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Heard on the Hill: A Little More About Clooney

We promise to stop writing about him soon, but there are several more details that HOH wants to share about George Clooney’s recent Capitol Hill visit.

When Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Dick Lugar met the handsome Oscar-winning actor Tuesday, the duo talked about Sudan. But it wasn’t their first meeting.

Clooney told the Indiana Republican that they were introduced at the Indiana State Fair decades ago. Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis, Clooney was 7 and his dad, Nick, was a reporter for a Cincinnati TV station.

The pair’s most recent visit attracted a tad more attention. More than a dozen photographers, videographers and camera-ready Congressional interns camped outside the Foreign Relations Committee room to get a glimpse of Clooney.

A few eager photographers snapped shots early, when Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer walked through the corridor that Clooney was expected to arrive from.

“I am not George Clooney,” Gainer deadpanned.

Raves for the Ranting

Look, not everybody can be Gwyneth Paltrow.

On “Rants From Mommyland,” local stay-at-home mom Julie Miner and BBC producer Kristin Wilson Keppler offer a snarky take on parenting not typically found in glossy magazines or how-to books. And the blog has a Capitol Hill connection: Miner’s husband, Matt, is a top Republican staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Since its launch about a year ago, “Rants From Mommyland” has drawn hundreds of thousands of hits, the authors have written a handful of posts for the Huffington Post and they appeared on TBD’s “Let’s Talk Live.”

Miner tells HOH that she and Keppler — both mothers of three — got the idea for the blog about a year ago after sharing “a mutual meltdown” one morning in the parking lot of their kids’ preschool. The stressed-out pair decided that a parenting book that “would actually tell you anything wouldn’t have chapters, it would have rants,” Miner says. And so the blog was born.

“We’re not trying to be parenting experts,” Miner says. “Sometimes when it’s cold and flu season and you take too many antihistamines, things happen. Like, your bathroom is disgusting.”

Writing under the pen names Lydia and Kate, the duo tackle subjects ranging from doing the laundry (or not doing it) to child discipline. But one thing the blog isn’t? Political. Miner and Keppler decided that “because we live in such a political place,” they wouldn’t go there.

The inspiration “is our daily life,” Miner says. “More than anything, the idea that if you could laugh at it, you could live with it.”

Tim Gunn to the Fashion Rescue

Fashion guru Tim Gunn has some good news for Washington stylistas: Fashion in the city is improving.

“I’ve seen a lot of positive fashion changes since the Obamas have come to town,” Gunn writes in the November issue of the fashion magazine Marie Claire.

In fact, Gunn praises fashion on Capitol Hill in his monthly Q&A column, “Gunn Laws.” The “Project Runway” star responds to a reader who works on Capitol Hill and is seeking affordable style tips. Gunn suggests shopping the private labels at department stores.

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