A rare day in politics: Heat at White House, Fox news, fat Hill staffers

President Barack Obama is flanked by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Welcome to the first of many overviews of life in the political realm. Political news is in no shortage. However, the strange, unique and rare underground world surrounding Capitol Hill, state politics and Oval Office are seldom reported on, that is, until now. We hope our newest addition to your Rare experience will entertain, inform and surprise you with the real nitty and gritty of all things politics.

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1.Miami Heat bring gifts to President Obama

President Obama took a short chunk out of his schedule to welcome to the White House for the second year in a row, 2013 NBA champions, the Miami Heat. The president noted the remarkable comeback against the San Antonio Spurs and accepted a commemorative championship trophy and team jersey with the number 44 and “POTUS” on the  back. The visit came the day before a match-up against the Washington Wizards.

  1. Room for rent, must love cereal

The real Alpha House is searching for a roommate. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will be losing his roomie of 31 years. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Schumer’s landlord, announced retirement earlier this week. Schumer took his charm to Twitter and posted a half-serious online ad for someone else to front some of the rent for their off-white Capitol Hill row house.

3.Fox news: Wild animal devours squirrel in front of locals

A week ago the now infamous Capitol Hill Fox emerged on U.S. Capitol grounds. To date, he has not harmed any tourists (that would be bad news for the Capitol Visitor Center). Passersby have actually taken quite a liking to the furry red creature. Even congressional newspaper, Roll Call, began noting the appearances in its Heard on the Hill column and an unknown source created a Twitter page where fans of the fox may post pictures of near encounters. Yesterday the fox was spotted chasing, capturing and chewing on a squirrel. It’s safe to say if he enjoyed that meal, he will have plenty more to choose from out of the Hill’s plethora of black, brown, gray and white squirrels. Even members of Congress have shown a liking for the lone fox. Former veterinary doctor Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., tweeted at the fox to say he was welcome to come by any time for a check-up.

4.Senate, Weight Watchers partner for staffer diet program

The Senate Office of Education and Training is busy trying to lure participants among staffers for a 12-week Weight Watchers program. Daily Caller broke the story earlier this week, saying the government-funded, at-work program (it takes place on Thursday afternoons) will start on Jan. 23 and conclude April 10. The cost: $156.00 per staffer.

5.The one man who actually knew the GWU fight song

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., took a stand last night when no one else stood up… that is, for the George Washington University fight song at the school’s home basketball game. Twitter broke out in a fan frenzy when other fans in the stand posted pictures of his enthusiasm. The three-term Senator graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1966 but still has plenty of school pride.


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