Strengthie

The Markey #strengthie (Courtesy Twitter)

The Markey #strengthie (Courtesy Twitter)

Just when you thought selfies couldn’t get any more prevalent, the ONE Campaign comes in strong with a new one.

It’s called a #strengthie: a selfie that pays homage to the “Rosie the Riveter” and “We Can Do It” images of female empowerment. Members of Congress, including Sen. Edward J. Markey and Reps. Katherine M. Clark, Joeseph P. Kennedy III, Jim McGovern, all D-Mass., and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., are joining Beyoncé and others in ONE’s global day of action to fight poverty and sexism through social media. Full story

#tbt: That One Issue With The Telepods and Aliens

#tbt: Reefer Madness and Other Hits

Q: What predictions did Roll Call make at the turn of the century?

The front page of the insert in the January 24th, 2000 issue.

The front page of the insert in the January 24th, 2000 issue.

A: On Jan. 24, 2000, Roll Call published a special section titled “Congress Next.” The 38-page section welcomed members and staff back to the Hill and focused on changes to come.

“Changes are Virtually Certain in Congress’ Future” we wrote in a story about the possibility of a virtual Congress. “At some point in the next century it’s conceivable that with super-encrypted computer connections and interactive TV, senators and members will debate with colleagues, attend hearings and pass bills without leaving their districts.” One senator is quoted saying a virtual Congress is “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
#tbt

Sea Change for Taste of America?

Call us crazy, but this could be the most delicious — and nautical — Roll Call Taste of America yet.

Nearly half of the regional showdowns happening in Round Two (voting wraps Friday) involve a seafood component.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

And, in many cases, said underwater spoils are leading their earth-bound opponents. Full story

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Had the itch. #chocolate #caramel #seasalt #staytuned #sunday #cupcakes

A photo posted by Politics to Pastries (@politicstopastries) on

But there was that time one of her homespun treats made its way to the dinner table of the highest-ranking Republican in the House. Quite an accomplishment for a budding pastry artist. Full story

May 13, 2015

Sam Graves’ Office Gains Former Teen Pop Singer

Four years ago, Katelynne Goldie Sue Cox was singing about not leaving it up to “politicians” to change the world. Now she works for Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill.

The 20-year-old graduated from the University of Missouri in December after studying communications and political science, according to Legistorm, and was hired last month as Graves’ legislative correspondent and staffer. Full story

Hillite None Too Pleased About Corporate Creep

One member of the Capitol Hill community finds nothing convenient about having retail giants systematically picking off hospitality providers that have been around for decades.

Ted Arthur, a member of the New Hill East clique on Facebook, took to social media Wednesday to rail against losing yet another neighborhood institution.

The revelation that drew his ire? A write-up by Capitol Hill Corner chronicling the impending demise of, among other things, Las Placitas restaurant. Full story

Rayburn — Where the Wild Things Are

Animal caretakers from around the country Wednesday will once again show off their furry/scaly/creepy/crawly charges during the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums congressional reception.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The AZA’s lobbying visit, which is expected to overrun the Rayburn Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m., provides lawmakers and staff the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic species. Full story

Team DelBene Taking Wedding Season By Storm

A trio of aides in the employ of Rep. Suzan DelBene are well on their way to walking down the aisle — including one whom the Washington Democrat is expected to marry off this Saturday.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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