Clyde McGrady

St. Louis rejoice! The Lord Stanley’s Cup arrives at the Capitol

The morning after the Cardinals were eliminated from World Series contention, St. Louis sports fans had a more joyous reason to feel the Blues. The Stanley Cup, won by the St. Louis Blues in June, made its way to Washington, D.C., Wednesday and was on display for public viewing.

LeBron James comments intensify debate over freedom, trade
Hawley joins chorus criticizing basketball superstar during NBA-China controversy

Basketball megastar LeBron James has finally leaped into the NBA’s ongoing controversy over Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Chinese protesters. Some critics, including Sen. Josh Hawley, find James’s stance sorely lacking. And the full House is also on record, passing a trio of bills Tuesday aimed at helping Hong Kong democracy activists in their fight to preserve political freedoms from encroachment by mainland China.

“I don’t want to get into a ...  feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James told reporters Monday ahead of a preseason game with the Golden State Warriors. “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

Republicans accuse NBA of cowardice in flare-up with China
Senators call on the NBA to demonstrate same approach to domestic issues

The National Basketball Association is coming under fire from three Republican senators accusing the league of moral cowardice and capitulation to Chinese officials after a Houston Rockets executive expressed support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley are condemning the league and the Rockets for silencing team general manager Daryl Morey, who recently tweeted “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” in response to ongoing protests, before deleting the message.

Rappers not named Kanye defend Trump with #MAGAChallenge
You never thought that hip hop would take it this far

President Donald Trump’s relationship with the rap industry is actually more complicated than you might think. Trump’s been named-checked in rap lyrics for decades. As a professionally famous rich person, his ostentatious displays of wealth were aspirational among MCs who similarly brag about success and their hustler mentalities.

But of course, that changed once Trump ran for president by using racially divisive rhetoric and attacking Barack Obama, another president popular with rappers.

#MAGAWood comes to Trump’s defense as impeachment talk ramps up
Randy Quaid has some thoughts on Adam Schiff

As impeachment talk accelerates in Washington, it should be no surprise that some Hollywood celebrities are weighing in as well. The entertainment capital of the world sometimes gets a rap as liberal and anti-Trump, but there’s still love for the president in Tinseltown.

President Donald Trump is facing mounting scrutiny from congressional Democrats, including House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who Trump said should be “questioned at the highest level for Fraud and Treason.”

Comeback tour for Al Franken enters new phase with radio show
Minnesota Democrat was podcasting, now will be on SiriusXM

After almost two years in the wilderness, former Sen. Al Franken is jumping back into the public eye —sort of — with a new SiriusXM radio show that will focus on politics and culture.

The one-hour show premieres 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 28 and will feature comedian and fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Chris Rock as Franken’s first guest.

Congress gets first win of the decade in charity football

Members of Congress snapped a four-game losing streak in the biannual Congressional Football Game for Charity on Tuesday night to defeat the Capitol Police, 14-4, behind a stellar defensive effort.

The Mean Machine, a bipartisan team of members of Congress and former NFL players, defeated The Guards, a team made up of Capitol Police officers sworn to protect lawmakers, for the first time since 2009.

Any Given Tuesday: Cops and lawmakers suit up for charity football
Mean Machine, Guards compete for all the gridiron glory

Lawmakers will be looking for redemption when they, along with a few retired football pro friends, hit the gridiron against the Capitol Police in their biannual football game Tuesday.

The Congressional Football Game for Charity features the Mean Machine, a bipartisan team of members of Congress and former NFL players, against the Guards, a team made up of Capitol Police officers.

Your Hill Horoscope: We just took a DNA test and we are 100 percent pizza
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 23-30

“Heard it from a friend” that blast from the past is taking the stage Tuesday night at Warner Theater. If you’re feeling nostalgic, and looking for a good time, hop on board the REO Speedwagon. Show starts at 8 p.m.

But you know what doesn’t? Seeing Lizzo on Wednesday night at The Anthem. Show starts at 8 p.m.

It’s almost time for The Jacket to invade Capitol Hill
How the Barbour jacket took over Capitol Hill and D.C.

Between late October and early May you can’t swing a dead cat in this city without hitting a Capitol Hill bro decked out in The Jacket.

You know the one I’m talking about.

