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Democrats Take Win Over Republicans at Roll Call’s Congressional Baseball Game

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For the sixth year in a row, the Democrats took home the trophy at Roll Call’s 53rd Congressional Baseball Game. The Dems beat out the Republicans 15 – 6 last night at Nationals Park.

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) were named the night’s MVPs. The game was called in the 7th inning just before rain poured down on the city.

One common theme throughout the night were staffers donning t-shirts rooting for their Congressperson.

The game was preceded by Roll Call’s annual “Taste of America” contest, a tournament-style food competition modeled after March Madness, in which Utah’s Cherry Cobbler won. The competition featured 64 foods with one entry per state and two entries for the larger states and the event featured food from the Top 8 finalists.

Click through for our gallery, the night’s top Tweets, and Roll Call’s rundown. Read more

Roll Call’s ‘Hill Navigator’ Advises How To Land Political Reporting Jobs

hillNavigator-header-logoRoll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.

The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the ”Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.

Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.

On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”

Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”

Roll Call Launches Fantasy Contest Ahead of Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 17.39.10Just in time for Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game, Roll Call has launched a fantasy baseball contest for fans to predict their MVPs of the night.

Participants will chose nine players from either team – the Democrats or Republicans – and based on those selected and the final score, will be put in the running for prizes including a $200 Nike gift card, two tickets to a Nats game, and a $50 Zappos gift card.

Proceeds from the game go to the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Tickets to the game are $10 and can be purchased here. Individuals can register for the fantasy baseball game here. Read more

Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more

Sen. Claire McCaskill Encourages Dr. Oz to Police on ‘Deceptive’ Weight Lost Products

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 15.53.19The host of “The Dr. Oz Show” was on Capitol Hill today speaking before a Senate hearing on misleading and deceiving weight loss products and advice.

“My show is about hope…We’ve engaged millions in programs, including programs we did with the CDC, to get folks to realize that there are different ways that they can rethink their future, that their best years aren’t behind them, they’re in front of them and that they actually can lose weight,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz.

The television personality was encouraged to be part of the solution to the problem rather than part of it by Sen. Claire McCaskill, chair of the panel. Read more

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.

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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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