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February 27, 2015

January 14, 2015

Dahntay Jones’ Proud Father-in-Law, G.K. Butterfield

Dahntay Jones Proud Father in Law, G.K. Butterfield

Butterfield, proud father-in-law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Those interested in keeping up with the latest pro-basketball deals could do worse than observe the House floor.

“My son-in-law just signed with the Clippers!” Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said while exiting the chamber on Wednesday afternoon. Butterfield’s daughter Valeisha is married to Dahntay Jones, who signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.  Full story

By Emily Ethridge and Jason Dick Posted at 2:20 p.m.
Sports Desk

André Carson: House Intelligence News ‘Fired Up’ Tea Party

“It fired up the tea party, that’s for sure.”

— Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., who is the first Muslim lawmaker appointed to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Wednesday after being congratulated by a colleague on the House floor.

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HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

HOH’s Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.

And many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.

HOH Name Game: The Tongue Twister Caucus

de-SAWN-yay (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif. — de-SAWN-yay. Not to be confused with the guy who comes next in the list.  Full story

January 13, 2015

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

(Screenshot)

Retired Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., last fall laid the foundation for this fisticuff-y trip down memory lane by sharing how a handful of lawmakers dealt with disagreements back in the day.

Reducing screwy pols to mere caricatures of themselves is a time-honored tradition among those grossly dissatisfied with what does (or does not) routinely take place in the halls of Congress.

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Randy Weber ‘Now’ Realizes Hitler Comparison Wasn’t Cool

“I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.”

— Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, walking back from his Monday tweet: “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 3:41 p.m.
Overheards

Mark Takano Won’t Get Boxed Into Running for Senate

Try as they might, the starry-eyed optimists behind the “Ready for Takano” campaign are not going to goad California Democratic Rep. Mark Takano into hustling to replace his retiring Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer.

Mark Takano Won’t Get Boxed Into Running for Senate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“We are a group of young progressives that aim to draft Congressman Mark Takano to run for US Senate in 2016 or 2018,” the would-be kingmakers stipulate on a homespun Facebook page launched on Jan. 8. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Mimi Walters

Take Five: Rep. Mimi Walters

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., talks about boogie boarding, heading to Mammoth and a few of her favorite things. Full story

January 12, 2015

Mark Pocan Practices Prestidigitation

Rep. Mark Pocan is dusting off his performer’s cap for a new weekly series dubbed, “Magic Mondays.”

The Wisconsin Democrat, who told Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert that he once earned a decent living by blowing people’s minds, is reconnecting with his showman side to help break down what’s actually going on in Washington, D.C.

The last time Pocan dared meddle with the natural order of things, boiling water became precipitation. Full story

Cedric Richmond in Physical Therapy, Unsure He Will Pitch

Cedric Richmond in Physical Therapy, Unsure He Will Pitch

Richmond sees a physical therapist twice a week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite undergoing shoulder surgery the week before Thanksgiving, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond remains confident he will return to the field on June 11 for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

“I’ll be able to play in the game,” the golden-armed Louisiana Democrat recently told CQ Roll Call. “The big question is, whether I’ll be able to pitch.” Full story

The Band Perry Ready to Rock Congress

Lawmakers and staff craving Southern fried melodies Tuesday can feast their ears on the mini-show The Band Perry is expected to put on in the Capitol Visitor Center on behalf of the Recording Academy.

The Grammy-nominated trio — fronted by singer/songwriter Kimberly Perry, who shares the stage with her younger brothers, Neil and Reid — are scheduled to perform in the CVC’s Congressional Auditorium at noon, and will then hang around to discuss issues important to modern musicians.

“The event is designed to reinforce the value of music, as Congress considers revisions to laws that affect music creators,” organizers said in an official press release. Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

SATIRE, n. — An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author’s enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim’s outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent.

‘Hail Satire! be thy praises ever sung

‘In the dead language of a mummy’s tongue,

‘For thou thyself art dead, and damned as well —

‘Thy spirit (usefully employed) in Hell.

‘Had it been such as consecrates the Bible

‘Thou hadst not perished by the law of libel.’

— Barney Stims

— From “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce

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HOH Word of the Week: Obstructionism

HOH Word of the Week: Clinker

HOH Word of the Week: Vote

HOH Word of the Week: Congressionalist

HOH Word of the Week: Bold

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January 10, 2015

The Capitol Quip Blues

The Capitol Quip Blues

Thanks to the 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.

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January 9, 2015

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

The second act of Georgia Democrat John Lewis’ animated history lesson, “March: Book Two,” portrays some of the grittiest times this nation has ever faced.

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

(Screenshot)

Lewis — along with co-author and legislative aide Andrew Aydin, and graphic artist Nate Powell — hop right back into the seemingly hopeless situation of attempting to redirect society one incredibly brave step at a time. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 5 (Video)

Lawmakers kicked off 2015 lobbying for 7-Elevens, sparing grandmas from purgatory and taking their talents to South Beach.

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Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Capitol Quip takes a moment of silence this week to mourn the victims of the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo; to celebrate the French people for their love of liberty, their passion for intellectual debate, and their venerable tradition of satire and to honor the spirit of the cartoonists who died defending the inalienable right to make irreverent images.

Full story

By Robert Matson Posted at 4:16 p.m.
Capitol Quip

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