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June 2, 2013

No Bad Apples Here | Capitol Quip

No Bad Apples Here | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many 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.

May 31, 2013

Frankens Go Gaga for Grandson

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and his wife, Franni, have fallen (hard) for their first grandson, Joseph Bryson Greenwald.

Frankens Go Gaga for Grandson

(Courtesy Al Franken)

“Somehow, in the last few hours, Franni and I have already managed to spoil the baby,” Franken gushed May 31 in a release announcing the arrival of his extended brood.

The bouncing baby boy weighs 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and mom, Thomasin Franken, is reportedly doing well.

Congrats, Team Franken!

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5:24 p.m.

Softball: Joyce Beatty Practices With Ohio State Team

Softball: Joyce Beatty Practices With Ohio State Team

(Courtesy Rep. Joyce Beatty)


Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, spent Thursday morning working out with the Ohio State University’s softball team, CQ Roll Call has confirmed.

Beatty is only 27 days away from her debut in the Women’s Congressional Softball Game, an annual softball match that pits female members of Congress against women in the Washington press corps.

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The Interns Are Coming! The Interns Are Coming!

It’s that time of year again. The start of those long, swampy months when true Washingtonians trudge into offices, swipe at mosquitoes and rely on interns to pick up their slack. That’s right, everyone. The interns are coming.

Don’t worry: We’re definitely not rewarding them for a few months of tedium with a livable wage, but they do get InternsRock and a whole week of appreciation through citywide discounts.

June 7-16, newly arrived interns can make their way to events across D.C. that will celebrate their arrival with several “meet and greets” and contests around the city. Interns should also register for a free key-tag, which will get them discounted Nationals baseball tickets, lower rate Vida Fitness gym memberships and discounts at more than 60 bars, shops and restaurants around D.C. for the entire summer.

Intern Appreciation Week will kick off with a June 7 “meet and greet” at BlackFinn DC and Town’s Tavern and a “Welcome to the Jungle” party at the Sign of the Whale. On June 10 there will be another gathering at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon. These drinking holes boast specials such as $3 brews and all-you-can-drink times. There will also be special intern nights in bars across the city.

Lord, help us: The interns may be arriving as a fresh-faced swarm, but they’ll be a drunken mob pretty dang quickly.

May 30, 2013

‘Smoke Show’ Democrat Could Have Home at Conservative Pub

Assuming no congressional office has already called dibs, the forward-thinking folks at the Washington Free Beacon want the smoldering Seminole with her heart set on working for free in D.C. to know they’ve reserved a special place just for her.

The online paper Thursday jumped into the bidding war for the jobless “smoke show” that HOH told you about Wednesday. Her GOP staffer friend had gamely advertised — via a congressional email list — her physical attributes but lamented that because she was a Democrat, he was having trouble finding her a job.

The Free Beacon summarily browbeat those who had chosen to fixate on the Florida State University alumna’s looks instead of applying the “walk and chew gum” standard of hiring practices.

“I’d like to remind everyone, Hill internship coordinators and scolding scolds alike, how qualified does one have to be to become an intern at Congressional office?” Associate Editor Robert Charette argued via his company-sponsored blog. “Can she answer a phone professionally and not get her tour lost in the Capitol? Sign her up!”

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Cornyn Drones On

Texas Republican John Cornyn spent part of his recess tooling around a naval base admiring examples of our unmanned air support:

Cornyn Drones On

(Courtesy Facebook)

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May 29, 2013

How ‘Bout Them Apples? | Capitol Quip

How Bout Them Apples? | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • While the App costs $5.99, it saves you billions.
  • Genius? Who needs a genius when we’ve got Congress?
  • This is our newest product: The iEvade!
  • The brogue takes some getting used to but the tax savings are worth it.
  • If avoiding paying taxes is your thing, we have an App for that.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog June 3 and in that day’s print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Emily Pierce Posted at 6:29 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Art and Soul Gets Grilling

Art and Soul has retired the crab boils they’ve indulged in the past few summers in favor of weekly pig and oysters roasts debuting tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Art and Soul Gets Grilling

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The patio-wide event can be experienced two ways: a $35, 3-course tasting menu or via a la carte snacking of hand carved, heritage pig parts ($5 a pop for your choice of ear, cheek, tongue, jowl, trotters or tail meat). Reservations are recommended, but a restaurant spokeswoman said walk-ins are welcome from 5:30-8:30 pm — or until they run out.

