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What the heck is franking and why did Dan Newhouse get a wrestling belt for it?

Reps. Dan Newhouse and Rodney Davis pose with wrestling belts after the conclusion of their “franking” competition. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

They’re doing a halfway docent job
When staffers double as tour guides, Capitol lore can get pretty interesting

A tourist takes a photo of John Trumbull's “Declaration of Independence” painting in the Capitol Rotunda. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

You’ve just arrived in the Capitol, and suddenly you’re an expert on bootlegging, tiny doors, and why no one is buried in the Crypt.

Almost as soon as new Hill staffers walk through the door, they’re asked to lead tours for constituents — and to some, that can come as a surprise. “We know they might not have known that they were going to be giving tours until they got here,” said Lee Ann Brackett, a congressional liaison at the Capitol Visitor Center.

Amid shutdown and snow, DMV lawmakers reach out to federal workers

Lawmakers across the Washington region spent the weekend touching base with federal workers affected by the government shutdown at roundtables, town halls and potlucks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers across the Washington region spent the weekend touching base with federal workers affected by the government shutdown at roundtables, town halls and potlucks.

Rep. Anthony Brown held a town hall meeting in Largo, Maryland, on Saturday, where he took questions from constituents about the government shutdown.