1. Capitol Hill has become  the main driver of my weeks. When in session, crazy busy; when not (like now), next to dead. I like not worrying about wearing a tie for several days in a row, but the days do tick by that much slower. Even if there’s no hearing or big news event, when Congress is in session, I can go up and try to stalk senators for a bit (even though it tends to be the same ones—Rockefeller, Thune, Wicker, Leahy, Pryor, etc.).

    God help me once August hits. At least I have family visiting for part of that month.

     
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    rollcallnewspaper:

1990’s 10 Hunks of the Hill, brought to you by Roll Call. #tbt

I saw John Kerry walking around Rayburn the other week—that head of hair is even more impressive in person. Great line: “…according to one former flame, dates with him often start at midnight, but they’re worth it.”

    rollcallnewspaper:

    1990’s 10 Hunks of the Hill, brought to you by Roll Call. #tbt

    I saw John Kerry walking around Rayburn the other week—that head of hair is even more impressive in person. Great line: “…according to one former flame, dates with him often start at midnight, but they’re worth it.”

     
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    libertariantimes:

from Reddit user Teckel22
The U.S. Capitol is experiencing a power outage right now
http://i.imgur.com/lfa7oZH.jpg

Scary image. 

    libertariantimes:

    from Reddit user Teckel22

    The U.S. Capitol is experiencing a power outage right now

    http://i.imgur.com/lfa7oZH.jpg

    Scary image. 

     
  4. Snow day

    It’s days like today I’m grateful for the keurig in my bedroom. 

    Funny truth—whenever I talked with my lobbyist pals today, I could hear their kids bumbling around in the background. Yet there these lobbyists were, still totally down to dish on policy and Congress. Good times. 

     
  5. Tonight’s the first time in awhile I’ve done nothing and even then I accomplished laundry. My days and nights have been busier lately, intentionally and unintentionally. I started work early, earlier than I probably had to. I didn’t go to sleep until after 1 a.m. last night, but still sprung out of bed at 6:45 a.m. to make it to the Library of Congress by 8 a.m. There were these public broadcasting awards there, all meant to honor a couple members of Congress. Not to mention the free coffee and bacon and eggs. 

    From there I ended up dashing to the JW Marriott for more speeches and food and flair. I discovered the best place to corner lawmakers, if that’s a thing you find yourself doing, is on hotel escalators, especially if it requires a couple floors’ worth of escalators for them to get to the building exit. I hopped on after Sen. Klobuchar this morning following her big speech to these local broadcasters and had a nice long chat on her way out of the building. 

     
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    AT&T’s people nabbed a photo of tech journalists working at today’s Senate hearing during  the snow day. 

    AT&T’s people nabbed a photo of tech journalists working at today’s Senate hearing during  the snow day. 

     
  7. Congress is considering making a switch in the esoteric world of CableCARDs, a move which has inspired significant support from the cable industry and major opposition from TiVo. I reported the ins and outs of this weird House of Representatives battle with another Communications Daily reporter the other week. Super wonky, but read on if you dare. 

     
  8. For those interested in NSA surveillance

    The author of the Patriot Act is planning to introduce a highly anticipated and comprehensive surveillance overhaul bill tomorrow in Congress. Jim Sensenbrenner is taking point on this bill in the House, and Patrick Leahy will take point in the Senate. I reported on this Friday, and Comm Daily—in a rare move—has posted the piece online, if you’re curious.

     
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    Homeland is back, in case you prefer a version of Washington, D.C. not mired in shutdown chaos. I’ll be sharing a few thoughts on each episode over at The Week. 

    Homeland is back, in case you prefer a version of Washington, D.C. not mired in shutdown chaos. I’ll be sharing a few thoughts on each episode over at The Week

     
  10. Here comes that government shutdown…

    And there go my next three days on Capitol Hill during which I was supposed to be covering hearings. Oh well. Who knows what this week will bring now.