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Maple Syrup Keeps Welch’s Colleagues and Constituents Happy
Vermont Democrat brings his own to breakfast

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., brings maple syrup back to work in D.C. from a farm next to his Vermont home. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Peter Welch knows how to make friends in Congress.

“If I give somebody maple syrup here, you’ve got a friend for life,” he said.

Riding Shotgun: Steve Cohen’s 1986 Cadillac
Tennessee Democrat’s ride sports campaign stickers from his run for governor

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen gives Capitol Police officers a peace sign as he drives his Cadillac on to the Capitol grounds. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police officers know who can drive onto the Capitol grounds by the “115th Congress” plates displayed in their windshields.

But officers don’t need to look for Rep. Steve Cohen’s plate — they can see him coming.

North Dakota Senator Isn’t Closing Office — or Wearing a Coat — for Any D.C. Weather
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes,’ Heidi Heitkamp says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks about cold weather back home in North Dakota outside her Washington office in a freezing wind. (Bian Elkhatib/ CQ Roll Call)

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp recalled her first D.C. winter.

“‘Are you kidding?’ That’s what I kept thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she said, standing outside her Hart Senate Office Building Thursday, coatless and holding an iced coffee in 25 degree-weather and an icy wind.

The Lazy Staffer’s Holiday Gift Guide
Do your holiday shopping on the Hill for under $60

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Senate gift shop has returned to its usual location by the Dirksen Senate Office Building subway stop.

For months, it was operating temporarily in the Russell Senate Office Building basement during renovations.

Murphy Says Key to Success Is Good Heels and Running Shoes
Florida Democrat shares what makes her a ‘mom boss’

Murphy stretches during her morning run, with the Capitol in the background. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Stephanie Murphy typically takes a run down the National Mall as the sun is rising over the Capitol. A few hours later, she is there in high heels walking to votes.

In her first term in Congress, the 39-year-old Florida Democrat calls herself a “mom boss.” The term comes from the 2016 book “Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success” by Nicole Feliciano and is something of a movement, with women adding the hashtag #MomBoss to online discussions of how they balance children and work.

Word on the Hill: Hill 2 Houston
Intelligence conference, and save the date for basketball

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Today is the Hill 2 Houston Kickin’ It For a Cause Charity Kickball Tournament organized by the Congressional Black Associates to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery.

7 Major Battles Ahead on the Environment
The environmental state of play on Trump's first Earth Day
Franken Thinks Pokemon Go Knows Too Much About You
Minnesota Democrat sends letter to game maker about data its collecting from players

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, wants Niantic Labs, maker of Pokemon Go, to answer his concerns about user information by Aug. 12. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Al Franken isn't worried about catching Pokemon Go — he's worried about Pokemon Go catching all your data.  

Franken, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee, wrote a letter to John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs, requesting information about Pokemon Go , the app that is the hottest thing since, well, Pokemons.  

Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando
Werk for Peace activists danced to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

To honor the Orlando nightclub shooting victims, LGBT activists created a nightclub of their own outside the Capitol on Thursday.  

The newly formed group, Werk For Peace, organized the flash mob-style group dance for its first event.  

The Idea That Kept America Watching the Sit-In
California Rep. Scott Peters used Periscope for the first time on Wednesday

California Rep. Scott Peters takes a picture in the Longworth House Office Building with 10th graders from Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif., in April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)