Judds work on anti-violence efforts has taken her to far seedier places. Ive spent a lot of time in brothels, she said, where she and other workers helped promote womens health and safety.
A New Focus. Dennis Brack didnt realize that hed been serving on the Senate Press Photographers Standing Committee for 25 years until he decided to step down.
I had no idea it had been that long, says Brack, whos a fixture in the halls of the Capitol, where he has been a photographer for the Blackstone Agency as well as a contract photographer with Time magazine and a freelancer for Newsweek and other magazines since 1962.
Brack championed access for photographers to snap the pictures that tell the story of Congress during his tenure on the committee, where he served as the bodys longtime secretary-treasurer. But the 70-year-old lensman last week stepped aside, he tells HOH, to leave some room for the younger guys to step in.
He recalls big hearings, like those during the Iran-Contra controversy, and inaugurations, as some of the committees biggest challenges. Hes seen advances in technology that allow video to come from cameras no larger than those held by print photographers and an increase in the number of photographers seeking Congressional credentials.
Brack, who fellow photogs say is part of the press corps institutional memory, marvels at the changes that hes seen. If you told me back in 1985 that Id be shooting a Senate hearing without film, Id have thought something was wrong, he says.
Keep Your Enemies Closer? Politics certainly makes for odd bedfellows.
Several Pittsburgh denizens, including Rep. Mike Doyle (D) and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris, were slated to attend a screening Tuesday at the Capitol Visitor Center of a movie about the Steel City. Other Members were listed on the honorary host committee, including Reps. Marcia Fudge (D) and Steven LaTourette (R) notable because, as Ohioans, the pair presumably root for the Pittsburgh Steelers biggest rivals, the Cleveland Browns.
So, are they actually Steelers fans? LaTourette didnt return HOHs call, but Fudge says: While I appreciate Pittsburgh, Im a hometown girl who supports the hometown team. Go Browns!
Political Paparazzi. Who needs the White House press corps when Members of Congress are around?
Several Members who attended Tuesdays big health care bill signing ceremony at the White House provided pretty darn good news coverage of the event, taking photographs, posting items to Twitter and releasing detailed press releases. Perhaps most notable were Reps. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who offered constant Twitter updates during the A-list ceremony.
Ellison tweeted before the signing that President Barack Obama was taking longer than expected; so, Congress ppl talking among themselves. Chatter, laughs, plans, analysis all around. He also tweeted that Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has a fancy looking camera and hes clicking away. (HOH notes Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy was also spotted with a camera.)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) also frequently tweeted, posting before the ceremony: Talking Minnesota politics, with [Sen.] Al Franken. Waiting for the President.
Meanwhile, Meek joined Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) by posting several pictures to Twitter during the event. Our favorite Meek tweet came right after Vice President Joseph Biden dropped the f-bomb during the ceremony: You think VP Joe Biden is excited?
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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