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Word on the Hill: Congressional Dinner
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MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren will emcee Wednesday night’s Congressional Correspondents Dinner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The day after President Donald Trump, an outspoken critic of the media, gave his joint session address to Congress, members of Congress and the media are getting together.

The annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner is tonight, when the media invites sources and politicians to be their guests for the event.

Take Five: Josh Gottheimer
New Jersey Democrat recalls writing a State of the Union address

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer talks about a photo in his office that depicts the first time President Bill Clinton shopped online. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, 41, talks about working as a White House speechwriter, connecting with his children long-distance, and being a Bruce Springsteen fan.

Q: What was it like being a speechwriter for Bill Clinton?

Olympians Phelps and Nelson Push for More Action Against Doping
Nelson lost gold medal to doping athlete only to get one nine years after the Olympics

From left, Olympic gold medalists Adam Nelson and Michael Phelps, and Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, are sworn in during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Adam Nelson gave heartfelt pleas for Congress to help with the effort to eliminate doping in sports.

The athletes were witnesses on Tuesday at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled “Ways to Improve and Strengthen the Anti-Doping System.”

Scalia Play Coming This Summer
Arena Stage announces its next political plays

The panel from left to right: Jacqueline E. Lawton, John Strand, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Rita Braver, Nathan Alan Davis, Molly Smith (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

“The Originalist,” which dives into the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s heart and soul, will be performed on Arena Stage this summer.

Playwright John Strand premiered the play at Arena Stage in 2015. He is now commissioned with bringing the late justice’s story back, the theater announced on Monday.

Flint Meets Travel Ban in Front of Trump
Michigan Democrat is taking an immigrant and doctor

Mona Hanna–Attisha, left, is Rep. Dan Kildee's, right, guest to the joint session. (Photo courtesy of Kildee's office)

Hot button issues of the 114th and 115th Congress will come together Tuesday night in the form of Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee’s guest to President Donald Trump’s address in front of a joint session of Congress.

Kildee is taking Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan, who helped to expose the water crisis there. She is the daughter of Iraqi-American scientists and immigrated to the U.S. as a child.

Rep. Abraham Uses Pilot License to Give Back to Constituents
Louisiana Republican helps children with cancer and with military training

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham boards an airplane to fly a mission for the Coast Guard Auxiliary collecting flood damage information. (Courtesy of Rep. Ralph Abraham’s office)

The sky’s the limit for Rep. Ralph Abraham.

The Louisiana Republican is a pilot, a physician, a veterinarian, and a farmer. He also helps out with the Coast Guard and wants to climb Mount Everest next year.

Word on the Hill: Joint Session
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President Donald Trump’s last big event at the Capitol was his inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump heads to the Capitol today for his first address to a joint session of Congress, and as a result we don’t get to go to Mardi Gras.

The Capitol will be restricted to those with event credentials, starting at 5:30 p.m. See our list of restrictions around the complex.

Guest List: Who Members of Congress Are Taking to Trump’s Address
President to make first speech to joint session of Congress on Tuesday

The guest lists are out for President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will hold his first joint session address to Congress on Tuesday and every member is able to bring a guest to sit in the gallery.

Oftentimes, those invited are a part of what is driving the news of the day.

Word on the Hill: Busy Week
Your social calendar for the week

President Donald Trump is coming to the Capitol this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool)

Welcome back from recess! We’re hitting the ground running for another busy week on the Hill.

President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. will drive the week — make sure you plan for that.

Have Gavel, Will Travel
Wisconsin’s Jim Sensenbrenner has held the most town halls this year

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner hosts a town hall meeting in his district in February. (Courtesy Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s office)

Congressional recess was dominated by news of angry constituents in town hall meetings around the country, seemingly more and more disgruntled with what they’re hearing from their representatives.

Some members of Congress have refused to hold such events while others have imposed new rules on attendance and conduct.

Charlie Crist Files for Divorce
Freshman congressman’s wife served as his campaign director

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., was married for nine years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida is filing for divorce from his wife of nine years.

“It just didn’t work out for us,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times.

Word on the Hill: Recess Wrap Up
Former vice presidential candidate’s birthday this weekend

Artist Kelsea Ballerini takes a selfie with Rep. Joseph Crowley in Los Angeles on Feb. 11. (Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy)

Recess is coming to an end. Members did everything from hosting town halls to traveling overseas and attending CPAC.

One bipartisan group of music lovers kicked off recess a little early with a congressional briefing hosted by The Recording Academy on Feb. 11, during Grammy weekend in Los Angeles.

Word on the Hill: A Healthy Talk
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Dr. Neal Barnard will tell you how to live a healthier life. (Courtesy Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Learn about staying healthy this year from the Library of Congress.

As part of the LOC’s Office of Health Services and the Library of Congress Professional Association’s “Living Well Brown Bag Series,” Dr. Neal Barnard is speaking at noon today in the Mumford Room on the 6th floor of the Madison building.

Take Five: John Kennedy
Louisiana Republican senator misses his law school gig

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has researched bus tours around D.C. and hopes to take one soon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, 65, shares his thoughts on Congress so far, why he chose not to continue teaching law school, and what he eats when his wife isn’t in D.C.

Q: In your first couple of months here, what have you discovered about the Senate that you didn’t know before?

Word on the Hill: Last Week of Black History Month
Tim Scott goes to a museum with Donald Trump

The Museum of African American History and Culture is a great place to celebrate Black History Month in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As February comes to an end, so does Black History Month.

D.C.’s free film festival to celebrate the month is on Sunday, hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office on African American Affairs and actor Lamman Rucker at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW) from 2 to 10 p.m.