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Katherine the Great Update

Well, it turns out the hyperbolic press release bug is infectious when it comes to the subject of Millender-McDonald. Witness the following recently issued release from the Library of Congress:

“As the nation celebrates the history of African-Americans in February, teachers nationwide will be quizzing students on their knowledge of black history. For example, who is the first African-American woman in history to hold the position of chairwoman of the powerful Committee on House Administration?

“The answer is Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who is delivering the African American History Month keynote address at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 1:00 p.m.”

Now, HOH does not mean to belittle this Thursday’s speech or its important topic. He simply enjoyed the thought of teachers all across the land asking their eager young students important historical questions about ... the House Administration Committee.

By the way, HOH has momentarily forgotten: Which House committee is it again that handles oversight and budget authorization for the Library of Congress, including for the Library’s public affairs office? Oh yeah, now he remembers.

Nailed It. HOH doesn’t know about you, but he’s pretty tired of the standard fundraising circuit: steakhouses, lobbying firms, skyboxes ... yawn.

That’s why he’s always happy to see it when Members get a little creative with their invitations, even if the events are designed in such a way that HOH would never be invited.

For example, on Jan. 23, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) invited donors to join her for “manicures and muffins” at Capitol Nails over on Second Street Northeast.

What did it cost to get some grooming time with the new House ethics committee chairwoman? For political action committee hosts, it was $5,000; for PAC sponsors, $2,500; for individual hosts or individual sponsors, it was $2,100.

That must have been some expensive nail polish, and HOH hopes there were some of those delicious lemon poppy seed muffins. Most importantly, at least it was different.

Please send your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments to hoh@rollcall.com.

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