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Summer Reading, Lawmaker-Style
What members of Congress have been reading — and you can, too!

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., holds up his copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in his Cannon Building office in July 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Looking for a summer read? HOH has been asking lawmakers for months about the last book they read, and their choices have ranged from historical dives to books about their issues or districts.

Here are some of the interesting titles recommended by members of Congress.

Three Men Sentenced in 2015 Killing of Intern for Rob Portman
Matthew Shlonsky was caught in crossfire shooting

Three men who pleaded guilty to killing Matthew Shlonsky were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Monday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The three men who pleaded guilty to the 2015 killing of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky, a former Sen. Rob Portman intern, were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Monday.

Andre Dudley, 22, Marcus King, 22, and Christopher Proctor, 28, each were sentenced for single counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon. The sentences carry 18.5 years, 15-20 years and 12-14 years, respectively.

Gary Peters’ Michigan Motorcycle Ride Includes Tariffs Talk
Michigan Democrat just finished his third annual #RideMI

Sen. Gary Peters has ridden his Harley around Michigan to meet constituents every August for the last three years. (Courtesy Sen. Gary Peters/Twitter)

For Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, an annual summer tradition has become a highlight of his year: driving his Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide around the state to meet with constituents. 

“If you have to go from Point A to Point B, why not do it on a motorcycle?” the Democrat said by phone Friday as he was heading out for the fifth and final day of his #RideMI bike trip. He ended it in Cadillac in Northern Michigan and spent all day Saturday riding back to where his journey began — his home in Bloomfield Township, outside Detroit.

#Flashback Friday: The Heard on the Hill ‘Blotto Files’
Five years ago, a time to reflect on drunken misdeeds

The August 6, 2013 Heard on the Hill went through “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffers who hit the sauce a little too hard. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“Sometimes Hill staffers hit the sauce a little too hard,” Heard on the Hill reminded readers during the first full week of August recess five years ago. 

Followed, as outlined by HOH columnist Warren Rojas, was a rundown of “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffer misdeeds, including Rep. Rick Larsen’s “December to Remember” crew, and Rep. Steven Palazzo’s party-time Annapolis staff. 

D.C. Yoga Studio Offers F---Fascism Deal for Unite the Right Rally
“Let’s celebrate and fight for our right to be who we are,” Yoga District says

People perform yoga poses in the Upper Senate Park on July 22, 2010. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A D.C. yoga studio is taking the Unite the Right rally this weekend as an opportunity to call for peace and community.

Yoga District is offering a free meditation gathering for peace on Sunday at its studio on H Street from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.,  the company announced in a Friday email.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
#RideMI update, members together over recess and Moulton’s take on Trump

The Dirksen/Hart Senate subway line runs mostly empty during recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Tech companies for diversity, high temperatures and intern appreciation

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Plaskett Cooks for Her Staff to ‘Bring Everybody’s Spirits Back Up a Little Bit’
Roll Call joined the Virgin Islands delegate for a potluck

Del. Stacey Plaskett's, D-V.I., favorite food is callaloo. (Thomas McKinless/ CQ Roll Call)

Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett is a self-described “foodie.”

“That’s the love my husband and I [have]. We think a date is going to the grocery store, a really great grocery store. I love ethnic foods. I love to understand not just the taste of the food but understand why and how it’s related to people,” she said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Booker on Colbert, members over recess and thanks to Paul

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

When Getting ‘Trumped’ Means Extra Dessert
Jim Warlick’s latest project is Presidential Scoops

Ice cream cones sit on the counter at Presidential Scoops as an employee scoops ice cream at the store in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When John F. Kennedy ate ice cream, he was on a boat, in a polo shirt, with his mouth open wider than the cone.

It’s executive moments like those that inspire Jim Warlick. The political history buff and JFK fanatic has branched out into frozen treats with Presidential Scoops, just a block from the White House.