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Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Congress

June 4, 2013 - Joselyn King
U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley is taking another stab at promoting bi-partisanship in Congress, and this time a baseball diamond is involved.

McKinley, R-W.Va., and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., are sponsoring the first-ever baseball "Congressional Night," set for tonight at a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park in Washington.

McKinley's office expects at least 100 members of Congressional members to attend, as well as 400 staff members. More importantly, they all will be paying for their own tickets -- of which $5 from each will go toward the Wounded Warriors project.

So 500 times $5 equals ... at least $2,500 for soldiers injured during war.

And there's something civilizing about baseball. One has to think -- maybe even hope -- members of congress with opposing interests can find common ground around a baseball diamond.

Somewhere between the hot dogs, the suds and the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, maybe they'll even start to talk. It has to be a good thing.


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