Heard on the Hill

Members Learn About Brexit From the Source
Rep. Scott Peters brought Scottish MP to San Diego's pride parade

From left to right: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, former California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, California Rep. Scott Peters and Scottish MP Angela Crawley. (Courtesy Rep. Scott Peters)

While members of Congress had some downtime over recess, a few learned about Brexit directly from members of Parliament across the pond.

British parliamentarians are each year matched with members of Congress, whom they shadow as part of the State Department’s British-American Parliamentary Group project.  

'Republican' In Peace: An Irish Wake in D.C. for the Republican Party
Ex-Gingrich and Dole staffer organizes GOP wake

Andrew Weinstein, a former Republican staffer, poses in front of a funeral wreath decorating the traditional Irish wake for the GOP, which took place in the back bar of The Dubliner. (Chris Hale)

At this "Irish wake," the beer was poured, toasts were made and stories were told around a coffin draped in black silk.  A white floral wreath mourned the deceased, a ribbon wrapped around its center read: "RIP GOP."  

Republicans gathered at the Dubliner, D.C.'s popular Irish tavern in the shadow of the Capitol, to mourn their party, now the province of a brash outsider who has demolished what they knew and loved in politics.  

Trump and Clinton: Here Are Your Song Recommendations
We asked readers what the nominees should choose

Should presidential candidate Donald Trump walk out to Geto Boys' "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta" on Thursday? (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With Queen asking Donald Trump not to use "We Are the Champions" again, we asked our readers what song the Republican nominee should choose as he walks out to give his acceptance speech Thursday.  

Frankly, people were a little negative.  

Were Presidential Candidates Allowed to Use These Songs Campaigning?
Do you know your candidate-artist feuds?

Donald Trump walked out to Queen on Monday at the Republican convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Give the Presidential Candidates Song Recommendations
What are your tune choices?

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has already used Queen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Quiz: How well do you know Melania Trump?
Test your knowledge of Donald Trump's wife

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, gave a controversial speech on Monday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trivia Tuesday: GOP Convention Edition
How well do you know the Republican nominees?

From right, Sen. John McCain and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a statue unveiling ceremony for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater in the Capitol's Statuary Hall in 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In this week's Trivia Tuesday, we're going all convention as Republicans convene in Cleveland, before the Democrats gather next week in Philadelphia.

In 1964, Republican presidential nominee Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona picked a House member as his running mate.

Supreme Court Nomination Set to Break Record for Inaction
Merrick Garland was nominated in March, but he hasn't gotten a vote

NARAL sent a letter to the Guinness Book of World Records. (Congressional Quarterly/ Scott J. Ferrell File Photo)

Merrick Garland 's nomination to the Supreme Court is set to become the longest ever without action by the Senate.  

On Wednesday, it will be 126 days since President Barack Obama selected the D.C. appeals court jurist to succeed Antonin Scalia, who died in February.  

Stuck in D.C.? There Are Happy Hours Here, Too
HOH's guide of where to go to watch the convention

Hill hot spots are catering to you this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s recess but you’re still answering the phones in your office? All you want to do is experience what’s going on in Cleveland right now? Good news for you, you’re not alone.  

Here is the HOH calendar of D.C. Republican convention fun this week.

Meat vs. Veggie Showdown on National Hot Dog Day
PETA not happy over Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, second from right, poses for a picture with members of his staff during the North American Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With only the front security entrance to Rayburn separating them, traditional hot dogs and veggie dogs were handed out for lunch simultaneously. So which do you choose?

Several hot dog companies passed out the classic summer chow in the 97-degree heat. Another perk was that former Major League Baseball players were signing balls and bats for attendees.  

Montana Senator's Crop-Convention Conundrum

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., talks with reporters in the basement of the Capitol before the Senate Policy luncheons, June 21, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said Wednesday that he will not be attending the entirety of the Democratic National Convention because of pressing business back home in Montana .  

"I've got harvest to do," Tester said in a brief interview. "I'm sure that there's going to be more stuff to do than people's going to have time for, and so we'll try to touch base with as many people as we can. The Montana delegation for sure."  

Former Giffords Staffer Plunges into Craft Distilling
Former chief of staff is co-founder of first woman-owned distillery in D.C. history

Ivy Room partner Vinoda Basnayake, from left, retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., Republic Restoratives Distillery co-founder Pia Carusone, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Giffords’ spouse Captain Mark Kelly pose together in the Ivy Room in June. (John Robinson Photography)

Gender politics and gun control issues are still critically important to congressional vet Pia Carusone.  

It just so happens that her bread and butter has shifted from how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill to quenching the insatiable thirst for adult beverages.  

Drawing Attention with a Billboard Convention
Special interests, businesses plaster the city with hot-button ads and promos for beer

This billboard is getting a lot of attention in Cleveland ahead of the convention. (Photo courtesy of WKYC TV).

From education reform to abortion rights, a forest of special interest billboards has risen along Cleveland-area roadsides ahead of next week's Republican convention.  

The old-school advertising platform is filling up fast with thousands of conventioneers, media and other politicos set to descend on Northeast Ohio for Donald Trump's nomination.  

Children Playing for Climate Change Action on Capitol Hill
Moms Clean Air Force sit-in protest attracted hundreds of kids

Kids play under a fabric map of the world during the Moms Clean Air Force "play-in for climate action" in Upper Senate Park on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A play-in environmental protest brought hundreds of children to Capitol Hill on Wednesday in what looked like a summer camp outside Russell.  

Organized by Moms Clean Air Force, parents and their children had fun in an effort to urge action on air pollution and climate change.  

Take Five: Sen. Mike Rounds
South Dakota Republican messed up pheasant season for his dad

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds, left, hunts with chief of staff Rob Skjonsberg, his grandson, Micah, and Skjonsberg's sons, Spencer and Sam. (Courtesy Sen. Mike Rounds)

In this week’s Take Five, South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds talks about his pilot license, big family and Lee Greenwood.  

Q: Are you still able to fly?