Francis Underwood Responds to Gitmo Plan

Ryan's "House of Ideas" is now regarding Gitmo. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is pulling out a secret weapon to drum up opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: President Francis Underwood.  

The speaker's office released animated GIFs on Wednesday with the fictional "House of Cards" POTUS played by Kevin Spacey entitled, “President Underwood Responds to President Obama.”  

Obamas Will Stick Around D.C. After Term Ends

Sasha Obama, right, will be a high school sophomore in January 2017. (Photo by POOL Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama plans to stay in Washington following the end of his term, at least for a little while.  

According to the White House press pool, Obama was dining with supporters of the Affordable Care Act at the Engine Company No. 3 restaurant in Milwaukee on Thursday when he was asked the big 2017 question.  

Black History Month Wraps Up With Music, Awards, Staffers

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., talks about a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. during a tour of the Capitol rotunda that she gave to about 60 D.C. students on Feb. 20, 2014 . (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Saturday, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, will be presented with the “Black History Achievement Award” at the Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Columbus. Previous recipients to this award include Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, according to Beatty’s office.  

On Wednesday , President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome singers to the White House to honor the career and life of Ray Charles. The full event, entitled “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House,” will broadcast on PBS on Friday.  

Obama, Straight Clownin' With The NBA Champs

President Barack Obama holds up the No. 44 jersey presented to him by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday at the White House.

President Barack Obama gave up basketball in 2010 after a bloody lip required stitches. But maybe the 54-year-old president will find a second career on the hardwood.  

Okay, that’s not going to happen. But it didn’t stop Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr from floating the idea during a Thursday ceremony at the White House honoring his 2014-15 NBA championship squad.  

Ben Sasse Heads to Trump's Twitter Grounds


Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is engaging presidential hopeful Donald Trump, a notorious tweeter, and questioning everything from what his governing style would be if he were president to revisiting Trump's extramarital affair with Marla Maples. This isn't the first time the freshman senator has archly mused about a Trump presidency. In December, he spoke about the topic on the Senate floor, and his skepticism was unmistakable.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 11, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite a shortened week, lawmakers still found time to display liquid nicotine, giggle repeatedly and flub Heisman winners.  

Rand Paul Celebrates Birthday on the Trail

Paul celebrated his 53rd birthday on Jan. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., celebrated his 53rd birthday this year on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa.  

On Jan. 7, hundreds of supporters presented the presidential hopeful with a birthday gift, a scroll of 1,007 precinct captains committed for caucus night.  

A Sprinkling of SOTU Watch Parties

Where to socialize through Obama's last State of the Union (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Washington comes out for the State of the Union, and HOH has compiled some of the better-sounding watch parties for those who like to talk back to the screen. Washington Examiner SOTU Bingo Where : 201 Bar, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE When : 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Host : Washington Examiner Perks : “Your first drink is on us and we'll have many prizes for SOTU BINGO winners and runners-up. This is one political contest where there are no losers,” organizers brag.  

#SOTUPROGRESSPARTY: Mixer & President Obama's FINAL State of the Union Address Where : Local Sixteen, 1602 U St. NW When : 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Host : Network for Progress Perks : Pay $5 cover online for drink ticket, food and one raffle ticket or pay $10 cover at the door for drink ticket, food and two raffle tickets.  

Speaker Ryan Needs Help Picking a SOTU Tie

Ryan is outsourcing what he should wear to the State of the Union.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is polling Twitter on the color of his tie for Tuesday night.  

This State of the Union is Ryan’s first as speaker, so the first time he will be sitting behind President Barack Obama and the first time the cameras will have him in most every shot.

How to Get a Good Seat at the State of the Union

Let us sit. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ever wonder about the seating arrangements at the State of the Union? Not only does a good seat provide a better listening experience, but prime real estate increases the chances of a handshake or peck on the cheek from President Barack Obama and face time on live television. HOH surveyed some of the best position players as well as institutional rules to present the best options for securing a primo seat.  

Camp Out Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., stumbled into his tradition of always getting a good seat early, at his first State of the Union. A fellow freshman told him that former Rep. Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery, D-Miss., who was friends with President George H.W. Bush, sat on the aisle and always shook hands with the president. Engel told HOH that Montgomery said if the colleague sat next to him, he would pull Bush over to shake his hand and if Engel sat in the third seat in, he would pull him over, too.