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Post-Boehner: Congress Flouts Decorum During Speaker Vote

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress couldn't resist hamming it up during Thursday's roll call vote for speaker.  

"California Cheeseheads for Paul Ryan," Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., said when his turn came, causing some giggles. "Paul Davis Ryan," said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., sporting a smirk.  

Will Missouri Voters Want a Blunt or 'Wana Dubie?'

Blunt has a challenger with an interesting name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Missouri voters are not satisfied with Democrat Jason Kander's candidacy for U.S. Senate, they might find themselves considering another option: Do they want Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for another six years or do they 'Wana Dubie'?  

On Wednesday, a man named Chief Wana Dubie (that's really his name, at least, it is now) announced his candidacy as an independent to take on Blunt and Kander when voters head to the polls next November. But Dubie, perhaps mindful that the race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, focused his attention solely on the Missouri Republican.  

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.  

When Harry Met Lynn ...

Jenkins, far right, is a member of the GOP leadership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you don’t know who Rep. Lynn Jenkins is, you have something in common with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.  

In an interview on Tuesday with Fusion's Jorge Ramos, Reid was asked how he would respond to Jenkins' charge from last summer that the Senate was the real "do-nothing" chamber because Reid blocked GOP legislation when he was majority leader.  

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Five Times
HOH Name Game: First Names First

It's time again for the HOH name game, when we provide a little public service with our handy pronunciation guide for members whose names have the potential to trip up those in and around the Capitol. Today's group is the First Names First Caucus, those members whose first names have a much bigger potential to be mispronounced than their last.  

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries , D-N.Y. — HA-keem. His first name is no laughing matter.  

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

HOH’s name game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Simple Yet Deceptive Caucus, members whose last names take up one mere syllable, but offer multiple ways to mispronounce.  

Rep. Rod Blum , R-Iowa — Blum, like "PLUM." A four-letter name from a four-letter state that sounds like a four-letter fruit. We hope The New York Times crossword puzzle folks take notice.  

HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

HOH's Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today's subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.  

And many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.  

HOH Name Game: Don't Mispronounce These

Good times! Just don't be the one to flub a name as the 114th Congress gets started. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Anyone new to Capitol Hill has to get to know a big group of people right away, and with 535 members of Congress, plus non-voting delegates and Puerto Rico's resident commissioner all roaming the halls, getting all their names right is no easy feat.  

There are some names, however, you just absolutely should never mangle. If you do, you'll look like a rube, and if we find out about it at HOH, we'll make fun of you, too.  So we present the inaugural edition of HOH Name Game, a public service we'll provide to help navigate Congress' most challenging names. Many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who make such a PSA possible.