Blake Whitney

GOP Rules Talk-Show Circuit

Republicans appear to have owned the morning news cycle in 2011.

If you were watching the major Sunday morning talk shows last year, your odds of seeing a Republican Member of Congress in the guest chair were far greater than seeing a Democratic Member of Congress.

Democrats Look to Build on 2009 Win

After winning back the White House and extending their majorities in Congress in November 2008, Democrats moved to the diamond last June to again show there's a new era on Capitol Hill, snapping the GOP's eight-game winning streak in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Riding a complete-game pitching performance by Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.) and scoring all 15 of their runs in the second and third innings, the Democrats held off a late GOP rally to clinch the win, 15-10, in front of 4,297 fans at Nationals Park.

Hill’s Free Agents Just Want a Team, Not Money

It’s most notably a way for Major League stars to command multimillion-dollar contracts, but free agency has trickled all the way down to the Capitol Hill softball leagues, matching individuals without a team to squads looking to fill a roster need.

The Congressional Softball League has the most extensive approach to helping softball players find homes. Commissioner Gary Caruso points all interested players to the league’s Web site,, where they first register as an individual and pay the league’s $24 insurance and entry fee.