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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.

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

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June 25, 2015

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

(Courtesy W Hotel)

(Courtesy W Hotel)

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.

It’s the one time of the year we are mandated — by law (it’s enshrined in the Constitution; look it up) — to go out and have as much freakin’ fun as humanly possible.

Patriots that we are, HOH has compiled a to-do list for those interested in getting their America on all around the nation’s capital on July 4. (All events are on that day unless otherwise noted.) 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

Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

Get Ready to ‘Peruse’ the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Ever thought of exploring Peru? How about next week at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015 for “Peru: Pachamama.”

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The festival, which runs from Wednesday through June 28 and July 1 through July 5 will be in a new location this year, on the National Mall between Third and Fourth streets Southwest, near the National Museum of the American Indian. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the food, art and cultural activities, there will be a wide array of Peruvian music on the Mall. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 10:37 a.m.
DC, HillSide

Union Kitchen Grocery Stocks Up | Food Court

Having successfully carved out a space for culinary artists to tinker with our collective taste buds, the mad scientists at Union Kitchen have moved onto the next phase of epicurean domination: market-ing.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Union Kitchen Grocery, a combination retailer and eatery, took up residence at 538 Third St. NE in early May. The corner store dabbles in a little bit of everything, operating from morning (8 a.m.) to night (9 p.m.) and filling the hours in between with curious food and drink from around the region.

A cursory exploration of the neighborhood establishment revealed goodies galore. Full story

June 17, 2015

Bill Pascrell Coaches Baseball (Video)

Rep. Bill “Silky” Pascrell Jr. goes all out along the first base line during the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. CQ Roll Call captures the action as the New Jersey Democrat coaches his team to its seventh-straight victory over the GOP.

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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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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 8, 2015 (Video)

A busy week on Capitol Hill quickly turned into a debate over Braille Playboys, Asian geography and tasteless cheese.
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June 12, 2015

Will on the Hill Tries Hand With Intern Foibles

One of Washington’s dramatic traditions continues Monday with Will on the Hill. Professional actors take the stage along with members of Congress and journalists in Elizabethan-era costumes, all poking fun at the strangeness of #ThisTown. And they do it with only one rehearsal.

“It shouldn’t work, but it does,” writer Peter Byrne said in a phone interview. “Everyone comes into this with such goodwill that it succeeds.”

Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 2:49 p.m.
Artsy, DC, Drama

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 11, 2015

Cantina Marina’s Endless Summer

The surrounding area may look like urban development ushered in via H-bomb. And the ripped-to-shreds roadways running parallel to the place have probably warded off more foot traffic than a predatory sinkhole.

But those daring enough to dodge lumbering construction vehicles and navigate suspect parking conditions don’t seem to mind the added hassle once they’ve dropped anchor at Cantina Marina.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The seasonal retreat at 600 Water St. SW first popped onto the scene back when crowded seafood buffets and warm, sticky rum buns still ruled the Southwest Waterfront. Now, it’s almost all that remains along the desolate stretch of Maine Avenue that’s been hollowed out to make room for the sprawling Wharf project.

Still, the jam-band hosting (Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and The Second Amendments graced the stage there last summer.), Racing Presidents’ baiting watering hole appears content to temporarily whisk Washingtonians away from the hustle and bustle of #ThisTown.

There appear to be plenty of takers. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5 a.m.
Booze, DC, Food, Restos

June 9, 2015

Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Don Young — Alaska Republican, former tugboat captain, collector of walrus penis bones and hopeless romantic — celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, as well as love.

The congressman and sweetheart Anne Garland Walton tied the knot at a private ceremony in the Capitol chapel. According to Young’s office, House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy officiated. Full story

Hirshhorn Stretching to Accommodate Yoga Faithful

Heads up, Congressional Yogi Association: You’ve got some competition.

(Courtesy Jenna Makharita)

(Courtesy Jenna Makharita)

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (700 Independence Ave. SW) has recruited yoga instructor Erin Mooney to lead all-inclusive Vinyasa flow classes every Friday this summer.

The complimentary courses, scheduled to take place on the exterior plaza, are expected to run from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning on June 12 and extending through Sep. 11.

“Bring your mats!” organizers urge interested participants.

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