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Heard on the Hill: Too Hot for TV?

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) doesn’t mind if couples use medication to help revitalize their love life.

He just doesn’t want to hear about that medication when he turns on his television.

Moran teamed up with Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) last week to introduce legislation placing restrictions on when advertisements for erectile dysfunction medication can be broadcast on TV or radio.

With their often sexually themed messages — think “ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex” or “call the doctor if you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours” — Moran thinks the ads just aren’t appropriate during family viewing hours.

“They tend to not-so-subtly emphasize certain ‘side effects’ that can make for awkward moments, say when watching the Super Bowl with your adolescent son or daughter,” Moran spokesman Austin Durrer told HOH. “The Congressman has no problem with the drugs, just their ads.”

The Families for ED Advertising Decency Act would prohibit radio or TV ads promoting erectile dysfunction treatment from airing between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Stations would treat such ads as indecent, and the Federal Communications Commission would revise its interpretations and enforcement policies regulating the ads.

Joke’s on Schumer. We don’t imagine that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) often has moments of self-doubt. But an exception may have come the other night, when he walked into a room and everyone burst out laughing.

According to an HOH spy who attended a fundraiser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) at the Capitol Hill townhouse of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Wednesday night — an event that was co-sponsored by every Democratic woman Senator — a speaker was comparing the relatively harmonious relationship between Gillibrand and Schumer to the considerably more complicated relationship between Schumer and Gillibrand’s Senate predecessor, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The observation ended with a joke whose punchline went something like this: Who needs nuclear combustion when you have Chuck and Hillary?

It was moments later that, quite coincidentally, Schumer walked in, the spy reports. And the crowd ate it up.

Young Falls Victim to Twitter Theft. The growing problem of identity theft (via personal networking sites) hit the halls of Congress last week.

Fox News reported Thursday that an imposter had created a Twitter account pretending to be Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska). Spokeswoman Meredith Kenny confirmed to HOH that the faker had managed to post roughly 30 tweets (all inaccurate) over the course of the work week, including one that Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) planned to introduce articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama.

Young’s office contacted Twitter, Kenny said, and by Friday the company suspended the account.

The Congressman now has full ownership of the Twitter page, Kenny said, adding that it is “to be determined” whether Young actually will start posting tweets.

Young, of course, isn’t the only famous person ever to have a Twitter imposter.

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