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NFL Player’s Drive for Social Justice Takes Him to the Hill
Thomas spearheading alliance between ‘athlete activists’ and politicians

Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas poses for photos on the House steps at the Capitol last week during his four-day externship arranged by the NFL Players Association. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On the Friday before the first Sunday of the 2016 NFL season, the entire Miami Dolphins team gathered on the field after practice in Seattle.

No coaches. No trainers. No front-office staff. It was a players-only meeting.

Hurd Staffer Joins NFL Stars to Bring Water to Eastern Africa
Director of constituent services Jon Arnold lost his leg in Iraq 10 years ago

Jon Arnold, a University of Texas alum, works for Rep. Will Hurd of Texas. (Courtesy of Rep. Will Hurd’s office)

Army veteran Jon Arnold has had a remarkable life of public service, and he’s not even close to stopping.

Arnold, director of constituent services for Texas Rep. Will Hurd, is taking time off for a 10-day trip to Tanzania with Waterboys, a charity started by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long. The initiative pairs disabled veterans and NFL players to raise awareness and funds for sustainable water wells in Eastern Africa.

Pyeongchang Sendoff: Members of Congress Honor Olympians
Lawmakers celebrate skating Floridians, LGBT athletes and a brother-sister duo

Long track speed skater Erin Jackson is a constituent of Rep. Ted Yoho. (Courtesy Erin Jackson/Twitter)

A sunny town in Florida is sending three speedskaters to the Olympics — and it doesn’t even have an ice rink.

Erin Jackson, who trained on inline roller skates, grew up in Ocala. She is the first African-American woman to make the U.S. long track team.

Richmond Torches Trump: ‘Irrelevant’ to the NFL
‘Trump’s probably still bitter he couldn’t have a team,’ Black Caucus chairman says

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., right, said President Donald Trump is "irrelevant" when it comes to the NFL. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric L. Richmond said despite Donald Trump’s criticism of black football players kneeling for the National Anthem, the president is “irrelevant” to the NFL.

The Louisiana Democrat was asked by TMZ whether the fact that no NFL players knelt during the National Anthem during the Super Bowl was a win for Trump.

Pyeongchang Send-Off: Members of Congress Share Their Excitement for Local Celebrities
States with several Olympians tout their accomplishments

U.S. athletes model the outfits they’ll wear in the opening ceremonies. (Courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team on twitter)

As members of Team USA arrive in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic Games, the White House is eyeing the hermit kingdom to the north. 

Vice President Mike Pence left for the games on Monday, with a few stops planned along the way. He’ll tour a ballistic missile defense facility, attend talks with Japanese leaders and otherwise “send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime,” according to an aide.

Rokita Uses Death of NFL Player to Call for Wall
Indianapolis Colts’ Edwin Jackson was killed in reported drunk-driving wreck with undocumented immigrant

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., said the death of a player for the Indianapolis Colts should be impetus for building a border wall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita used the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday as an argument for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rokita made the statement after CBS-4 Indy reported that Jackson was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident in Indianapolis with a man who police said was in the country illegally.

Gillibrand Calls for Criminal Investigation of U.S. Olympic Committee
Wants Justice to ‘determine the depth of their failures and whether they violated the law’ in Nassar case

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice calling for an investigation of the U.S. Olympic Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the Justice Department to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee in light of the serial sexual abuse committed by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New York Democrat said while some gymnastics officials have resigned after more than 150 women and girls abused by Nassar publicly shared their stories, it was not enough.

Pyeongchang Send-Off: Members of Congress Wish Their Local Celebrities Well
States with only a few Olympians will have all eyes on those events

Ted Ligety, a constituent of Utah Rep. John Curtis, won a gold medal in alpine skiing in the 2014 games. (Fred Hayes/Getty Images file photo)

Athletes representing Team USA in the Olympics are local celebrities back home. And members of Congress are some of their biggest fans.

As skiers, skaters and lugers head off to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 games, lawmakers from their districts are giving them a rousing send-off.

Philly Cheesesteaks at Stake
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania lawmakers place bets on Super Bowl

Top: Betting on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII are, from left, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III. Bottom: Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles are, from left, Sens. Patrick J. Toomey and Bob Casey and Rep. Brendan F. Boyle.

Lawmakers from New England and the Philadelphia area are gearing up for Super Bowl LII by making bets with one another. And there are a lot of cheesesteaks involved.

The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and both teams’ fan bases cross multiple delegations.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
‘Hoo-boy,’ Whitehouse says of White House nominee, ‘We are not f---tards,’ and Seranno smacked by sign of the times

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., talks on the phone in the tunnel to Cannon Building on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.