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, McCaskills Missouri Tigers took a 90-65 drubbing by Sebelius Kansas Jayhawks in college basketball. And if the loss in the Sunflower State wasnt enough for McCaskill, Sebelius engaged in a little bragging.
As the Twitter-loving McCaskill posted on Saturday: Im 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.
Dont worry, Senator. Theres always next year or the governors 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 Youll Go!: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Youre on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one wholl decide where to go.
Dr. Seuss, were 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 wasnt as jazzy.
Perhaps the most well-known of the visiting musicians were artists Suzanne Vega (famed for the 80s hit Toms Diner), Abdul Duke Fakir of the Four Tops and members of the all-girl rock group the Donnas.
Sure, theyre sort of cool. But were not exactly talking the A-list here.
And thats the point, officials for the
musicFIRST Coalition, the group leading the lobbying campaign, told HOH.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.