When Rep. Dan Lungren was sworn into office for the first time in 1979, his 5-year-old son, Jeff, was with him. Earlier this month, when Lungren was sworn in to the House again after a 15-year absence, Jeff was present on Capitol Hill again. But this time, he was drawing a paycheck.
Press: Like herding cats
Crowd control became an issue at Union Station last Thursday as Republicans made their way to the trains that would take them to the Greenbrier in West Virginia for their annual retreat.
Do you believe in cutting taxes? Yes!
So much for Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) taking a break from sports metaphors. The GOP conference got one big, two-hour metaphor at its retreat at the Greenbrier, as members were treated to a showing of “Miracle” on Friday night.
Seven Capitol sins, according to Meltzer
How much do you know about congressional peccadilloes? Here’s your chance to find out.
Kennedy remembers Irish roots at funeral
In a eulogy for retired Boston Globe Washington bureau reporter and columnist David Nyhan on Friday, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reminded his audience that some things are more important in Boston than a Harvard degree.
Free speech in China, NPC
Members of the National Press Club who sign up for a weeklong Press Club-sponsored trip to Beijing in March may want to watch what they read while in China.
The same issue of the Press Club’s weekly Record that announced the trip last month also noted that club officials had refused a request by the Chinese Embassy to cancel a Dec. 21 press conference by the Epoch Times newspaper.
The embassy denounced the newspaper as a “propaganda tool” of the “evil cult” Falun Gong movement.
But John Donnelly, chairman of the club’s board of governors, wrote to the embassy, “We practice and defend freedom of speech, and that applies equally to all, regardless of their views.”
Members will see their shadows tomorrow
If you see teenagers trailing members tomorrow, they’re not pages out of uniform. They’re shadowing members as part of National Job Shadow Day. (Get it? Groundhog Day? Shadow?)