STOCK Act / Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms STOCK Act / Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 or STOCK Act – (Sec. 3) Requires the congressional ethics committees to issue interpretive guidance of the rules of each chamber, including rules on conflicts of interest and … Read more

In Washington, a divided America is good for business.

  Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do   Washington is an endless maze of funhouse mirrors, a fact we’re reminded of once a year when The Hill publishes its 50 Most Beautiful list [2017 was the last one], replete with people who are Washington hot, which is a step above rehab hot … Read more

The collapsible Gibus

Larry’s High Silk Hat

VeggieTales: Larry’s High Silk Hat – Silly Song     Top Hat – Wikipedia     VeggieTales on YouTube     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom Training     Publications Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide Pocket … Read more

Bully Pulpit (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Bully Pulpit   The president’s bully pulpit   A bully pulpit is a public office or other position of authority of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter. The bully pulpit can … Read more

Copyrights and Patents – Article I Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution

The United States Constitution The Copyrights and Patents is one of Congress’ enumerated powers found in the Constitution of the United States, Article. I. Section. 8., clause 8: (Clause 8 – Copyrights and Patents) [The Congress shall have Power] To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors … Read more

DC Restaurant Week: August 16-22

The 16th biannual Restaurant Week will take place August 16-22, during which patrons can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at certain locations around the city. Since it’s 2010, prices for three-course lunch meals are $20.10, while dinner is $35.10 — beverages, tax and gratuity are not included, however. Check out the full list of the … Read more

Sen. Robert Byrd: Mountain Fiddler

A Virginia-based record label, County Records, is reissuing Mountain Fiddler, a bluegrass album by former Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), who passed away late last month at the age of 92.  Sen. Byrd was the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate in history, at 58 years. Byrd was a self-taught fiddle player, heavily influenced by legendary … Read more