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Word on the Hill: Chocolate Time

D.C. wants to be resilient and a new record in the Senate

A new survey finds that 94 percent of Americans want candy or chocolate for Valentine’s Day. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Friday, finally. And it’s time to buy some chocolate.

Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday and chocolate is what Americans want most for the holiday, according to a survey by the National Confectioners Association.

Of the 1,630 people polled, 94 percent want chocolate or candy, 70 percent plan to give chocolate or candy, and 43 percent say they expect to buy themselves a box of chocolate.

A greater share of millennials said they planned to buy themselves chocolate (55 percent) than any other demographic. Forty-seven percent of women and 42 percent of men said the same thing.

News from the mayor’s desk

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the first Resilience-Agenda Setting Workshop in the District on Thursday. Washington joined the global effort 100 Resilient Cities last year, which aims to help cities become resilient to 21st century physical, social and economic challenges.

Happy birthday, Lincoln

Sunday is Abraham Lincoln’s birth anniversary. The former president was born 208 years ago, on Feb. 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was assassinated on April 15, 1865.


“What son of a bitch did that?”

— Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., upon hearing that his record as tallest U.S. senator had been broken by new Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who is 6 feet 9 inches tall.

Congressional staffers: how much sleep are you getting?

Take the latest HOH survey about how much sleep those who work on Capitol Hill are getting these days — it’s anonymous, it takes only a few minutes, and we want to hear from you.

Happy birthday to…

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., 55.

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., 74

On Saturday:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., 55

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., 47.

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