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Eastern Market can haz ‘Eat Brgz’
Concept burger shop stretches boundaries with custom menu

Eat Brgz owner Brandon Gaynor discusses with Heard on the Hill his take on burgers and milkshakes. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

Brandon Gaynor didn’t completely know the “how” behind opening a restaurant, but he had a good feeling about the “when.”

The launch of his Eastern Market burger shop during August recess “allowed us a little bit of a ramp-up period,” the former investment analyst-turned-restaurateur told me as we sat down in his new joint at 250 7th Street SE.

Watch: Staffers leap from the Hill to the improv stage
Heard on the Hill crashes improv rehearsal with a few staffers

Sam Schifrin and Geoff Corey, center, dive into an improv scene on Monday. Washington Improv Theater Executive Director Mark Chalfant is seen at right. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: Schumer pays tribute to journalist and former classmate Robert Pear

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer mourned Washington journalism legend Robert Pear on the Senate floor Wednesday, May 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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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.