Heard on the Hill

Eva Longoria Pushes for Cortez Masto in Nevada
Obama, Clinton, and now Senate candidate gets support from ‘Desperate Housewives’ star

Actress Eva Longoria speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The politically active actress Eva Longoria is getting involved in the Nevada Senate race by encouraging young Hispanic women to turn out for the state's former attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto.

“I believe young Latinas should see their faces reflected back when they look at those in elected office. I also believe America needs more women leaders,” Longoria wrote in an op-ed for Univision, announcing her endorsement of the Democratic Senate nominee.

‘Irish Yenta’ Connolly Marries Another Couple
Virginia Democrat officiated wedding at Jefferson Memorial

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly officiates the wedding of James Tsai and Cicie Sattarnilasskorn on Friday. (Courtesy of Connolly's office)

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly added to the dozens of marriage ceremonies he has performed for current and former staffers in his self-described role as “Irish Yenta.”

On Friday, the Democratic congressman officiated the marriage of two Northern Virginia residents, James T. Tsai and Cicie Sattarnilasskorn, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington.

Ex-Hill Staffer Takes on Finding a Cure For Her Daughter
Beth McGinn cites Hill connections in helping raise awareness of rare disease

Beth McGinn, whose daughter Ellie is diagnosed with Leukoencephalopathy, or LBSL, left her Capitol Hill job in Oct. 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Think you can pronounce “Leukoencephalopathy” correctly? Then you’ve accepted The Ellie Challenge.

The challenge is named after former Capitol Hill staffer Beth Frigola McGinn’s eight-year-old daughter Ellie, who has the rare disease.

Word on the Hill: Election Contest
And Alexa is ready to answer your election questions

Think you know how the presidential election will turn out? How about House and Senate races?

Check out Roll Call’s Election Predictions Contest for a chance to win a $200 American Express gift card.

Senators' World Series Bets Don't Cross Party Lines
Ohio and Illinois senators have beer on the table

Sen. Sherrod Brown has already won a bet this year for the NBA Final against Sen. Barbara Boxer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ohio and Illinois senators made some friendly wagers on the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, which starts Tuesday.

But with two weeks left before a contentious election, they steered clear of the other party.

Word on the Hill: Trump Coma
Four House Democrats celebrate birthdays

“The only thing worse than Trump being elected is you being conscious after he’s elected,” businessman Mark Cuban jokes in a new Funny or Die video.

In the video, the billionaire Hillary Clinton supporter invents the satirical “Trump coma” as a solution “if the thought of living through a Trump presidency sounds like a hideous nightmare to you.”

Gretchen Carlson to Testify Before Congress
Ex-Fox anchor will speak on forced arbitration

Gretchen Carlson, center, with her former "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy, left, and Brian Kilmeade, settled with her former employee in September. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images file photo)

Ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson says she will testify before Congress after the election.

Time magazine reported on Friday that the former "Fox & Friends" co-host will testify about forced arbitration, which is when companies have employees sign away their rights to litigation and agree to settle employment disputes through arbitration.

Word on the Hill: Miley in Virginia for Clinton
Staffer shuffles and Capitol flyover

Miley Cyrus will make an appeal to millennial voters for Hillary Clinton at George Mason University on Saturday. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images file photo)

Get out the vote, wrecking ball-style.

Singer Miley Cyrus is campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at George Mason University on Saturday.

Helping Hill Communicators Communicate Better
Jessica Gail is the new chairwoman of DCNet

Jessica Gail, left, and her mentee, Emily Latimer, right, are in constant contact. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jessica Gail became the chairwoman of the Democratic Communicators Network in August. By day, she’s the communications director for Indiana Democratic Rep. André Carson.

The network, commonly called DCNet, was started in 2007 by Will Jenkins, who worked on the Hill for five years and is now in public affairs at the White House.

Word on the Hill: Sasse Tweets Turn Into Staffer Brawl
Animal lover Bob Dole gets an award

This isn’t Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s first Twitter rant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ben Sasse’s Twitter rants get even better when staffers get involved.

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Republican went off on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Capitol Hill Watch Parties Decisively for Clinton
More cheers for the Democrat during contentious debate on Wednesday

Scott Preston, left, and other guests react during watch party for the last presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the Capitol Lounge on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast on Wednesday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

On Capitol Hill, there were a lot of cheers for Hillary Clinton and a lot of mocking of Donald Trump during the final presidential debate Wednesday night.

A half hour before the start, Capitol Lounge — a hot spot for House staffers — was already packed without an empty seat in the house. Trump and Clinton impersonators greeted the mainly 20- and 30-something patrons at the door.

Harry Reid Has Some Advice for Washington Nationals
Trea Turner 'has no arm', team needs more pitching, Reid says

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called out Nationals players Trea Turner and Stephen Strasburg. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — When Harry Reid isn’t following 2016 politics, he’s following the baseball playoffs, and he has some advice for the now-eliminated Washington Nationals.

“I’ve watched them closely, listened to them, all of them,” the Senate Minority Leader said. “It’s obvious the Nationals have to have a centerfielder. Trea Turner’s a shortstop or — he’s an infielder. He has no arm,” the Nevada Democrat said in an interview between campaign stops in Reno and Sparks. “You’ve heard all the pundits that he doesn’t play centerfield very well. He heads in the wrong direction, which, if it weren’t for his blinding speed, it would be a lot worse than it has been.”

Word on the Hill: Where to Watch Tonight’s Debate
Top spots on the Senate and House side

A man known as “Grandpa Vampire” drives his hearse, adorned with a Hillary for Prison 2016 mannequin, through Las Vegas, site of the final presidential debate between Clinton and Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Let’s get ready to rumble.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off on the national stage for one last time before the election. The debate takes place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 9 p.m. Eastern time. And, as usual, it will run for 90 minutes without commercials.

NRCC Makes Democratic Candidates 'Nasty'
Facebook videos experiment with a different style

(NRCC Facebook)

Is your Facebook news feed full of “Tasty” videos showing you new recipes? Look out for “Nasty Cooking” videos showing you not only recipes, but gross ones paired with whom you should vote for.

The National Republican Congressional Committee rolled out Nasty Cooking on Facebook last week to poke fun at Democrats running for Congress.

Word on the Hill: Lots of Spooky in Washington
Vet staffer briefing and parking updates

Go get a maple pepper bacon macaroni and cheese at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. (Courtesy the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Galleria)