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USA Gymnastics, FBI Targets of Latest Senate Hearing on Sexual Abuse
Gymnastics chief seemed unprepared for questions about group’s relationship with former team doctor

Olympic gold medalist and survivor of sexual abuse Aly Raisman spoke during a press conference in the Kennedy Caucus Room on Tuesday, joined by more than 80 other victims. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Applause broke out in the Senate hearing room Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked for former gymnasts who have been sexual abuse victims to stand.

“It was well over a year ago that I had a meeting in my conference room with a group of women, and I walked in,” Feinstein said. “I looked at faces with expressions that I had never seen before, and I realized that it was something that was really serious.”

National Mall Softball Reprieve Was Example of D.C.-Federal Communication
D.C. delegate to Congress praises National Park Service for listening

A member of “The Branch” softball team jumps up to catch the ball while warming up before a game against “Torthogs” on the grass of the National Mall on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

In November, the National Park Service stunned many when it announced that it would be closing wide swaths of the National Mall to organized sports and would be raising fees elsewhere.

But in a partial victory for sports on the Mall, the park service now says it is withdrawing that proposed ban and will instead conduct a formal study to come up with a “comprehensive” new plan.

‘The Hawk’ Boosts Celebration of Baseball Integration Anniversary
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, members honor players who broke the color barrier

From left, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., talk before a news conference Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Baseball legend Andre Dawson was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, helping to get an early start on marking the 75th anniversary of the integration of Major League Baseball. 

He joined lawmakers at a news conference to talk about legislation that would create a commemorative coin in the shape of a baseball home plate depicting baseball pioneers Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. 

House Greets MLB All-Star Game Week by Naming Post Office for Harmon Killebrew
House passed bill designating an Idaho post office on Monday

Major League Baseball's All Star Game is taking place in Washington this year, and the House is kicking off the week by naming a Post Office after perennial all star and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 4:46 p.m. | The House is catching baseball fever as the All Star Game arrives in the nation’s capital.

One of the smaller pieces of legislation on the floor agenda for the week would name a post office in Payette, Idaho, for Washington Senators (and Minnesota Twins) legend and perennial All Star Harmon Killebrew.

Republican Golfers Relax on the Links, Beat Out Democrats
GOP prevails in the 17th annual Congressional Challenge golf tournament

Reps. Luke Messer R-Ind., Rick Allen, R-Ga., right, play against Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., and Albio Sires, D-N.J., during the First Tee’s Congressional Challenge annual golf tournament at the Columbia Country Club golf course Monday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

In a rare moment in this divisive Congress, a bipartisan group of members spent a peaceful morning just putting around.

They whispered conversations while waiting for a teammate on the green, told each other “nice shot” or laughed at a bad one, and otherwise enjoyed a quiet morning bonding over their love of golf.

First-Ever Home Run Punctuates Congressional Softball Game
Rep. Mia Love, Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman were game MVPs

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand greets her interns after the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday at the Watkins Recreation Center. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman hit the first out of the park home run in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game’s 10-year history Wednesday just as the skies opened up in the fifth inning.

The triumphant Bad News Babes and the members’ team hurried off the softball field as soon as the coaches agreed to call the game.

Press Team Makes It a Three-Peat at Congressional Softball Game
Bad News Babes defeat female lawmakers 5-0 in rain-shortened game

The Bad News Babes and female lawmakers shake hands after the Congressional Women’s Softball Game at the Watkins Recreation Center on Wednesday. The Bad News Babes won 5-0. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:35 p.m. | Women representing the Washington press corps won their third straight Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday.

The press team, known as the Bad News Babes, shut out the lawmakers, 5-0. The threat of rain lingered through the game, which was ultimately called off in the fifth inning because of a downpour.

Ros-Lehtinen Won’t Be Playing in Her Last Softball Game
Retiring Florida congresswoman can’t take the field with two broken ribs

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., has been playing in the game since it started 10 years ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be cheering very loudly from the members’ team dugout at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday because she won’t be playing.

The Florida Republican, 65, broke two ribs last weekend.

Beat the Press: Lawmakers Look to Break Media Team’s Softball Streak
‘We get to get a little physical and we get to do something really good’ in charity game

The media team celebrates after its 2-1 victory over female lawmakers at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After months of strong female voices challenging male-dominated institutions, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand is eager to direct that fervor onto the softball field.

“I think there’s a lot of energy on our team right now and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for women and women’s voices,” the New York Democrat said at practice for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game last week.

Democrats Score Big in 21–5 Baseball Blowout Over GOP
Steve Scalise makes the game’s first out in feel-good moment of the night

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., is tagged out by Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., to end the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday. The Democrats prevailed 21-5. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats continued to show their dominance on the diamond Thursday night with a massive 21–5 win over the Republicans at the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game. 

“More of a football game than a baseball game, but I think both sides gave it their all,” New York Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley said of the score after the game.