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Massive Eisenhower Memorial Could Break Ground as Early as September
Congressional support among the last barriers after 20-year dispute

An artist’s rendition of the vista from the Eisenhower Memorial looking toward the Capitol. (Courtesy Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission)

Construction could begin as early as September on a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower that has been mired in controversy for almost 20 years. 

That’s according to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the chairman of the House committee that oversees the funding for the project.

Capitol Hill Establishment Has Seen the Changing Tides of Politics
Founded in 1960, The Monocle Restaurant holds bipartisan appeal

The Monocle, located on D Street Northeast, is an institution on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If the walls of the yellow building that sits between the Hart and Dirksen Senate office buildings and Union Station could talk, they would have a lot to say. 

The Monocle Restaurant, owned by John Valanos, was founded in 1960 with the reputation as Capitol Hill’s “first tablecloth restaurant” and is claimed to have brought “dining out,” (instead of just eating out) to the Hill.

Word on the Hill: Joint Session
Celebrities and hemp today

President Donald Trump’s last big event at the Capitol was his inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump heads to the Capitol today for his first address to a joint session of Congress, and as a result we don’t get to go to Mardi Gras.

The Capitol will be restricted to those with event credentials, starting at 5:30 p.m. See our list of restrictions around the complex.

Word on the Hill: Ashton Kutcher Meets Bob Corker
Save the date for black history in D.C.

Chairman Bob Corker and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from a celebrity today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will welcome actor Ashton Kutcher to Capitol Hill today to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about U.S. efforts to end modern slavery.

The “That ’70s Show” star is a co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization that works to combat human trafficking. The hearing precedes the END IT Movement’s fifth annual “Shine a Light on Slavery” day on Feb. 23.

Ryan Dodges Trump’s ‘Tweet of the Hour’ — Again
Speaker says he does more than hang out on Twitter all day

President Donald Trump’s tweets are growing on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. The two are seen here with Vice President Mike Pence at the congressional Republicans’ retreat in Philadelphia last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is continuing to to brush off addressing near-daily controversial tweets from President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Ryan dismissed questions asking him to respond to a tweet by Trump, which called an agreement by the Obama administration to take refugees from Australia a “dumb deal.”

Word on the Hill: March for Life Planning
School Choice Week rally

Last year’s March for Life went ahead as planned despite blizzard warnings issued for the D.C. area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, the March for Life, is this Friday.

While everyone was preparing for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, march organizers released its list of speakers, which includes counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, the highest-ranking White House official to ever address the event in person. Also scheduled to speak are Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.

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.