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July 25, 2014

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July 10, 2014

Photos: Storm Clouds Over Washington

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Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?

Check out Clark’s amazing images below and see more of our images on our photo page.

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July 3, 2014

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

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Fireworks appear over the Washington Monument in celebration of Independence Day. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities, which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.

In 1989, Roll Call photographer Maureen Keating was on duty, snapping shots of the fireworks lighting up the Washington skyline and of the spectators who turned out for the fun. Check out some of her best shots below:

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June 26, 2014

Slideshow: Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., pitches at Nationals Stadium during the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Check out the best shots of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game by Photo Editor Bill Clark and photographer Tom Williams. There really was some action on the field – a few times.

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#tbt: Recess Is Almost Here

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A woman sunbathes during a recess week on Capitol Hill on August 22, 1979. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ File Photo Roll Call)

It’s getting muggy out there. If you were at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game last night you definitely felt the humidity and the heat. Never fear, Capitol Hill, recess is coming!

This 1979 photo by Mickey Senko ran in the Aug. 23 edition of Roll Call and described recess this way: “What is so rare as a day during recess? Beautiful sunny days, smog-free skies, green grass underfoot, and the Capitol Dome overhead … and the boss is out of town.”

June 19, 2014

#TBT: Baseball and Cigars

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Conte lights a victory cigar after Republicans won the 1975 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Pen Wilson/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass., was an prominent figure on Capitol Hill during his years in office from 1959 to 1991. A major player in the Congressional Baseball Game, Conte was rarely seen on the field without a cigar. Capitol Lens dug into our archives to find some of Conte’s most iconic pictures.

Don’t forget to get your ticket for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, which is on June 25 this year. And get in the spirit with our coverage of the Wednesday night Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

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Conte, with a cigar clamped in his teeth, jokes with Bill Chapel, D-Fla., during the 1986 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Keith Jewell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


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Conte, center, claps with a cigar in his mouth during a Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)


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Conte, with his recently discarded crutches below him, lines up to take a pitch during the 1966 game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)



June 18, 2014

Caption Contest: All Smiles

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Cantor, center, shares an elevator with staff, security, and Reps. Louie Gohmert and Ralph M. Hall, as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting. Click on photo to enlarge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Our award-winning photojournalists Bill Clark and Tom Williams were on the Hill today, as they are every day, trying to capture the news and mood at the Captiol. Clark filed this photo of Eric Cantor in an elevator and Capitol Lens thought we would hand over captioning duties to you.

So, how would you caption this photo?

June 16, 2014

These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

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Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., left, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pose in the Capitol Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.

Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day.

Roll Call is tracking developments on 218, our blog about the House, but here is a snapshot of the faces you’ll want to watch this week on Capitol Hill.

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By Meredith Dake Posted at 11:43 a.m.
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June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Forget Your Umbrella

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Leigh Feete, 21, from the Miss Washington Contest, poses in front of the Capitol Building. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This gem was on the front page of the July 25, 1957, Roll Call edition. The caption under the photo reads:

Civil Rights and soaring mercury made the Capitol the hottest place in town this week. So Radio Station WWDC, which sponsors the Miss Washington beauty contest, sent down cooly-attired Leigh Feete, 21, to shade the Capitol Dome with an umbrella. If anything, Miss Feete — umbrella or no — raised temperatures even higher.

Stay dry, Washington.

June 10, 2014

Hill Flashback: Hello, Ladies

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Wearing a bikini made of lettuce leaves, Playboy Magazine’s Miss July 2002, Lauren Anderson, serves up a veggie dog to James P. Moran, D-Va., in front of the Rayburn House Office building. (Doug Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Majority Leader Harry Reid was a little disappointed he missed the crowning of Miss USA over the weekend.

“I, along with all Nevada, congratulate Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, on her well-deserved victory,” Reid said. “I wish her the very best as she pursues the crown of Miss Universe and as she undertakes her duties as a global ambassador.”

In light of Reid’s comments, Capitol Lens decided to dig into our archives to showcase congressmen enjoying sash-clad women around the Hill and on the road. Enjoy a few of the many moments Roll Call photographers caught members enjoying one of the “perks” of the job.

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June 5, 2014

#TBT: We’ve Got Spirit

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Congressional staffers get geared up to cheer at the 1966 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. From left, Alleene from Rep. Clark Thompson’s office, Barbara Cook from Rep. Robert Casey’s office, Betty Anne Reichley from the Senate Finance Committee staff and Barbara (Bobbi) Lewis from Rep. James Hanley’s office are photographed outside the Capitol in July 1966. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


The 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is on June 25. Buy your tickets now!

The Republicans are looking to reclaim a title this year, after a disastrous losing streak. It will be an uphill battle since the GOP has lost its top player.

Bookmark this page to follow all of our baseball coverage. We’ll see you at the game!

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