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October 6, 2015

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September 29, 2015

Trent Lott: ‘Ain’t No Such Thing as Purity’ in Leadership

Trent Lott

Lott, center, talks with Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., left, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., after the Senate policy luncheons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., stood in a hallway just off the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by a throng of reporters. He was holding his left hand, pointing to one of his fingernails.

“I always thought I was having fun,” Lott said of his time in Congress. “But finally I noticed I kept getting these ridges on my fingernails. So I went downstairs to the doctor — in fact I got one right there — and I said what is this? He said that’s stress.” Full story

September 17, 2015

Celebs to Rock the Mall for Pope Francis Address

Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis' congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thousands of people are expected to head to the National Mall for Pope Francis’ congressional address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While roughly 50,000 people are expected to stand on the Capitol’s West Lawn to watch Pope Francis’ congressional address, thousands more are expected to rally on the National Mall across the street and they’ll be rocking out to some Earth-friendly tunes.

The “Rally for Moral Action on Climate Justice” has been planned for some time, and signs advertising it can be spotted all around D.C. But this week, organizers announced the performance lineup, featuring some familiar names.

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By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:05 p.m.
Celebs, DC

September 11, 2015

Toast the Pope With a Pint in Brookland

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The impending arrival of Pope Francis in the District of Columbia has security, transit and government officials tirelessly making preparations. And some local watering holes are getting in on the action.

Brookland Pint in Northeast D.C. is just a few blocks form the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University, where the pontiff is going to celebrate Mass on Sept. 23. At the Mass, Pope Francis will also canonize Fr. Junipero Serra, whose likeness is also enshrined in a statue in the Capitol, as the first canonization of a saint to take place on U.S. soil.

According to the bar’s website, starting on Sept. 20, Brookland Pint will begin serving “religious themed beers.” Some of the libations include “No Pope Til Brookland” by Franklins Brew Pub and DC Brau’s “On The Wings of Armageddon.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:49 a.m.
Booze, DC

August 28, 2015

Miss D.C. Heads to Atlantic City for Miss America Pageant

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Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia for 2015, heads to Atlantic City Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

“Wear it when you have the evening gown competition,” said Anise Jenkins, a longtime D.C. statehood activist, when she handed Haely Jardas a bright red hat with “Free D.C.” emblazoned in white letters.

Jardas, 24, is headed to Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday to compete in the Miss America pageant as Miss District of Columbia 2015. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:30 p.m.
DC, Parties

August 10, 2015

D.C. Kids Sing for Statehood at the Capitol (Video)


(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!,” the kids of Capitol Hill sang Sunday morning.

More than 30 children, mostly hailing from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, congregated at the U.S. Capitol to sing comedian John Oliver’s revised 50-state song, highlighting the District’s lack of voting rights. Oliver aired a 17-minute segment on D.C. statehood on his HBO program, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on Aug. 2, which has been touted by District lawmakers, activists and residents as unprecedented national attention on the issue.

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August 3, 2015

John Oliver Takes on D.C. Statehood

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Stephen Colbert’s absence, it appears another late-night host has taken up the mantle for D.C. statehood.

Colbert brought attention to the District of Columbia’s lack of voting rights during his tenure at Comedy Central, before leaving the network in December for CBS. And now another host with roots on the network’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has dedicated airtime to the District’s political status. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 1:09 p.m.
DC, TV Land

July 31, 2015

John Dingell Reads Mean Tweets

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dingell was back in Washington to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

No one is safe from mean tweets, not even the longest-serving member of Congress.

Former Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., took to Twitter Friday to read some mean tweets directed at his popular Twitter handle after losing a bet with his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who succeeded him in Congress. Full story

July 28, 2015

The Creamery Lives on as Hill Networking App

Hill staffers lamenting the loss of the Longworth Creamery can take solace on their smart phones, where the popular Capitol Hill haunt will live on through a networking app.

The brains behind the anonymous gossip app for Capitol Hill known as Cloakroom have developed a new mobile app called “The Creamery” for Hill staffers to connect with each other and discuss their next career moves. Full story

July 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Partisans Face Off on the Mall

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Time to brush up on those “Casey at the Bat” references.

Lines from the iconic poem capturing America’s pastime are sure to abound Tuesday evening when Pennsylvania’s two senators face off at their annual softball game, particularly since one of them shares a surname with baseball’s mighty-but-humbled slugger. Full story

July 13, 2015

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

June 26, 2015

A Record-Breaking Congressional Women’s Softball Game (Video)

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., celebrate as the women of Congress win the game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., celebrate as the women of Congress win the game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It was a historic night in Southeast Washington with a record-setting fundraising event culminating in a record-low scoring softball game.

The women of Congress beat the Bad News Babes of the press corps 1-0 Wednesday night, the lowest score in the seven-year history of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. But both sides of the diamond were appreciative of the competitive game, the beautiful weather and the sizable crowd of fans. Full story

June 24, 2015

Running the Bases While Running for Senate

Edwards also has to balance campaign events with congressional duties and softball practices. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo).

Edwards balances campaign events, congressional duties and softball practice. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Balancing legislative responsibilities with running for Senate is challenging enough — throw in a few softballs and the juggling gets more intense.

For some female lawmakers set to take the field for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game who have to also balance a competitive campaign, the camaraderie of the annual event makes the grueling schedule worth it.

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June 12, 2015

Democrats Win 7th Straight Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Rep. Raul Ruiz caught the final out, sealing the Democrats' 5-2 victory over the GOP. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ruiz caught the final Republican out, sealing the Democrats’ 5-2 victory Thursday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It might have been the first and only time fans at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. chanted about a trade measure and a president (who was not one of the running mascots) gave them a thumbs up.

President Barack Obama’s surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night shocked and excited fans, as well as the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who were playing in the yearly partisan face off. Democrats ultimately scored their seventh victory in a row, besting their GOP opponents 5-2.

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June 8, 2015

GOP Looks to Turn Tide of Congressional Baseball Game

Manager Joe Barton, R-Texas, tries to calm down Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., in the Republican dugout after Meehan was pulled from the mound during the 2014 game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Barton tries to calm down Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., after he was pulled out of the 2014 game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans are hoping to break their Democratic rivals’ winning streak.

The six straight losses weighed on the GOP players’ minds as they trudged to this year’s 6:30 a.m. practices. “In some form or fashion it comes up every day,” Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., said of the losing streak. He said a common refrain among players is, “We need to win one this year. We need to get back on track.” Full story

May 20, 2015

Congressional Golfers Swing for Charity

Rep. John Yarmuth warms up before participating in the 2015 Politics & Pros Golf Classic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Putting aside politics Monday, six members of Congress participated in a charity golf game to raise funds for young golfers in the District of Columbia.

The lawmakers joined more than 100 amateur golfers and 10 professional players for the 14th annual Politics and Pros Classic to benefit First Tee of Greater Washington, a youth golf program. The event at the Bethesda Country Club raised nearly $220,000 for First Tee, which seeks to foster character development through the game of golf. Full story

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