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The Snapchat Senators
Daines, Murphy, Booker and McCain talk about the social mobile app

Montana Sen. Steve Daines Snapchats in Statuary Hall before President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Snapchat was initially established in 2011 and within the last year or so, a few senators have jumped on the social messaging app popular with millennials.

The lawmakers usually send multimedia messages, or snaps, themselves — as opposed to having their staffers do it — and they get pretty creative with what they send to followers.

Reps. Hurd and O’Rourke Make Bipartisan Buddy Movie
“The longest cross-country livestream town hall in the history of the world’

Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, left, and Republican Rep. Will Hurd left San Antonio at 7 a.m. CDT Tuesday. (Courtesy Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Facebook page)

With a major winter storm on the East Coast canceling flights across the country, two congressmen decided to have a bipartisan adventure on their way back to Washington.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke and Republican Will Hurd rented a car and left San Antonio at 7 a.m. CDT on the road to D.C.

Women’s History Month Update on a Women’s Museum
Advocates say they are ‘closer than ever’ to making museum a reality

Joan Wages, left, and Susan Whiting are shown at a brunch for the the National Women’s History Museum in 2015. (Courtesy National Women’s History Museum)

Here is your Women’s History Month reminder that a National Women’s History Museum for the National Mall is still in the works. 

Just more than 20 years since the organization to build the museum was founded, there is a congressional commission to study its creation and a team of people ready to follow through if it gets greenlighted.

Peterson Exercises Right to Bear Arms to Win Hotdish Competition
Franken hosts the seventh annual Minnesota bake-off

From center left, Sen. Amy Klobucharand Rep. Betty McCollum size up the fare at the seventh annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s that time of the year when Al Franken makes jokes and eats casserole. Or, as the Minnesota senator and his North Star State colleagues call it, hotdish.

Rep. Collin C. Peterson won the seventh annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition with his dish that had bear meat in it.

Word on the Hill: Week Wraps Up
Animals, actors, and singers

California Rep. Ed Royce shows off George the kangaroo at a World Wildlife Day event hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society on Capitol Hill this week. (Chip Weiskotten/WCS)

Happy Friday of a very busy week in Washington! And, a belated Happy Women’s History Month!

Here are a few things that happened this week worth checking out.

McCain’s Mom Celebrates 105th Birthday
Arizona Republican tweets Happy Birthday wishes to his mother

Sen. John McCain's mother Roberta McCain attends the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., with McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain tweeted birthday wishes to his mother, Roberta McCain, who celebrated her 1o5th birthday on Tuesday.

And from her daughter-in-law, Cindy McCain...

Fish on a Treadmill and Other Waste, According to Jeff Flake
Arizona Republican plans another push for a permanent earmark ban

The cover of Sen. Jeff Flake’s latest Wastebook. (Courtesy Sen. Flake’s office)

Sen. Jeff Flake highlights 50 examples of questionable, even frivolous federal spending in the latest edition of his government wastebook.

Flake calls the latest volume “Wastebook: PORKémon Go.” All told, the Arizona Republican’s office says it details more than $5 billion in inappropriate spending by federal departments and agencies.

Joe Biden and the Selfies
Vice president presides over mock Senate swearing-in ceremonies one last time

Vice President Joesph R. Biden Jr., takes a selfie with Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his children Claire and David during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“It won't be the same without you,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune told Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., while gathering family members for the ceremonial re-enactment of his swearing-in on Tuesday.

Because the vice president’s term runs until noon on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, it is the departing Biden who got one last chance to kiss wives, hug babies, and offer dating advice on the first day of the new Congress.

Rep.-Elect Lou Correa Gets Lucky No. 1 in Office Lottery Draw
Incoming House freshmen experience traditional room selection process

California Rep.-elect Lou Correa reacts after drawing the No. 1 chip during the new member orientation room lottery draw for office space at the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The mood was lively Thursday in the House Appropriations hearing room in the Rayburn building. Freshman members with last names beginning with ‘C’ were being called.

Rep.-elect Lou Correa crossed himself as he walked up to the table in the front. The California Democrat drew a number from the well-stirred box of chips. The odds had improved since his Texas Republican colleague-to-be Jodey Arrington drew first, selecting No. 14 from the 56-chip pool.

Obama Honors His Favorites in Last Medal of Freedom Ceremony
‘Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way,’ Obama says

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who spent most of his career with Obama’s hometown Chicago Bulls, on Tuesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama honored 21 people from the worlds of culture, sports, innovation, public service and business, and perhaps chose a few for his last Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony who are unlikely to receive such recognition under a Donald Trump presidency.

“This is what makes us the greatest nation of earth,” Obama said at the ceremony Tuesday in the White House’s East Room.