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If you’re uncertain about whether or not a career on Capitol Hill is really what you want to do, you have a few options:

1. Continue to fly by the seat of your pants [This is what most of us do, until one day we wake up and we’re 30 years old and have no idea what we’re doing with our lives.]
2. Play more lottery tickets at Congressional Liquor and hope your office LD eventually takes that Administration job.
3. Complain endlessly to other Capitol Hill staffers as you spend your paycheck away at Happy Hours.
4. Stop by the graduate school fair next week.
5. Find your Magic Eight Ball.

Still confused? There’s always the Capitol Hill Flow Chart that can give you a glimpse into your future.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor just released a game-changing new application called Citizen Co-Sponsor Project.

Citizen CoSponsor will enable users to follow legislation they’re interested in. The application allows you to easily co-sponsor legislation and receive first-hand information and updates on the status of the bill as it moves through the legislative process.

From Mashable:

The platform is built on Facebook’s Open Graph, which lets developers create apps that seamlessly integrate into Facebook users’ news feeds and Timelines. Funding for the project came from directly from Rep. Cantor’s office.

Matt Lira, director of new media for Rep. Cantor, says the idea was sparked after Facebook launched Open Graph and the first apps to make use of it were released.

“We saw examples of its usage with The Washington Post’s Social Reader and Spotify and we said, ‘woah, we probably can’t do things as cool as they do, but there’s probably a nugget of an idea there we could use,’” says Lira.

Cantor’s office intends the platform to create more engagement between voters and government.

Congrats to Matt Lira, who continues to trail blaze in the legislative digital space.

Steve Johnston is leaving the Majority Leader’s office this week, heading out to Silicon Valley to work with Quora and then on to Wharton Business School in the fall.  Steve had been working on Matt Lira’s digital team since 2009.

Good Luck Steve!

Steve J Does Work

Barney Frank

Photo: Political Operatives

Rep. Barney Frank has been banned from the House Floor for a day – and not because of a dress code violation, but for breaking House rules for personally attacking another Member of Congress. [via WE]

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., received a day-long ban from speaking on the House floor today, and the comments he had made were removed from the record, after he violated House rules with a personal attack on Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Frank, who’s retiring at the end of his term, likely doesn’t care much.

Barbara Bush is not a fan of mud-slinging.

Former first lady Barbara Bush on Monday criticized the political process and said she thinks the ongoing presidential campaign process has been the “worst” she’s ever seen.

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said at an event in Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”

h/t Alicia Cohn

Have you ever wondered which Member of Congress has the best vocabulary? Or the worst?

A new interactive map helps to crack the mystery.

The map shows the “breadth of vocabulary of each of the nation’s 435 voting Representatives. A darker green color indicates that a Rep has a larger vocabulary.”

Who have the 10 highest scores?
In order, the Representatives with the 10 highest SQPD Index values are as follows:

Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX): 4.79
Christopher H. Smith, (R-NJ): 2.98
Dennis Kucinich, (D-OH): 1.00
Steve King, (R-IA): 0.99
Barney Frank, (D-MA): 0.97
Charles Rangel, (D-NY): 0.95
John Conyers, (D-MI): 0.92
Ronald Ernest Paul, (R-TX): 0.87
Steny Hoyer, (D-MD): 0.84
Marcy Kaptur, (D-OH): 0.84

Note: There are 7 Democrats and 3 Republicans on the list.

Launch the map.

Josh Rogin doesn’t think Obama fundraisers make good ambassadors, so he’s looking for an appointment himself.

President Obama, you have a chance to fulfill your campaign promise of appointing foreign policy professionals, not campaign bundlers, to important diplomatic posts in foreign capitals. Send Josh Rogin to the Bahamas to fulfill that promise and he will represent America proudly on your behalf.

We think this is a solid idea. We’ve also signed the petition and encourage you to do the same.

Josh Rogin is staff writer at Foreign Policy magazine and author of it’s blog The Cable.