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Celebrating the Inauguration
Many began planning before November, while for others, it was more recent

Singer Katy Perry at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013. What celebrities will be in D.C. this year? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Long before the election results were in, state societies and organizations in Washington were planning their ways to celebrate the inauguration.

And with inauguration 2017 drawing people from around the country — and the world — groups are putting on events that bring them all together.

Sex Worker Solidarity Sparks More Controversy for Women’s March
Phrase ‘We stand in solidarity with sex workers’ rights movement‘ removed then reappears in platform

Just days before the Women's March on Washington, organizers are facing questions about their stance on the sex workers’ rights movement after  a supportive statement disappeared from their platform and then reappeared after criticism.

It’s not the first issue the march has faced in its short, tumultuous planning period. Controversy first erupted over the name “Million Woman March,” which some felt exploited a march of African-American women in 1997 and the fact that organizers were all white. Since plans to begin at the Lincoln Memorial fell apart, marchers will now gather at the Capitol at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and march down Independence Avenue.

Word on the Hill: Farewell Obama
Carolyn Maloney calls on Trump to back women’s museum

Tune in to watch President Barack Obama’s farewell address tonight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address from Chicago at 9 p.m. ET tonight.

The Network for Progress is hosting a watch party entitled the “2017 Kickoff Progress Party,” which will include a discussion about the “return of ‘Yes We Can’ vision for the Democratic Party.”

Trump Takes on Meryl Streep After Golden Globes Speech
And says getting border wall funds from Congress would speed project

Actress Meryl Streep used her Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award to go off on the incoming president. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Donald Trump began the final full week before he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by responding to actress Meryl Streep’s criticism with harsh words after her Golden Globes rant.

The Hollywood legend, a Hillary Clinton supporter, used a six-minute acceptance speech at the annual awards dinner to take umbrage with the president-elect’s campaign style and often-sharp rhetoric.

That’s Some Quality Trolling, Govuhnatuh
Trump chides ex-California governor over ratings for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ debut

Apparently, President-elect Donald Trump says former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, who replaced Trump as host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” isn't the “ratings machine” that he is. (Luis Trinh/NBC)

Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to President-elect Donald Trump’s criticisms of NBC’s rebooted “Celebrity Apprentice” TV ratings by reminding him that he’ll soon be the president.

Trump gloated on Twitter early Friday about the fact that the former California governor’s new edition of the show, which aired Thursday night, got “swamped” and called himself “a ratings machine.”

Trump’s Morning Tweets Are One-Way White House Briefing
Hours before Russia briefing, PEOTUS gloats over Schwarzenegger’s low ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ ratings

President-elect Donald Trump takes a few questions from the press at the Capitol on Nov. 10. His morning tweets appear designed to set the media’s agenda most days. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump will be briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence has concluded was Russian interference in the election that made him president-elect. But he began his day, as he often does, by tweeting what amounts to a one-way briefing. Among Friday’s topics: “Celebrity Apprentice” ratings.

President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman, Josh Earnest, spent much of Thursday answering reporters’ questions that stemmed from a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with U.S. intelligence officials about their conclusion that the Russian government was directly involved in the hacking. Earnest fielded questions about whether the Obama administration's response was strong enough and whether what the Kremlin did should be considered an act of war.

Here’s Whose 2016 Sucked the Most in Washington
From Hillary Clinton to Paul Ryan to Senate Democratic candidates

2016 in a word? Meh. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Donald Trump: Celebrity in Chief
Trump shows that your own starpower outweighs others’

Donald Trump rode his personal appeal and favorable timing all the way to the White House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

To win this year’s presidential election, Donald Trump didn’t need to get much support from celebrities — he was the celebrity himself. 

Celebrity appears to have become more central in recent presidential contests, with Trump taking the cult of personality to new heights. His personal appeal, and favorable timing for his brand of bluster, was enough to trounce an entire field of candidates that the GOP considered among its strongest in recent history.

Louisiana Runoffs Increase Republican Majorities in Senate and House
State Treasurer John Kennedy easily outpaces Democratic challenger

Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy won Louisiana’s Senate runoff on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans increased their Senate majority to 52 seats in the 115th Congress and also retained two House seats after Saturday’s Louisiana runoffs, the final elections of 2016. 

GOP state Treasurer John Kennedy easily outdistanced his Democratic opponent, Public Services Commissioner Foster Campbell, 61 percent to 39 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. He replaces Republican Sen. David Vitter, who is retiring after two terms.

Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn Dies at 95
First American to orbit Earth, national hero and later four-term Democratic senator from Ohio

Astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn of Ohio, seen here on Nov. 16, 2011, when he and other astronauts received the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, has died at the age of 95.