Jonathan Easley

Raise a Glass to Hemingway
Bar Based on Author’s Favorite Drinks Opening Soon in D.C.

Can an Ernest Hemingway-themed bar help bridge the gap between the U.S. and Cuba? 

At a minimum, it can’t hurt. 

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) talks about finding inspiration in the Detroit Lions and Tigers — no bears — and that Mercury is his car brand of choice.

Q: Are you more excited about the Tigers or Lions?

D.C. Veterans Join ex-Sen. Chris Dodd at Hollywood Lobbyist Group

Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is taking Washington to Hollywood.

Dodd, now the chairman and CEO of Hollywood’s top lobbying organization, the Motion Picture Association of America, announced new staff hires today that pull from his days in Congress.

Sen. Mark Udall Conquered Many Mountains Before Climbing Capitol Hill

If you’re looking to connect with the Colorado electorate, you’d better know your way around a mountain — and not just those 14,000-footers the amateur climbers conquer on weekends.

A truly rugged Coloradan can tell the difference between native and nonnative species of blue sucker fish, painlessly swallows whiskey and might have to look outside the Rockies for a real challenge. At least, so says the state’s senior Senator, Mark Udall.

District Energy House on Display

The home building industry has been hit hard by the economic downturn, but one Washington-area contractor sees it as an opportunity.

“About two or three years ago, the industry completely went to sleep,” said Charles Juris, manager of Alexandria, Va.-based Energy Resource Management Construction Co. “That’s when my daughter told me I was too old and needed to start looking at something new. I was skeptical, but I went with it.”

New Way to See Fall: on Horseback
In Pennsylvania’s York County, Farms and Stables Offer a Way to Enjoy the Season’s Splendor as Trail Rides Serve Up Nature and Romance

The distance between houses in parts of Pennsylvania’s York County is best measured in miles.

Landowners account for the size of their properties in acres, dogs follow their horse-riding owners out to pasture, and farmhands push wheelbarrows full of horse feed, manure or dirt.

Former Rep. Richard Mallary Dead at 82

Former Rep. Richard Mallary, who briefly represented Vermont in the 1970s, died at age 82.

The Republican served in the Vermont state House and state Senate before winning the 1971 special election to replace then-Rep. Robert Stafford (R), who had been appointed to fill a vacant Senate seat. Mallary was elected to a full term, then opted to run for the Senate in 1974 instead of seeking another term. He lost that bid to Democrat Patrick Leahy, the office’s current holder and a Washington, D.C., newcomer at the time.

National Book Festival Gets Ready for Readers
Annual Event Expands To Two Days While Adding New Types of Presenters to the Lineup

Academy Award nominees, Pulitzer Prize winners, state poet laureates and best-selling authors will descend on the National Mall this weekend for the National Book Festival.

The free annual gathering of literary minds will feature some new attractions for its 11th installment, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. 

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Roll Call Challenge Breadcrumb

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week was easy — Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a movie buff, Internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and social media enthusiast.

Startup’s Fate Relies on Tax Credit

A local startup has plans to turn grease from local restaurants into a profit, but the project’s future could hinge on the extension of a federal tax credit for biofuels.

DC Biofuels hopes to collect 32 million gallons of animal fats, vegetable oils and grease from local restaurants and recycle it into 4 million gallons of green biofuel for local trucks and buses.

D.C. Veterans Join Ex-Sen. Chris Dodd at MPAA

Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is taking Washington to Hollywood.

Dodd, now the chairman and CEO of Hollywood’s top lobbying organization, the Motion Picture Association of America, announced new staff hires today that pull from his days in Congress.

Former Wyoming Sen. Malcolm Wallop Dies

Updated: 8:14 p.m.

Former Republican Sen. Malcolm Wallop died at his home in northern Wyoming on Wednesday, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) announced on the Senate floor.

Commuters in for Traffic Troubles

A planned upgrade of a train tunnel that runs underneath Virginia Avenue Southeast could create a headache for Capitol Hill commuters from next year through 2015.

The first in a series of public information meetings about the project will be held Wednesday. The construction is slated to start in summer 2012 and will take place about one mile southeast of the Capitol.

Union Station Rehabilitation Project Begins Today

Travel through Union Station will soon get a little bit hairier.

Motorists and pedestrians can expect construction and detours for the next 18 months as rehabilitation work begins today on Columbus Plaza and Columbus Circle.

‘We Were All in It Together’
In Sharing Their Memories of Sept. 11, Members and Staff Recall the Dueling Senses of Terror and Togetherness That Framed the Day

This week, as the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Roll Call looks back at how Capitol Hill responded to the attacks and how that day’s events changed — and didn’t change — life in Washington.

Tina Tate
“Get your people out of there.”

Volunteer Chimney Sweeps Spiff Up White House

The White House this week turned its attention to a modest domestic initiative: the cleaning and maintenance of its 35 chimneys.

For the past 18 years, the job has gone to a team run by Jeff Schmittinger, the owner of Waukesha-based Wisconsin Chimney Technicians.

Rules Change May Allow Federal Employees to Run in Virginia

An unidentified individual in Northern Virginia is shaking up the electoral process for the entire region.

While most federal employees are prohibited from running for political office, a government worker with political aspirations in Virginia’s King George County is close to changing that.

Library of Congress Offers Buyouts to Staffers

The Library of Congress will lose nearly 10 percent of its workforce by Nov. 3.

In a sweeping cost-cutting move, the Library will offer targeted buyouts to 349 employees through a voluntary early retirement program, according to internal documents obtained by Roll Call.

Advocates Push for Transparency at CRS

Government transparency advocates are pressing for the next head of the Congressional Research Service to make its reports public.

As the government-run policy research agency searches for a new director, a coalition of 38 groups has sent a letter to the Library of Congress urging it to pick someone who will make CRS reports available to the public for free.

Former Rep. Shamansky Dies
Former Ohio Rep. Robert Norton Shamansky died at his home in Bexley, Ohio, last week. He was 84.

Shamansky, a Democrat, was elected to represent a historically Republican district in the state capital of Columbus in 1981. He served one term before losing his re-election bid to the state’s current governor, John Kasich, in 1983. Shamansky also was unsuccessful in seeking House seats in 1966 and 2006.

Despite running in the reliably Republican 12th district...