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Paul Gosar Seeks to Capitalize on Pope-a-Dope

Perhaps Rep. Paul Gosar is feeling a little left behind after his very public spat with Pope Francis? He appears willing to bear that cross for just a bit longer — assuming his continued suffering translates into a flood of donations from outraged right-wingers.  

The Arizona Republican, a self-described "proud Catholic" bailed on hearing the pontiff speak on Sept. 24 over a difference of opinion on climate change. Not much happened in the interim until Wednesday, when he appealed to fellow conservatives for an infusion of cash just ahead of the third quarter fundraising deadline.  

Living La Vida Pope-ah

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

They flowed in from all over to see and hear Pope Francis speak his mind to our elected leaders, a flood of modern pilgrims ready to take instruction from the Holy See's point man.  

Tens of thousands of folks made their way to the Capitol Thursday to witness the pontiff’s appearance before a joint session of Congress, braving congested security checkpoints and prolonged exposure to a glaring sun to bear witness to the rarest of occasions — the ultimate confluence of church and state.

The Best Congressional Tweets on #Popeapalooza

After rolling into town late Tuesday in an armor-plated Fiat, Pope Francis made his public debut Wednesday via an early morning visit to the White House and a carefully choreographed lap around the Ellipse.  

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum seemed thrilled to have the head of the Catholic church around, sharing candid pics and heartfelt observations about the momentous occasion on social media. One-time seminarian Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., appeared to take the whole two-worlds-colliding thing in stride.

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.  

While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. We spotted casually dressed priests hightailing to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza

   

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.  

Jesus Lady Has Faith She’ll Triumph Thursday

It would take an act of God to keep spiritual activist Rita Warren away from her time-honored spot on the East Front during the upcoming papal visit, the Capitol Hill fixture assures HOH.  

Warren, who has come to be known as the “Jesus Lady” following a decades-long crusade that brings her to Congress each week with a life-sized statue of Christ in tow, typically camps out every Thursday just a stone’s throw from the House chamber.  

Madeleine Albright to Guest Star on ‘Madam Secretary’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will share the small-screen with her fictional counterpart this fall on the CBS drama "Madam Secretary. "  

The one-time secretary of State will appear as herself to advise the show’s top diplomat — Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord — on “a sticky situation … threatening to fracture her relationship with [faux] President Conrad Dalton,” CBS said in a statement.  

2016 Presidential Contenders Could Clean Up at Comic-Con

Nothing against the fine people of Iowa, New Hampshire and the handful of other electoral proving grounds aspiring commanders in chief crisscross for months on end leading up to Election Day, but pols are doing themselves a serious disservice by not pressing the flesh at Comic-Con International  in San Diego.  

Sure, pop culture can prove problematic for the socially awkward.  

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!"  

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

(Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press)

The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with bold -faced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  

Daly, who told HOH last weekend's White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner marked his ninth visit to the Hilton ballroom for the presidential-media lovefest, calculated that he first met Albright a few years back. The veteran actor said he was star-struck by the initial encounter — at least until Albright got all gushy about his show at the time.