Calling All Members Who Don’t Want to Get Nuked

Franks is the co-chairman of the Missile Defense Caucus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some Republican House members are looking for a few good members -- who don’t want to get nuked.  

Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, leaders of the Missile Defense Caucus, sent a "Dear Colleague" note with this message: “If your boss is fine with being nuked by Iran and North Korea, ignore this e-mail.”  

Pollsters Get Into 'Star Wars' Mode

The Force has awakened among pollsters at Ipsos Public Affairs, which surveyed major "Star Wars" characters against the current presidential candidates in a race worthy of the Kessel Run.  

"Whether it's due to this week's release of Episode 7, or general disdain by Americans toward their political system, this data suggests that the Jedi Order is vastly more popular than either the Republican or Democratic Party," Ipsos Vice President Chris Jackson said in a cheeky release about the firm's new poll. Among the highlights of the online survey of 1,005 adults conducted Dec. 10-14, were that Obi-Wan Kenobi would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, 37 percent to 26 percent, with the rest of the field spread among those probably not in on the joke.  

Michael Moore Invades D.C. Next With New Flick

Moore, right, helped kick off AFI Docs' monthly film series. To left is AFI Docs Director Michael Lumpkin. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

AFI Docs kicked off its monthly film series of documentaries this week with Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next," an exploration of what makes a country strong, with everyone still reeling from Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.  

"The French aren't going to stop being the French," Moore said during a post-screening Q&A when asked whether France might adopt Patriot Act-type measures in response to the assault that has shocked the world, and came just months after the deadly attacks on the Paris attacks of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The filmmaker's latest nonfiction offering used the AFI Docs series kick-off as its Washington, D.C. premier as well Monday night, at Landmark's E Street Cinema. It centers on his "invasion" of other countries, where he pursues some of the things that make life good abroad and claims such ideas on behalf of the United States.  

Roske Gears Up for 'Courting Des Moines' Debut

The film makes its D.C. debut in January. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Brent Roske bills "Courting Des Moines," as the quintessential film about the Iowa Caucuses and a must-see for political junkies who want more than a "30-second sound byte from cable news" on the nation's first presidential nominating contest. It's also come together nearly as quickly as a caucus campaign.  

Roske finished writing the script for his sequel to the 2012 web series, "Chasing the Hill," in December 2014. On Monday, the veteran director-producer turned Iowa political TV host, Roll Call contributor and one-time House hopeful, is putting the wraps on the project, rolling out a movie poster and plans for Washington, D.C., and Hawkeye State screenings before the Feb. 1 caucuses.  

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)


SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.  

Lindsey Graham Raises Specter of Brad Pitt Presidency

President Pitt? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP presidential candidate and foreign policy hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has issued numerous warnings about threats to the free world. On Thursday afternoon, he raised the alert on the latest one: Brad Pitt. Mixing bold face type and all caps, Graham said he would "get right to the point ... Under current debate rules supported by the RNC, Brad Pitt would have a better shot of being on the debate stage than real candidates for president ," the email states. "Voters should control our nominating process for president - NOT the media."  

The message — with the subject line "Brad Pitt" (who taught Graham about clickbait!?)—included a link to a petition  urging supporters to sign and ensure "we have a real debate with equal rules for all!"  

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill , and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary's consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.  

In an online survey , the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury's decision-making process, but there's also a "write-in" option to nominate "another NY woman who inspires you." Perhaps we may suggest the senator's distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Yeah, yeah. We know the star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" isn't dead, which kind of disqualifies her. And perhaps the senator would like to avoid any nepotism charges.  

Will on the Hill's Midsummer Madness Brings Down the House

All of Washington's problems were solved at Will on the Hill .  

The annual dramatic mashup of Shakespeare, #ThisTown, members of Congress, professional actors and journalists opened Monday evening with West Springfield High School's Text Alive participants performing Act 1, Scene 2 of "As You Like It," with a little help from disco balls, slow-motion acting and '80s music.  

Jeff Flake Unlikely to Play Castaway This Year

Sen. Jeff Flake in previous years has made a habit of going off the grid to test his mettle against Mother Nature.  

It sounds like a much higher authority is expected to keep the reality TV star closer to home this summer.