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Word on the Hill: Dancing with Perry

Check out D.C.'s Live! Concert Series

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut on Monday with partner Emma Slater, to his left. (ABC TV)
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut on Monday with partner Emma Slater, to his left. (ABC TV)

Gov. Rick Perry is dancing tonight.

Season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” premieres at 8 p.m. EST. The former Texas governor will get the chance to show off some different moves on a national stage.

Perry is the second politician to compete on the show; former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay danced in 2009.

In town today…

George Clooney presents the findings on an investigation into the South Sudan conflict, an initiative called The Sentry, at the National Press Club from 10 to 11 a.m. today.

The week ahead…

Tuesday: President Barack Obama is back in Philadelphia, site of the Democratic convention, campaigning for the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine.

Wednesday: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens up for a media preview. Members of the press can see the new Oprah Winfrey Theater, 12 exhibitions and the cafe’s full menu from Chef Carla Hall. 

ICYMI: HOH video series

For the first of Heard on the Hill’s video series, check out who was seen twerking outside congressional office buildings, who was honored at Arlington, and who is Sen. Thomas R. Carper’s favorite baseball team.

Happy Birthday to…

 Rep. Evan H. Jenkins, R-W. Va., 56.

Save the Date

Live! Concert Series on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza — Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest — continues through September. Every concert is from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Monday: Brian Lenair, Smooth Jazz 

Tuesday: Aaron Rhines and The Groove Unit, JazzWednesday: Brencore AllStars, FunkThursday: The Soul Messengerz, GospelFriday: The Nightwork Band, Rock/Roots


“Guys I just have to go to the bathroom.”

-Speaker Paul D. Ryan, trying to break free of a gaggle of reporters after a Friday conference meeting.

What’s going on?

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Rema Rahman contributed to this report.

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