Hits and Misses

Candy, hand slams and trash at the White House: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 7, 2019

‘Down with NDP,’ dabbing in the House and the ‘club soda of beers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 31, 2018

The 116th Congress began on Jan. 3, 2019, in the midst of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi took over as speaker, Rep. Daniel Lipinski brought a Schoolhouse Rock toy to the House floor and Sen. Elizabeth Warren opined about her New Year’s Eve beer choice.

2018 in 5 Minutes: The Best of Congressional Hits and Misses
 

As the 115th Congress limps across the finish line with several unfinished spending bills and a partially shutdown federal government, Hits and Misses takes a look back at our favorite funny, awkward and downright bizarre moments from the House and Senate in 2018.

The ‘Fun’ in Dysfunction, iPhone Confusion and the Sound of Silence: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 10, 2018

It was a non-stop few days of news in Washington with lawmakers grilling Google CEO Sundar Pichai about how iPhones work, a handful of farewell speeches in the Senate and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer joining President Donald Trump and a stoic Vice President Mike Pence for a hectic Oval Office chat.

Oregon Christmas Trees, Hatch’s Bacon and Tributes to Bush That Made Us Smile: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 3, 2018

“He placed great value on a good joke,” former President George W. Bush said of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, whose state funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. The younger Bush and former Sen. Alan Simpson gave heartfelt tributes filled with zingers about the 41st president's life.

And Speaker Paul D. Ryan entertained musings at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree about the pronunciation of the word Oregon, where this year's fir is from.

New Lame Duck, Same Lame Congress: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 12, 2018

It’s a new day on Capitol Hill with the 2018 elections finally (mostly) in the past. Incoming members from across the country poured into D.C. this week for their first glimpse of their new jobs, while leadership elections began and incumbents returned to the House and Senate floors following a month of recess. See the video for Sen. Charles E. Grassley feeling shy, Rep. Liz Cheney talking about advice from her former vice-president father and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructing a Senate desk.

Spartacus, Apprenticeships and a Cat Watching C-SPAN: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of October 22, 2018

Several lawmakers were in Washington for another recess-week Judiciary Committee hearing, as well as to join President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of the opioid bill. Find out why presidents used to sign bills one letter at a time, what gladiator Sen. Ted Cruz assures you he is not and why Sen. Michael D. Crapo was asking about a cat watching C-SPAN. All that and more in another special edition of recess Hits & Misses.

‘Winter is Coming,’ Tardy Speeches and Ye in the Oval: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 8, 2018

“I had important meetings today with senators and everything, nobody cared,” President Donald Trump said near the conclusion of his freewheeling sit down with rapper and music producer Kanye West in the Oval Office on Thursday. The buzz-worthy event capped off the Senate’s last week in Washington before heading home to campaign, a busy week filled with music legends, Game of Thrones references and errant cell phones.