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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

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Photo via Redskins.com.

Photo via Redskins.com.

This morning, the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled the those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans.”

“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” said Alfred Putnam, Jr., chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, which represented the five men and women who initiated the suit brought to the Patent Office.

The board canceled the trademarks in 1999, but four years later, a federal judge overturned the ruling body’s decision. The Redskins have two months to appeal the decision.

In a statement by the team’s trademark attorney, Bob Raskoph said, “We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.”

The naming of the football team has been an ongoing debate in Washington and beyond. In May, 50 U.S. Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for DC’s NFL team, something the team’s owner Dan Snyder says he will never do.

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.

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.

Pierre Garçon’s Charity Event Raises $100k for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Redskins Niles Paul, Pierre Garçon and Kirk Cousins with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Photo cred: Joy Asico.

Last night, Washington Redskins philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White charity event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) at the Millennium Building. Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, we missed the “All-White” memo and wore grey pants and a blue button down.

The event raised $100,000 for the charity, more than three times the amount of last year’s donation.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event,” said Garçon during the event auction. ”This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids…With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year”

Click through for those in attendance. Read more

Obama Visits Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

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via twitter.com/newschannel9

On Thursday, President Obama traveled to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY to promote travel and tourism in the United States.

Speaking before cameras, Obama said that, “At the Hall’s request, I contributed something of my own, which is the jacket I wore when I threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game.”

WSYR-TV was there to photograph his visit. Check out a slideshow 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.

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)

Hey Isn’t That…

20140326_155556Washington Capital’s Defenseman Mike Green enjoying a beer and burger at Ted’s Bulletin on 14th? Why yes it is!

Where else would he be after last night’s upset to the Los Angeles Kings?

WJLA’s Britt McHenry to ESPN

Stop the presses, Britt McHenry is headed to ESPN. But don’t worry, she’s not leaving DC.

The WJLA Sports Reporter announced on Facebook as did the ESPN MediaZone that starting St. Patrick’s Day she’s switching to ESPN.

Washington has been completely abuzz about McHenry’s next steps for months, after hints of a career move started whirling (example 1 & 2) on her Facebook.

Thank God we finally know. We’ve not been sleeping since the rumors started. Good night, and good luck, Britt!

STATS: Her Facebook post garnered more than 700 likes and 135 comments.

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