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Too hot in D.C.? You should have gone with Eric Holder to Oslo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. takes questions during a news conference at the Justice Department. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

This post has been updated.

Washington is bracing for the first brutal heat of the summer this week — predicted temps nearing 100 on Tuesday. And if the heat and humidity weren’t bad enough, our hardworking Congress is back working the same old, same old, gridlock.

But Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who seems to be on the road a bit — he was in Athens just two weeks ago —  won’t be sweltering.

On  Tuesday, with temps here predicted in the high 90s, he’s going to be in . . . wait for it . . . Oslo! as in Norway, where temps are expected in the high 70s — although there’ll be some rain.

Holder is scheduled to have a 30-minute bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and the two of them will then have a news conference.

But that’s not all! Holder’s going to meet with Norway’s justice minister, Anders Anundsen, and than will be headed to the ambassador’s residence (although the ambassador-nominee, famed hotelier and mega-bundler George Tsunis, won’t be there. He’s still hoping to be confirmed despite his historic performance at his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee).

Holder is to “deliver remarks” at the residence, although the schedule doesn’t say to whom. Update: The Justice Department’s guidance for Tuesday says Holder will “deliver a major address on international         efforts to confront the security threat posed by violent extremists traveling to and from Syria.”

On Wednesday he heads to London for the annual meeting of the famed “Quintet.” No, not the starting five for the San Antonio Spurs, these are the attorneys general for the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. (Forecast there is highs in the high 60s, although rain Thursday.)

Loop Fans may recall his week-long trip last year to New Zealand, home of the Hobbit Shire, for a one-day meeting of the Quintet. (And who can forget his stop-by in Morocco  last October on the set of Showtime’s “Homeland” and chat with  actor Damian Lewis.)

Holder’s schedule listed no “public events” for Thursday, although the Quints take much of the day, but maybe there’ll be time to take in a show before he heads home Friday.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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