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Schedule of Inaugural Events
Official events planned for D.C. area for Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Joe Dick, of Providence, R.I., pushes a cart filled with flags along a side street filled with security barricades the day before the opening ceremony of President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Before and after the inaugural ceremony on Friday, there are a number of official events throughout Washington, D.C.

3:30-4 p.m. Wreath-Laying Ceremony — Arlington National Cemetery 

House Democrats Still Considering Vice Ranking Member Posts
Caucus discussed the matter Wednesday but deferred a vote

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos said she believes the Democratic caucus will approve the addition of vice ranking members on committees. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats on Wednesday continued a discussion about adding vice ranking members to committees to give more members an opportunity to serve in leadership roles but deferred a vote on the matter until a later meeting. 

The Democratic caucus will meet again, as early as Thursday, to decide whether to approve the vice ranking member posts as an amendment to the caucus rules, members said.

Feinstein Recovering After Pacemaker Surgery
She’ll miss Day 2 of Sessions’ confirmation hearing, Whitehouse serves as Judiciary ranking member

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., arrives to take on the ranking member duties during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a pacemaker installed at George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday evening and is resting at home on Wednesday.

The senator is absent from Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general but plans on working from home all day. She questioned Sessions on the first day of the hearing on Tuesday.

AG Pick Sessions Defends Record at Contentious Hearing
Alabama Republican argues he’s strong on civil rights

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is sworn in on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:42 p.m. | Sen. Jeff Sessions made his case to be attorney general Tuesday, in a confirmation hearing punctuated by racially charged protesters and warnings from Democrats that minorities fear he wouldn’t protect their rights as the Justice Department leader.

The Alabama Republican decried accusations of racial insensitivity that sunk his 1986 nomination to be a federal judge as “damnably false,” and appealed to his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to study his record of 20 years working beside them in the Senate.

Schumer Seeks Inquiry Into HHS Nominee’s Health Stock Trades
Asks whether Price’s position in the House aided him in his trades.

Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Patty Murray of Washington and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York hold a news conference to discuss the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to be secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Thursday called for an investigation into the trading of medical industry stocks by President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The Trump transition team responded by highlighting recent trading in pharmaceutical stocks by three Democratic senators.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, asked that the House Office of Congressional Ethics look into Price’s trading in health care stocks, an issue that Roll Call investigated in a story last month. Price last year traded shares of firms such as Gilead Sciences, Aetna and CVS Health Corp, while serving on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

DSCC Names First Female Executive Director
Mindy Myers ran the organization's independent expenditure efforts

Myers is the first woman to lead the DSCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Veteran operative Mindy Myers has been named the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s new executive director, becoming the first woman to lead the organization.

Myers oversaw the DSCC’s independent expenditure efforts during the 2016 campaign cycle. She has also managed Senate campaigns and worked for Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Bipartisan Senators Call for New Committee on Russian Hacking
Group includes incoming minority leader and Armed Services chairman

Sens. Charles E. Schumer, left, and John McCain, right, are calling for a new committee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of four senators is calling for a select committee to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, Armed Services Chairman John McCain of Arizona, Armed Services ranking member Jack Reed of Rhode Island, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday that the Senate should establish a temporary committee to investigate the matter. The new committee would also develop comprehensive recommendations to improve cybersecurity. 

Trump Rejects Russian Hacking Report as Senators Launch Probe
President-elect says his kids will run business but won’t be cutting deals

Then-Republican nominee Donald Trump addresses Fox News anchor Chris Wallace at an Oct. 19 debate  in Las Vegas. Wallace interviewed the president-elect in a segment that aired Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump rejected a CIA finding that Russia intervened in the general election on his behalf, even as senior Senate Republicans and Democrats launch a joint review of Moscow’s actions.

Trump dismissed reports of an intelligence agency assessment that found hackers linked to the Kremlin had interfered in the U.S. election with the goal of helping Trump win, calling the notion “ridiculous.”

Word on the Hill: Busy Social Week
Hamburgers and shuffling staffer

Ben Bergstrom, from North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s office puts a Santa hat on a mountain lion on loan from North Dakota's Kenner Simmental Ranch while decorating for Christmas in their Russell building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hopefully, you got some rest this weekend because the week’s social calendar is jampacked.

Since there is a lot going on and a lot of holiday parties, HOH weeded through the list to give you the best options each day.

DCCC Challenge Not Expected As Members Line Up For Leadership Posts
Maloney to lead review of campaign arm instead of challenge Lujan for chair

Instead of mounting a challenge for chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is going to lead a review of the campaign arm and present findings to House Democrats in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats will square off Monday in a series of elections for lower-rung leadership positions. But one critical post likely to be uncontested is the chairmanship of the caucus’ campaign arm. 

Lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen who will serve in the 115th Congress, will chose co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, as well as a member who has served five terms or less for an as-yet-unnamed leadership post.