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Capitol Ink | Best of 2019
The only constant in this wild year was unpredictability

Quid pro WHOA — what a year!

In January, Democrats took control of the House amid what would become the longest federal government shutdown in history. Springtime brought, besides cherry blossoms, special counsel Robert S. Mueller II’s release of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election — and a blindsiding by his own boss, Attorney General William Barr.

Next year’s Congressional Baseball Game set for June 10
At least some things are moving...

They may not be able to play government very nicely, but they will still play ball next year. The next Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will take place June 10. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While Congress attempts to figure its stuff out for 2020 within the next five days, at least one decision involving its members has been agreed upon: The date for next year’s Congressional Baseball Game.

The annual game for charity, which pits Democratic and Republican members of Congress against each other on the baseball field, is poised to take place June 10 at Nationals Park, according to an Instagram post.

Imitation Bernie, peeking on camera and too many Alaskans of the Week: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 4, 2019

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., leaves the Senate Republicans’ lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

10 photos from the Nationals Championship Parade in D.C.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman hoists the Commissioner’s Trophy as manager Dave Martinez acknowledges the crowd Saturday during a parade on Constitution Avenue to celebrate the World Series champions.

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg boards a double-decker bus with his daughter at the start of the parade.

A spooky week on the Hill, Nats win the World Series: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 28, 2019

Fall leaves blanket the lawn on the east side of the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“The real horror story this Halloween is what’s preventing Congress from doing its job,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday. Maybe members can’t get their jobs done because they’re a bit distracted after the Washington Nationals won the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Who let the dogs out? Tillis organizes Halloween dog parade

Sen. Thom Tillis pets a dog in a baby shark costume during his Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade in the Hart Senate Office Building on Oct. 31, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The house may seem divided on official impeachment rules, but that didn't "paws" the Halloween festivities outside the Dirksen office of Sen. Thom Tillis.

The North Carolina Republican organized what he called the Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, traveling from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to the Hart atrium.

Drag whistleblowers, Nats and more run the annual High Heel race
Tuesday night was the 33rd annual 17th Street high Heel Race

Men dressed as Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a whistleblower participate in the costume parade before the start of the 33rd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race on Oct. 29. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Ink | World Series Unity

Forget impeachment, let’s talk about the Nats: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of October 14, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., departs from a press conference after the Senate Republicans’ lunch in the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

While no one is on the same page about the impeachment inquiry or the Trump administration’s foreign policy moves, all of D.C. can at least agree on one thing: the Nationals making it to the World Series is “pretty exciting,” as ever-enthusiastic Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it.

Between putt-putt mishaps, rebukes of Chairman LeBron James and an auction for the Stanley Cup, Congress has been on the ball lately.

‘Divine Intervention’: The Congressional Baseball Game in Members' Words
 

With the first hit of the 2018 Congressional Baseball Game sending the ball right to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was severely injured in a shooting at the GOP baseball practice last year, members of both teams had something to be excited about at Nationals Park on Thursday. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano recaps this year's game with several players.