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Twitterverse Trolls Trump’s Mexico Trip
Donald Trump to meet with Peña Nieto on Wednesday

Donald Trump and the infamous Cinco de Mayo taco bowl. (@RealDonaldTrump)

In a campaign in which little is surprising anymore, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a surprise visit to Mexico on Wednesday before he makes a speech on immigration in Arizona.

Trump is to meet with Mexico President Peña Nieto, whom Trump says initiated the meeting. In June, Nieto compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Rick Perry to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars'
Former Texas governor paired with professional dancer Emma Slater

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, shown here speaking at the Republican National Convention in July, will dance with the stars. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will shed his cowboy boots for dancing shoes for the next season of ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars."

The full cast for Season 23, which premieres on Sept. 12, was announced on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. Perry will be paired with dancer Emma Slater, a five-time contestant.

Tuesday Trivia: Florida and Arizona Edition
Corrine Brown and John McCain face primaries on Tuesday

Florida's Al Lawson also ran for the House in 2012. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown faces a strong primary challenge from Al Lawson, who was the Democratic nominee in 2012 against former Rep. Steve Southerland II. What would distinguish Lawson from his House colleagues should he be elected?

A. He played professional basketball in the early 1970s

Spotted: White House Moon Bounce on GW's Campus
ONE Vote ’16 set up the bounce house to engage voters on poverty issues

Students jump in an adult-size bounce house in the shape of the White House at George Washington University on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An adult-size moon bounce depicting the White House rolled onto George Washington University’s campus on Monday.

ONE Vote ’16 set up the bounce house at GW’s University Yard to engage D.C. voters on issues of extreme poverty ahead of the November election. The group’s election caravan will visit key congressional districts and battleground states.

Huma Abedin Separating From Anthony Weiner
Weiner deletes Twitter account after latest sexting scandal

Huma Abedin, who announced Monday she is separating from her husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, arrives for a closed-door interview with the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday she is separating from her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, after a report emerged that he was involved in a new sexting scandal, NBC News reported.

Abedin said in a statement that she made the decision "after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage."

Exit Interview: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia Republican has ideas for cutting down on 'nonsense legislation'

Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, center, jokes that he will have to look for a job now. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future. 

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, 66, was first elected in 2004. The Georgia Republican announced in January that he would retire at the end of this term, his sixth in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Florida Republican recalls traveling with President Bush the day before 9/11

Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw says the first thing he'll do as an ex-member of Congress is take his grandkids for an orange freeze back home in Jacksonville. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw, 71, was first elected in 2000. The Florida Republican announced in April that he would retire at the end of this term, his eighth in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Lois Capps
California Democrat says partisanship largely took off with the tea party

Rep. Lois Capps is looking forward to long walks on the California beach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

California Democrat Lois Capps, 78, was first elected in 1998. She announced in April 2015 that she would retire at the end of this term, her ninth full one in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Scott Rigell
Virginia Republican says leverage recess to pass appropriations bills on time

Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell is looking forward to ditching his suits and spending more time outdoors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Virginia Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, 56, was first elected in 2010. He announced in January that he will retire at the end of this congressional term, his third.

Reid Cites Physique in Passing on Burning Man
Annual clothing-optional gathering in the Nevada desert kicks off Sunday

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he needed to lose a few pounds before he'd be ready for Burning Man. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid does not plan to attend the Burning Man annual gathering, which kicks off Sunday in the Black Rock Desert in his home state of Nevada.

The Democratic senator was actually asked about possibly visiting the event during a wide-ranging interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal which was posted online late Tuesday.

TMI, Chris Murphy
Connecticut senator is a fan of 'Fight Song' and Nick Lachey

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy' has drawn mixed reviews on Twitter for his musical tastes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy opened himself up to criticism by admitting he might not be the best judge of music.

On Tuesday morning, the Connecticut Democrat defended Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," which has been widely used by the Hillary Clinton campaign over the past year, saying that he liked it "a lot."

Exit Interview: Rep. Reid Ribble
Wisconsin Republican says committees should select their own chairmen

Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble's first task out of office will be cutting a Christmas tree. And letting his wife decorate it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble, 60, was first elected in 2010. He announced in January that he will retire at the end of this term, his third in Congress.

Trivia Tuesday: Presidential Golfers
How well do you know Obama's predecessors?

President William Howard Taft is shown putting on the green at a Chevy Chase, Maryland, golf course. (Library of Congress/whitehouse.gov)

For this week's recess trivia, we're looking back on presidents who golf in honor of the end of President Barack Obama's last in-office August vacation.

Which president was considered the first serious golfer? 

Exit Interview: Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Retiring Texas Republican says Congress needs more conservatives

Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he's looking forward to wearing Levi's and a fishing vest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer, 66, was first elected in 2003. He announced in September that he will retire at the end of this term, his sixth full one in Congress.

Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members
6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.