Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: Negativity Causes Bipartisanship?
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Hillary Clinton arrives at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. A new survey shows that 59 percent of people who voted for Clinton believe elected officials have low ethical standards. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Here’s one thing Democrats and Republicans have in common: Both are having trust issues. Americans’ discontent with the political and business world is not party-specific, a Morning Consult/Public Affairs Council survey revealed.

Fifty-eight percent of people who voted for Donald Trump and 59 percent of Hillary Clinton voters said elected officials have low honesty and ethical standards. Meanwhile, less than half of those surveyed said they trusted major companies to behave ethically. 

Inside the Library of Congress’ Reading Room Just for Members
The history of the Thomas Jefferson Congressional Reading Room

A view from the balcony of the Congressional Reading Room. (Alex Gangitano/Roll Call)

Down a corridor inside the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, a code just for members of Congress guards a special room.

Even lawmakers’ spouses can’t walk into the Congressional Reading Room alone. But when a member of Congress unlocks the door, it opens to a private space staffed by a Congressional Research Service employee, there to answer questions and assist members seeking materials. The room is stocked with periodicals, books, desks and computers.

How Congress Deals With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The Office of Compliance has different rules from other federal agencies

Complaining about sexual harassment is less straightforward on Capitol Hill than in other federal offices. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

In February, Roll Call reported that Congress had done very little to tighten its controls over workplace sexual harassment. In light of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and a social media campaign by actress Alyssa Milano called #metoo to raise awareness of sexual harassment and sexual assault, here’s a look at the process for filing complaints if you work at a federal office or on Capitol Hill. 

Take Five: Catherine Cortez Masto
Nevada Democrat recalls Harry Reid telling her to take ‘the time to go through everything’

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto knew what she wanted to do after working for former Democratic Gov. Bob Miller. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, 53, a Nevada Democrat, talks about friends across the aisle, advice from her predecessor Harry Reid and working for the governor.

Q: What advice did former Democratic leader Harry Reid give you before you came to the Senate?

Word on the Hill: Music Advocates Go to Districts
#NoMuslimBanEver rally at the White House

Two teams from Texas compete in the annual King of the Hill softball championship game Wednesday night. (Roll Call File Photo)

The annual King of the Hill softball championship game is tonight. The event pits the best of the Hill staff softball teams from the House and Senate against each other.

For the first time in the game’s history, both teams are from Texas. The 2017 Senate champions, The RBIs of Texas, will take on the 2017 House champions, The Texas Republic, at 7:30 p.m. at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Cups Could Be No More
AOC studying whether to give the beloved Hill coffee shop the heave-ho

Cups & Company is located in the basement of the Russell Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The beloved Cups & Company in the Russell Senate Office Building, a favorite on Capitol Hill, could lose its contract and end services.

Charles and Kathy Chung have been operating Cups since 2001 and their contract has to be renewed every four years. But this time around, they are competing with other companies and will find out in November if Cups will still be operating.

Old Friends Kildee, Michael Moore Talk Flint on Broadway
Michigan Democrat was a guest on filmmaker’s Broadway show, ‘The Terms of My Surrender’

Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee, right, with filmmaker Michael Moore backstage at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre on Sunday. The two have known each other since high school. (Courtesy Kildee’s office)

Two old friends from Flint, Michigan — Rep. Dan Kildee and filmmaker Michael Moore — have talked about the water crisis in their hometown before.

On Sunday, the two had that conversation before an audience on Broadway.

Word on the Hill: Schneider Rides the Bus
McCain’s award, Conaway’s life in D.C., McSally on sexism

Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is getting on a commuter bus around 8 a.m. Tuesday to meet with constituents. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., is taking his town hall on the road today.

He will use his “Commuter Town Hall” on the PACE bus in his suburban Chicago district to meet constituents during their work commutes.

Senators Launch Podcasts to Connect With Constituents
Sherrod Brown and Heidi Heitkamp touch on hot topics

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, interviews workers from his home state at a Whirlpool plant in Clyde for his podcast. (Courtesy Brown’s office)

Tech-savvy senators are trying out a new platform to connect with voters: podcasts. Democrats Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are embracing the opportunity to record and share.

Brown’s podcast, “Canarycast,” launched Oct. 3, focuses on the value of hard work and gets its name from a pin the senator wears every day.

Word on the Hill: Moulton Flashes Back to ‘Basic Instinct’ Uproar in Iraq
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Rep. Seth Moulton, center, shares stories from Iraq on Barstool Sports’ “Zero Blog Thirty” podcast. (Barstool Sports via Twitter)

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., recently shared some stories from his time in the Marine Corps with Barstool Sports’ “Zero Blog Thirty” podcast. He recalled bringing DVDs to Iraqi engineers to broadcast across the country, but didn’t tell them about the rating system the U.S. uses.

Moulton said, “one night they put in ‘Basic Instinct.’ They must have been asleep at the switch. What they usually did is they got to a racy part of the film, they had this like 10-volume set of Islamic history videos they would put in to sort of like quiet everybody down. Well, apparently they didn’t make the switch fast enough.”

Word on the Hill: Scientist Turned Politician Takes the Stage
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California Rep. Jerry McNerney is a scientist turned congressman. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., wrapped up the week with some laughs in the service of science. 

Taking the stage at a science comedy night show at DC Improv on Thursday night, the congressman talked about his background and what it’s like to be a scientist in Congress. McNerney is a former wind-turbine engineer and holds a doctorate in mathematics.

From Legislation to Attraction, The Wharf Officially Opens
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton helps open mile-long stretch along the Southwest D.C. Waterfront

From left, Monty Hoffman, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen appear during the opening ceremony of the Wharf complex along Maine Avenue on Thursday. Hoffman is a member of the development team. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton saw her bill turn into the grand opening of The Wharf, a sprawling and vibrant mile-long strip along D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

“With the opening of this site, D.C. is becoming a true waterfront community,” she said Thursday at the opening ceremony, attended by hundreds of Washingtonians, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and The Wharf’s managing director, Monty Hoffman.

Inside the Library of Congress’ Rare Instruments Collection
The Whittall Pavilion is home to some of the world’s most famous stringed instruments

Displayed in the Whittall Pavilion are, from left, instruments by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu and Nicolo Amati. (Library of Congress, Music Division)

Some of the rarest musical instruments in the world are located right in the Capitol’s backyard, inside the Library of Congress.

In a room open to the public only by appointment — the Whittall Pavilion inside the Thomas Jefferson Building — alongside two Rodin sculptures, a portrait of Beethoven as a young man, a rare flute collection and a medieval tapestry, are five violins, a viola and a cello.

Over Ribs, Angus King Fosters Senate Collegiality
Senator talks barbecue and Maine lobster

“For the record, I don’t think this is the rib joint from ‘House of Cards.’”

That’s what Sen. Angus King said between bites of pulled pork and coleslaw inside the recently-renovated Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse at 732 Maryland Ave. NE.

Word on the Hill: Welcome, Wharf
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will help open up the newly renovated area in Southwest D.C. (Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call File Photo)

$2.5 billion later, the mile-long stretch on the Southwest D.C. waterfront — The Wharf — will officially open today. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and Mayor Muriel Bowser will participate in the opening ceremony at 11 a.m.

That’s followed by a day of live music, including a Bacon Brothers concert at 5 p.m., muralists, magicians, face painters, stilt walkers and daytime fireworks. Watch for HOH’s coverage of the opening.