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June 30, 2015

The 7th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game | The Highlights (Video)

Congress squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Bad News Babes in the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game on June 24, evening the all time series 3-3 and capturing their second straight victory.

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June 29, 2015

Ben Jones Raises His Battle Flag

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

Its days might be numbered in the Palmetto State and other Southern states. But the Confederate battle flag has suddenly become the must-have item in the life of former Rep. Ben Jones.

The one-time Georgia Democrat and “Dukes of Hazzard” star who played “Cooter” is firing back against the rush to scrub the iconic battle flag from the national consciousness following the racially motivated shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“I think all of Hazzard nation understands that the confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ our way the only way we know how,’” Jones espoused on social media, cribbing a line for his rant from the “Dukes” theme song penned by the late Waylon Jennings. Full story

June 26, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 22, 2015 (Video)

In preparation for their Fourth of July recess, members spent the week counting, texting and describing the concept of fire.

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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 25, 2015

Jesus Lady Challenges Speaker Boehner to Step Up

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Spiritual warrior Rita Warren can no longer hold her tongue about a perceived brush-off by Speaker John A. Boehner.

The career demonstrator, who displays her life-sized statue of Jesus Christ at the Capitol each and every week, provided HOH with an open letter demanding the Ohio Republican once and for all address her plan to have actor Robert Powell recite the sermon on the mount scene from “Jesus of Nazareth” for congressional lawmakers. Full story

June 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

Democrats Celebrate 7th Straight Baseball Win on House Floor (Video)

Doyle celebrated Democrats' 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Doyle celebrated Democrats’ 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Baseball Managers Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., interrupted a series of votes Wednesday to once again bring the coveted Roll Call trophy to the House chamber, marking the Democrats’ seventh-straight victory over the Republicans in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. With the victory, Democrats now lead the all-time series by one game, 39-38-1.

In a break from decorum, the team managers addressed not only one another, but addressed other players by their first names on the floor. Barton commended his team’s effort and warned Doyle the GOP is “back.”

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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 23, 2015

Bad News Babe Sizes Up Congressional Softball Squad

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call alumna and inexhaustible trash-talker Abby Livingston remains confident her fellow Bad News Babes will wind up winning Wednesday’s seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Which is not to say toppling the defending-champ pols will be a cakewalk.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Following a tough scrimmage on June 21 (“We got crushed,” volunteered one BNB player.), Livingston told HOH the press team has matured significantly. Full story

June 22, 2015

Markwayne Mullin’s Crunching Workout Plan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin expects to lead any and all members of the legislative branch interested in feeling the burn in a cardio-intensive workout Thursday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The roughly hour-long program, which is scheduled to take place in Upper D Park (opposite the Longworth House Office Building) beginning at 7 a.m., is being co-sponsored by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus in honor of Men’s Health Month.

An event organizer said the Oklahoma Republican, who regularly leads fitness-seeking lawmakers through similar paces in the member’s gym, has been tasked with developing the workout routine. Full story

June 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 15, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent a busy week on the Hill mispronouncing the names of NBA players, “beating dead donkeys” and getting kicked out of private briefings.

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Dennis Ross Smokes Out Grilling Mates

Just because he no longer makes the rounds on the competitive barbecue circuit does not mean Rep. Dennis A. Ross is done raking favorite foods — or like-minded colleagues — over the coals.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Every weekend I’ll be doing something,” the Florida Republican told HOH of his penchant for firing up his wood-pellet fed smokers, he’s got two, whenever time permits. Full story

June 18, 2015

Derek Kilmer Gets a Jump on Father’s Day (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kilmer said his father, an educator for more than 50 years, “may have taught my entire hometown.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Derek Kilmer took to the House floor Thursday to say a few words about a certain someone who schooled him — and quite possibly most of Port Angeles, Wash. — in the finer points of hard work and perseverance.

“I think he may have taught my entire hometown,” the Washington Democrat said of his father’s staggering reach following 51 years devoted to feeding young minds.

Full story

Texas Pols Go to Bat for Astros (Updated)

Updated 3:31 p.m. | A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from the Lone Star State put Missouri pols on notice Thursday: acts of aggression against the Houston Astros will not be tolerated.

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, authored a stern warning — signed by three-quarters of the Texas delegation — to colleagues from the Show-Me State expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs between the dueling ball clubs.

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

(Courtesy Pete Olson)

 

“A state of war exists between the Astros and the Cardinal Empire,” Olson et al. ribbed their counterparts in response to reports that members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization may have hacked into Houston Astros’ computer systems. “There is no blinking at the fact that our team, our fans, and the sanctity of the game of baseball are in grave danger.”

Per staff, Olson hand-delivered the mischievous missive to every member from Missouri he was able to run down. Full story

Team Amash Tackles Hot-Dog Bites Pizza

Rep. Justin Amash conducted a little taste test Thursday, chowing down with staffers on Pizza Hut’s polarizing Hot Dog Bites Pizza.

Per one of the lucky (?) lunch bunch, everyone in the employ of the Michigan Republican who tried the weenie-studded pie dug the snack food mash-up. Full story

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