Clyde McGrady

Haaland recalls struggles as single mom, Thanksgiving and being homeless
“My daughter was like, ‘Mom, we were actually homeless’’

Americans typically celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with friends and family to cook and eat bountiful feasts. We tend to think of it as a day of abundance and sometimes overindulgence.

But Deb Haaland recalls one year when her experience was far from typical or joyful.

HOH presents: the ultimate congressional fantasy football juggernaut
Here are the current and former members of Congress who would dominate

Have you ever wondered which current or former members of Congress would make the ideal fantasy football team? Well, we’ve got you covered.

For hardcore football fans, playing fantasy can be an exercise in cognitive dissonance. If you are a Baltimore Ravens fan who has Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, you have to pray the Steelers QB throws four TDs while the rest of the team plays like garbage. But there is no better feeling than agonizing over setting the perfect lineup and then watching your team light up your enemy, er, opponent. And for perhaps the ultimate in cognitive dissonance, Heard on the Hill presents the All-Congress fantasy football team.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj rankles, entertains at student debt hearing
Congressional hearings can be dry but not today

You may not think a hearing on solving the $1.6 trillion student loan debt crisis would provide many laughs, but comedian Hasan Minhaj racked up a few, to the annoyance of some Republicans, while testifying before the House Financial Services Committee.

Tuesday’s hearing wasn’t short on tense exchanges, either, even from the jump.

‘Queer Eye,’ beer and the Washington Nationals: Your Hill Horoscope
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 9-16

Tuesday at the Lincoln Theatre, food and wine expert Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” will preview recipes from his new book “Antoni in the Kitchen.” The book is out Monday. Porowski will also take questions from the audience. We hope you like guac!

As part of DC Beer Week, Red Bear Brewing will host a discussion on Thursday featuring women shaping the D.C. craft beer scene. Yes, there will be beer.

If it’s possible to ‘win’ August recess, these members did
Just don’t call it a vacation

August is traditionally the time when members of Congress take a monthlong break from D.C., escaping the sweaty, oppressively hot swamp for their individual states. Recess, a tradition that predates air conditioning, is now known as a “district work period” — because lawmakers HATE that you’re in any way implying that they’re on vacation.

While their constituents are judging members on how much “work” they did during their time in their districts this August, we’re judging them based on who looked like they had the most fun.

‘American Idol’ tryouts test patience of DC federal workers
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Others think it’s ‘bulls---’

If you enjoy hearing people randomly shout-sing ballads and practice Mariah Carey-like vocal runs, then Wednesday morning at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington was your own personal heaven.

“American Idol,” now in its 18th (!) season, held open auditions at the federal building named after a president who knew a thing or two about performance.

Spicer has worst chances of winning DWTS, oddsmakers say
Placing a bet on the former White House press secretary could lead to a big payoff

Gambling oddsmakers are giving former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer little to no chance of going home as King of the Dance in September when he competes on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Spicer has 50-1 odds of going the distance, according to website Sportsbetting.ag. For the uninitiated, that means placing a $10 bet on Spicer would get you $500 should he win.

Roy Blunt pitches Negro League coin idea
Congress has authorized more than 150 commemorative coins since 1892. Will this be the next?

Sen. Roy Blunt wants a commemorative coin to honor Negro League Baseball when it celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2020.

The Missouri Republican talked about his coin push during a tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, this week.

Rep. Espaillat ‘grateful’ A$AP Rocky is home and detention ordeal is over

The winding saga of rapper A$AP Rocky’s Swedish detention has finally come to an end, but not before Congress, President Donald Trump, the State Department, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian all had a chance to weigh in.

Swedish authorities said the Harlem rapper and two of his associates are guilty of assault but will face no further jail time after spending almost a month in confinement.

Mother of Rep. Bill Huizenga dies at age 88
Michigan Republican credits his mother, Ann, for instilling in him a love of dancing

The mother of Rep. Bill Huizenga has died.

“Our family is saddened at the loss of our mother and grandmother, Ann, who went to be with our Lord on Monday,” the Michigan Republican tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Mom was a strong and determined woman who fought through difficulties growing up in Depression-era Flint, MI. She loved music, dance, art, and travel but most of all her family.”

Sen. Mike Rounds says wife’s chemotherapy has shrunk tumor in half
Jean Rounds had been diagnosed with a “high-grade, aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve”

Sen. Mike Rounds said there’s been a positive development in his wife’s cancer treatment.

“After multiple rounds of chemo treatment, we’re pleased to report that not only has Jean’s tumor shrunk in half, a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan showed no signs of the tumor spreading or metastasizing,” the South Dakota Republican said in a statement. He added that “the chemo is working as intended and Jean continues to handle the treatment well.”

