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Word on the Hill: Newspaperman
Congressional brews, senator gets civics lesson and World Series bet payoffs

Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post, returns to his seat as then-President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton look on after Bradlee was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

HBO’s new documentary “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” will make its world premiere in D.C. this evening.

The film is about the late legendary Washington Post executive editor who died in Washington in October 2014 at 93. The film debuts on the network Dec. 4.

Photos of the Week: House in While Senate's Out, Congressional Football and a Wharf
The week of Oct. 10 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., holds up bunny ear fingers behind a a technician testing the microphones before the start of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The House was the only chamber in session this week in Washington. The lawmakers headed out of town Thursday for their own recess. The Senate returns next week. 

The congressional football team played a game against Capitol police officers this week while D.C. leaders christened a new wharf in town. 

Word on the Hill: Capitol Hill Reality Show Casting Call
Congressional tennis roster update and brunch plans

A reality show is seeking staffers from both parties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s a casting call next week for Capitol Hill staffers for a new reality show about working in Congress.

The posting on Brad Traverse Jobs reads: 

Word on the Hill: Weekend Plans?
McCain honored, and movies and tennis ahead

The Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You can spend your Saturday eating good food and watching baseball. The Washington Nationals are celebrating D.C.’s cosmopolitanism with the second annual Taste of the World celebration, billed as a culinary event heard ’round the world.

The participating embassies of Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Qatar, Romania, and South Korea will serve food and drink samples starting at 1:30 p.m., followed by cultural dance performances at 2 p.m. Participants get to take home a set of Nationals salt-and-pepper shakers.

Opinion: African-American Women Call Out the Democratic National Committee
But are Democrats listening?

Then-Labor Secretary Tom Perez and California Rep. Maxine Waters at a news conference in April 2016. A group of African-American women have sent Perez, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a letter warning that most black voters feel the party takes them for granted. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We crave the hard-to-get while ignoring the one who has stuck with us through thick and thin. In a letter to the DNC chair, a group of black women — activists, community leaders and elected officials — has accused the Democratic Party of falling into that too-often-true cliche. Who can blame them? 

Shades of “Moby-Dick” in the narrative that took hold after the party’s 2016 losses, with white working-class males replacing the elusive white whale of Melville’s imagination. Will the results for the Democrats be just as tragic as Captain Ahab’s if the party doubles down on that strategy for election cycles to come?

Word on the Hill: Is It Spring Yet?
Dates for baseball, softball games announced

It’s time to get into the cherry blossom spirit. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, when we spring our clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m.

Although a couple of days last week felt like spring, it’s forecast to cool down this weekend and only be in the mid-30s on Saturday in Washington.

Bad News Babes Triumph in Congressional Women's Softball Game
The eighth annual event set a new fundraising record

Pitcher Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand throws to first base for an out after fielding a ball from one of the Bad News Babes hitters during the Congressional Women's Softball Game on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In a very high scoring game full of lots of smiles and high-fives, the press team, also known as the Bad News Babes, won the eighth-annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game against members of Congress 8-4.  

The game broke fundraising records on Wednesday night when it raised $215,000 for the Young Survivors Coalition, and crossed $875,000 in total donations to the charity since the event began in 2008.

'No Vote, No Voice,' Says Newly Formed Voting Rights Caucus
Lawmakers draw attention to voting restrictions since 2013 SCOTUS ruling

From left, Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Terri A. Sewell, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Xavier Becerra at a news conference at the House Triangle on Tuesday to launch the Voting Rights Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of what's likely to be the first presidential election since 1965 without the Voting Rights Act in full effect, 50 members of Congress have joined to form the Voting Rights Caucus.  

The caucus will work to educate the public about voting restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.