Ins & Outs

IN: Sexagenarian senior citizen committee chairmen (apparently, 60-something is the new 30 — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 69).
OUT: Octo- and nonagenarian senior citizen committee chairmen (Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is 91; Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is 82).

IN: Wives divorcing cheating lawmakers (former Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney’s wife filed for divorce earlier this year).
OUT: Wives standing supportively beside cheating lawmaker husbands (Silda Spitzer, the wife of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, stood by his side after he resigned amid reports linking him to prostitutes. Likewise, Wendy Vitter, wife of Sen. David VitterDavid VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry MORE, R-La., stood by her husband’s side in a tight-fitting leopard-print top as he admitted to visiting a prostitute.)

IN: Capitol Visitor Center
OUT: Elaborate construction hole behind the Capitol.

IN: House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio).
OUT: House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio).

IN: Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonObama left nuclear waste in South Carolina, Trump can clean it up Congress to take up North Korea travel ban legislation as soon as next month: report An unlikely home in DC MORE’s (R-S.C.) wild red-and-green Scottish blazer.
OUT: Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R-Alaska) Incredible Hulk tie.

IN: Team of rivals.
OUT: Mavericks.

IN: Mustaches (such as the one worn by David Axelrod, top political adviser to President-elect Obama).
OUT: Full beards (such as the one worn by nominated Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson, which he shaved just after the announcement).

IN: Incoming House GOP Whip Eric CantorEric CantorSpecial interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials MORE (Va.).
OUT: House GOP Whip Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Healthcare: Trump plays hardball on ObamaCare | Senators revive negotiations | CBO says repeal without replace would cost 32M insurance White House working with moderates on new Medicaid proposal Senate GOP revives negotiation over ObamaCare repeal and replace MORE (Mo.).

IN: Basketball.
OUT: Clearing brush, mountain biking and golf.

IN: A long-promised hypoallergenic puppy.
OUT: Barney and Miss Beasley.

IN: Pregnant unweds such as Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Bristol Palin, daughter of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.
OUT: Lawmakers hiding out-of-wedlock children (e.g., outgoing Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.).

IN: Senator cousins (Sens.-elect Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE, D-Colo., and Tom UdallTom UdallFCC chair: Trump hasn't tried to intervene on Time Warner merger Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes Overnight Regulation: EPA moves to repeal Obama water rule | Labor chief to review overtime rule | Record fine for Google MORE, D-N.M.).
OUT: Oft-described “smartest man in the Senate,” Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.).

IN: Rep.-elect Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — the son.
OUT: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — the father.

IN: Luke Russert.
OUT: Fox News’s Alan Colmes of “Hannity and Colmes.”

IN: Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannBachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization Religious leaders pray over Trump in Oval Office 'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast MORE (R-Minn.) living in Larry King’s studio.
OUT: Michele Bachmann appearing on “Hardball.” She said she will not go on Chris Matthews’s show ever again.

IN: Lawmakers running for governor or mayor (Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.).
OUT: Lawmakers running for president (former Sens. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaImmigration agents planning raids next week targeting teenage gang members Obama intel chief wonders if Trump is trying to make 'Russia great again' Sean Spicer’s most memorable moments as press secretary MORE, D-Ill., and Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Lawmakers send McCain well wishes after cancer diagnosis MORE, D-Del.; Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.).

IN: Clinton administration.
OUT: Reagan administration.

IN: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) tax problems.
OUT: Culture of Corruption.

IN: Pretending you haven’t been a lobbyist in a while.
OUT: Lobbyists’ wheeling and dealing.

IN: Smelly tourist jokes. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West MORE (D-Nev.) said last week, “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”
OUT: Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) bathroom jokes.

IN: The Joe Biden gaffe.
OUT: Dick Cheney in hiding.

IN: Andy Samberg’s never-used impersonation of incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for “Saturday Night Live.”
OUT: Tina Fey’s impersonation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

IN: Chicago pizza.
OUT: Crawford barbecue.

IN: Hanging up on President-elect Obama, as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) did last week, thinking it was a prank phone call.
OUT: Taking phony calls, such as when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accepted a call from a French Canadian radio personality who claimed to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

IN: Sasha and Malia at Sidwell Friends.
OUT: The Bush twins at Smith Point.

IN: Sen.-elect Mark WarnerMark WarnerSusan Rice met with Senate Intelligence Committee as part of Russia probe Dem senator: Pardoning targets of Russia probe would be 'crossing a fundamental line' Juan Williams: Trump's war on U.S. intelligence MORE (D-Va.).
OUT: Sen. John Warner (R-Va.).

IN: Ex-lawmakers doing tell-all, tearful television interviews (e.g., former GOP Florida Rep. Mark Foley, who left Congress in 2006 under a cloud of scandal after writing dirty text messages to House pages.)
OUT: Members of Congress writing books (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and others.)