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Photos of the Week: Lawmakers Reel and Run
The Week of May 15 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Arizona Sen. John McCain talks with reporters on Wednesday after a vote in the Capitol about whether a special prosecutor is needed to investigate President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY BILL CLARK AND TOM WILLIAMS

The House returned Tuesday after a one-week recess to a Washington reeling from new allegations related to the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and revelations that the president shared classified information with Russian officials in the Oval Office. 

Schiff on Chelsea Handler: Pence is a ‘Universe of One’ on Comey
Handler asks Schiff what’s wrong with Trump

Chelsea Handler talks politics with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

House Select Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff said Vice President Mike Pence’s justification for President Donald Trump firing former FBI director James Comey was “the most difficult to swallow.”

“[He] suggested that this was done with the interest of the safety of the American people in mind,” the California Democrat said on comedian Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, which airs Friday.

HOH’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party List
See what is and isn’t going on this year

Music producer Steve Aoki, left, talks with actor Keegan Michael Key at the Yahoo/ABC News party in the Washington Hilton before the White House correspondents’ dinner on April 30, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s party time again in Washington, D.C., as the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner quickly approaches.

The dinner is April 29 and the bulk of parties surrounding the event start on Thursday, most of which are invite-only, closed parties.

‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Minhaj to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Trump said in February he wouldn’t attend this year’s dinner

Comedian Hasan Minhaj performs during the Natural Resources Defense Council's "NRDC's Night of Comedy" Benefit with Seth Meyers, John Oliver, George Lopez, Mike Birbiglia last November in New York. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images file photo)

Daily Show correspondent and comic Hasan Minhaj is this year’s host of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, White House Correspondents Association president, made the announcement Tuesday on “Morning Joe.”

Congress Meets New Muppet with Autism, Julia
Doyle and Smith join advocate Holly Robinson Peete

Actress and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, and “Sesame Street” character Abby Cadabby introduce the newest Muppet, Julia, right, during a presentation in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“Sesame Street” showed off its new Muppet, Julia, on Tuesday at a briefing in the Capitol by actress and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete.

Julia is a four-year-old year old with autism. She makes her debut on the show on April 10 on HBO, PBS and other carriers in an episode entitled, “Meet Julia.”

Word on the Hill: How Involved Are You?
What the week ahead looks like

When staffers aren’t busy with their bosses, there are clubs for them. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’ve covered several congressional staff associations in Heard on the Hill and a bunch of them got together last week to tout their groups.

The Staff Association Fair on Friday was similar to a college activities fair and allowed staffers to learn about the many different options for them to get involved.

Word on the Hill: Lawmakers Ball Up
The ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ and staffer shuffle

Indiana Rep. André Carson greets California Rep. Jeff Denham before the 2013 Home Court charity basketball game at Trinity Washington University. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Home Court charity basketball game when the Hill’s Angels, made up of members of Congress, take on Georgetown Law faculty and staff, a.k.a. the Hoya Lawyas, is tonight.

It’s the 30th annual matchup, which raises money for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Tickets are $15.

Should This Georgia Candidate Be in the Barn Jacket Hall of Fame?
Republican unleashes outerwear, zoo animals, and sexist undertones in first ad

Former Georgia state Sen. Dan Moody is one of 11 Republicans running in the 6th District special election. (Screenshot)

Did one candidate unleash the most potent campaign weapon of all time?

Former state Sen. Dan Moody is one of 11 Republicans running in the special election in Georgia’s 6th District to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price, now the Health & Human Services secretary. Moody’s first television ad attempted to break through the clutter with a combination of live donkeys and elephants, with the candidate cleaning up manure behind them.

Ethics Watchdog Pushes Back on White House View of Rules
OGE faults administration for not taking action against Kellyanne Conway

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s comments on Fox News last month encouraging viewers to buy Ivanka Trump-branded products drew strong criticism from the Office for Government Ethics. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A top government ethics official told lawmakers Thursday that he was troubled by the Trump White House’s interpretation of ethics laws.

Walter M. Shaub Jr., who runs the Office of Government Ethics, said he remained concerned about comments last month by Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, encouraging Fox News viewers to purchase Ivanka Trump-branded products after some retailers announced they were discontinuing the presidential daughter’s line.

Word on the Hill: Joint Session
Celebrities and hemp today

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.