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July 1, 2015

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

(Twitter screenshot)

(Twitter screenshot)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an online survey, the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury’s decision-making process, but there’s also a “write-in” option to nominate “another NY woman who inspires you.” Perhaps we may suggest the senator’s distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Full story

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.

Roll Call wraps up the game’s highlights in two minutes.

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Patrick Leahy Lives for The Dead

(Courtesy Patrick Leahy)

(Courtesy Patrick Leahy)

Though it sounds like he’ll be unable to travel to Chi-town this weekend for the final shows, longtime Grateful Dead fan Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will undoubtedly be there in spirit.

Per the story he shared with LIFE Magazine for a special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary and final performances of the renowned jam band, the late Jerry Garcia and friends opened the Vermont Democrat’s eyes to an entirely different world. Full story

June 26, 2015

Scott Brown’s Slim Pickings

Contrary to what social media users might think, former lawmaker Scott Brown hasn’t been conned by any Nigerian princes. And he no longer has any need to curry favor with Big Pharma.

So what would motivate the border-hopping Senate hopeful to throw his weight behind dietary supplements?

Good, old-fashioned results.

(Courtesy Scott Brown)

(Courtesy Scott Brown)

The one-time Massachusetts Republican (and occasional centerfold) recently got tongues wagging by taking to social media to espouse the benefits of modern medicine.

“I was fat, slow and out of shape,” Brown, who upon the counsel of his son-in-law elected to tackle AdvoCare’s 24-Day Challenge, said others told him of his post-congressional physique. Full story

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 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 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 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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June 18, 2015

Steve Daines Wants Jeannette Rankin on #TheNew10

Sen. Steve Daines, hoping to get out ahead of Treasury’s recently announced hunt for the next face to grace the $10 bill, is placing his pick for Alexander Hamilton’s successor in the hopper.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

The Montana Republican has drafted a proposal — the “Celebrating the First Woman in Congress Currency Act” — urging the administration to commemorate former Rep. Jeannette Rankin, R-Mont., ahead of all others. Full story

Congress’ Captive Commencement Audiences

Lewis frequently takes time to speak to students. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lewis frequently takes time to speak to students. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress’ most popular commencement speaker this year is Rep. John Lewis. By the end of graduation season, the Georgia Democrat will have spoken at six ceremonies, including one Saturday at Antioch College in Ohio.

At Virginia’s Hampton University on May 10, he told the graduates, “You must find a way to get in the way. You must find a way to get into trouble — in good trouble, in necessary trouble,” — a familiar message from the civil-rights icon. Full story

June 17, 2015

Bill Nelson Cranks Out 46 Pushups (Video)

Bill Nelson Pushups

Nelson does 46 pushups after losing a bet with Durbin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bill Nelson, who has a history of issuing friendly wagers on Florida sports, found himself on the losing end Wednesday.

Nelson, 72, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois wagered food and beer on the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning — but in addition to betting food, the losing senator was required to do pushups equaling the number of goals scored throughout the series.

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Qualify for Comics Treatment

Bluewater Productions is inking White House hopefuls Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton into its scheduled coverage of the 2016 presidential race, readying graphic adaptions of their respective careers.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

This will mark the third time the independent publisher has placed Clinton under the microscope.

Previous installments of the politically inclined “Female Force” series explored the New York Democrat’s rise to first ladyhood, as well her tenure as secretary of State.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

“It is more of a modern biography of her life,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said of the ongoing examination of Clinton’s role in the politisphere. “It is focused around the last election as well as this upcoming election. What her choices are and were.” The Sanders book will fall under the banner of the “Political Power” series.

An alternative cover — touting the independent senator from Vermont as the “worst nightmare of the 1 percent!” — appears to play up his populist ideals.

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

Davis intends to continue breaking down pols for the casual observer, mapping out plans to tackle Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next.

“Those are in the script phase,” he said of the swirling story lines.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the just-declared contender, is also on Davis’ short list, as are others.

“We still have a long list that changes of who we still want to cover. Some will be out of left field because I like to keep it fresh!” he suggested.

In the meantime, Davis will keep cranking out earlier titles the public keeps clamoring for — a roster that includes the recent probe of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and the flagship peek at former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 9:41 a.m.
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June 16, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Birthday Edition (Video)

As Roll Call celebrates its 60th anniversary Tuesday, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times lawmakers couldn’t resist singing “Happy Birthday” to their colleagues.

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June 15, 2015

Highlights From the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Democrats held off a late threat from Republicans to capture their seventh-straight coveted Roll Call trophy at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

Roll Call wraps up highlights in three minutes from the Democrats’ 5-2 victory.

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