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Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

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Sneak Peak at NJ‘s Insiders Poll

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National Journal revealed its Insiders Poll this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” The announcement was followed by a sneak peak in Hotline On Call.

As it turns out, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is among those lawmakers who insiders would like to see muted (but no, she’s not #1). On the R side, the list includes Fox News’s Glenn Beck (who got play last night on Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009) and GOP Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.

Members with the brightest future: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Creative thinkers: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Best political strategists: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Bush’s former top aide Karl Rove.

The publication reveals full polls Friday in the Dec. 12th edition.

Jonathan Allen: Superstar and Founding Father

Washington D.C. is aglow in Jonathan Allen, ex-Politico writer turned aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who appeared happy as usual last night at the Capitol Lounge for The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza‘s trivia night.

Members of the media and Capitol Hill aides were spotted swarming the new aide, who was chatting with the likes of GOP pundit Doug Heye, Politico‘s Dan Reilly, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Spokesman Brad Dayspring, NRSC’s Ken Spain, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, and NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh .

“He always seems happy,” said a Capitol Hill journalist who ran into Allen last night and chatted with him briefly.

Allen, who signed on to Politico for three months only, this week switched over to the other side of the tracks to work for Schultz.

“I think that he’s a great contribution to the team,” said Schultz’s spokesman Jonathan Beeton, already sounding the perfect spokesman for Allen and nearly casting him like a Founding Father.

“He’s obviously, you know, insightful and intelligent and has a great historical perspective on the institution. That was what the congresswoman was looking for. Jonathan Allen fits that to a T.”

Beeton said he had no concerns about Allen switching teams from the journalism to politics and neither does Schultz. “George Stephanopoulos is only one I successfully know of going the other way,” he added.

SPOTTED: “CQ” and “Sex” In The Same Sentence

CQ may not be particularly sexy (that’s just not their bag, baby), but are they sexist? In what is easily our favorite story of the day, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (just kidding, Debs! We meant the unhyphenated Wasserman Schultz…), calls CQ sexist:

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is raising hell these days, and it concerns what she claims is Congressional Quarterly’s sexist policy of hyphenating names. For months, Wasserman Schultz has been angered over the fact that CQ repeatedly hyphenates her last name against her wishes.

    When Wasserman Schultz first got married, she decided to use her maiden name, Wasserman, but added “Schultz,” unhyphenated, to share the same last name with her husband and, later on, their children.

    “It’s my personal choice and personal name,” says Wasserman Schultz, who first had her spokesman address the matter with CQ reporters. “Look, this is not personal, but my name is spelled how I choose to spell it.”

    When discussions with reporters didn’t work, the congresswoman’s spokeswoman went up the chain of command. Last week, the CQ executive board met and decided to drop the hyphen. But there is a catch. Since their stylebook doesn’t change until the year’s end, her name will not appear hyphen-less until January.

    “Women need to be able to decide what they are called,” she said.

Said CQ Editor Michael Riley: “CQ is not sexist.”