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July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015

The Creamery Lives on as Hill Networking App

Hill staffers lamenting the loss of the Longworth Creamery can take solace on their smart phones, where the popular Capitol Hill haunt will live on through a networking app.

The brains behind the anonymous gossip app for Capitol Hill known as Cloakroom have developed a new mobile app called “The Creamery” for Hill staffers to connect with each other and discuss their next career moves. Full story

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.




Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.



“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez

Sánchez is a fan of the movie Nacho Libre (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sánchez is a fan of the movie “Nacho Libre.” (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. Linda T. Sánchez talks about her family, baseball and her favorite movie.

Q: You grew up in a family of seven. What’s that like? Full story

July 27, 2015

Lindsey Graham Shows Off New iPhone

Graham shows off his new iPhone at the Senate subway. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Graham shows off his new iPhone. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham got an iPhone.

And the South Carolina Republican says he doesn’t intend to begin texting or sending email — but he is getting calls and reading the news on the snazzy new device.

Full story

Lightning Strikes as GOP Hangs on to Roll Call Cup

Mulvaney hits out of the trap. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Mulvaney hits out of the trap. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Lightning cut short the second half of Monday’s First Tee Congressional Challenge, leaving the Republican side victorious for the fourth year in a row and retaining possession of the coveted Roll Call Cup.

Headed by their captain, Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida and anchored by the play of fashion twin South Carolinians Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, the GOP’s successful morning of match play was enough to edge their Democratic opponents, 8-4.

“It’s one of the highlights of the year,” Crenshaw said. “It’s always good to keep the trophy.” Full story

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

Full story

HOH Word of the Week: Salt

Salt. To mark a memo or document in such a way that if it is leaked to press, the leaker will be identified. Commonly, a document is salted when one word is placed in one person’s copy, a different in the next person’s, and so forth. When it appears in print, the salter will know whose copy is leaked.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy.

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July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Promises to Bring Pork to White House

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It seems Sen. Ted Cruz has achieved Hollywood status.

A man with a handheld video camera, who identified himself as working for celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, approached the presidential candidate Thursday at an anti-Iran deal event just outside the White House. Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 2:15 p.m.
Celebs, TV Land

Team ‘Good Wife’ Readies Hill-Centered ‘BrainDead’

How’s this for a conspiracy theory: Congress ain’t just broke. It’s been overrun by mindless pols.

OK, OK, so that’s the perma-banner affixed to most news sites these days.

Still, TV execs Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of “The Good Wife,” are planning to flesh out the nightmare that is modern politics via their forthcoming project, “BrainDead.” Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 20, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the week recalling their college days, drafting grocery lists and touting their love for San Francisco.

Full story

Coveting a New Roll Call Cup

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head to head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head-to-head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic lawmakers hope to put an end to their losing streak and retake the coveted Roll Call Cup from their Republican counterparts at this year’s 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.

Lawmakers will hit the Columbia Country Club links in Chevy Chase, Md., on Monday for 36 holes of golf, culminating in a reception and trophy ceremony that evening at Cornerstone Government Affairs. Full story

July 23, 2015

Support Democracy: Devour Drumsticks!



Uber, Nestlé and Capital One are teaming up Friday to see which side of the aisle also happens to be the biggest fans of brain freeze.

DC denizens that can make chauffeured rides appear via smartphone will from 11 to 5 p.m. be able to summon partisan cones — red for the GOP, blue for Democrats and white for independents — by electing for the “ice cream” option.

Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:58 a.m.
DC, Food

#tbt: Roll Call Praises John Kasich on Congressional Pay Stance

Kasich and Domenici, seen here as chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kasich and Domenici, seen here as chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Back when this publication wrote editorials, newly declared presidential candidate and current Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich won plaudits for pushing back on the politics of congressional pay raises.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, the Ohio Republican worked to block a Senate provision from being included in a budget resolution conference report that would have called for a seven-year congressional pay freeze. Roll Call reported that even senators were unaware of the language, which was attributed to Senate Budget Chairman Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M.

Ultimately, a pay freeze amendment was adopted for fiscal 1996 as part of the old Treasury, Postal Service and general government appropriations bill, but that applied only to that year, as opposed to Domenici’s sweeping plan to freeze the salaries for seven years.

Here’s how Roll Call editorialized about the efforts of Kasich and Domenici, 20 years ago this month: Full story

#tbt: Donald Trump Spreads Political Donations

This photo of Trump ran with the K Street Files column on July 12, 2004. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This photo of Trump ran with the K Street Files column in the July 12, 2004, issue of Roll Call. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What are archives for? In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, Roll Call took a closer look at The Donald’s political donations in a K Street Files column, published just a few months after the launch of Donald Trump’s NBC reality series, “The Apprentice.”

As the real estate magnate and former United States Football League franchise owner runs for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, here is a glance back at all the money he had spread around to both parties by mid-2004, including cash to some current rivals for the GOP nod and with a little more than half of the money going to Democrats. Full story

July 22, 2015

Senate Invites British Invasion

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Have you switched sides?” Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asked Pat Roberts on the Senate floor Tuesday night.

“I don’t know what the other side is going to offer,” the Kansas Republican replied. “I’m keeping my options open.”

“Cheerio,” both men said jokingly to each other as they parted ways, with Roberts sporting a conspicuous Union Jack tie. The flashy accessory drew comments from colleagues all day long, but in fact, Roberts had not swapped his Senate pin for a seat in the House of Lords. Full story

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