Word on the Hill: Debate Prep

McCaul and Van Hollen honored at Golden Toast

The Ballot Box Dozen. (Courtesy Georgetown Cupcake via Twitter)
The Ballot Box Dozen. (Courtesy Georgetown Cupcake via Twitter)
Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:00am

In order to fully embrace debate season, OPI and Georgetown Cupcake have some treats for every political junkie out there.

In your preparation for Monday’s debate, check out nail polish company OPI’s Washington collection, which includes colors like ‘Madam President,’ ‘Squeaker of the House’ and ‘Pale to the Chief.’

Then show off your fresh nails in the Georgetown Cupcake line at either the Georgetown or Bethesda locations for the ‘Ballot Box Dozen’ — treats featuring American flag, donkey and elephant decorations, among others.

Check tomorrow’s Word on the Hill online for our list of places to watch Monday’s first presidential debate.

Bipartisan toast at Golden Toast

Co-chairmen of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., will be honored this evening for their commitment to helping children fight cancer. Two childhood cancer survivors will introduce the congressmen at the third annual Golden Toast, an event sponsored by the Carson Leslie Foundation and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The other 100 members of the caucus are expected to attend the event at 6 p.m. at the Library of Congress.

Skittles for Koskinen 

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., began his Q&A of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday by offering him Skittles. “I have a few extra bags of Skittles that I would like to share with you and your staff so that after this reckless and bitter hearing you get a small amount of sweet candy to improve the rest of your day,” he said at the Judiciary Committee hearing. “We like that they are a rainbow — or a melting pot — of different colors. And even if there is one or two bad Skittles in a bag, on our side we do not believe in banning all Skittles.”

Protester arrested outside Longworth

A woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership was arrested by Capitol Police outside the Longworth House Office Building on Wednesday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ICYMI: LBJ Washington Center opened this week

The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Washington Center celebrated its grand opening with guest appearances from Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Texas Democratic Reps. Gene Green, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee and Marc Veasey.

Former Sens. Christopher J. Dodd and Tom Daschle were also in attendance, as were President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson. The center, located at 1100 New York Ave. NW, offers an 18-month D.C. concentration that provides master’s students the opportunity to work and earn a graduate degree simultaneously.


“Nothing’s happened in the last 60 seconds.”

– Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, passing a group of reporters again who were inquiring about CR updates.

Lawmakers celebrate NARAL’s #MenForChoice 

Happy Birthday to…

Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., 64.

What’s going on?

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