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Photos of the Week: Confirmation Hearing Frenzy on Capitol Hill
The week of Jan. 9 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, and Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, prepare for Sessions’ Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A total of seven confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks kicked off on the Hill this week. Meanwhile, a back-and-forth erupted between the parties over a student painting being taken down from the Cannon House Office Building.

Controversial Ferguson Painting Removed From Display for Third Time
‘We might just have to kick somebody’s a--’ to keep it from being removed again, Richmond says

From left, Reps. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana, Alma Adams of North Carolina, William Lacy Clay of Missouri, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan and Hank Johnson of Georgia at a news conference in front of the painting in the Cannon tunnel on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | A painting by a constituent of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay has been removed from the walls of the Cannon tunnel by Republicans three times — and replaced after each incident.

“We might just have to kick somebody’s a-- and stop them,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond said, when asked if the painting needed security personnel to protect it.

Newest Blue Dog Sides with GOP on Repeal of Midnight Rules
Democrat Josh Gottheimer campaigned as a fiscal conservative

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of only four Democrats to vote for legislation allowing for the repeal of recent regulations finalized by the Obama administration. (Courtesy Josh Gottheimer Facebook page)

The three Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed Midnight Rules Relief Act last November had some new company Wednesday night, when the House again passed California Rep. Darrell Issa’s reintroduced legislation.

The House voted 238-184 to allow Congress to repeal en bloc multiple regulations approved in the last 60 legislative days of President Barack Obama’s administration. 

Democratic Ex-Rep. Hanabusa Takes Back Hawaii's 1st District Seat
Wins seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Mark Takai

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is headed back to Congress after winning her race in Hawaii's 1st District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa had not planned to run for Congress again.

That changed when 1st District Democratic Rep. Mark Takai died in July, creating an open seat. After losing a Senate bid in 2014, it appeared that Hanabusa’s run in Washington was over, but a landslide victory earlier this year in a seven-way Democratic primary changed that.

Word on the Hill: Nats' Election Night
Get to tonight's game early and receive a donkey or elephant figurine

A sneak peak at the donkey and elephant figurines to be given out to the first 25,000 fans at Friday's Washington Nationals-Miami Marlins game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The first-ever Election Night at Nationals Park is tonight for the Miami Marlins game.

The first 25,000 fans to enter the park will receive their choice of either a Nationals-branded donkey or elephant figurine.

Hawaii's Colleen Hanabusa Poised to Reclaim Her Old Seat
Former congresswoman was Mark Takai's pick to replace him

Former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, won the Democratic primary over the weekend for the seat vacated by the late Rep. Mark Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa wasn't supposed to return to Congress next year. 

But the death of 1st District Rep. Mark Takai in July left an opening in the Hawaii delegation that she effectively won Saturday night with a landslide victory in the seven-way Democratic primary.

Gun Control Activists Gather Outside Capitol to Support Sit-In
Area residents share stories, light candles into the night

Demonstrators outside the Capitol late Wednesday to support the House Democrats' sit-in (Rep. Joe Courtney/Twitter)

Julie Miller-Breetz hasn't been directly touched by gun violence. But she feels it all around her.  

Her grandfather committed suicide with a gun.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.