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Trump basks in glow of ‘big, strong-looking’ LSU champs
‘He’s all man,’ president says of head coach Ed Orgeron

President Donald Trump hosts the LSU Tigers at the White House on Friday. (Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Last year, he served up fast food from McDonald’s. This year, he served up “big strong” compliments.

As the shadow of an impeachment trial looms, Louisiana State University’s newly minted national champion football team provided President Donald Trump a welcome distraction Friday morning at the White House.

How Ed Henry covered impeachment the first time
Roll Call alum is starting a new role at Fox News just as impeachment articles hit the Senate. That brought back some memories

Heard on the Hill alum Ed Henry gets ready for a new role at Fox News. (Courtesy Fox News)

Ed Henry had an interview scheduled with Bill Clinton. It was a relatively sleepy week in Washington, the State of the Union was approaching, and the young reporter planned to ask the president about his relationship with Congress.

Things changed. News of the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, and what was supposed to be a routine sit-down turned into a 15-minute phone call brimming with executive denials: “not sexual,” “not improper,” “not true.”

Brett Kavanaugh brings pizza to the Supreme Court and it is not good
Just call him the ‘pizza justice.’ No really, he doesn’t mind

Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, possibly thinking about pizza. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The crust is slightly burnt around the edges where the cheese bubbles. The pepperonis are large, oily and plentiful, so no complaints there.

Brett Kavanaugh has already left his mark on the Supreme Court, and it is pizza.

Rep. Billy Long fractures shoulder chasing daughter’s poodle
‘I fought the dog and the dog won,’ the congressman joked

Tex, a 6-month-old poodle belonging to Rep. Billy Long’s oldest daughter, Kaleen. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Billy Long’s office)

Rep. Billy Long returned to Capitol Hill last week with a new accessory — a sling. While he was in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, for the holidays, the congressman fractured his shoulder while “wrangling” the family puppy.

The incident occurred on Dec. 20, while Long was dog-sitting his daughter’s 6-month-old poodle named Tex. In an email exchange with Heard on the Hill, the congressman remembers picking the canine up from “doggy daycare” and sitting “with him for over an hour, and within two minutes of picking him up to go inside, he bolted under the gate” and into the middle of the street.

President Jed Bartlet could be arrested in front of the Capitol
Martin Sheen to join Jane Fonda at weekly climate change protest Friday

Actor Martin Sheen plans to join Jane Fonda’s weekly climate protest on Capitol Hill on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former “West Wing” star Martin Sheen is planning to join actress and activist Jane Fonda at a climate change protest Friday on the southeast lawn of the Capitol.

The event is part of Fonda’s weekly “Fire Drill Friday” demonstrations in support of the Green New Deal climate legislation sponsored by progressive lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Fonda and friends are calling on Congress to create high-paying jobs in the renewable energy sector and end all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction.

34 images that defined 2019 in Congress: Photos of the Year
A busy year as captured by CQ Roll Call’s photojournalists

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We asked each of our three photojournalists to select their favorite photographs from 2019. Below is their unique view of political news events in Washington, as well as daily life on and around Capitol Hill.

Rep. Greg Pence calls House impeachment vote ‘Bulls--- to the fourth degree’
TMZ caught a couple of members on the Hill Thursday

Indiana Rep. Greg Pence calls House impeachment vote “bulls--- to the fourth degree” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“Bullsh-- to the fourth degree”: That’s what Rep. Greg Pence had to say Thursday morning as TMZ not-so-pleasantly surprised the congressman and asked him his thoughts on the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump just the night before.

The vice president’s brother was entering what appeared to be the Cannon Office Building along with Rep. Michael Waltz, who seems to have slipped away from the scene unscathed.

Coolness and wisdom: Impeachment day under the Capitol Dome

A Capitol Visitor Guide shows off the Apotheosis of Washington under the Capitol dome. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign we intend the Union shall go on.”

That was President Abraham Lincoln’s response to Union Chaplain John Eaton when asked about constructing the Capitol Dome during the Civil War. As costs piled up in the midst of war, some questioned the wisdom of expanding the Capitol. But for Lincoln it was a symbol that the Union had a future beyond the war.

Move, Mitch, get out the way!
The Senate majority leader doesn't have time to be on time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ’burbs are creating a roadblock on Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill resident Maria Helena Carey was none too pleased Tuesday morning to find (what she believes are) Mitch McConnell’s two black ’Burbs illegally parked on her street AGAIN.

“Every single day these guys. Idling for 15-30 minutes at a time, waiting to pick up Mitch McConnell,” Carey tweeted before 9 a.m.

Next year’s Congressional Baseball Game set for June 10
At least some things are moving...

They may not be able to play government very nicely, but they will still play ball next year. The next Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will take place June 10. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While Congress attempts to figure its stuff out for 2020 within the next five days, at least one decision involving its members has been agreed upon: The date for next year’s Congressional Baseball Game.

The annual game for charity, which pits Democratic and Republican members of Congress against each other on the baseball field, is poised to take place June 10 at Nationals Park, according to an Instagram post.