NBA

Pence calls Nike, NBA’s position on China ‘un-American’

Vice President Mike Pence speaking to a group in September. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vice President Mike Pence called out Nike and the NBA, criticizing them and other American businesses operating in China for “muzzling not only criticism” of the Chinese government but even muting their “affirmative expression of American values.”

Citing reports that Nike stores in China removed Houston Rockets’ merchandise from their stores, the vice president said that while the company “promotes itself as a social justice champion,” they “check their social conscious at the door” when it comes to Hong Kong.

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.

Rep. Kathleen Rice assists former Knicks player Enes Kanter
Kanter says he canceled youth summer camp in Long Island because of threats from Turkish consulate

New York Rep. Kathleen Rice is helping NBA player Enes Kanter find a new spot for his basketball camp. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated, 4:45 p.m. | Former Knicks player Enes Kanter has moved his youth basketball camp to Island Garden Basketball, an indoor arena in New York, according to his manager

The new Boston Celtics center had canceled a free camp at the Islamic Center of Long Island ahead of this weekend after threats from the Turkish consulate in New York, Kanter said.

Portman Works to Bring Prosperity From Cleveland Convention
Habitat for Humanity is encouraging GOP delegates to volunteer

Sen. Rob Portman will juggle his time during attending the convention and Habitat for Humanity. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Among the expected craziness that will come to Cleveland with the Republican National Convention , Sen. Rob Portman is working to bring a little prosperity with it.  

Portman has taken the lead on community service during the Cleveland convention and on Tuesday, he joined the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and Owens Corning in announcing a neighborhood revitalization project.  

Take Five: Ron Wyden
Oregon Democrat is pulling for the Warriors in close NBA Finals

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., shows off his father's novel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In this week's Take Five, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. , talks about when he was elected to the Senate, the NBA Finals and his father’s career as an author.  

Q : What’s your  favorite food from Oregon?  

John Dingell Likes Steph Curry's New Shoes ... He's the Only One
You're not helping, Mr. Dingell

The Faces Behind the Bipartisan Fight Against Heroin

   

An NBA player who whose heart stopped for 30 seconds during an overdose, a daughter who discovered her father dead, a sister whose brother overdosed before she even knew he was taking drugs and a father whose son died after years in and out of rehab — these are the faces that lawmakers see as they work for passage of what could be this year's most bipartisan legislative push.