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50 US Senators Sign Support for Washington Redskins Name Change

Washington-RedskinsAn ongoing debate in DC centered around the Washington Redskins – its name and proposed renaming – has gained new light as 50 Senators have signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for DC’s NFL team.

“This month, Americans applauded the rapid and decisive reaction from new National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver to the racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver sent a clear message that racism will not stand in the NBA.”

The letter goes on to read, “Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.”

Those who signed the letter include Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Claire McCaskill, and Kay Hagan.

Check out the full letter here.

Sen. Sessions Up in Smoke over FBI Chief Comey’s Pot Comments

On the topic of 200 positions being added to the FBI payroll this year, its Chief James Comey was quoted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal having said, ”I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.”

Well, during an FBI Oversight hearing today, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) addressed said comments, asking whether they “could undermine our ability to convince young people not to go down a dangerous path?”

Sit back, relax, have a snack (!!), and take a listen to what Sessions had to say.

 

National Association of Music Merchants Celebrates Music Education on Capitol Hill

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Former US Secretary of Education Richard Riley speaking.

Following Tuesday evening’s “Celebrating Music Education” reception and dinner, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) joined Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) of the Congressional STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) caucus and artists Doc Shaw, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, and Bernie Williams for a Capitol Hill briefing and press conference at the House Triangle to highlight “the state of music education and the legislative priorities currently needed to offer every child access to comprehensive music education.”

Last night’s event honored the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts, and Kent Knappenberger, recipient of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award. Artists in attendance included Alfre Woodard of “12 Years a Slave,” “Jersey Boys’” John Lloyd Young and musician Citizen Cope, among others.

 

POLITICO Primary Results by State

It’s primary season, and voters in six states yesterday cast their primary candidate. For results by state, click below, a la POLITICO.

Arkansas

Georgia

Idaho

Kentucky

Oregon

Pennsylvania

FishbowlDC Poll: Has Sen. Marco Rubio Ever Smoked Pot?

As part of ABC News and Yahoo News’ series “Power Players,” Jonathan Karl for ABC’s “This Week” sat down with potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and asked the Congressman whether he has ever smoked pot.

“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it’s not a big deal,’” said Rubio in the below video. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you.”

Check out Rubio’s conversation with Karl after the jump and let us know what you think. Do you think Sen. Marco Rubio has ever smoked pot? We’ll announce the results of our poll later this week.

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Boehner’s Press Secretary Leaves for…

Boehner’s Press Secretary Brendan Buck announced his last day being today with the Speaker.

Where’s he going??

 

US Senators Weigh in on Key Health Issues Facing Women for WomensHealthMag.com

512In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17), Women’s Health Magazine - named a National Partner for the week by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health – is creating a platform to inspire women to not only to be active, but to make overall health and wellness a priority.

Women’s Health asked several women in the Senate to weigh in on key health issues facing women today by penning blog posts for WomensHealthMag.com. After the jump is a preview of what Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) , and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) offer the conversation, beginning 5.11.14.

 

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Fox5′s Allison Seymour Join FAIR Girls’ Gala

2014-05-09 08.37.41Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Fox5′s Allison Seymour join FAIR Girls’ 8th annual Pearls of Purpose gala last night at Longview Gallery to raise funds toward housing, counseling, and services for 100 young women survivors of trafficking in DC.

 

Throwback: Clay Aiken’s 2003 ‘American Idol’ Audition

While America – or at least North Carolina – more specifically North Carolina’s Second District – waits for a call to be made in the House Democratic Primary, we leave you with Clay Aiken‘s 2003 “American Idol” audition.

With 100% reporting, Aiken is said to have 40.8% (11,649 votes), while Keith Crisco has 39.5% (11,277 votes), yet the results are still too close to call.

In the meantime, sit back, and let Aiken serenade you with “Always and Forever.”

Democrats Top Republicans By One

20140408_capitol_classic_ff_007_605Democrats and Republicans are used to playing dirty -but not like this. Last night at RFK Stadium, Members of Congress from both parties went head to head in The Capital Soccer Classic, hosted by the US Soccer Foundation and POLITICO. Read what you will into this pundits: Democrats beat Republicans, 7  to 6.

According to POLITICO’s Lucy McCalmont,

It was a scoreless first half, largely because of the efforts of Swalwell, who as the goalkeeper for the Democrats made numerous saves against the Republicans’ strong offense. However, the Democrats scored three goals in quick succession to open the second half. The Republicans answered with one goal, but following another goal by the Democrats with just over a minute left, the score was 4-1 by the end of regulation time.

The list of sporty member who took to the field includes:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). They were joined by DC United coach Ben Olsen and former US Olympic athlete Staci Wilson.

(Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr./POLITICO: Rep. Dave Reichert jumping in the air)

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