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Highlights of Donald Trump’s Inauguration
Bushes arrive for 45th president’s swearing in

President Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The inauguration of President Donald Trump was full of both Trump bombast and the ceremonial pomp and circumstance that comes with the swearing in of a new commander in chief.

On one end, many worked to uphold the democratic traditions while Trump sought to drive home the points of his inauguration.

Sessions Will Follow the Law, But He Won’t Lead on It
Job requires someone who is aware of oppression and discrimination

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’s answers on the first day of his attorney general confirmation hearing on Tuesday were “deeply unsatisfying and basically meaningless,” Allen writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It sounds so good that Jeff Sessions said it over and over again when Democratic senators pressed him on how he would approach the job of attorney general: I will follow the law.

It’s what he said when Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin asked what he would do with “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Ditto when Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked him about gay rights and abortion rights. 

Warren Pushes for Presidential Divestment Bill
Democrats say a blind trust is the only way

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it has been the standard for presidents to divest themselves from financial interests, “and our bill makes clear the continuing expectation that President-elect Trump do the same.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that Senate Democrats will introduce legislation that would require President-elect Donald Trump to divest from any financial entanglements that could conflict with his presidential duties.

The bill more strictly codifies the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and would force the president, vice president, their spouses and any dependent family members to place their financial assets in a blind trust. 

Word on the Hill: We Want to Party With You
Coons finds an old friend in D.C.

A man dressed as Santa Claus looks out over the National Mall from the Washington Monument during the annual Santarchy gathering on Dec. 10. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As you’re tying up loose ends to finish off this Congress, is your office having a holiday party?

If you’re celebrating with co-workers, whether inside the Capitol or at a spot nearby, send us your photos to be featured on HOH. 

Biden is 'Mr. President' for an Afternoon in the Senate
Senators spoke about the vice president for more than two hours

Vice President Joe Biden stops to speak with reporters following a vote on the 21st Century Cures Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., spent part of Wednesday afternoon being addressed as “Mr. President,” presiding in his role as president of the Senate during a two and a-half-hour tribute to his years of public service.

He later took pains to show he isn’t overly attached to the salutation, dousing speculation he might make a run for the Oval Office in 2020 by telling reporters he had no intention of running.

Emotional Biden Won’t Rule Out 2020 Run
Visited Senate to preside over vote on medical research bill

Vice President Joesph R. Biden Jr., stops to speak with reporters in the Senate Reception Room following the cloture vote on the “21st Century Cures Act” in the Capitol. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By Niels Lesniewski and Bridget Bowman CQ Roll Call

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., said Monday he wouldn’t rule out a 2020 run for president.

Tillis Might Not be Back After 2020 if Things Don’t Get Done
North Carolina senator wants progress on criminal justice reform, other issues

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he worked on criminal justice overhaul legislation when he was speaker of the North Carolina House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday that if Congress cannot tackle a criminal justice overhaul and other big-ticket issues with bipartisan solutions in the next few years, he might not run for re-election.

“I don’t run again until 2020, and if we’re not able to get things like this done, I don’t have any intention of coming back,” the North Carolina Republican said at The Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit.

Will the Senate Keep Montenegro Out of NATO?
Democrats question if Corker is slowing the Senate’s advice and consent

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker made a campaign appearance with President-elect Donald Trump this summer in neighboring North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump’s election may have put a Balkan state’s admission to NATO on ice.

President Barack Obama has sent the Senate a proposed protocol to approve the accession of Montenegro to the alliance. But adopting the new protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization requires the advice and consent of the Senate, and work on a resolution supporting ratification appears to have stalled.

Word on the Hill: Orientation Returns
A few events to attend this evening

Maryland Rep.-elect Anthony Brown arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for orientation on Nov. 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected House members are back in Washington for their second week of orientation.

Their only official event of the day, from 1 to 5 p.m., is another round of briefings in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium.

Feinstein Breaks Glass Ceiling for Women on Senate Judiciary
California Democrat vows to scrutinize Trump’s policies and appointees

As top Democrat on Senate Judiciary, Dianne Feinstein will be at the center of high-profile fights, including the appointment of a new attorney general and a new Supreme Court justice. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will be the Judiciary Committee’s new top Democrat in the next Congress, becoming the first woman in that post as the panel plays a critical role vetting Donald Trump’s nominees for the Supreme Court and key Justice Department jobs.

The move comes amid a shakeup Wednesday of Democrats serving as ranking members on Senate committees. Feinstein was next in line for the Judiciary slot after Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the current ranking member, decided to take the top Democratic spot on the Appropriations Committee.