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Moran Celebrates Central Asian Culture in Rayburn

March 19, 2014

Not done partying, even though St. Patrick’s Day has passed? Worry not: It isn’t the only holiday taking place this week.

LGBT Documentary Lands at CVC Amid Court Decisions

June 27, 2013

On the eve of the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage in the United States, members of Congress made a sparse showing at Capitol Visitor Center screening of “Born This Way,” a new documentary on the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cameroon whose title is a direct reference to Lady Gaga’s pro-LGBT anthem.

Lincoln, Alive and Sweating

June 26, 2013

What you see here is the face of patriotism.

'Senatorial' Actor No Virgin to Political Roles

June 25, 2013

The lead actor in a political video caught our attention with his saucy moves as a salacious senator who strips down to his red, white and blue underwear and pole dances for a pack of lascivious lobbyists.

Skating Apparently Is a Crime!

June 21, 2013

Mary M. Thompson, 42, pleaded guilty on Thursday to spending more than $16,000 of federal money on personal items while working for the Health and Human Services Department, including roller skates!

Frederick Douglass Ceremony Brings Pomp, Politics

June 19, 2013

The unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue in the Capitol on Wednesday drew a rich cross-section of American society as dignitaries and descendants gathered to commemorate the storied abolitionist’s legacy, as well as throw in a little politicking.

Life After Congress: Rod Grams

June 17, 2013

Though he’s a long time gone from the political fray, former Sen. Rod Grams keeps a close watch on the goings-on in Washington from his place on the family farm and the familiar confines of the media world he was in before being elected to Congress.

Before the Storm: Highlights Leading Up to the Congressional Baseball Game

June 14, 2013

Standing at the entrance to Nationals Park on Thursday evening afforded sightings of the big names and big quirks that convened for the 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Just a few highlights for the HOH reader’s viewing pleasure are below.

The Baby-Faced Assassin | Overheard

June 14, 2013

“Raul Ruiz: The baby-faced assassin!”

'Senator' Strips for Cash in Campaign Video (Updated)

June 12, 2013

Updated 3:45 p.m. | An effort to pass a campaign finance overhaul bill gets racy in its most recent move to get money out of politics.

Former Staffer Unwinds at Unwined | Hill Climbers

June 12, 2013

Holly Feraci, a seasoned political professional who’s worked as a former aide to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and ex-Rep. Ernie Fletcher, R-Ky., as well as high-powered firms Greenberg Traurig and MS&L, has traded pushing policy for crushed grapes.

NSA Is 'Aware' of Impending Trolling

June 12, 2013

Hours after his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee this afternoon, National Security Administration Director Keith Alexander might have to answer to a much more formidable force: a legion of ticked-off netizens who will be sending deliberately loaded messages to test the NSA’s capabilities. But according to the NSA’s press flacks, the agency is “aware” of the situation.

'Dirty Wars' Director Dishes About Tight-Lipped Members of Congress

June 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Interviewing Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., about drone warfare was both frustrating and enlightening, the director of the new documentary “Dirty Wars” told a sold-out screening here about talking to the member of the Senate Intelligence Committee about classified targeted-killing campaigns.

John Yoo on Rice Pick: 'I Just Don't Get It'

June 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES–The former Justice Department official who formulated the Bush administration’s legal justification for torture diverted a panel discussion here on drones and due process to slam Susan Rice’s appointment to be national security adviser.

D.C. Log Cabin Republicans Fete Ex-Rep. Jim Kolbe

May 23, 2013

The Washington, D.C. chapter of organized gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Republicans hosted former Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., and his husband at a small mixer Wednesday night.

Veteran National Security Staffer Gordon Lederman Mourned

May 21, 2013

The national security community on Capitol Hill continues to mourn the recent passing of one of its steadiest hands.

Take Five: Sen. Christopher S. Murphy

May 20, 2013

It’s time again for Take Five, HOH’s opportunity to get to know a member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., discusses Senate hazing rituals, pizza and memories of Tom Petty.

Bob Kasten Works Internationally in D.C. | Life After Congress

May 20, 2013

Years after leaving Congress, former Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., has kept his eye on the issues he focused on while he was a member.

An Insourcing Sauce-Fest at Sonoma

May 17, 2013

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar made for a fine setting for the Organization for International Investment’s annual Capitol Hill Insourcing Reception.

Library of Congress Hosts Ode to Copyright

May 15, 2013

Lawmakers and their spouses sat down to a performance of well-known hits at a Tuesday night concert in the Library of Congress.

Hill Experience Abounds in Recent K Street Moves | Hill Climber

May 14, 2013

The value of Capitol Hill experience keeps showing up in recent moves around K Street, as former aides to members of Congress head on to big jobs in the influence industry.

Sen. Johnny Isakson | Take Five

May 13, 2013

It’s Tuesday and time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five lighthearted questions relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., dishes on Peach State cuisine, T-ball versus ballet and life in multiple legislatures.

Daughters, Staffers Usher Farenthold Onto Instagram

May 10, 2013

After constant nagging from his two college-aged daughters, a talk-show-host-turned-congressman has agreed to take Instagram users behind the scenes while he’s at work.

Members, Sheryl Crow Party at Down Syndrome Foundation Gala

May 9, 2013

A catwalk’s worth of government and media big shots let their hair down at a Wednesday night fundraiser where special needs met special interests.

Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

May 8, 2013

Actress Eva Longoria made one of her not-infrequent stops in Washington on Wednesday to testify on Capitol Hill, and she told HOH there’s a good reason to come to D.C. other than for political/policy reasons or the cherry blossoms.

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