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Word on the Hill: Party Time
Burgers in Cannon today

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with her husband, Paul, center, and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey at an Atlantic/CBS News pre-party before the 2016 White House Corespondents’ Association Dinner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a day away. But Friday is a big night for parties to start the weekend off.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits Council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute are joining for the first annual Toast to the First Amendment. It is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St. NW.

Senate Democrats Look to Make Their Mark on Foreign Policy
With Obama no longer in the White House, minority party is stepping up

Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardinsays there’s no shortage of foreign policy leaders among Senate Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats are not shying away from criticizing the Trump administration when it comes to foreign policy.

It’s a new and potentially adversarial role: being in the minority while explosive headlines from conflicts abroad dominate the news.

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.

Rising Stars 2017: Administration Staffers
A mix of fresh and familiar Washington faces

Four Trump administration staffers are among CQ Roll Call’s 17 Rising Stars of 2017. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Over the course of this week, CQ Roll Call is taking a look at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Word on the Hill: Things to Do in D.C. on Easter
Lots of brunch options in the DMV

Try a new restaurant this Sunday. (CQ/ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Chaplain’s Easter service is today in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902, noon - 1 p.m.

Whether you’re celebrating Easter or not, here are a few restaurants offering specials for brunch this Sunday:

Word on the Hill: National Pet Day
TMZ spots Ryan, and a disco survivor is coming to the LOC

Play with some pets in D.C. today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If you have a pet, give him or her a little extra love today on National Pet Day.

If you don’t have a pet, Pets and Pints will have more information about your adoption options.

Moderates Could Get More Attention in Post-Nuclear Senate
Need to get just a simple majority for SCOTUS nominees will create new dynamic

Moderates like Maine’s Susan Collins could occupy a more prominent role in a post-nuclear option Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the Senate moves toward getting rid of the ability of 41 senators to block Supreme Court nominees, moderates could see their profiles rise in any post “nuclear option” reality with a renewed emphasis on party unity. 

Conventional wisdom is that presidents would be able to pick more stridently partisan nominees for the high court if the risk of a super majority filibuster is eliminated. But such a procedural change would also put a bigger target on moderate members of the majority.

Word on the Hill: Dine Out and Donate
Free events for staffers

Dine Out For Life supports the nonprofit group Food & Friends. (Promotional photo)

If you eat at certain restaurants in the area today, at least a fourth of your check will go to meal delivery and nutrition services for D.C. area residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.

Food & Friends’ annual Dining Out for Life event had over 70 restaurants sign on and pledge to donate between 25 percent and 110 percent of their sales to the nonprofit group.

Photos of the Week: Cherry Blossoms and Intelligence Chaos as Gorsuch Awaits Vote
The week of March 27 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, takes a photo with his phone during the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian intelligence activities on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the cherry blossoms reached full bloom in Washington this week, so did the congressional investigations into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. After the House investigation faced obstacles, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s query began to ramp up, with the leaders conducting a bipartisan news conference and the entire panel holding its first full hearing on the matter. 

Next week, Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is expected to receive a vote on the Senate floor. Demonstrators both for and against the nominee made appearances in the capital this week.

Word on the Hill: What to Do This Weekend
A birthday wish from the floor

Cherry blossoms on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday! 

There are a few ways this weekend to celebrate the new month and the beginning of spring, and the end of what felt like a very long winter.