“Have you switched sides?” Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asked Pat Roberts on the Senate floor Tuesday night.
“I don’t know what the other side is going to offer,” the Kansas Republican replied. “I’m keeping my options open.”
“Cheerio,” both men said jokingly to each other as they parted ways, with Roberts sporting a conspicuous Union Jack tie. The flashy accessory drew comments from colleagues all day long, but in fact, Roberts had not swapped his Senate pin for a seat in the House of Lords. Full story
Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?
The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.
In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. Full story
Prefer your C-SPAN coverage a little less combative than vitriolic one-minutes or partisan committee hearings? Then tune that dial over to Book TV’s “Summer Reading” series, a literary love-fest that’s got lawmakers gushing about their favorite page-turners.
Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen told HOH the quick-hit segments — all prompted by the interrogatory softball, “What are you reading this summer?” — used to focus on Washingtonians from all walks of life. But the team decided to bear down on elected officials this year, and has, to his delight, received an enthusiastic response.
“It’s been difficult, time-consuming and effective,” Slen said of the dozens of interviews conducted with pols on both sides of the aisle. Full story
— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., both joking about Roberts’ Union Jack necktie, which he wore Tuesday to mark a meeting between senators and members of the British Parliament earlier in the day.
Around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have agreed to prove their worth on the tennis court Wednesday by participating in the rapid-fire Washington Kastles Charity Classic.
(CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Tickets to the fourth annual fundraiser, scheduled to take place at Kastles Stadium at the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m., start at $10 per person and climb to $50 for VIP amenities. Per organizers, all proceeds are expected to flow through to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, DC Public Education Fund or Food & Friends, with attendees deciding which group should benefit from each ticket purchase.
As part of the program, tennis pros and participating pols will be split into Team Stars and Teams Stripes and pitted against one another in a series of successive tiebreakers. Full story
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
When “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” explodes onto the big screen next spring, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will most likely be able to once again watch himself contribute to the mythology of his favorite caped crusader.
The Vermont Democrat, a diehard comic book fan, has appeared in four prior Batman movies dating back to Val Kilmer’s lone turn behind the mask in “Batman Forever.”
Leahy seems to be in the mix for director Zack Snyder’s bid to unite DC Comics’ pantheon of heroes a la Marvel’s mega successful “Avengers” series, appearing (ever so briefly) in the trailer released on July 11 in conjunction with Comic-Con International.
In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-him spot, Leahy is shown huddling with actress Holly Hunter, whose yet-to-be-revealed character — she’s shown leading a congressional hearing at which Superman is questioned, and is referred to as “senator” by Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in a subsequent scene — appears to hold significant sway over the story.
Per staff, Leahy contributes all fees and residuals received from his appearances in the vigilante flicks to the children’s wing of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vt. — the place his 4-year-old self first secured a library card.
Thune isn’t gonna hate-hate-hate-hate-hate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
When senators finished voting for the evening Monday, at least a couple of them were heading to Nationals Park — not for an evening of baseball, but rather to use a pop sensation to raise campaign money. Music star Taylor Swift is in town for a pair of concerts over the All-Star break.
Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and Jerry Moran of Kansas are among the lawmakers cashing in.
SAN DIEGO – Could the (fury) road to the White House one day lead through Comic-Con?
Mario Prado, a printing wiz currently smitten with 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders, doesn’t see that as such an absurd proposition.
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
“Comic-Con attracts a lot of nerds. Nerds are very much on top of politics,” the printing shop owner told CQ Roll Call of his decision to stump for the Vermont independent.
Prado erected an eye-catching depiction of the populist pol facing off against the conservative Koch brothers in a Mad Max-like landscape along a heavily traveled crosswalk just outside the bustling entertainment hub. That, coupled with the fire engine-red T-shirt he wore in support of “Bernie Man” — showing Sanders’ signature shock of white hair replaced by flaming coiffure — drew in passersby, many of whom Prado said were not all that familiar with the veteran pol. Full story