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April 26, 2015

March 9, 2015

Medicare Lobby Is Sweet on Capitol Hill

Politically active seniors are circling D.C. this week, dispensing gourmet cookies and pro-Medicare Advantage anecdotes via the advocacy tool du jour: a custom food truck.

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March 6, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 2, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the three-day workweek trading lines over the Constitution, discussing Twinkies and playing Jeopardy! on the House floor.

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Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This year’s showdown — scheduled to take place at Watkins Recreation Center on June 24 promptly at 6 p.m. — is set to feature a whole host of new faces on the members’ squad, thanks to a significant uptick in the number of lady lawmakers who triumphed at the ballot box last fall.

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March 5, 2015

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

To kick it off, and in honor of #throwbackThursdays, we’re doing congressional trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

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Stuck Inside? Start Wining

According to the National Weather Service, D.C. denizens can look forward to digging out from beneath 4-8 inches of fresh powder before this latest white out fades to black late Thursday.

Stuck Inside? Start Wining

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So, why not take chef Jacques Haeringer’s advice and mull what’s really important? Full story

Snow Day? S’No Problem for Pols

The weather outside can get as frightful as it would like. But Mother Nature shouldn’t count on getting over on solons fully committed to spending Thursday exactly as they see fit.

California Democrat Sam Farr hasn’t allowed the quickly accumulating white stuff deter him from hanging with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Their next team building activity: plotting a non-sled related escape route off the snowy Capitol grounds. Full story

March 4, 2015

Spotted: Capitol Hill Fox Says ‘Hi’ To Lunchtime Crowd at Rayburn

The Capitol Hill Fox is back in business.

After a multi-month sojourn from delighting members and aides, a source told HOH that everyone’s favorite woodland creature was spotted Monday by “dozens of people” as it graced the congressional grounds. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 6:37 p.m.
Critters

Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

Capitol Police patrol the East Plaza of the Capitol during a January snow shower. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

No, the Senate hearing about the Arctic, chaired by a senator from Alaska, won’t be cancelled due to a little snow.

An aide to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said there was a zero percent chance Thursday’s hearing on U.S. opportunities in the Arctic would be cancelled due to the snow that’s expected in the nation’s capital.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:53 p.m.
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Georgia Pol Puts Tom Price on Notice

Although he’s technically been out of politics for a dozen years, former state lawmaker Mitchell Kaye gave Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., an ultimatum Tuesday: Stand your ground on the Department of Homeland Security funding fight or prepare to be primaried.

Georgia Pol Puts Tom Price on Notice

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kaye played the don’t-make-me-challenge-you card in a strongly worded letter provided to HOH by a tipster. Full story

View-Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, looks through a 1950s-style View-Master, which contains a series of memes by the ONE Campaign (Courtesy Rebecca Fudala/ONE Campaign).

Old school took a visit to Capitol Hill this week. As part of the ONE Campaign’s lobby day, members of Congress and staff received View-Masters filled with memes promoting foreign aid.

View Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

(Screenshot/Buzzfeed)

Members of Congress were quick to put the View-Masters to work; each knew what to do when presented with the toy. (By way of explanation for the iPad generation: A View-Master user puts their eyes to the lens to view a series of pictures that can be changed with a click.)

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March 3, 2015

Issa ‘Unapologetic’ After Sneaking #BibiSpeech Photos

Speaker John A. Boehner tried to lay down the law against members taking photos on the House floor six days ago, but the scolding didn’t stick with at least one Republican.

Rep. Darrell Issa offered no remorse Tuesday for snapping and tweeting two photos during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“I’m unapologetic,” the California Republican told CQ Roll Call. Full story

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Opportunities for hero worship abounded, no matter what pastime one might be into.

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., teed up a little viewing party for those most interested in gawking at the Vince Lombardi Trophy — a conversation-starter currently in the possession of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent part of his morning in the House chamber digesting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s thoughts on international affairs, was scheduled to show off the fabled award in H-122 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 23, 2015 (Video)

With a Homeland Security shutdown looming, lawmakers resolved to invent holidays, toss snowballs and take naps on the House floor.

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Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.

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From One Form of Sausage-Making to Another

From One Form of Sausage Making to Another

Kushner, center, Feder, left, and Alex Mejia, right, of MeatCrafters prepare lunch at the processing plant in Landover, Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

“We get the joke all the time,” Kushner said. “We really know how the sausage gets made.” Full story

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