D.C. evokes spirit of 1776 in battle for statehood
‘We’re coming for what is due us,’ mayor proclaims

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton evoked the Founding Fathers to plead their case for district statehood while riding in a statehood parade to the Capitol on Monday.

The two D.C. political leaders were joined in front of the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District government, by high-spirited U.S. veterans from D.C. waving American flags with 51 stars and chanting “Fif-ty-one! Fif-ty-one!” The delegation then climbed onto a double-decker statehood bus for an 11-block trek that included a stop in front of Trump International Hotel.

Bowser and Norton hope 2019 is the year for D.C. statehood

D.C. residents, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., held a statehood march Monday to ask Congress to make Washington the 51st state in the union. Ahead of a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Thursday on the matter, Bowser and Norton rode a statehood-themed bus with a delegation of military veterans. They also switched many of Pennsylvania Ave.'s flags to American flags with 51 stars.

Haaland recalls struggles as single mom, Thanksgiving and being homeless
“My daughter was like, ‘Mom, we were actually homeless’’

Americans typically celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with friends and family to cook and eat bountiful feasts. We tend to think of it as a day of abundance and sometimes overindulgence.

But Deb Haaland recalls one year when her experience was far from typical or joyful.

HOH presents: the ultimate congressional fantasy football juggernaut
Here are the current and former members of Congress who would dominate

Have you ever wondered which current or former members of Congress would make the ideal fantasy football team? Well, we’ve got you covered.

For hardcore football fans, playing fantasy can be an exercise in cognitive dissonance. If you are a Baltimore Ravens fan who has Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, you have to pray the Steelers QB throws four TDs while the rest of the team plays like garbage. But there is no better feeling than agonizing over setting the perfect lineup and then watching your team light up your enemy, er, opponent. And for perhaps the ultimate in cognitive dissonance, Heard on the Hill presents the All-Congress fantasy football team.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj rankles, entertains at student debt hearing
Congressional hearings can be dry but not today

You may not think a hearing on solving the $1.6 trillion student loan debt crisis would provide many laughs, but comedian Hasan Minhaj racked up a few, to the annoyance of some Republicans, while testifying before the House Financial Services Committee.

Tuesday’s hearing wasn’t short on tense exchanges, either, even from the jump.

‘Queer Eye,’ beer and the Washington Nationals: Your Hill Horoscope
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 9-16

Tuesday at the Lincoln Theatre, food and wine expert Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” will preview recipes from his new book “Antoni in the Kitchen.” The book is out Monday. Porowski will also take questions from the audience. We hope you like guac!

As part of DC Beer Week, Red Bear Brewing will host a discussion on Thursday featuring women shaping the D.C. craft beer scene. Yes, there will be beer.

If it’s possible to ‘win’ August recess, these members did
Just don’t call it a vacation

August is traditionally the time when members of Congress take a monthlong break from D.C., escaping the sweaty, oppressively hot swamp for their individual states. Recess, a tradition that predates air conditioning, is now known as a “district work period” — because lawmakers HATE that you’re in any way implying that they’re on vacation.

While their constituents are judging members on how much “work” they did during their time in their districts this August, we’re judging them based on who looked like they had the most fun.

‘American Idol’ tryouts test patience of DC federal workers
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Others think it’s ‘bulls---’

If you enjoy hearing people randomly shout-sing ballads and practice Mariah Carey-like vocal runs, then Wednesday morning at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington was your own personal heaven.

“American Idol,” now in its 18th (!) season, held open auditions at the federal building named after a president who knew a thing or two about performance.

Spicer has worst chances of winning DWTS, oddsmakers say
Placing a bet on the former White House press secretary could lead to a big payoff

Gambling oddsmakers are giving former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer little to no chance of going home as King of the Dance in September when he competes on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Spicer has 50-1 odds of going the distance, according to website Sportsbetting.ag. For the uninitiated, that means placing a $10 bet on Spicer would get you $500 should he win.

Roy Blunt pitches Negro League coin idea
Congress has authorized more than 150 commemorative coins since 1892. Will this be the next?

Sen. Roy Blunt wants a commemorative coin to honor Negro League Baseball when it celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2020.

The Missouri Republican talked about his coin push during a tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, this week.