Trump’s Protest Crisis Deepens With Rebukes From Defense ChiefsDonald Trump faced a direct challenge to his leadership from his current and former defense secretaries, who issued a pair of rare public dissents questioning the president’s threat to use military force against rolling, nationwide protests over police brutality.1
Top US military officer reaches out to Capitol Hill leadersWASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, spoke privately with congressional leaders and many other lawmakers as Pentagon officials came under fire for the military's role in containing protests following the police killing of George Floyd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to express her concerns on Tuesday, according to two people who were not authorized to...3
In a partisan age, TV images that speak volumesWhen historians of the future try to understand the degree to which partisanship defined the Trump years, one clue might well be the spectacle of one Republican senator after another hastening past reporters on Capitol Hill this week as they dodged questions about the circumstances leading to President Trump’s already-infamous church photo op Monday.
World War II | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt’s speech, Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin’s lone vote against war, and security at the Capitol are discussed in a series of firsthand accounts of the World War II era. Oral histories help to provide a more complete picture of the House of Representatives during this period of global conflict.
The 1953 Congressional Baseball Game | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn this date, Democrats and Republicans in the 83rd Congress (1953–1955) squared off in the Congressional Baseball Game sponsored by the Washington Evening Star. A near annual tradition since 1909, ticket proceeds from the 1953 game were used to send needy children from Prince William County, Virginia, to summer camp. Playing in Griffith Stadium in northwest Washington, D.C., the Members took the diamond at 8:30 in the evening, following an hour of performances from several military bugle and drum corps. The audience of 4,609 included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who tossed the first pitch. Eisenhower’s Republicans fell short of victory, however, losing to the Democrats 3 to 2. Playing for the winning team was Representative William Jennings Bryan Dorn of South Carolina, who played in the outfield despite suffering a “badly bruised nose” in practice the previous day. Both teams had taken advantage of “spring training,” when Democratic Representative Albert Sydney Herlong of Florida hosted a bipartisan camp in his Daytona Beach district during the congressional recess in early April. “We used to have trouble rounding up two teams of 15 players each,” Herlong observed. “Now, I’m fighting off hordes of Congressmen who have developed a sudden interest in playing ball.” Herlong assured concerned constituents that each Member paid for his own trip and that the training did not “interfere with the work schedule on Capitol Hill.”