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Word on the Hill: Cousins Bernie and Larry
Airbnb surge, and Pet Night results

Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts as his distant cousin is revealed. (PBS.org)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and comedian Larry David, who portrayed him on “Saturday Night Live” last season, are reportedly distant cousins.

The two found out on PBS’ “Finding Your Roots,” which released a preview of its Season 4 premiere, People reported. In the preview, David is told researchers matched his DNA against others who have appeared on the show, turning up a cousin.

Ryan Says He’s Working on Update to Capitol Dress Code
Move comes after recent furor over sleeveless dresses and open-toed shoes

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally pointed out in a floor speech Wednesday that she was violating the House dress code. (CQ House floor video screenshot)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday to look “soon” for an update on the dress code inside the Speaker’s Lobby and around the Capitol.

The Wisconsin Republican said he would work with the House sergeant-at-arms to update the code without providing specifics on whether it would address women wearing sleeveless dresses and open-toed shoes, which became an issue last week. The current rules date back to the manual for parliamentary procedure that Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1801.

Word on the Hill: JFK and Memorial Day Weekend
Logistics for Saturday’s parade and spottings this week

The Kennedy Stamps. (©2017 USPS)

Happy Memorial Day weekend, which is also President John F. Kennedy’s Centennial weekend.

Kennedy was born 100 years ago Monday. To celebrate, the United States Postal Service released a commemorative “forever” stamp to honor the late president.

Take Five: Pramila Jayapal
Washington Democrat wants hearings on bills before committee votes

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal brings her special green tea from home. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, 51, talks about breaking barriers, what surprises her as a freshman in Congress, and working on airplanes.

Q: What has surprised you so far about being in Congress?

Word on the Hill: Hotdish Time
West Virginia, baseball and women

Last year's hotdish made by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was titled "The Most Beautiful Hotdish in the World," in honor of Prince. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Minnesota tradition of eating “hotdish” and listening to Al Franken’s jokes is here again.

Franken is hosting the seventh annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition, and will be joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Collin C. Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis.

Lawmakers Hunt Around the Capitol for Obamacare Repeal Bill
Several members searched the building Thursday for legislation they say is being kept out of public eye

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stands with his copier on a cart as he speaks to reporters after trying to gain access to the room housing the House Republicans' so-called secret health care plan on Thursday. Paul hoped to make copies of the plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle went on an unsuccessful hunt around the Capitol on Thursday to find a bill that aims to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, with one congressman calling the need for such a probe "extremely bizarre."

Sen. Rand Paul, armed with a copy machine, crisscrossed chambers to a Capitol office room in the House guarded by an armed police officer asking to see the bill. After he was denied entry, Paul criticized House leaders for not being more transparent.

DCCC Announces 2018 Leadership Team
Expanded team includes returning members and some fresh faces

Washington Rep. Denny Heck will return as DCCC recruitment chairman for the 2018 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján announced his leadership team for the 2018 cycle on Thursday.

The 20-person team, shared first with Roll Call, is an expanded group from previous cycles. 

Word on the Hill: One Week Out
Women’s March adds new partners

Dr. Ben Carson arrives in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee offices before his confirmation hearing to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday. Confirmation hearings continue into next week (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is only a week away.

Watch for our list of balls, counter-parties and other things to do around the District that day. And feel free to pass along any events you want to share with our readers — email AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com

In Trump Country, Democrats Fight to Defend Minnesota Seat
Rick Nolan is one of just three House Democrats the GOP could knock off

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., left, appears with Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan during a campaign event for Nolan at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Rare is the House candidate who has two vice presidents stump for him in less than 24 hours.

But Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan is one of three vulnerable Democratic incumbents in a year when mostly Republicans are on the defensive. Democrats must gain 30 seats to take the House majority, so they can’t afford to lose this one.

Minnesota Blue Dog Isn't Ready to Give Up His District
Collin Peterson’s seat will almost certainly flip when he retires

Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, left, is one of the last Blue Dog Democrats in the House. Here he appears with former Vice President Walter Mondale, center, and Rep. Rick Nolanat the Nolan Annual Fish Fry on Oct. 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BRAINERD, Minn. ­— Collin C. Peterson is the last thing keeping Minnesota’s 7th District blue.

Democrats are always worried that the 13-term congressman is going to retire. Because if he does, his heavily agricultural district will almost certainly send a Republican to Congress.