Art and Soul Gets Grilling

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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GOP Staffer Is There for Good-Looking Democrats

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

A House Republican staffer recently gave helping a left-leaning pal the old college try, blasting out the following SOS on a congressional email group:

To: Tour Coordinators
Subject: Hot D Intern Prospect

One of my friends from college, just graduated and is trying to intern on the Hill this summer. She is a smoke show from FSU, but she happens to be a Dem so I’m having trouble finding her a spot. She’s a smart girl and has worked for FEMA. She’s real cool and gets along with everyone. If one your interns falls through or you can squeeze another in, give her a shot.

Florida ties, from Tampa.

For those not conversant in millennial speak, “smoke show” is shorthand for a very attractive young woman.

But before you get the wrong idea, the GOP aide assured HOH that the coed in question was not the aide’s paramour.

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Bachmann Retirement Ignites Flame War on Facebook

Bachmann Retirement Ignites Flame War on Facebook

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michele Bachmann’s plan to give up her seat at the end of her fourth — and now final — term sparked a battle of words on the Minnesota Republican’s comment-laden Facebook page.

The tea party favorite succeeded, for once, in bringing together the far right and the far left — albeit only so they could viciously tear each other apart:

Bachmann Retirement Ignites Flame War on Facebook


Bachmann Retirement Ignites Flame War on Facebook


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May 28, 2013

Tweeps Don’t Get Lindsey Graham’s ‘Gallows’ Humor

Arizona Republican and Vietnam War veteran John McCain crept into Syria on Memorial Day for a surprise visit with insurgents — a bold maneuver that prompted pal Lindsey Graham to commemorate the trip thusly:

Tweeps Don’t Get Lindsey Graham’s Gallows Humor


The Twittersphere didn’t take too kindly to the glib remark, bashing the South Carolina Republican — a man who is supposedly so close to the McCain clan that his eldest daughter Meghan McCain considers Graham “an uncle” — for making fun of a potentially explosive situation. Full story

Star-Spangled Mumbling

The cultural observers over at Deadspin devoted part of the holiday weekend to isolating the sections of the National Anthem most likely to trip up would-be patriotic singers.

Now, we’re not saying this clip of Congress belting out the “Star Spangled Banner” is the new Zapruder film:

But we couldn’t help notice that the cameraman pulled way, way out as soon as lawmakers entered the trouble zone (“whose broad stripes … “) and stayed mercifully away from potentially embarrassing close-ups until the very end.

Fictional Franchise: Mean-Girls Edition

In HOH’s latest edition of Fictional Franchise — fictional characters and the real people who represent them in Congress — we take on the great villainesses of movies, television and literature.

The tools for misery runs the spectrum, from killing animals to bearing false witness to child abuse.

As for the series, the rules go like this: We decide where a fictional character lives and then look up who represents them in the House. (Learn more here.)

Whether it is physical or psychological torment, these girls got it going on.

Regina George (Rachel McAdams) 
“Mean Girls”
Evanston, Ill., Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We all had a Regina George in high school. She embodies the term “mean girl” and for good reason. Tina Fey based her screenplay on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman that profiles the behaviors of teenage female non-violent psychopaths.

“She lives in Evanston and though the movie doesn’t specify where exactly, given the size of her house and her lifestyle she’s likely up north, closer to the border of Wilmette, and east, closer to [Lake Michigan],” CQ Roll Call reporter and Wilmette-native Meredith Shiner said.

Update | Schakowsky offered this comment on Regina:

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May 27, 2013

The Apple of Congress’ Eye | Capitol Quip

The Apple of Congress Eye | Capitol Quip

Illustrator R.J. Matson’s latest cartoon needs a caption.

Apple is back in the news, but it’s not because of a new iPad or iPhone. The company’s tax avoidance strategies are coming under fire from some and serving as a rallying cry for tax overhaul from others. What’s really important, though, is that it all provided us with another Capitol Quip opportunity.

Leave your caption in the comments section below. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and then everyone can vote for the winner until Thursday afternoon. The winner gets a signed print from Matson.

By Jason Dick Posted at 8:30 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Let the De-Tours Begin! | Capitol Quip

Let the De Tours Begin! | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many 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.

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