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October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

#tbt: Boehner Responds to Leadership Chaos…in 1998

Livingston walks back to his office after resigning as speaker. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Livingston walks back to his office after resigning as speaker-elect. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision Thursday to take himself out of the race for speaker immediately brought to mind the tumultuous end to 1998, when Speaker-elect Bob Livingston announced on the floor — as the House was considering resolutions of impeachment against President Bill Clinton — that he would be resigning.

Roll Call’s Ed Henry caught up with John A. Boehner in the immediate wake of those stunning turn of events at the Capitol in mid-December 1998. Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 2:44 p.m.

End. Multitasking. Now.

Eating at one’s desk is bad enough.


(Screenshot from Cloakroom)

House staffers clearly need to clean up their act. Full story

Capitol Police Nab Nude Dude Bathing in Neptune Fountain

nude man

No skinny-dipping allowed. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only the gods are allowed to be naked in the Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune fountain, Capitol Police warned a 27-year-old man last week.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, cops responded to 10 First St. SE, following a report of a nude male bathing in the fountain. Police say they discovered Wodaji Getawa Mekonnen “matching that description, with his genitalia exposed.” Full story

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

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Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called “Sunny and 75” at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb.” Full story

October 7, 2015

Office Space: John Hoeven’s North Dakota Wilderness (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., walks Roll Call through his hunting expeditions, hockey bets and ice jam excursions.

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Steve Scalise Swaps Whip for Cupid’s Bow

Uniting the warring factions of his caucus remains challenging, which may be why Majority Whip Steve Scalise elected to focus his energy on bringing together visiting lovebirds Steven Montiero and Ana Sidoran for a surprise proposal Tuesday. Full story

Library of Congress Staffers Cleaning House With Used Book Sale

Bargain shoppers, rejoice!

The Library of Congress’ annual used book sale is taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), and everything is priced to move.

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

The yearly purge, coordinated by the Library of Congress Professional Association, serves as a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds flowing through to the CFC general fund. Full story

Clinton Campaign Features @KevinMcCarthy — No, Not That One

On Twitter, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy goes by @GOPLeader. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy. He does not tweet as @kevinmccarthy!

But, the Internet does not seem to know that, and the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking full advantage.

The @kevinmccarthy one belongs to a guy named Kevin McCarthy in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa McCarthy has received no shortage of messages on Twitter since the California Republican threw his hat into the ring for speaker and commented on the political implications of the House’s committee investigating the attack on Benghazi, Libya, which he has since revised and extended.

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Overheard: Droning On in Committee

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“We had interruption of critical firefighting activity this summer because of idiots wanting to fly their toy drones.”

 House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., at a hearing Wednesday. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Brendan Boyle

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/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, freshman Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., talks about Philadelphia foods, a magical week and the time he was on Russian TV. Full story

October 6, 2015

Team Hurt Blanks on Planned Parenthood Response

Aides to Virginia Republican Robert Hurt recently pulled out the official stationary and added the boss’s autopen-crafted signature to a form letter meant to outline the three-term lawmaker’s stance on Planned Parenthood. Full story

Reid: ‘I Feel Bad’ About the Matt Williams Firing

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, left and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hang out at Nationals Park last year shortly after Harper's call up to the majors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Reid with Harper at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was measured Monday in lamenting the tough season for the Washington Nationals that led to the firing of the entire coaching staff.

Manager Matt Williams and his staff were let go Monday, one day after the end of a regular season that saw the team finish with an 83-79 record, miss the playoffs and fall well short of their World Series aspirations.

Full story

October 5, 2015

Ben Cardin, Mike Castle Merge Into One

Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin marked his 72nd birthday Monday by incorporating himself into where the rubber officially meets the recreational road along the Easter Shore.

The Democrat participated in the christening of the Ben Cardin Trail, a newly completed 1.8-mile strip of asphalt extending the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Trail into Maryland. Full story

Flashback: Jason Chaffetz Eats a Burger (Video)

Chaffetz samples a cheeseburger from a House vending machine in 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chaffetz samples a cheeseburger from a House vending machine in 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the speaker race heating up on Capitol Hill, Heard on the Hill is reminded this week of one candidate’s lesser-known skill: taste-tester extraordinaire.

Amid “burgeoning” burger options on Capitol Hill in early 2010, HOH set off to investigate how a new vending machine offering compared to all the rest.

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John McCain to Match Wits With the Real Stephen Colbert

Arizona Republican John McCain is scheduled Monday to swing by the new Late Show to have some laughs with former faux-conservative firebrand Stephen Colbert.

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