Yes, his name is Taylor Swift
“Hey, sing ‘Tim McGraw,’ or ‘Picture to Burn,’” people in high school would yell

What’s it like traveling the world, selling out stadiums in foreign countries? Touching the hearts of millions and becoming a global icon?

I have no idea, and neither does 25-year-old House Democratic Caucus policy fellow Taylor Swift. He knows far more about education, labor and tax policy than he does about writing a love story.

With Trump’s Baltimore tweets, life imitates ‘The Wire’ ... almost
When you walk through the (rose) garden …

“The only way any of them will even find West Baltimore is if, I don’t know, Air Force One crash-lands into Monroe Street on its way back to Andrews. It just never connects.”

So says fictional homicide detective Jimmy McNulty to a Democratic campaign strategist in the HBO series “The Wire.” According to the murder cop, it doesn’t matter to his city who the president is, because none of them have ever cared enough to find it on a map.

Here are the ‘squads’ of Congresses past
AOC isn’t the first to have a lawmaking crew with a catchy moniker

It started as a simple Instagram caption: “Squad.” Then the media and pundits got hold of it. “These four people in the so-called ‘squad’ … have done squat in Congress,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News earlier this month, clearly relishing the alliteration.

The four progressive House members in question — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna S. Pressley — have weathered insults and worse as they challenge their party’s leadership and feud with President Donald Trump. Their nickname is just one more thing to mock.

NHL’s first black player deserves a medal from Congress, senators say
Stabenow, Scott want Willie O’Ree to get a Congressional Gold Medal

Willie O’Ree almost didn’t make the Hockey Hall of Fame. He almost didn’t even have a lasting professional hockey career.

For the first black player to compete in the National Hockey League, it nearly ended during his first trip to Chicago in 1960, his second year in the NHL. An opposing Blackhawks player made some incendiary racist remarks that Willie initially brushed off. But then things got physical and the two were ejected, with O’Ree getting his two front teeth knocked out for his troubles.

D.C. couldn’t even fill a bar on Mueller day
The ratio of drinkers to journalists was about 2:1

D.C. denizens have long treated politics as a spectator sport. They invent drinking games for the State of the Union. Friends console each other while watching election night returns. And yes, bars open early for a certain House Judiciary hearing on 2016 election interference.

Who shows up to these things? After all, former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony was scheduled smack dab in the middle of the workday.

Blood donations drop as memory of 2017 baseball shooting fades

The third annual congressional blood drive, hosted Monday by Virginia Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, Donald S. Beyer Jr. and Jennifer Wexton, raised 62 units this year. The total is down almost 72 percent from 2017, when the drive was started in the wake of a shooting at a GOP baseball practice. The following year, the blood drive collected 127 units.

“Donors are easier to engage in the wake of a tragedy,” according to Terri Craddock, the head of Inova Blood Donor Services, which collected Monday’s donations. Craddock added that the 62 units were “not bad” for a Monday in the middle of the summer.

Manchin pulls out high-speed zip line race over Capito
Senators kick off scouting jamboree in West Virginia

Sometimes the race goes neither to the swiftest nor the strongest ... but the heftiest.

West Virginia’s two senators kicked off the 24th World Scout Jamboree with a friendly bipartisan zip line race.

When Mueller time comes at 8:30 in the morning
What’s happening in D.C. the week of July 22-28

Virginia Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, Donald S. Beyer and Jennifer Wexton are hosting the third annual congressional blood drive on Monday. Stop by the Rayburn foyer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to donate whole blood, red cells, platelets and plasma. The drive got its start after 2017’s shooting at a GOP baseball practice, and more than 300 donors have rolled up their sleeves since then, according to the hosts. 

A theatrical tribute to the late Texas governor Ann Richards is running at Arena Stage through Aug. 11. The one-woman show is billed as a “no-holds-barred comedy chronicling Richards’ legacy and how she was determined to make her mark on the world.” A feminist known for her quick wit, Richards’ most famous quip was a dig at then-Vice President George H.W. Bush during the 1988 Democratic National Convention: “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” The Bush family would get its revenge when Dubya thwarted Richards’ bid for reelection as Texas governor in 1994.

Are you cut out for the campaign trail?
How to tell if you’re a campaigner or meant for the Hill life

Half-eaten doughnuts. Late-night conference calls over multiple cups of coffee. The life of a campaigner can be hectic and unpredictable. It’s also more physical, whether it’s spending hours in a car driving from the Tallapoosa County Democratic Women’s luncheon or logging miles on Saturday morning door knocking in the summer heat.

It’s best suited for those with a high tolerance for chaos.