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Heard on the Hill: Handyman Turner?

Sure, Rep. Michael Turner can legislate, but don’t look to him to actually build anything.

The Ohio Republican helped salute President Jimmy Carter during Monday night’s Habitat for Humanity “Thanks a Million!” gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Turner tells HOH that he has helped out with Habitat for Humanity projects over the years but is usually assigned a specific duty at the job site.

“They only let me paint — they won’t trust me with a hammer,” Turner jokes.

Turner joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to honor Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, for their years of service with Habitat for Humanity.

President Carter, released from a Cleveland hospital Thursday after suffering from a viral infection, seemed in especially good spirits, greeting guests before dinner and cracking jokes during his acceptance speech.

Carter told one story about a trip that he and his wife took to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Around the same time, the president — whose specific identity Carter declined to name — made a big deal about visiting the zone, which he labeled as one of the world’s most dangerous places.

“I said, ‘Rosalynn, that’s where we were building homes last week,’” Carter recalled.

Norton’s Social Network

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has been having some technical difficulties.

According to her office, the D.C. Democrat was locked out of her Facebook page for several weeks because of “suspicious activity.” We hear Norton, who logs in almost daily, was lost without access to her friends’ vacation pictures and status updates. So Norton turned to Twitter to fill her social needs.

“Thank goodness for twitter! My facebook account has been down for weeks,” Norton tweeted Monday.

Looks like Eduardo Saverin isn’t the only one who has beef with Mark Zuckerberg, eh?

Lucky for Norton, the Facebook issue was resolved. Her office reports Norton is again able to log in and stalk her friends.

Congress Honors the Troops

Members, musicians and a few out-of-work TV actors are putting on their formalwear and heading to Woodley Park this week to honor members of the armed services at the annual USO gala. The black-tie event, set for Thursday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, will be emceed by comedian Bill Engvall and features a performance by country music star Trisha Yearwood.

A dozen Members of Congress are scheduled to take a break from campaigning to honor the troops. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is slated to attend, as are Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.).

Elected officials aren’t the only ones getting in on the fun. A handful of actors are also planning to attend, including ex-“Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia and former “Charmed” star Rose McGowan.

Members Warm to Reading During a Snowy Day

The Capitol is about to be hit with another Snowmageddon.

The Capitol Visitor Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland Thursday for Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record Day, which will see Members of Congress read to preschool kids to promote literacy efforts.

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