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Office Space: Rodney Davis' Illinois Campus

Davis jokes with members walking down the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., walks CQ Roll Call through his collection of college pennants, shows off highlights from Roll Call’s Congressional Baseball Game and humblebrags about his “wolf pack” trophy.  

The View From 1982: The Washington Monument Standoff

A young Komarow. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been more than three decades since Steve Komarow, news director and vice president at CQ News, was thrust into the national spotlight when he negotiated with a political activist threatening to blow up the Washington Monument. It's a situation he is positive would play out much differently in the post-9/11 world.  

“You can imagine someone trying to do that today,” the veteran reporter said of the hours-long standoff on Dec. 8, 1982, after nuclear disarmament advocate Norman D. Mayer drove a truck purportedly packed with explosives right up to the doors of the Washington Monument.  

Spicing Up Career Move Messages, Hill Staffer-Style

Huffman raided Huffman for his new legislative director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With constant turnover and promotions on Capitol Hill, getting the formulaic career move email can be, well, boring.  

But one Hill staffer chose to take a different approach to the "FYI, I have a new job" notice by framing his promotion as a new position.

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Don Beyer Wins Press Club Spelling Bee

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

One thing's for sure after Wednesday night: If you want to win a spelling bee, you better be a Democrat from Virginia.  

Freshman Rep. Don Beyer Jr. bested fellow lawmakers and journalists to take home the National Press Club spelling bee trophy, taking the title of best speller on Capitol Hill from the 2013 champion: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Kaine didn't make it past the fourth round this time at the Politicians vs. Press competition, adding one "t" too many times on the word "Connecticuter." After the showdown, Kaine was overheard saying he had his money on Beyer, and noted Beyer earned a perfect score on his SAT.  

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Simpson: Former senator, current matchmaker, eternal romantic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn't solve the nation's financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.  

The 84-year-old Wyoming Republican, who held office from 1979 to 1997, is being partly credited for the recent marriage of a New York Public Radio podcaster, Anna Sale, and a wildlife research scientist, Arthur Middleton.  

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

Hillary Rodham Clinton, read for business (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of "Parks and Recreation" and "The Good Wife," the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State's time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.  

After sifting through the data dump, HOH compiled five of the best and most revealing name checks of senators and representatives, either from Clinton herself or her illustrious associates. 1. Barbara + Hillary = Best Friends Forever. The email exchanges between the former secretary and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., offer an eye-opening glimpse of Clinton's seemingly genuine affection for her former Senate colleague — including no judgement of Mikulski's apparent inability to type messages on a mobile device.

Hoopsters Trash Talk at White House Ceremony

Is Obama sucking in his gut as Taurasi offers him a jersey during the White House event? (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Hey, what's a little trash talk among hoopsters? Baller-in-chief Barack Obama welcomed the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury to the White House today, and, according to the official White House transcript, POTUS engaged in a little back and forth with the Mercury's Diana Taurasi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjcUREqel0  

Coveting a New Roll Call Cup

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head-to-head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic lawmakers hope to put an end to their losing streak and retake the coveted Roll Call Cup from their Republican counterparts at this year’s 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.  

Lawmakers will hit the Columbia Country Club links in Chevy Chase, Md., on Monday for 36 holes of golf, culminating in a reception and trophy ceremony that evening at Cornerstone Government Affairs. Veteran team captains Reps. Ander Crenshaw , R-Fla., and John Yarmuth , D-Ky., are in their fourth and fifth years leading their sides, respectively. “We both have become very good friends because of it, I think that's one of the great values of the tournament,” Yarmuth said.  

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is 'America's No. 1 Dumpster Fire'

Yarmuth, left chatting with Speaker John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday suggested he associated himself with Graham's assessment of Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth's cellphone number?  

The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham's digits  Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a "jackass" on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.  

A Record-Breaking Congressional Women's Softball Game (Video)

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., celebrate as the women of Congress win the game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It was a historic night in Southeast Washington with a record-setting fundraising event culminating in a record-low scoring softball game.  

The women of Congress beat the Bad News Babes of the press corps 1-0 Wednesday night, the lowest score in the seven-year history of the Congressional Women's Softball Game. But both sides of the diamond were appreciative of the competitive game, the beautiful weather and the sizable crowd of fans. Across the outfield, the bleachers were packed with staffers, journalists and other fans as they watched the journalists battle the lawmakers at Watkins Recreational Center.