Rebecca Baird-Remba

Hill Climbers: Feeling At Home in the Heart of Washington

Tiffany McGuffee won’t let D.C. change her true identity: The new communications director for Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., is a proud Volunteer State native and alumna of the University of Tennessee.

She feels her small-town roots made her who she is today. McGuffee grew up in Dayton — the site of the infamous 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial” in which a high school teacher was tried and convicted of teaching evolution, then a violation of state law.

Life After Congress: Lynn Rivers

Former Rep. Lynn Rivers has never been ashamed of her bipolar disorder and says she always tried to be a model for other people suffering with mental illness.

During her first bid for the House, in 1994, Rivers, a Michigan Democrat, acknowledged her condition on a call-in radio show in an effort to suppress rumors that she was having a nervous breakdown.

Fun-Loving Competitors Swept Up by 'Dorky' Sport

Maybe you’re a Caps fan missing NHL action or are just searching for a sport that requires no experience and involves ice, fun and general ridiculousness. Look no further than broomball, a bizarre cross between ice hockey and field hockey.

Players slide around the ice wearing rubberized shoes with bristles (no skates) and use a stick with a wooden or metal shaft and a rubber broom-shaped head.

Hill Climbers: Joint Economic Committee Rising Star Prefers His Politics With Perspective

When Ian Jannetta was a kid, he wanted to be a weatherman.

He moved on from that ambition in middle school to a slightly different career path — journalism. Although his love of meteorology persisted, in high school he became — like so many other future Hill staffers — a political news junkie. Now he’s press secretary for the Joint Economic Committee.

Take Five With Sen. Bob Corker

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH sits down with a member of Congress over five fun questions. This week, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., struggles to pick favorites from his home state. Q: Tennessee is famous for its barbecue. Do you have any favorite barbecue joints back home? Or if not, then what’s your favorite restaurant back in your home state?

A: Tennessee has outstanding barbecue. I could get in a lot of trouble by choosing a favorite, so instead I’ll share that one of my favorite restaurants back home in Chattanooga right now is a place called Tremont Tavern. My wife, Lizzy, and I have been going a lot lately. I love their cheeseburgers.

Take Five With Rep. Sue Myrick

It’s time for Take Five, when HOH sits down to chat with a member of Congress over five fun questions. This week, retiring Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., talks about leaving Washington and giving back.

Q: What are your plans after Congress?

Bridging Political Gaps Through Cultural Diplomacy

Five artists honored by the State Department gathered Thursday night to discuss the power of art in cultural diplomacy and international dialogue.

The artists – Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems – and their discussion leader, Museum of Modern Art Director Glenn D. Lowry, gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building as part of the State Dept.’s  50th anniversary festivities for its Art in Embassies Program.

Diplomatic Art

Diplomacy isn’t always about how the United Nations will recognize the Palestinians. Sometimes it’s about art.

The State Department is honoring five artists with its first Medal of Arts on Friday, as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Arts in Embassies Program, which fosters cultural dialogue and diplomacy through artist exchanges and installations. The honorees — Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith and Carrie Mae Weems — discussed diplomacy through art Thursday night with Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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. Kay Bailey Hutchison

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH sits down with a member of Congress for five fun questions. This week, retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, talks about her start as a journalist, as well as what she’ll miss about Washington.

I hope that it is one of showing that you can represent your state and also have an impact on the bigger-picture issues of the day. I’ve concentrated on the military and national defense issues, as well as NASA, and I’ve worked with [Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.] on the spousal IRA. We can do so much when we collaborate and work together, and I hope that’s something that’s a lasting impression.

Practical Partners: Marine Corps, Capitol Hill Running Club

Mac McKenney never thought he would run marathons. When he joined the Capitol Hill Running Club nearly 10 years ago, he could barely jog three and a half miles, the club’s shortest run.

Last month, the 58-year-old tax lobbyist ran his ninth marathon — the Marine Corps Marathon. He credits his success to the running club’s supportive atmosphere and its dedicated volunteers, many of whom are members of the corps.

Hill Climbers: Ex-Staffer Works for Women's Rights

Whether she’s volunteering with victims of domestic abuse or working for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Annie Walden-Newman always wants to be fighting for women’s rights.

Now the policy director for the National Reproductive Health and Family Planning Association, Walden-Newman said she watched some of her friends growing up in Cheyenne, Wyo., make difficult decisions after getting pregnant at 16 or 17.

Take Five With Rep. John Olver

It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for HOH to hang out with a Member of Congress and mull over five fun questions. This week, retiring Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.) talks a little science, rock climbing and bananas.

A: The education to become a scientist was pretty rigorous, detailed and mathematical. So I’ve always been good at statistics and good at the details. I enjoy the environment and ecology — I could have been a biologist instead of a chemist. I’ve been on the House Appropriations Committee most of the time I’ve been in Congress — 18 years. And I’ve been on major subcommittees that deal with energy and all the science issues.

'Black Tulip' Filmmaker Talks About Shooting, Troubles in Afghanistan

Sonia Nassery Cole endured death threats, a kidnapping and bomb blasts to film “Black Tulip” in Kabul, Afghanistan.

But she survived, as did the film, and with a recent screening at the Motion Picture Association of America headquarters here in Washington and a publicity tour surrounding its release, the film could help remind Americans mired in election fever that there is still a war going on across the world.

Take Five With Rep. Lynn Woolsey

It’s Tuesday once again, time for Take Five, when HOH sits down with a Member of Congress and asks five fun questions. This week, we talk to Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), who, after 10 terms representing the northern Bay Area, is retiring after this Congress concludes. Q: What do you miss most about your district when you’re in D.C.? A: I miss the beauty and the weather and the extraordinarily intelligent, involved people that I work with. And I miss my beautiful garden.

Q: Do you root for the San Francisco Giants? A: Absolutely. I’m a total Giants fan. I rent one of their boxes for a fundraiser — it’s a really positive draw for the area.

Hill Climbers: Page to Intern to Press Secretary

Rosemarie Calabro Tully discovered her passion for energy and environmental issues when she was just 17.

The native of Hyattsville, Md., now the energy press secretary at the Bipartisan Policy Center, interned with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her senior year of high school and after her freshman year of college. 

Fridge Art Gallery Serves Up Mini-Fridge, Two Solo Shows

Capitol Hill art gallery the Fridge has opened up a second exhibition space, allowing the Barracks Row institution to feature two solo shows at the same time. The development has resulted in the current lineup, showcasing graffiti writer Asad Walker, aka ULTRA, and his "Quiet Walks in Dangerous Places" in the main space and Laura Elkins' "Packin' Heat Talkin' Dirty" in the new "Mini-Fridge."

Walker has traded in brick walls for canvases in his first solo show at the Fridge.

Fridge Art Gallery Serves Up Mini-Fridge, Two Solo Shows

Capitol Hill art gallery the Fridge has opened up a second exhibition space, allowing the Barracks Row institution to feature two solo shows at the same time. The development has resulted in the current lineup, showcasing graffiti writer Asad Walker, aka ULTRA, and his “Quiet Walks in Dangerous Places” in the main space and Laura Elkins’ “Packin’ Heat Talkin’ Dirty” in the new “Mini-Fridge.”

Not Over the Hill

Gwen Farmer isn’t your typical Hill intern.

After nine years as a recruiter at one of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent law firms, Farmer realized she had one major regret: She had never finished college. She enrolled at Howard University, where she’s now a junior. She began an internship in the office of Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.). And she’s contemplating a radical career change.