Alison McSherry

Heard on the Hill: Politics Really Is Theater

Members of Congress will get a chance to show off their acting skills next month at the annual “Will on the Hill” performance.

The play, held at Sidney Harman Hall in Penn Quarter, casts lawmakers, actors and journalists in a live stage performance.

Heard on the Hill: Dogs’ Best Friend

Puppies everywhere can now count Sens. Dick Durbin and David Vitter as allies.

The Illinois Democrat and the Louisiana Republican reintroduced legislation last week that aims to regulate puppy mills.

Heard on the Hill: A Musical Break With Tom Chapin

Looking for a break from the Monday grind?

Swing by the Library of Congress this afternoon to hear some live music by Grammy-winning children’s and folk singer Tom Chapin.

Heard on the Hill: Happy 95th Birthday, Mrs. Boggs

Who says birthday parties are just for kids? Hitting 95 is also cause for celebration, especially if you have Louisiana roots.

Hill resident Jan Schoonmaker tells HOH that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and her husband, Frank Snellings, hosted a birthday party at their Capitol Hill home Wednesday in honor of former Rep.-turned-Ambassador to the Vatican Lindy Boggs (D-La.).

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

“Baseball is back along w/hot dogs & stadium crowds. But chewing tobacco doesn’t belong. Urge @MLB to ban it bc of effect on young people.”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Strike Up the Band

Lawmakers, C-list celebrities and military personnel are coming together next week at the Seventh Annual Armed Forces Foundation Congressional Gala.

Scheduled for Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the awards honor “the commitment and sacrifice of our nation’s military while recognizing the contributions and commitment of their civilian supporters.”

Heard on the Hill: Winning Over Washington

Just when everyone thought Charlie Sheen jokes were all played out, a new video from the group Bankrupting America asks the big question: Who’s more responsible — Sheen or Washington?

Members might not find the parallels in the YouTube clip appealing, especially as Sheen comes across as far more winning than the U.S. government.

Heard on the Hill: Betting for Bourbon

Final Four bets are always intense — and even more so when Kentucky bourbon is on the line.

Rep. Ben Chandler, whose district is home to the University of Kentucky, is willing to bet a basketful of products from central Kentucky that his team will beat the University of Connecticut on Saturday. The Democrat will hand over two types of bourbon, chocolate bars, beef jerky and Kentucky ale if he’s wrong.

Heard on the Hill: Kerry’s Staff Stands Out

HOH hears one staffer in Sen. John Kerry’s office is being honored for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Christina Wiskowski, who works in the Massachusetts Democrat’s office while also serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, was scheduled to receive recognition for her exemplary military service at a gala Wednesday night.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: The Other Sheen Comes to Washington

While celebrity train wreck Charlie Sheen may be hogging the spotlight these days, that’s not stopping his father, actor Martin Sheen, from making a trip to D.C. this week.

The “West Wing” star is slated to speak on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Martin Sheen will be part of a panel about drug courts, which are used to handle the cases of nonviolent drug abuse offenders and help them seek treatment. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) and former Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) will also speak.

Heard on the Hill: Here She Comes

The weekly Nebraska delegation breakfast just got a whole lot more glamorous.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is scheduled to bring a very special guest to this week’s meeting: Miss America.

Heard on the Hill: Famous for Washington

Looks like Rep. Barney Frank has a fan club.

A tipster tells us that the Massachusetts Democrat had an encounter with some enthusiastic young folks last week.

Heard on the Hill: Not Child’s Play

Senators got an unexpected surprise dropped into their mailboxes Tuesday: baby food jars.

But with labels such as arsenic, mercury, dioxin and formaldehyde, these little glass pots offered up something a bit different than mushy peas or pureed carrots.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

“Taking the family over to Baltimore tonight for dinner with long time friend & Hall of Fame Auctioneer Bill Fox & his Wife Myra! Good People.”

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Congressional Career Options

As rumors swirl that former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is in talks for a job at Facebook, Esquire magazine has released a list of other political types and the social networking sites where they could potentially work.

The tongue-in-cheek list pokes fun at several Members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner.

Heard on the Hill: Final Four Trash Talking

Even the busiest politicians are taking to Twitter to cheer on their home-state teams in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

Rep. Christopher Murphy (D) predicted the University of Connecticut Huskies’ advance more than a week before the team made the cut.

Heard on the Hill: Come Together

There’s nothing like charity to bring together Members from both sides of the aisle.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will attend a gala honoring the N Street Village, a D.C.-based charitable organization that aids homeless and low-income women.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Rep. Chaka Fattah. The Pennsylvania Democrat plays coy when asked about his best friend in Congress.

Q: Who do you think will win the Stanley Cup?  

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

“Happy Seward’s Day Alaskans! Today we celebrate the purchase of #Alaska in 1867. Check out this replica check: #AK http://twitpic.com/4ec37l”

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: VCU’s No. 1 Fan

Sports fans are known to go above and beyond when they want to cheer on their teams, and lawmakers are no different.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor welcomed the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team back to Richmond early Monday morning. The Virginia Republican greeted the team at about 1 a.m. at the Richmond International Airport.