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Word on the Hill: Roll Out the Blue Carpet

Maya Rudolph talks legislation on Capitol Hill

The 2015 National Youth of the Year Whitney Stewart, center, with singer Kelly Rowland and actor Denzel Washington at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America gala last September. (Courtesy of Boys & Girls Club)

A star-studded event in Washington today will award $1 million in college scholarships to outstanding young people, as decided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Ballerina Misty Copeland, singer Ashanti, model Damaris Lewis, retired football player Andre Reed and ABC’s Paula Faris will celebrate the six young finalists at the 69th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year gala. One of them will be honored as the Youth of the Year.

At the National Building Museum at 6 p.m., a blue carpet will roll out for the finalists, celebrities and members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

Also happening today…

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Len Morris, the filmmaker of “The Same Heart,” will participate in a panel discussion about how a small financial transaction tax on Wall Street trades could serve as an investment in the future. (1 p.m., Capitol Visitor Center)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and "Saturday Night Live" comedian Maya Rudolph will take part in a discussion on the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act. (10 a.m., 1 Constitution Ave. NE)

The National Gallery of Art hosts a press preview for the reopening of the East Building, which now includes 12,250 square feet of new space, a reinstallation of the permanent collection of modern art, and three exhibitions. (8:30 a.m., 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW)

The Federalist Society hosts the annual "Supreme Court Preview," a panel discussion on the court's docket, its current composition and its future. (Noon, National Press Club)

ICYMI: Debate fighting words

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and former Rep Steve Stockman, R-Texas, took to Twitter on Monday to share their pre-debate views on Hillary Clinton. Their expectations: lying and potential insanity. 

Happy birthday to…

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., 50.

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