- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2009

Our very own Web editor Jillian Badanes was on lady-spy duty Wednesday night at Nationals Park for the 48th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, where she reports the Democrats beat the Republicans for the first time since 2000. The final score? 15-10.

“I am thrilled that the Democrats finally got a win. We’ve practiced hard, and it paid off,” said Rep. Adam Smith, Washington Democrat, who had practiced with his team at 7:30 every weekday morning since April.

Jilly also spotted Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, hanging out in the stands, chowing down on stadium food while Secret Service agents kept a watchful eye. Way to help the team, Cantor!

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, played cheerleader from the VIP seats behind home plate, often standing up and waving her fist in between shaking hands and taking pictures with young staffers.

Her colleague Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, joined her around the fourth inning.

Jilly hears that the victors headed to the National Democratic Club after the game to celebrate, singing ‘We are the champions’ while holding the trophy over their heads.

Angie’s back in town

Marking the launch of activities leading up to World Refugee Day on Saturday, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie was back in Washington Thursday. The event with U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at the National Geographic Society was moderated by NBC’s Ann Curry.

“I know the strength that diversity has given my country — a country built by what some would now dismiss as asylum seekers and economic migrants — and I believe we must persuade the world that refugees must not be simply viewed as a burden. They are the survivors. And they can bring those qualities to the service of their communities and the countries that shelter them,” Miss Jolie said of the estimated 42 million refugees throughout the world.

“The refugees I have met and spent time with have profoundly changed my life,” she told the crowd, including “Blonde Charity Mafia” star Katherine Kennedy, who said she was brought to tears by Miss Jolie’s “very personal story.”

The event included a live feed from the Djabal refugee camp in eastern Chad, where a UNHCR staff member spoke to the assembled audience.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was scheduled to speak but was a no-show thanks to the elbow injury she suffered in a fall Wednesday.

Bully pulpit

“I probably was the bully,” says Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, when we asked at a reception for actress Julianne Moore Wednesday night whether she had been the victim of bullying as a child. Miss Moore’s second children’s book, “Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully,” was published recently.

“No, I’m just kidding,” she was quick to add, explaining, “There was a girl in the fourth grade who tried to pick a fight with everyone, but we are friends now.”

The junior senator apparently has mastered the art of turning foes into friends, at least on the surface, because we queried her about the very public jabs her colleague Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has taken at her, including one last month in G2. As you may recall, when we saw Mrs. Maloney at a cocktail party, she stuck her finger down her throat as if to gag when we mentioned Mrs. Gillibrand’s name.

“When we see each other, we are very nice. I am focused on being the best senator I can be,” said Mrs. Gillibrand, ever the diplomat.

Not so, counters Mrs. Maloney, who told the New York Daily News editorial board this week, “Some people run to get elected. She’s, to my knowledge, never passed anything. She spends all her time fundraising. I spend my time doing things.”

It has been widely reported that Mrs. Maloney is considering challenging Mrs. Gillibrand for her Senate seat in the 2010 Democratic primary and will arrive at a firm decision by July 4. This may interfere with Mrs. Gillibrand’s summer plans. We overheard her churning out ideas for the best vacation spots with Hilary Rosen, former chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America.

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