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‘We Will Not Give In To Fear’: Congress Is Still Ready To Play Ball

Members of a Republican and Democratic congressional ball teams accumulate for a impulse of overpower before a Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday.

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Members of a Republican and Democratic congressional ball teams accumulate for a impulse of overpower before a Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday.

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The Congressional Baseball Game is to be played during Nationals Park on Thursday night, only a day after Rep. Steve Scalise was critically harmed in a sharpened during use in Virginia.

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The Congressional Baseball Game is to be played during Nationals Park on Thursday night, only a day after Rep. Steve Scalise was critically harmed in a sharpened during use in Virginia.

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Although a continue in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an apparent and determined shade is being expel over Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game — a tradition that began some-more than a century ago.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a third-highest-ranking Republican in a House of Representatives, is still in vicious condition after undergoing his third medicine Thursday morning as a outcome of a gunshot wound to his hip. He was one of 4 bleeding by a gunman Wednesday in an conflict on a Republican group use in Virginia.

The FBI says a shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was killed by police.

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Since a shooting, members of Congress have oral about a need for unity, during a time when polarization seems to be during an all-time high. This year’s ball game, played during Nationals Park in Southeast Washington, looks to be a place where members can uncover it.

“The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans opposite Democrats,” pronounced Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion square he wrote for CNN. “It’s about Republicans and Democrats.”

Aguilar plays outfield for a Democratic team; before a shooting, Scalise was slated to play second bottom for a Republicans.

“We will not give in to fear, assault or hate,” Aguilar said. “We will play for those influenced by these inhuman and villainous actions, to support internal charities … and to remind a American people that this assault will not conclude or order us.”

Thursday’s matchup represents a tiebreaker in a series. Democrats have won 7 of a final 8 games, bringing a altogether array to an even 39-39-1 (the teams played mixed times in some years).

The determining cause will substantially be Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who might be a best to have ever played in a game.

“I consider anybody that ever played baseball, a dream was to play in a vital joining stadium,” Richmond pronounced final year.

The ball tradition is pronounced to have fake a loyalty between Richmond and associate Louisiana Rep. Scalise.

Tickets to a diversion are available online and were offered during a rate of 500 per hour on Thursday afternoon, according to Roll Call. Proceeds for a diversion advantage a series of internal charities.

President Trump is not formulation to attend a diversion since of confidence concerns, a White House pronounced Wednesday.