Kathryn Lyons

‘Patrick Dempsey and Ways and Means’ is the Google search we never knew we needed
If anyone can heat up a hearing on Social Security, it's McDreamy

The words “Ways and Means” and “glamorous” have likely never been uttered together in the history of either, but CBS is hoping to change that with a new political drama.

The oldest standing committee in Congress, which oversees things like taxes and Social Security, is getting a facelift — at least on TV. Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey — aka McDreamy — is going to help.

The SOTU guest list: Who are lawmakers bringing?
Did John Bolton’s invite get lost?

President Donald Trump is on deck to deliver his third State of the Union, and what he’ll say about impeachment is the big question of the night.

Whether he lets fly with the “i”-word or avoids it, congressional Democrats are trying to move on — or at least that’s what they’re signaling with the guests they’ve invited.

Dogs and gavels is a thing now
To say Congress loves dogs is an understatement

Deco tried to take over the chairman’s seat, but he kept sliding off.

That didn’t stop him from owning the room — lounging on the dais, pawing the wooden gavel and basking in the “ooos” and “ahhs” of everyone there.

Rhonda Foxx on her ‘superwoman cape’
She was one of the youngest women of color to land a top job on the Hill — and now she’s trying for a repeat

If you know where to look, you can spot Rhonda Foxx’s “superwoman cape.” Hint: It’s not draped behind her.

It’s worn on her wrist — a large metallic bracelet that she twists whenever she’s feeling self-doubt. “If you ever see me speak, you’re going to see me touch a cuff,” she told me on a recent Sunday night.

How Maz Jobrani deals with hecklers
The ‘peaceful warrior’ is blissed out and rising above the f-bombs

Maz Jobrani knows politics. He has a degree in political science. He’s spoken out on immigration. He’s toured the country with a comedy troupe named after a speech by George W. Bush.

Heck, he even had a bit part on “The West Wing.”

Comic Maz Jobrani is seriously funny about politics
Political Theater, Episode 109

What a time to be heckled by Trump supporters when you’re an Iranian American comedian!

Ph.D. dropout and comic Maz Jobrani takes Heard on the Hill’s Kathryn Lyons “back to school” to talk Trump hecklers, his least favorite 2020 candidate and what it’s like to be in the fake West Wing in the latest Political Theater podcast

Taylor Swift reaches peak politics with ‘Miss Americana’
Her song ‘Only the Young’ was inspired by the 2018 midterm elections, and a new documentary is here to mythologize it all

Taylor dropped a teaser Wednesday ahead of her upcoming Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” — and, in typical fashion, the internet needed to calm down.

The film, directed by Emmy Award winner Lana Wilson, takes an intimate look at the megastar turned newly minted activist’s career over the last several years: the good, the bad and the political.

In the middle of impeachment pomp, Steve Gleason gets his medal
It might’ve been the most unifying event on Capitol Hill Wednesday

Steve Gleason got in just under the wire. 

Impeachment mania is about to consume the Capitol again, and Wednesday was proof. Press conferences were held. Harsh words were spoken. Poetry was mangled

Hunter Duncan still wants you to know he’s not Duncan Hunter
“I’m tired of people tweeting at me that I’m a ‘pr*ck‘ and should be in jail,” says Hunter Duncan

Hunter Duncan is just an aspiring comedian in Austin, Texas, who’s tired of being mistaken for the embattled congressman from California.

“I’m tired of people tweeting at me that I’m a ‘pr*ck’ and should be in jail,” Duncan has said.

What the heck is franking and why did Dan Newhouse get a wrestling belt for it?

How do you make franking (member-directed taxpayer-funded mass mailing) fun? Make it a competition where the prize is an enormous championship wrestling belt. House GOP lawmakers held a franking “contest” to see who could increase their outreach to constituents the most. Rep Rodney Dav...
Former NFL player Steve Gleason joins ranks of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II
Former Saints player to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal for ALS work

A week from Wednesday, congressional leaders will gather on Capitol Hill to award the next recipient of the highest honor that Congress can grant a civilian.

Fewer than 200 people have received the Congressional Gold Medal, and former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason will be the first NFL player to make the cut on a list that includes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.

