Heard on the Hill

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)

GOP Women Are Listening, and They're Talking
Rep. Elise Stefanik is participating in this week's Women2Women tour

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is answering women's questions in the Empire State this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo file photo)

Before Donald Trump even entered the scene, one group of Republican women found it important to stay politically aware.

The Women2Women Conversations Tour was launched in 2014 as a place for women across the country, from the ages of roughly 35 to 55 years, to discuss their issues during an election.

Abdul-Jabbar on Trump: 'That’s Who Republicans Chose'
NBA Hall of Famer spoke at Press Club about his new book

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, takes the podium as former Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and Press Club President Thomas Burr listen. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, thinks people should listen to facts, not Donald Trump.

“We have to react to the facts and not what somebody wants people to believe because he’s running for office,” he said. “I don’t think that does the nation any good.”

Rep. Swalwell Got Married Over the Weekend
California Democrat met his wife in 2015

California Rep. Eric Swalwell, right, shown here playing in the Congressional Baseball Game in 2015, got married in his home state over the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell got married on Friday. 

Swalwell's new wife, Brittany Ann Watts, is the director of sales for the Ritz-Carlton resort in Half Moon Bay, California, The New York Times' wedding announcement said.

Word on the Hill: Basketball and Politics
Two Illinois Democrats celebrate a birthday

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer turned author and political activist, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is speaking on African-American history in Washington today.

The former Los Angeles Lakers center, 69, is a Muslim convert and has been active in discussions about race and Islam.