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Heard on the Hill This Week: African American History Museum and Rick Perry’s Dance Moves
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano gives the rundown of what she heard on the Hill, from Rick Perry breaking out his dancing boots on “Dancing with the Stars” to getting a sneak peak of the African American History Museum, which opens to the public on Sept. 24.

John Lewis Crowd Surfs on Colbert
Civil rights icon defends NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest

Rep. John Lewis quickly agreed when Stephen Colbert asked if he wanted to do a little crowdsurfing. (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert/YouTube)

As someone who had his skull fractured while marching for civil rights in the 1960s, a little crowd surfing probably doesn't scare Rep. John Lewis.

The civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat did so on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Wednesday where he spoke about his three-volume graphic novel series, "March."

Clinton Swats Down Health Accusations
Tells Jimmy Kimmel rumors are part of a 'wacky strategy' by critics

(Screen Shot Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Hillary Clinton addressed rumors circulated by opponents that she was in poor health for the first time, saying it was part of their "wacky strategy."

"On the one hand, it's part of the wacky strategy — just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you," the Democratic presidential nominee told late night host Jimmy Kimmel. "On the other hand, it just doesn't make any sense."

Fact-Checking 'Veep' Season 5
Here's your Constitution refresher for the day

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The fifth season of HBO's 'Veep' managed to create more electoral chaos than the country has seen and gave viewers a Constitution refresher.  

Congress electing the president has only really happened twice in history — 1800 and 1824. In the last election, the National Constitution Center predicted  that such an event would result in a Mitt Romney presidency with Joseph R. Biden Jr. as vice president.

America Still Obsessed with ‘The West Wing’
Fans quiz Podesta about Leo McGarry

John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, talks with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp before a Senate policy luncheon in 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet fans of the Emmy award-winning drama, "The West Wing” — including Clinton administration aide John Podesta — can’t stop talking about the Washington that producer Aaron Sorkin effectively tattooed onto the collective consciousness.  

Turning to TV for leadership is not how President Barack Obama would like to see the 2016 presidential election play out.  

Sit-In Democrats Circumvent GOP-Controlled TV Cameras Using Social Media
With C-SPAN cut from its normal feed, members took to social media to broadcast the event

(Judy Chu/Twitter)

With the C-SPAN cameras shut off by House Republican leaders, demonstrating Democrats took to stumping on social media throughout Wednesday's sit-in on the House floor.  

[ Why You Can't See the House Sit-In on C-SPAN ]  

'Brain Dead' on Capitol Hill: Reid Staffer Consulted on New Series
Sci-fi series premieres Monday night

Jan Maxwell as Sen. Ella Pollack on CBS' BrainDead (Courtesy BrainDead/CBS)

Although he admittedly did not know “much” about thought-controlling extraterrestrials or ’80s earworms such as The Cars’ “You Might Think,” David McCallum wasn’t opposed to having Hollywood pick his brain about life on Capitol Hill.  

His nearly two decades of experience are expected to help add color to “BrainDead ,” a CBS summer series premiering Monday night exploring the possibility that our political system is actually controlled by alien parasites.  

Bernie Sanders Roots for Golden State Comeback
In California, Sanders draws inspiration from NBA's Warriors epic rally

Where's Bernie? Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders watches the hometown Golden State Warriors complete their NBA Western Conference Finals comeback over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders is hoping comebacks are contagious.   

The long shot Democratic presidential candidate took a break from campaigning for California's June 7 primary on Monday night to root for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland as they completed their own improbable run in the NBA Western Conference finals.   

Sanders and Trump Continue to Explore Debate
Sanders campaign manager prods Trump to not 'chicken out'

The idea of a Trump/Sanders debate that began in a joking exchange on late-night television has become a serious prospect, with Donald Trump telling supporters Thursday night that he would "love to" meet Sanders in California in the coming weeks.  

Such an exchange would bypass party tradition and sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton before the decisive California primary on June 7. It would also present a potential ratings bonanza for the hosting television station and few — if any — potential downsides for either Sanders or Trump.  

‘Veep’ Unfortunately — or Fortunately — Reminds You of Congress
Ever see a bit of Selina Meyer in your boss?

Roll Call readers selected HBO's "Veep" starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the show that reminded them the most about Congress. (Courtesy HBO)

Ever think about what your favorite show may have in common with Congress?  

While you’re jumping around the kingdom of Westeros, watching Selina Meyer yell at Gary or wishing you could un-see what malicious crime Frank Underwood just committed , does everyone’s favorite legislative body ever come to mind?