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Heard on the Hill: Inter-Branch Friction?

This might not bode well for smooth relations between the White House and Congress: Sen. Claire McCaskill has a beef with Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), the nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Missouri Democrat praised President Barack Obama for picking Sebelius for the gig, but now it seems that the friendship between the Senator and the governor only goes so far.

On Saturday, McCaskill’s Missouri Tigers took a 90-65 drubbing by Sebelius’ Kansas Jayhawks in college basketball. And if the loss in the Sunflower State wasn’t enough for McCaskill, Sebelius engaged in a little bragging.

As the Twitter-loving McCaskill posted on Saturday: “I’m depressed about my Tigers. And new HHS Sec nominee called to rub it in!”

To be fair, McCaskill did see the loss coming. “They may have [just] selected Sec of HHS but I still want Kansas to lose today to Mo. Bad,” she Twittered earlier on Saturday. “A little nervous because we play at their house.”

Don’t worry, Senator. There’s always next year — or the governor’s confirmation vote.

By the Book. The House was in session on Tuesday, but it felt a little more like story hour in kindergarten class when Rep. Betsy Markey recited Dr. Seuss for her kids ... er, colleagues. Giving fellow Members more credit than some Congressional observers do, the Colorado Democrat called on them to vote on legislation marking Read Across America Day by reciting this selection from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Dr. Seuss, we’re pretty sure, had not met a whip operation when he penned those lines.

From the A-List to ... Who? Grammy Award-winning artists Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Emmylou Harris and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas were among the big-name celebs who came to Capitol Hill to lobby last week.

On Tuesday, about 100 musicians visited about 100 Congressional offices singing the same song — Members should support legislation requiring that radio stations pay artists when their music is played.

But this time around, the guest list wasn’t as jazzy.

Perhaps the most well-known of the visiting musicians were artists Suzanne Vega (famed for the ’80s hit “Tom’s Diner”), Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops and members of the all-girl rock group the Donnas.

Sure, they’re sort of cool. But we’re not exactly talking the A-list here.

And that’s the point, officials for the musicFIRST Coalition, the group leading the lobbying campaign, told HOH.

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