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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Carson, Warren clash | Power outage hits confirmation hearing | Giuliani to help Trump on cyber | Graham sorry he joked about Cruz's murder | Trump tells public to buy L.L. Bean | Ryan town hall tonight

NEWS THIS A.M. -- OH, SO GIULIANI WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION: President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to assist on cybersecurity issues in the new administration. But it's not an "official role": As Giuliani explained on Fox News this morning, he will be helping to coordinate cybersecurity meetings between the private sector and the new administration. This setup is nothing new: Public-private partnerships on cybersecurity have long been a bipartisan solution -- the Obama administration has worked to boost public-private information sharing, and Congress passed a major bill last year designed to facilitate threat-sharing between government and business.

It's Thursday and the weather along the East Coast is eerily warm. But 65-degree weather in D.C. in January? I'll take it. ;) 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.


DAY 3 OF HEARINGS -- GIVE ME AN R! U! S! S! I! A! WHAT DOES THAT SPELL? "HEADACHES"!: Hearings today: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) for CIA chief, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Defense secretary and Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Notably missing: Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's Commerce pick, was expected to testify today, but a delay in his ethics filings led to a postponement. What to look for: Mostly friendly faces for Mattis and aggressive questioning for Carson from Democrats. 

JUST NOW -- WAHHREN GOT ALL BAWSTON ON CAHSON: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE (D-Mass.) grilled Ben Carson at his Thursday confirmation hearing to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department. Why: The two went back-and-forth over whether Carson would commit at HUD to not allowing any real estate companies linked to President-elect Donald Trump from contracting with the federal government to build low-income homes. The heated exchange: 

ALSO HAPPENING IN THE CARSON HEARING -- ROLL IT BACK: Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), signaled Thursday that he might roll back an Obama administration regulation aimed at reducing housing discrimination in cities.

"MAD DOG" IS A PRETTY BADASS NICKNAME, TBH: The hearing getting the most attention this morning is for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. Live blog with updates from The Hill's Kristina Wong and Rebecca Kheel

New nickname?: "Former Sen. Bill Cohen says 'Mad Dog' is a misnomer, and his nickname should be 'Braveheart' because what really characterizes him is his courage."

Buuuuurn: "And can I pay special recognition to Sen. [Angus] King?" former Sen. Bill Cohen asked. "No," McCain jokingly cut him off, prompting laughs from the crowd. Cohen continued that he wanted to honor him as a Maine native. McCain jumped in again, "He represents the geriatric part of this committee." As everyone continued to laugh, a woman's voice can be heard saying to McCain, "And led by...?" Watch the exchange:

OOOOOOPS -- THIS FEELS LIKE THE START TO A POLITICAL HORROR FILM (WELL, IF THEY EXIST. CALL ME, HOLLYWOOD): The hearing for Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) abruptly recessed because the hearing room lost power. Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Pressure builds to secure health care data Hillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' MORE (D-Va.) continued his remarks -- without a microphone -- as lawmakers, reporters, protesters and Pompeo sat in darkness. Photos:

Note about the room: "The room in Hart where they lost power during Pompeo's hearing has had issues over the years. Once the sprinkler system went off amid a big hearing." (From Fox's Chad Pergram)

Tweet From The Hill's Katie Bo Williams: "Here's Bob Dole, sitting in the dark, while everyone else mills around."



NEW -- GREAT, JUST GREAT. GET READY FOR THE NEXT "BEAN BOOT SHORTAGE CRISIS": President-elect Donald Trump this morning encouraged people to buy merchandise from L.L. Bean, after a company leader spoke out in support of Trump on TV. If this feels extremely random to you -- Lol, I get it. Here's the back-story: Linda Bean, the heiress to L.L. Bean contributed $60,000 to a pro-Trump PAC. Contributions are legally limited to $5,000, so the groups is facing scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission and is looking to register as a super PAC.

Side note: Oh and by the way, I wasn't kidding about there being another L.L. Bean Boot shortage. It's happened plenty of times before:

LATE-NIGHT SCHEMING ON O-CARE: The Senate took a first step toward repealing ObamaCare late last night -- after 1 a.m.! Senators voted 51-48 to pass a budget resolution that is being used as a vehicle for rolling back the Affordable Care Act, with the House expected to vote on Friday. Specifics:

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- SIGN. ME. UP.: Five-term former Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (D-Md.) has been named a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University. She will also serve as an adviser to the university's president.

Tweet from Journalist Matt Laslo: "I bet every student gets an F."

FORMER BRITISH SPY CAUGHT UP IN THE RUSSIA DOSSIER -- PEACE. OUT.: Via The Telegraph, the former British intelligence officer behind an unverified dossier about President-elect Donald Trump fears for his safety. Christopher Steele, 52, fled his home in Surrey, England, Wednesday as his identify became public. An unidentified source close to Steele said the former spy was "horrified."

A YEAR LATER -- WE CAN JOKE ABOUT THE MURDER COMMENTS NOW, RIGHT?!: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales GOP senator declines to directly address rape allegations against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) apologized to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage MORE (R-Texas) Thursday for joking that it was possible to get away with murdering the Texas senator if it happened in the Senate. He said whaaa?: It was during the GOP primaries. Make more sense now?

FUN READ -- ENJOY HAVING EVERY MOVE WATCHED THROUGH A MAGNIFYING LENS!: Time's Merrill Fabry interviewed White House staffers about the lessons they learned working there.

"Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff: If you ever drive into the gates of the White House and you still don't have a tingle in your spine of how special this is, it's time to leave." 

WATERGATE WAS ON FIRE -- AND NO, WE'RE NOT BEING METAPHORICAL HERE: A fire broke out on the 13th floor of the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Video:



Todd Zwillich
For those of you Hamilton fans watching the Intel CIA Dir hearing, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns GOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE is a Burr. Yes, that Burr. 

The Hill's Timothy Cama (Lol ouch.)
Sen. Corker slips, calls Rex Tillerson a senator. 'You don't want to be demoted to that'

Let's be clear: we engage with lawmakers to discuss sanction impacts, not whether or not sanctions should be imposed

The Hill's Megan R. Wilson retweeted, adding: Lobbying: "That's a nice bill you got there. Would be a shame if something happened to it."

The Hill's Scott Wong (Don't worry, Clay. True artists only get recognized many years after their time.)
On radio, Speaker Ryan calls Lacy Clay's pig painting "disgusting" and "not befitting the Capitol"



The House and Senate are in. President Obama is in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump is at Trump Tower in New York.

Noon: The CATO Institute is holding an event on the new agenda for the 115th Congress.

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Josh Earnest gives the daily press briefing.

4–5 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. Their schedule:

7 p.m. EST: Former CIA spokesman Nick Shapiro chats about Rep. Mike Pompeo's (R-Kan.) confirmation hearing on the Sidewire app.



9 p.m. EST: CNN's Jake Tapper sits down with House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocratic debates: What the top candidates need to do Paul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE (R-Wis.) for a town hall at George Washington University.

7 p.m. EST Sunday: President Obama will sit down with Steve Kroft for an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes."



Happening now: Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Defense secretary. Live-stream:

Happening now: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) for CIA director. Note: The hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday. Live-stream:

Happening now: Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Live-stream:



Today is National Curried Chicken Day.

#THANKSOBAMA: On "The Tonight Show" last night, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts MORE joined Jimmy Fallon's famous "Thank You Notes" segment. It's pretty funny.

And because you read this far, here are two dogs having a grand ol' time chasing each other around in a tunnel:


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