Ben Foster and Being Part of a ‘Continuing Conversation’ About Veterans
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 32

Ben Foster, left, discusses his latest movie "Leave No Trace," with Political Theater host Jason Dick. (David Banks/CQ Roll Call)

“For being an actor, being of the generation of the desert war, these questions are ever-present,” Ben Foster says about a body of work that has seen him portray veterans of America’s current conflicts. For the Boston native, veterans’ re-entry to civilian life is part of what he says is “a continuing conversation” he says is important. His latest movie, “Leave No Trace,” is the story of a veteran who is “slipping through the cracks.” For a country still at war and embroiled in extensive debate about veterans, and their well-being, it is a timely movie. Foster discussed the movie recently with Political Theater. 

Kansas Senator Calls Hearing to Fight Ticket Scalping 'Bots'
Will focus on legislation designed to crack down on bulk ticket buying

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, center, is sponsoring legislation designed to stop automated bots from stockpiling tickets, the subject of next week's hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan effort to keep ticket scalpers from scooping up the best seats at sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows will get its biggest boost yet on Capitol Hill next week.

Sen. Jerry Moran, who is sponsoring legislation designed to stop automated bots from stockpiling tickets, is set to convene a hearing next week, the Kansas Republican said in a statement provided to Roll Call on Tuesday.

Patrick Leahy, the Senator from Gotham
The Vermont Democrat talks about his love of the Dark Knight as he makes fifth film appearance

In a scene on Capitol Hill in the new movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," there are numerous fictional senators waiting to hear Superman testify only to be blown up by the evil Lex Luthor.  

But Sen. Purrington looked familiar to those on the Hill because it was Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is also a devoted fan of Batman comics and has used the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to help further causes he has supported in the Senate.  

Franken Gets New TV Gig
Minnesota senator, former comedian joins 'Jeopardy!' Power Players for D.C. show

The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer will make his "Jeopardy" debut. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

"Jeopardy!" is back in Washington and some familiar faces are competing for nerd-bragging rights and charities in television’s favorite intellectual game show.  

Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., is a Power Player and is playing to donate his money to the USO, a nonprofit that provides programs and live entertainment to troops and their families.