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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

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Group Wants Congress to Grow Up Already

The nonprofit “No Labels” is hoping Republicans and Democrats will have bipartisan seating at this year’s State of the Union speech, as they did after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot.

“This year, No Labels is pressing every member of Congress to stop acting like middle school kids at their first dance … and start acting like the grown-ups we elected them to be,” said a press release sent out Thursday.

What exactly did mixed seating accomplish the first time? Nothing. And No Labels acknowledged it in the release. “It was a wonderful gesture. But the next day, things were back to hyper-partisan business as usual.” Still, they’d like Republicans and Democrats to sit together because it would look nice.

Sounds like a goal without a purpose. In the FAQs of the organization’s site it says they don’t push for any one policy, but they want “more common sense.” Who doesn’t? Listed under its accomplishments are “town halls,” “mobilizing” support, and “launching” a new campaign.

Well, it’s the thought that counts. Even if it seems a little thoughtless.

The WPCF Congressional Dinner: CQ’s Tables

Lindsay Mask . Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

And, of course, Miss America 2007 and actress Daryl Hannah.