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Takai Wants Aloha Shirts on House Floor

Takai observes the tradition of Aloha Fridays (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai delivered a letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., Friday asking that “Aloha wear” be allowed on the House floor on Fridays. “Among partisan divide, the message of friendliness and compassion is an excellent reminder that we should rise above the bickering and pass real, meaningful legislation that benefits the American people,” the Democrat, whose office observes his state's Aloha Friday, said in a statement to HOH.  

“Mr. Speaker, I urge you to allow Aloha shirts to be worn on the House floor on Fridays. Embracing the Aloha shirt will allow members to embrace the Aloha Spirit — something that Washington could use a little more of,” he added. The letter was also dated on a day the chamber was voting.  

'Working Girls for Vitter' Is a Thing, Apparently

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

David Vitter may be trailing in the polls , but he appears to have at least one constituency locked down, at least according to Dirty Coast Press.  

The casual clothier from the Pelican State released a new item last week that will surely annoy the Republican senator on a quest for the Louisiana governorship.

The Overlooked Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a selfie with a supporter before the rally (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The sea of humanity sweltering in front of the Capitol Wednesday appeared to HOH to be less interested in getting an earful from pols -- who popped by to rile up the crowd and then quickly retreated to air conditioned offices -- than in being heard, once and for all, themselves.  

Ron Kirby, a Texas native who keeps a close eye on the federal government from just across the river in Alexandria, Va., told HOH he’d hiked up to the Hill on a 90-something degree day to ensure lawmakers understood his deep-seated reservations about the administration’s proposed deal with Iran.

Charlie Rangel Gussies Up His Staff

Need to spruce up your look? Mayhaps it’s time to enroll in the “dapper” lessons Rep. Charles B. Rangel has taken to sharing with congressional aides.  

John Lewis to Resurrect Historic Look for Comic-Con

Dressing as one’s favorite fictional character is part of the allure of attending Comic-Con International. Come Saturday, Rep. John Lewis intends to get into the spirit of things by giving dedicated cosplayers a peek at what real heroes wear into battle.  

The Georgia Democrat is returning to the fantasy fest to educate attendees about “March,” a three-part series of graphic novels chronicling his decades-long fight for equality.  

Thomas Massie Talks Tesla

Massie is seen in a reflection on the back of his Tesla pointing to his "Stand With Rand" magnetic sign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Rep. Thomas Massie drove up to the Capitol to support his Kentucky GOP colleague Sen. Rand Paul's bid to halt provisions of the Patriot Act, the congressman's car turned heads.  

Massie drives a sleek black Tesla — the electric car from entrepreneur Elon Musk's automaker. He explained that unlike traditional gasoline-powered automobiles, his transportation of choice will effectively run on coal, a natural resource that has long driven the Kentucky economy.  

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Cassidy, center, is championing Seersucker Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It is time to once again mark your calendars — Seersucker Thursday will be June 11.  

The Senate tradition was resurrected last year after being discontinued in 2012 amid concerns the event wasn't appropriately serious. The wearing of the lighter summer suits dates to the days before air conditioning in the Capitol, but it was Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi who really started the annual event in 1996.  

Staffer Bids Adieu to 'Jurassic Congress'

"We spared no expense."  

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park" in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.  

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Hell Bent for (Patriotic) Leather

Entrepreneur Sylvia Noster has made it her mission to make celebrating the Constitution more fashionable.  

A career fashion designer, the now 57-year-old patriot decided to pursue a self-styled brand of luxury goods after experiencing a revelation about what living in the land of the free truly means to her. “I was in the kitchen one day and I was complaining about the Constitution being shredded … and my millennial age son said, 'Yeah, mom, we know. But what could you possibly do about it?'"