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Senate Intern by Day, Bagpiper by Night
Sen. Joe Manchin's office had a private bagpipe performance

After finishing a long day as intern in Sen. Joe Manchin's  office, Katy Ross heads out to the streets of Washington to make some money. And she takes her bagpipes with her .  

Roughly three or four evenings a week and a couple hours during the day on weekends, Ross plays for crowds that gather outside the White House. This past weekend, she made $500 busking for several hours.  

Senators take Metro, too
Sens. Heinrich and Murphy endure delays, crowding like everyone else during daily commutes

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) rides the Metro home from the Capitol last week (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Repairs to the troubled D.C. Metro rail system are testing the patience of commuters this summer, but Capitol Hill staffers and interns must still squeeze on those trains to get to work and some of their bosses are right there with them.  

On any given morning on the Red Line platform at Union Station, you can find Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut . They're not giving up on the nation's second-largest subway system despite age — it's officially middle age — service interruptions, delays, and crowding.  

10 Ways to Spend the Fourth in D.C.
HOH has your lineup of things to do

Fireworks over the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Where else would you want to see fireworks besides the nation’s capital? On Monday, the National Park Service will launch fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 9:09 p.m. for 17 ½ minutes. You can spot them from several places in the District and we suggest you find a rooftop nearby because the Mall gets extremely crowded.

Congress is gone but the Capitol is still celebrating. The annual ‘A Capitol Fourth ’ is a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday. This year, Tom Bergeron from ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" is the host and performers include Smokey Robinson, Gavin DeGraw and Amber Riley. Special guests include former Secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell, the National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band. You can either go see the concert in person or watch it live on PBS.

Lawmaker Rants About Members Being Underpaid
 

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings took another shot at advocating for an unpopular cause when he argued to Legislative Branch committee leaders that in addition to staff, members of Congress should be getting a salary hike.

Hastings made the same case before the same House Rules committee considering the Legislative Branch spending bill last year. House members recently decided to pump up the amount in each members is allowed to have in an effort to offer potential salary increases for staff -- something the chamber hasn't done since 2010.

'House of Cards' Premiere Brings Stars to D.C.

Kelly, who was in D.C. for the State of Union, returns for the premiere. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Your favorite fictional, corrupt politicos are coming to town on Feb. 22. With "House of Cards" season four right around the corner, actors are traveling to Washington for the D.C. premiere.  

The stars will walk the red carpet starting at 8 p.m. outside the National Portrait Gallery. At 8:30 p.m., a screening of the season four premiere will begin in the gallery’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.  

Norton Wants You to 'Ask Me About D.C.'

Norton, with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, has been showing off D.C. for more than a decade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., spent her Friday showcasing Washington and teaching staffers about what the district has to officer.  

Her annual “Ask Me About D.C.” reception hosted D.C. restaurants, museums, shops, theaters, tourist attractions and nightlife venues.  

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

Harris turns 59 on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.  

“We thought it was something young people would get,” Adam Eidinger, chairman of the pro-cannabis DCMJ group, told HOH. Harris’ character is PoopyMonkeyBaby, which DCMJ created especially for the lawmaker who led the charge to block the relaxing of marijuana laws in the District, despite an initiative voters approved in 2014 and that went into effect in February 2015. The punch line: “He always dances after he poops on D.C. voters.” DCMJ thought Harris' birthday was the perfect time to roll the character out.  

Mayor Encourages Sidewalk Use, but Easier Said Than Done

With most sidewalks nearly impassable, many pedestrians could only walk down the streets to get around. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents out and about following the weekend's blizzard are using the street to walk and not the sidewalk, posing a “big concern” for Mayor Muriel Bower.  

“We really need folks to stay on the sidewalks,” the mayor’s Communications Director Mike Czin told HOH. “Roads are slick and icy,” he said, adding:  “When people are on the street, people making turns have to go wide,” he says. “It’s also hard to see people past the banks of show.”  

Snow or Shine, Roe v. Wade Events to Continue

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the snowpocalypse expected to hit the East Coast on Friday, leaders on both sides of the issue are gearing up to mark another anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.  

Since the year after Roe v. Wade in 1973, anti-abortion advocates have been protesting every year on the anniversary at the March for Life, the organizers say that despite the forecast, this year's March for Life will not be canceled  on Friday.