Molly C. Braswell

Life After Congress: Karan English

Serving only one term in Congress hasn’t kept former Rep. Karan English, D-Ariz., out of public service, as she was reappointed in January to another term to the Office of Congressional Ethics.

She said losing in the 1994 election served as a springboard for her to look outside the box as to how she could continue to contribute.

Life After Congress: Michael Patrick Flanagan

After just one term in the House, Michael Patrick Flanagan returned to Chicago, where he continued working in the nonelective political sphere.

“I decided that there were a lot of other ways to help in public policy without actually holding an elected office,” said the Illinois Republican who toppled disgraced Rep. Dan Rostenkowski in 1994 before losing two years later to future disgraced Rep. and Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

Networking Not the Only Way to Land a Job in D.C.

You hear it over and over: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Nobody denies the importance of networking in landing a job on the Hill. But sometimes it’s not just what you know or who you know, but what you do.

Take Five With Rep. Don Young

It’s the final Take Five of the year for HOH, and we celebrate with one of our favorite members, GOP Rep. Don Young of Alaska, who waxes about chewing on blubber and how he takes cues from the leadership style of “Old Guts and Glory,” Gen. George Patton. What’s Alaska’s best-kept secret?

How hot it gets in the summer.

Last-Minute Largess
Shopping for an eleventh-hour holiday gift? Look no further than outside your own front door

With a busy lame-duck session and the long hours that come with it, Hill staffers may find themselves crunched for time this holiday season when trying to check everyone off their lists.

While the Capitol Hill gift shops always serve as a trusty fallback for procrastinating buyers before the holiday recess, a host of shops just outside the Capitol complex offers a wider array of gifts to give a more personal touch.

New Hampshire's Warren Rudman Dies

Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who strived to balance the federal budget and co-chaired a federal panel that predicted domestic terrorist attacks seven months before 9/11, passed away Monday. He was 82.

He died of complications from lymphoma just before midnight Monday at a Washington, D.C., hospital.

Take Five With Sen. Olympia J. Snowe

It’s time for Take Five, when HOH sits down with a member of Congress for five fun questions. Today, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, reflects on her career — and what planet she’d most like to visit.

Q: What is your favorite television show, past or present?

Hill Climbers: Joe Kasper Has Served Two Generations of Hunters

A start as an aviation mechanic in the Air Force gave Joe Kasper all the tools to succeed on Capitol Hill.

Now deputy chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Kasper, 32, has moved up from  communications director and legislative director in Hunter’s staff after previously working for the Congressman’s namesake father, a 14-term California Republican.

Practical Pottery

When archaeologists dig up pottery shards at an ancient site, the pieces are usually treated as artifacts or holy relics or historical works of art.

The folks who made them thousands of years ago? They used them for drinking, for eating, for storage.

Hill Climbers: Long Hill Career Leads to K Street

“To be kind.”

Not the typical lesson you hear every day from someone in politics. But it is one of the most important lessons Rob Epplin says he learned during his 23 years working on Capitol Hill. 

Falling for Festivals

Apple Festival
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then attending the 48th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival near Gettysburg, Pa., should have you covered for the rest of the year.

The Adams County Fruitgrowers Association launched the Apple Harvest Festival in 1965, after 10 years of Apple Blossom Sundays. It expanded to two weekends in 1975.

Take Five with Rep. Jean Schmidt

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Take Five, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week we catch up with Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), who is gearing up for life after Congress after falling short of her primary in March. Q: Why do you like running so much?

A: It clears my mind. Also, I’ve competed in 96 marathons, and running 26.2 miles in under four hours might seem impossible — no matter how hard you’ve trained. But when you see the finish line, you realize there’s nothing you can’t do.