Kelly Ayotte

Congressional Women’s Softball Game Ticket Sales Soar
California Democrat Norma Torres gears up for annual charity event

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos is welcomed into the dugout after scoring the only run in the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The week of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game kicks off with the members’ team seeking revenge on their media colleagues, and interest in the annual game skyrocketing after last week’s shooting at a Republican team practice for the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Last year, the press team, known as the Bad News Babes, beat the lawmakers, 8-4. 

Children’s Disabilities Inform McMorris Rodgers and Hassan
Diverging views on health care shaped by personal experience

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan credits her son Ben, who has cerebral palsy, as the reason she got into politics. Also pictured, husband Thomas and daughter Meg. (Courtesy Julian Russell)

Congressional Women’s Softball Prepares to Lose a Staple
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has played since game was started in 2009, announced retirement earlier

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to play her final Congressional Women’s Softball Game next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After an election, there are always comings and goings from the Congressional Women’s Softball Game rosters. But the biggest news of the offseason this year was that the game will soon be losing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The Florida Republican has played in the charity event pitting female lawmakers against members of the media since the first one in 2009. But she announced last month that she will be retiring after her current term. 

Ayotte Elected to News Corp Board
Former senator lost in a squeaker last year to Sen. Maggie Hassan

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has helped guide Neil Gorsuch through his Supreme Court nomination process. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte was elected to the board of directors for the Rupert-Murdoch-owned News Corp.

The New Hampshire Republican served one term in the Senate before losing to Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan in a squeaker last year.

GOP Lobbyists Launch New Shop as High-Profile Firm Fades
QGA Public Affairs was once among K Street's top moneymakers

QGA was founded as a bipartisan lobbying and public affairs shop in 2000. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The once high-profile K Street shop QGA Public Affairs is restructuring with the departure of Democratic founder Jack Quinn, and some of its marquee lobbyists are planning to open a new venture.

Republicans John Feehery, John Easton and Adam Belmar all are leaving to start EFB Advocacy, a boutique lobbying and communications shop in the Eastern Market section of Capitol Hill.

GOP Launches Neil Gorsuch Push Ahead of Votes Next Week
A committee vote is scheduled for Monday, with final confirmation on Friday

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, walks past a group calling themselves Public Advocate of the U.S., who dressed in robes and waved flags in support of Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are heading into the final round in their effort to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

A coalition of outside groups is making their case in advertisements in key states, while other GOP supporters are appealing directly to Democratic senators to garner support for the Supreme Court nominee. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Gorsuch’s nomination on Monday, with a final confirmation vote expected next Friday.

Trump Lashes Out at Blumenthal Over Gorsuch Comments
President attacks an undecided Democrat even as he needs 8 Dem votes

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal was attacked by President Donald Trump over the senator’s description of comments the president’s Supreme Court nominee made in a private meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:02 a.m.President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday, saying the Connecticut Democrat “misrepresents” what his Supreme Court nominee said during a private meeting.

The attack on an undecided Democrat on the Judiciary Committee won’t make the White House’s job any easier as it searches for Democratic votes to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch, who met with Blumenthal on Wednesday. And Trump drew a parallel between criticism in 2010 that Blumenthal had misrepresented his military service during Vietnam and what he said Gorsuch told him.

Democrats in a Dilemma Over Trump's Court Nominee
Senate Democrats will get a lot of advice about how to handle President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court — and it appears they need it.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Justice nominee, meets with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in her Hart building office on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There’s pressure from liberal advocacy groups and the party’s energized base for Democrats to pull out all the stops in an attempt to block Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation. Not only do those interests have concerns about his approach to abortion rights and environmental law, but they thirst for revenge for Republicans’ obstruction of former President Barack Obama’s nominee for the same seat.

Some moderate legal and political commentators, meanwhile, have urged Democrats to wait for another potential Supreme Court nominee to launch an all-out confirmation war — a possibility during the Trump administration since two justices are in their 80s. Gorsuch would replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, so his elevation from a federal appeals court in Denver wouldn’t shift the ideological balance of the high court anyway.

Gorsuch Calls Trump’s Judge Comments ‘Disheartening’
Trump referred to a federal judge as a “so-called judge”

Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch has been meeting with senators this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By TODD RUGER and JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ Roll Call 

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, in a meeting Wednesday with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, characterized as “disheartening” and “demoralizing” a tweet by President Donald Trump that called a federal judge a “so-called judge.”

Take Five: Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Democrat took up crossword puzzles while campaigning

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan previously served two terms as governor was governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who gave her maiden floor speech on Monday, talks to HOH about playing rugby, her son, and the greatest quarterback of all time.

Q: As a New Englander and someone who was born in Boston, what were your emotions when the Patriots and Falcons went into overtime at the Super Bowl last Sunday night?