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Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein Mentions Montel Williams’ Earrings on Twitter. Storm Ensues.

MontelWMarine Corps veteran and long-time TV host Montel Williams went on Fox News yesterday to passionately discuss veteran’s issues.

His appearance prompted a series of Tweets from former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, now editor of The Daily Caller’s Mirror. A few of those 140 characters were reserved for a mention of Montel’s earrings. Guess what happened next? Read more

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

NYTimes’ Carolyn Ryan, Roll Call’s Abby Livingston Preview Press Corps Softball Skills

As if this Twitter exchange between The New York Times Washington bureau chief and political editor Carolyn Ryan and Roll Call’s Abby Livingston wasn’t enough to get you excited for next week’s Congressional Women’s Softball game.

On Wednesday, June 18 at 7pm at the Watkins Recreation Center (420 12th St. SE), women Members of Congress take on women of the DC Press Corps for the annual softball game to benefit the Young Survival Coalition. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

The Hill Explores the US Electorate at the Library of Congress

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 12.56.05Last night at the Library of Congress, The Hill brought together Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker; House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) for a conversation on the US electorate, voting practices and election law, and weekend voting.

After introductions, Toobin called out the headline of the day - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s defeat by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat in the 7th District of Virginia primary.

“I think unfortunately, there’s too wide a sentiment that ‘My vote does not make a difference’,” said Hoyer. Read more

Capitol Hill Celebrates National Seersucker Day

While yesterday was a grim day on Capitol Hill for some, many members had something to celebrate.

In honor of National Seersucker Day, Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle donned their sharpest summer attire to celebrate the annual event.

While Capitol Hill celebration of the day was discontinued in 2012, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) vowed last month to bring it back.


Photo Credit: Paul Morigi, Getty Images

Top Row (left to right): Joe Barton, Renee Ellmers, Jim Cooper, Alan Lowenthal, John Barrow, Dina Titus, Blake Farenthold, Andy Barr, Joyce Beatty, Robert Pittenger, Martha Roby, Bobby Scott, Tom Petri, Vicky Hartzler, Joe Wilson, Eliot Engel

Bottom Row (left to right): Steve Womack, Emanuel Cleaver, Michelle Bachmann, Steve Cohen, Alcee Hastings, Bill Cassidy, Howard Coble, Terri Sewell, Shelley Moore Capito, Ileana Ros-Lehitinen, Janice Hahn

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The Hill to Live-Stream Voting in America Event with Steny Hoyer and Trent Lott

unnamedThis evening, The Hill joins with Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker; House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) in discussion of the US electorate, voting practices and election law, and weekend voting. Following the conversation will be a broader roundtable with Rep. John Larson (D-CT); Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); John Fund, columnist, National Review Online; and Sherrilyn Ifill, president, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, among others.

While the event is already at capacity, it’s going to be live-streamed starting at 6pm for those unable to make it in person. Given that the temperature in DC right now feels like 92* (via, avoiding a trip to Capitol Hill doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

For more, click here.

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


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.