The Former Members Club

Roll Call drops by the place where currents and formers kibitz

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Jason Dick
Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:00am

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Soon to Be Formerly Yours

Who thinks members of Congress who sleep in their offices attract mice? Or is proposing a supermajority necessary to elect a speaker? The U.S. Associations of Former Members of Congress is a good place for currents and formers to kibitz and exchange ideas on things like this. Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski dropped by their recent gathering and has the goods on who said what on the latest Political Theater Podcast:

Well-Paid Actress

A sign at Little Darlings Las Vegas advertises an upcoming performance at the strip club by adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 25, 2018. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A sign at Little Darlings Las Vegas advertises a Jan. 25 performance at the strip club by adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images file photo)

Opportunist, obscene, savior, slut, hero, whore. It’s hard to find descriptors that haven’t been applied to adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels. Say what you will … Daniels has taken center stage on this political theater where 2016 opponents of President Donald Trump couldn’t break in: media cycles. Look at the next TV you stumble on for more than 10 minutes; see if she doesn’t pop up. White House correspondent John T. Bennett has more on Daniels and The Donald — but not about their relationship.

The Kicker

Catherine Monroe, 19, who drove all night from Gainesville, Fla., rests near the Capitol Reflecting Pool before joining the student-led March for Our Lives rally on Pennsylvania Avenue to call for action to prevent gun violence March 24, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Catherine Monroe, 19, who drove all night from Gainesville, Fla., rests near the Capitol Reflecting Pool on Saturday before joining the student-led “March for Our Lives” rally on Pennsylvania Avenue to call for action to prevent gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)