Rep. Greg Pence calls House impeachment vote ‘Bulls--- to the fourth degree’
TMZ caught a couple of members on the Hill Thursday

“Bullsh-- to the fourth degree”: That’s what Rep. Greg Pence had to say Thursday morning as TMZ not-so-pleasantly surprised the congressman and asked him his thoughts on the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump just the night before.

The vice president’s brother was entering what appeared to be the Cannon Office Building along with Rep. Michael Waltz, who seems to have slipped away from the scene unscathed.

Impeachment: It’s for the kids!
Members address kids, grandkids, grandkids’ grandkids, and grandkids’ grandkids’ grandkids

Absolutely no day is too busy to remind your kids to “listen to mom” and dad, apparently — even if you are a member of Congress voting to impeach the president of the United States. Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III did just that Wednesday in his floor speech.

“Dear Ellie and James,” the dad began his speech, as if penning a letter. (Not that they would know what a “letter” is).

Move, Mitch, get out the way!
The Senate majority leader doesn't have time to be on time

Capitol Hill resident Maria Helena Carey was none too pleased Tuesday morning to find (what she believes are) Mitch McConnell’s two black ’Burbs illegally parked on her street AGAIN.

“Every single day these guys. Idling for 15-30 minutes at a time, waiting to pick up Mitch McConnell,” Carey tweeted before 9 a.m.

Next year’s Congressional Baseball Game set for June 10
At least some things are moving...

While Congress attempts to figure its stuff out for 2020 within the next five days, at least one decision involving its members has been agreed upon: The date for next year’s Congressional Baseball Game.

The annual game for charity, which pits Democratic and Republican members of Congress against each other on the baseball field, is poised to take place June 10 at Nationals Park, according to an Instagram post.

War on Christmas (decorations) comes to Capitol Hill
The 'Cold War' is heating up

Rep. Val B. Demings was overheard this week telling a reporter she felt “pressure” to step up her office’s holiday decorations after fellow Florida Rep. Charlie Crist displayed a quintessential light-up palm tree and flamingo outside his.

The 7.5-foot inflatable holiday Mickey Mouse (she represents the Orlando area, home to Disney World) that guards her door declined to comment on the matter — perhaps because he heard about the unfortunate fate of one of his nearby air-filled brethren.

The real war on Christmas: Who unplugged Perlmutter’s snowman?
Frosty the deadman

It was just a friendly Christmas decorating competition in the Longworth House Office Building halls. But then, an innocent snowman was slain. Kathryn Lyons investigates....
As Super Bowl LIV draws near, Congress still tackling one of the event’s biggest problems
Florida Rep. Donna E. Shalala leads human trafficking hearing ahead of the big game in Miami

The question of whether the Super Bowl attracts higher volumes of human trafficking in its host city has long been debated. At the least, it provides a megaplatform, and opportunity, for awareness.

“We do have a comprehensive approach for Miami-Dade, and that’s been put together over the years, but the advantage of the Super Bowl for us is to educate the entire community,” Rep. Donna E. Shalala told HOH.

Sen. Klobuchar dropped ‘bright-colored’ underwear out of her carry-on. Someone had to tell her
The Democrat told the story, and a lot more, in a sit-down with Cosmo Magazine

In a sit-down interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2020 White House hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar revealed the last thing she lost — it had nothing to do with a presidential race.

The Minnesota senator recalled boarding an airplane to Milwaukee, when “all of a sudden, this guy behind me goes, ‘Hey, hey, hey, senator, Amy? … You dropped something there in the aisle and you might want to pick it up.’” The culprit? A “bright-colored pair of underwear,” the 2020 White House hopeful told editor-in-chief Jessica Pels.

Capitol Christmas Tree shines bright amid grim impeachment proceedings
‘The Voice’ winner Chevel Shepherd warmed hearts despite cold temps

We interrupt your regularly scheduled, bleak impeachment programming to bring you a brighter alternative. 

As the House Judiciary Committee wrapped up its first contentious hearing in the impeachment inquiry Wednesday evening, the Capitol Christmas Tree shined a bright spot amid the darkness.