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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

Nancy Pelosi Recipient of Award from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF6-24-7116Last night at the Newseum, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award for Longstanding Commitment to an AIDS-free Future from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“There’s nothing like the determination of a mother,” said Pelosi. “When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world. We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS.”

Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.

WJLA anchor Alison Starling hosted the evening with a performance by percussive dance group Step Afrika.

Other notables in attendance: Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; and Jake Glaser, ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Bill Clinton Tells Bloomberg TV’s Willow Bay ‘I Don’t Know’ if Hillary will Run for President

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 15.14.05Bloomberg Television’s Willow Bay sat down for a live conversation with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver today on the topics of the U.S. economy, income inequality, education initiatives, and immigration, among others.

On whether Hillary plans to run for president in 2016, Bill Clinton’s response: “I don’t know.”

OK.

He went on to say that, “I’m for whatever she wants to do….If she were to run and become president, the last thing she needs is for me to be under foot. I would be — she’s the ablest public servant I’ve ever known. I would help. Whatever I was asked to do, I would do. I believe — just like I do for President Obama, just like I did for President Bush. I think that’s — you’ve been a former president, you need to show up when you’re summoned.”

Yesterday, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory interviewed 42 – to air in full on his Sunday show – and asked whether wealth among politicians puts them out of touch with society. Clinton expressed that policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

Click through for Clinton’s full conversation with Bay on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Clinton and tune in to “Meet the Press” this Sunday for Gregory’s interview with the former president.

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

Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s

dc_gal_14_modal_imageWe were in the same neighborhood as Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s this afternoon and thought, ‘Why not? Let’s go see who’s there!’

Lunching: Sam Brown, the Director of the White House Business Council; White House liaison for the U.S. Small Business Administration Diana Doukas; chief speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry Stephen Krupin; 1776 co-founder Evan Burfield; Erick Mullen, managing director of Mercury; POLITICO’s Peter Cherukuri; and Kevin Maljik.

Located blocks from the White House and at the corner of K Street and 16th, Sidecar is a private dining room frequented daily by journos lunching with sources, politicos dining with lobbyists, and any combination of the two.

Send us who you saw (or who you were with – fishbowlnick@gmail.com) and expect to see those names on the site as part of our semi-regular Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s series.

Vital Voices Honors Women Leaders at 13th Annual Global Leadership Awards Gala

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Photo credit Sharon Farmer.

Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, Vital Voices hosted its 13th annual Global Leadership Awards, in honor of women leaders from around the world working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights. The evening’s honorees included Priti Patkar of India with the Human Rights Award; Claudia Paz y Paz of Guatemala with the Leadership in Public Life Award; Suaad Allami of Iraq with the Fern Holland Award, in honor of Fern Holland, an American lawyer killed in Iraq; Dr. Victoria Kisyombe of Tanzania with the Economic Empowerment Award; and Razan Zaitounch of Syria, with the Global Trailblazer Award.

Zaitounch’s award was presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and accepted by Zaitounch’s sister, as the award recipient was kidnapped in Syria during December 2013 along with her husband and two colleagues.
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VP Biden Celebrates Win in U.S. National Team Locker Room

Vice President Joe Biden. At the World Cup. In the U.S. National team locker room following their win over Ghana.

Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s

dc_gal_14_modal_imageLunching at DC power spot Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s this afternoon, our spies saw former Obama “body man” Reggie Love, The Daily Caller’s Neil Patel, American Psychological Association’s Ashton Randle, Kearsarge Global Advisors’ Addison Smith, and Stratacomm’s Bill Buff

Located blocks from the White House and at the corner of K Street and 16th, Sidecar is a private dining room frequented daily by journos lunching with sources, politicos dining with lobbyists, and any combination of the two.

We’ll be lunching there tomorrow and will be spotting away.

So send us who you saw (or who you were with – fishbowlnick@gmail.com) and expect to see those names on the site as part of Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s.

The Ten Most Crowd-Pleasing Quotes at Hillary Clinton’s Talk at GW

IMG_5375On Friday night at GW’s Lisner Auditorium, Hillary Clinton sat down with her former speechwriter Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics & Prose, for a conversation on the Hard Choices of her career as Secretary of State.

Much of the dialogue brought on audience displays of excitement through laughing, cheering, and clapping. Below are ten of the most crowd-pleasing quotes at at Hillary Clinton’s Friday night talk at GW.

On writing Hard Choices from her “writing room” in her home: “I would go up there early in the morning and I would make as many detours as I possibly could. It was always for something else. It was time to walk the dogs. It was time to go down and get more water…because you have to be very well hydrated…Ohh, and then of course, I read that you really should not sit for more than an hour. That became my favorite excuse.”

Recalling a drive to the camp of the King of Saudi Arabia with the country’s Foreign Minister: “The Foreign Minister was telling me how much he disliked camels. And I was saying, ‘My goodness! That’s like an Australian not liking kangaroos. That’s just so hard to imagine.’ But we were having a bit of a banter and a back and forth, and when we got to the meeting, it was a very large, formal setting, and I turned to the King and said, ‘Your Majesty, the Foreign Minister said he doesn’t like camels,’ and he said ‘What is wrong with him?’ ” Read more

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

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