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'Sharknado 4': Needlessly Confusing Protest?

Protesters think Wasserman Schultz has a career in the Sharknadoverse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters outside the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday brought out shark costumes and movie posters for a fake "Sharknado" sequel to heckle DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz  

About 50 protestors for Debt Trap, a campaign of National People's Action, the Alliance for a Just Society and U.S. Action, rallied to criticize the Florida Democrat for not supporting legislation by Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla., that alters parts of the Truth in Lending Act.  

Rand Paul Takes Aim at DC Streetcar

The DC streetcar opened Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul is no longer on the presidential campaign trail, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop railing against the nation's capital — or, more specifically, its brand new streetcar.  

In his capacity as one of the Senate's government waste-watchers , the Kentucky Republican called the new streetcar, which opened Saturday, "A Streetcar Called Waste." Paul's office pointed out that federal funds were not involved in building the streetcar but the D.C. government did receive $1.6 million in federal funds to study the line's expansion. "While streetcars are the current transportation fad, one must wonder why D.C. needs one in the first place," wrote the report's authors, who pointed out that the District utilizes the tri-state Metro rail and bus system.  

'House of Cards' Premiere Brings Stars to D.C.

Kelly, who was in D.C. for the State of Union, returns for the premiere. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Your favorite fictional, corrupt politicos are coming to town on Feb. 22. With "House of Cards" season four right around the corner, actors are traveling to Washington for the D.C. premiere.  

The stars will walk the red carpet starting at 8 p.m. outside the National Portrait Gallery. At 8:30 p.m., a screening of the season four premiere will begin in the gallery’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.  

Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.  

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.  

Martin Shkreli Invokes Attitude -- and the Fifth

Shkreli laughs during his appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it.  

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Shkreli, “Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Shkreli giggled.  

Judicial Watch Wants More Info on CODELs

Lawmakers, such as, from right, Sens. John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, who here are discussing a trip to Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt in 2013, travel for a variety of reasons abroad. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Defense Department has a lawsuit on its hands over lawmakers jetting off together.  

The group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records about official congressional delegation travel, also known as a CODELs. Air Force jets and personnel usually are the means of travel for CODELs and Judicial Watch is looking for records concerning travel costs. “Congress, under both Republicans and Democrats, has a long record of abusing taxpayers and the military with wasteful ‘official’ travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.  

Schock Recounts Office Redecorating Timeline

Schock dings the Chicago Tribune on social media. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., has some words to say about the press Monday morning.  

A Dec. 31 Chicago Tribune article  reported that Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., has redecorated Schock’s old office, which became infamous for its "Downtown Abbey" décor. A fellow Tribune reporter tweeted the story out on Jan. 2 and Schock just responded.

The Lighter Side of Congress

Out with the Boehner, in with the Ryan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With another calendar year and session of Congress wrapped up, HOH would be remiss if we didn't take a look back at what made it all special, from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s parking skills to the richest man  in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, dishing on where the cheapest sodas were,  from Capitol Police leaving guns in the potty to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., doing 46 pushups . Hill Happenings Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's notorious exercise band accident started off 2015, leading to a horrific eye injury and broken ribs. Reid missed the start of the Congress and when he returned, he was sporting dark shades. He later announced his retirement, and sued the exercise band maker.  

Meanwhile, the Band Perry helped bring in the new year with a performance at the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 13.   That little bit of good cheer soon gave way to the news of Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock's "Downton Abbey"-inspired office décor , which led to a rough week for him and his staff, and turned him into a punch-line at the 71st Congressional Dinner on Feb. 6 , with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel picking fun at Schock and fellow lawmakers.  

Onward Christmas Warriors ...

Does Cruz have Santa's back? Survey results suggest voters are skeptical (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It's beginning to feel a lot like the War on Christmas, at least for culture warriors alert to any signs of an anti-Santa strain. Lucky for them, Donald Trump is around.  

In the latest example of pollsters having fun, the folks at Public Policy Polling have surveyed the land and, after checking it twice, found out that among voters who believe there is an assault on yuletide cheer, the billionaire developer is the 2016 presidential candidate they most trust to protect America from the War on Christmas. "I think that those people who are inclined to believe there is a War on Christmas, that they think their country is turning away from them, or is muffling them, then Donald Trump has put himself forth as their champion, and will call out what they think is going on," said Jim Williams, a PPP polling analyst.  

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.