Message to Rep. Young: No finger-pointing on House floor!

Rep. Don YoungDon YoungOvernight Energy: Perry takes heat for sexual assault comments | Clovis withdraws nomination for USDA post | Battle lines drawn on Arctic refuge drilling | Energy regulator back to full strength Senators spar over proposal to drill in Alaska wildlife refuge Rep. Pramila Jayapal takes sexist arrows and fights back MORE (R-Alaska) cannot do anything these days without getting himself into trouble — not even when he’s speaking about the obscure National Scenic Designation Act on the House floor.

During last week’s floor debate, in which he was opposed by Democratic Reps. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Warren to GOP: Thoughts and prayers not enough after Texas shooting MORE (Conn.) and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz,), Young pointed his finger to his colleagues across the aisle and declared, “New England needs energy. That side of the aisle, not only the side of the aisle in the House but also in that other body …”

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), sitting in the Speaker’s chair, interrupted and scolded him: “The gentleman will please direct his remarks to the chair.”

Young asked, “What did I say wrong?”

Lynch: “The gentleman pointed to the other side.”

Young grew agitated and warned, “I will point to you next time.”

 The Alaskan lawmaker apparently can’t win. The following day he opened a legal defense fund. Young is under FBI investigation for possible corruption.



Sen. Schumer: Post-meal yawns, or low blood sugar?

After keeping reporters waiting for a 12:15 p.m. press conference last week, Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump is right: The visa lotto has got to go Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year No room for amnesty in our government spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (D-Nev.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program MORE (D-Ill.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayA bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare sign-ups surge in early days Collins, Manchin to serve as No Labels co-chairs MORE (D-Wash.) took their seats in the Capitol’s Mansfield Room about 15 minutes late and joked about having had a nice lunch.

“Next week — lobster tail,” Schumer joked. “The more we eat, the better we think.”

As the press conference wore on, Schumer seemed to be hit with the post-lunch need for a nap.

While Reid explained the Senate’s strategy on the economic stimulus package, Schumer yawned and checked his cell phone.

Then, he apparently gave the yawns to his leader.

Trying to be discreet, Reid covered his mouth and yawned while Durbin spoke. At least one person in the audience was caught yawning, too.

But rather than suffering from digestive sluggishness, Schumer was apparently in need of a meal.

Schumer spokesman Brian Fallon remarked that the senator’s lobster tail joke was “probably just a one-liner,” since he had not in fact come from lunch before the conference and was running to a committee hearing and a policy lunch after.



Sighting: Forest Whitaker steps up for Obama

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker and wife, Keisha, gushed over the presidential prospects of Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Russian social media is the modern-day Trojan horse Trump records robo-call for Gillespie: He'll help 'make America great again' MORE (D-Ill.) at the Decatur House this past weekend — fittingly, just a block from the White House.

Whitaker, an Oscar winner for his portrayal of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” was celebrating his appearance on the cover of Capitol File magazine. Keisha, looking like a model in a short, form-fitting white dress and fancy updo hairstyle, noted that they would not be in town for long — they were headed to Birmingham, Ala., this week to campaign for Obama.

In a 90-second exclusive interview — that’s all his handlers would allow — Forest said he had visited eight countries last year and realized that the U.S. is sorely in need of a leader who can restore its global reputation.

“It’s a sad state of affairs,” said Whitaker, dressed handsomely in a dark suit and burgundy tie. “That’s why I’m stepping up this time.”  

Whitaker, who is now starring in “The Great Debaters,” has never visited Capitol Hill.

But don’t count him out. Whitaker, a vegetarian, has been known to advocate for vegetarianism, and has even recorded a public service announcement with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.



Rep. Reichert turns up as ‘Jeopardy!’ question

The next best thing to being a contestant on “Jeopardy!” may be being a question in the “Smorgasbord” category.

This is what happened to Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertThe future lies in the Asia-Pacific Republican’s decision to retire seen as sign of growing frustration in Washington Ohio Republican Tiberi to leave Congress MORE (R-Wash.) last Wednesday evening as game show host Alex Trebek declared, “For $600: In 2006, Rep. Dave Reichert marked the anniversary of this 1989 wreck by asking that $4.5 billion finally be paid to Alaskans.”

The question, delivered by Brandon Jones, a 31-year-old culinary student from Chicago: “What is Exxon Valdez?”

In 2006, Reichert fought for the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, demanding that the company pay damages to those who suffered from the incident.

“It was exciting to have his efforts go on national television,” said spokeswoman Abigail Shilling, explaining that her boss is still fighting for this cause. Although the congressman himself did not catch his mention, his mother, Marlys Klontz, who lives in Auburn, Wash., did. She’s an avid “Jeopardy!” watcher.