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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.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Say They Don't Censor Conservatives

Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., and other Republicans are accusing social media companies of censoring conservatives, even as the firms have sought to crack down on fake accounts. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Executives from the world’s top social media companies tried to reassure Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that their platforms do not censor or control conservative content and commentary, contrary to assertions by some lawmakers about the companies’ practices.

While social media companies such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have been removing false accounts, fake ads, and banning foreign government-owned propaganda outlets, lawmakers said some of them also have been restricting conservative content.

Nancy Pelosi Claims Record for Longest House Floor Speech
And a brief history of the chamber’s ‘filibuster’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appears on a screen on Wednesday from the House floor where she’s voicing support for a DACA-related vote. In the background, Democratic leaders hold a news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:11 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed the record for longest ever House floor speech Wednesday. Democrats clapped when she announced the new record.

Republicans can thank John A. Boehner.

Walking and Talking: Fleischmann’s Insight Into Budget Talks
Tennessee Republican considers himself ‘boring’ and relaxes with coffee and cookies

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann walks to and from work regardless of the weather. (CQ Roll Call/Sara Wise)

With late-night negotiations and long hours, members have little time to stop and smell the lawmaking.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has found that walking to and from work — from his Capitol Hill home to the Rayburn House Office Building — is a way to stay focused and energized.

Maple Syrup Keeps Welch’s Colleagues and Constituents Happy
Vermont Democrat brings his own to breakfast

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., brings maple syrup back to work in D.C. from a farm next to his Vermont home. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Peter Welch knows how to make friends in Congress.

“If I give somebody maple syrup here, you’ve got a friend for life,” he said.

Riding Shotgun: Steve Cohen’s 1986 Cadillac
Tennessee Democrat’s ride sports campaign stickers from his run for governor

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen gives Capitol Police officers a peace sign as he drives his Cadillac on to the Capitol grounds. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police officers know who can drive onto the Capitol grounds by the “115th Congress” plates displayed in their windshields.

But officers don’t need to look for Rep. Steve Cohen’s plate — they can see him coming.

North Dakota Senator Isn’t Closing Office — or Wearing a Coat — for Any D.C. Weather
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes,’ Heidi Heitkamp says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks about cold weather back home in North Dakota outside her Washington office in a freezing wind. (Bian Elkhatib/ CQ Roll Call)

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp recalled her first D.C. winter.

“‘Are you kidding?’ That’s what I kept thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she said, standing outside her Hart Senate Office Building Thursday, coatless and holding an iced coffee in 25 degree-weather and an icy wind.

The Lazy Staffer’s Holiday Gift Guide
Do your holiday shopping on the Hill for under $60

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Senate gift shop has returned to its usual location by the Dirksen Senate Office Building subway stop.

For months, it was operating temporarily in the Russell Senate Office Building basement during renovations.

Murphy Says Key to Success Is Good Heels and Running Shoes
Florida Democrat shares what makes her a ‘mom boss’

Murphy stretches during her morning run, with the Capitol in the background. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Stephanie Murphy typically takes a run down the National Mall as the sun is rising over the Capitol. A few hours later, she is there in high heels walking to votes.

In her first term in Congress, the 39-year-old Florida Democrat calls herself a “mom boss.” The term comes from the 2016 book “Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success” by Nicole Feliciano and is something of a movement, with women adding the hashtag #MomBoss to online discussions of how they balance children and work.

Word on the Hill: Hill 2 Houston
Intelligence conference, and save the date for basketball

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Today is the Hill 2 Houston Kickin’ It For a Cause Charity Kickball Tournament organized by the Congressional Black Associates to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery.