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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump plans executive actions for ObamaCare repeal | Obama urges Dems to fight back | Trump sides with Assange over intel officials | Ryan calls out kid for 'dabbing' | Group handing out free marijuana at inauguration

BREAKING -- GOP SAYS OBAMACARE'S A GONER ON DAY ONE: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, House Republicans are planning to get an ObamaCare repeal bill on President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE's desk by Feb. 20, while the administration moves forward with executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one. Two lawmakers shared the target date after House Republicans met with Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace Indiana has spent over million on cleanup of failed Pence family gas stations: report What really happened with the breastfeeding scandal in Geneva MORE on Wednesday. Pence also said Trump plans to take executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one, but did not get into specifics.

BACK STORY -- RARE DAY ON CAPITOL HILL: On one side of Capitol Hill, President Obama made a rare appearance to urge Congressional Democrats to stand fast against any effort to repeal ObamaCare. On another side of the Capitol, Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Congressional Republicans. Why this is big: Pence and Obama's dueling meetings set the stage for what might be the biggest political and policy battle on President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

It's Wednesday, and Capitol Hill is buzzing 16 days away from inauguration. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.

I WILL REMEMBER YOU. WILL YOU REMEMBER ME?: President Obama rallied his party's troops on Capitol Hill this morning, telling them to fight for ObamaCare. Here are some of the highlights:

Obama's advice for Dems: Obama responded to a shouted question as he passed a group of reporters: (Video from The Hill's Jordan Fabian)

Retirement, man: "Obama tells Democratic lawmakers he envies them because they are still on the field to carry on the fight, per source in room" (From Politico's Seung Min Kim)

The vibe: "Rep. Slaughter says Obama gave a 'nostalgic' speech on how hard Dems worked to pass ACA. 'We're going to fight very hard to save it,' she says." (From The Hill's Jordan Fabian)

TALK OF THE MORNING -- PRESIDENT VS. U.S. INTEL IS NOT A BATTLE I WANT TO SEE: Donald Trump is publicly airing his dirty laundry with his own intelligence departments. He tweeted this morning, "Julian Assange said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' -- why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!" Yes, that means the president-elect is taking Julian Assange at his word, but not the U.S. intelligence community.

THIS SHOULD BE AN AWKWARD MEETING FRIDAY: Last night, Trump tweeted: The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"

YA, BUUUUUUT: Via NBC News, Trump's "delayed" intelligence meeting was always scheduled for Friday.

REACTION: George Little, a former CIA and Department of Defense spokesman, said early Wednesday that he thinks the U.S. will be "less safe" under President-elect Donald Trump once he is sworn into office.

NO TITLE CHANGES FOR NOW: Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) won reelection as Speaker of the House yesterday in a near-unanimous vote.


BREAKING -- ONE MORE WALL STREET GUY IN THE ADMINISTRATION: President-elect Donald Trump announced that he's selected Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to helm the Securities and Exchange Commission. His deal: Clayton is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he works on "public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets offerings and regulatory proceedings."

YOU THINK IVANKA AND MICHELLE WILL HAVE WINE NIGHTS?: Via Washingtonian, Ivanka Trump and her family will move to the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Keep in mind: This is less than two blocks away from where the Obamas will reportedly live post-White House (!). Photos:



BUT FLUFFY THE RABBIT IS LIKE A CHILD: Via The San Diego Union-Tribune, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) used $600 in campaign funds on his pet rabbit's airfare (?!). Reaction: "Hunter's staff told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that the House Office of Congressional Ethics questioned the pet expenses -- offered as an example of over-reach by the agency."

DUDE, CAN YOU NOT?: As Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) was taking a photo with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his family after being sworn in Tuesday, Marshall's son posed in the popular dance move called "dabbing." Ryan can be heard in the video asking if the young man was all right. "Do you want to put your hand down?" Ryan asks. "Are you going to sneeze?" Poor kid, this is painfully awkward.



The Washington Post's Dave Weigel
It's Gerald Ford's chief of staff! Photo: 

Writer Katherine Hayton
I came to the library to find some answers but leave with only questions...

The Washington Post's Sarah Parnass
This baby's all like, dude, don't tickle me. Video: Also this baby totally snubbed Biden. Video:



The House and Senate are in. President Obama is in Washington, D.C., and President-elect Donald Trump is at Trump Tower in New York City for meetings.

Noon: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women ‘Abolish ICE’ is going to hurt Democrats in the midterms 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser MORE (D-N.Y.) will meet with Trump's nominee for secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis.

Noon: American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard speaks at his annual "State of the American Energy" event in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m.: Senate party lunches.

2 p.m. EST: The Brookings Institution is holding an event on federal education policy under the Trump administration. Former Education Secretary Arne DuncanArne Starkey DuncanWe could save some lives with reforms that gun owners would support Obama Education secretary: Boycotting schools would 'shock the nation' into changing gun laws Biden says 'enough is enough' after Santa Fe school shooting MORE is among the speakers.

2:30 p.m. EST: President Obama and Vice President Biden attend an Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Virginia.

4:30 p.m. EST: The House votes on a series of suspension bills. Full schedule:

Jan. 11: President-elect Donald Trump plans to hold his first press conference in months.

9 p.m. Jan. 12: CNN's Jake Tapper will sit down with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for a town-hall interview at George Washington University.



Today is National Spaghetti Day!

AT LEAST THIS WILL BE A CHILL GROUP OF PROTESTERS?: Via WUSA, a pro-marijuana group plans to protest President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration by passing out free joints to attendees. The protest will start at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 near DuPont Circle.

AN ACTUALLY HELPFUL GUIDE FOR TRICKS TO EATING HEALTHY: Via NECN-NBC Boston, here are several proven ways to make healthy choices when eating at home, shopping at the grocery store and when eating at restaurants.

And because I kept you this long, here's a puppy that can eat treats faster than the speed of light:


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