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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- 2009 inauguration throwback edition | Trump keeping 50 Obama officials | CNN hiring reporter to cover 'wave' of 'fake news' | Springsteen's secret WH concert | Senator suggests colleague needs Valium | National Popcorn Day

BREAKING -- STAY, STAY, STAY ... YOU THINK THAT IT'S FUNNY WHEN I'M MAD, MAD, MADPresident-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration officials to remain in their roles in order to "ensure the continuity of government," spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday. Why: The decision comes as Trump is reportedly struggling to fill important posts in his new administration. Like...?: Key national security officials including Brett McGurk, special envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Why that's big: The move is somewhat surprising, given Trump's repeated criticism of Obama's efforts in combating the terrorist group.

It's Thursday -- less than 24 hours until Donald Trump is inaugurated as president. D.C. is turning into pure chaos, so if you're in the city, be prepared for a lot of walking and strategic planning for bathroom breaks and have an inauguration-closures map in hand. 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.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO INAUGURATION TOMORROW -- UPDATE TO THE UMBRELLA POLICY: Via The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau, the National Park Service has revised the "no umbrellas" rule for inauguration because of tomorrow's rain forecast. What you can bring: Tote-style umbrellas that collapse -- no long umbrellas!


WHAT A JOB TITLE -- "FAKE NEWS REPORTER": CNN is hiring a "fake news" reporter to keep tabs on fake news stories, their origins and the people behind them. Ohh the internet trolling this poor person will endure.  

JUST DISCOVERED -- QUIETLY TIP TOE IN (OR IT WILL BE AWKWARD): CNN quietly hired Laura Jarrett, the daughter of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to cover the Trump Justice Department despite having little experience in journalism.

EXCLUSIVE -- GET READY FOR THE AX: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned." Which departments would see significant cuts and eliminations: Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State. Privatized: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Eliminated: National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation. Full breakdown:

FOR THE #NEVERTRUMP-ERS IN THE HOUSE: Here's a list of anti- Trump events in D.C.

OH AND THIS HAPPENED: LGBT activists threw a "Queer Dance Party" outside Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump says he'll wear mask during upcoming trip to Walter Reed Trump to visit Georgia next week Jill Biden promises if Biden's elected 'no more Betsy DeVos' MORE's D.C. home last night. Video:

JUST NOW -- OMG, I AM CRINGING AT THIS: Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE (D-Minn.) during Rick Perry's confirmation hearing to be Energy secretary: "Governor, thank you so much for coming into my office. Did you enjoy meeting me?" Perry: "I hope you're as much fun on this dais as you were on your couch." The crowd erupted into laughter. Perry then asked to rephrase that, with Franken responding, "Please. Please. Please. Oh my lord. Oh my lord."  Perry had quite the self-awareness by then proclaiming: "Well, I think we found our Saturday Night Live sound bite." Painfully awkward, but hilarious clip:

SPOTTED -- RUDY'S IN TOWN: Former New York City mayor and Donald Trump campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani was spotted at a reception for the mayors' conference at the Colombian ambassador's residence, co-hosted by Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

OH WOW THIS IS AWKWARD -- AND MNUCHIN'S FACIAL EXPRESSION SAYS IT ALL: Steven Mnuchin's confirmation hearing for Treasury secretary quickly went off the rails when Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) jabbed at Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenMnuchin: Next stimulus bill must cap jobless benefits at 100 percent of previous income Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits On The Money: Trump administration releases PPP loan data | Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits | McConnell opens door to direct payments in next coronavirus bill MORE (D-Ore.) after he gave a lengthy critique of Mnuchin's experience. "Sen. Wyden, I've got a Valium pill here that you might want to take for a second round," he joked. How it was received by Dems: Not well. Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers On The Money: Mnuchin, Powell differ over how soon economy will recover | Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress | IRS chief pledges to work on tax code's role in racial wealth disparities IRS chief pledges to work with Congress on examining tax code's role in racial wealth disparities MORE (D-Ohio) called it an inauspicious start to the committee's work for the year. And Wyden accused Roberts of wasting precious time. "I just can't quite believe that the senator would say that," said Brown. "I just hope that doesn't set the tone for 2017."



What to remember from 2009:

Why Obama's invocation was controversial: Pastor Rick Warren, who opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, delivered the invocation at President Obama's inauguration. This was not well received by liberal groups.

Fact check -- Notice if Trump does this, too: In President Obama's inaugural address, he said, "Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath." That wasn't actually true. He was the 44th president, but only the 43rd to take the oath. "Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms. He is counted as the 22nd president, serving from 1885 to 1889. He won back the office four years later, and is counted also as the 24th president, serving again from 1893–1897. Two presidents -- but one American." (From McClatchy DC)

The internet couldn't handle the traffic: Media and government sites live-streamed the inauguration with millions tuning in -- yes, live-streams were big in 2009! The live-streaming traffic was unprecedented at the time, causing significant slowdowns of websites. #2009probz

Kenyaaa!: The village in Kenya where Obama's late father lived had a 5,000-person inauguration celebration. It involved slaughtering bulls and goats for food, movie screens of the inauguration and dancing. Photos:  

Taking the oath: 

2009: Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath for Obama; Associate Justice John Paul Stevens for Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' Trump says he'll wear mask during upcoming trip to Walter Reed Latino group 'Mi Familia Vota' launches M voter turnout campaign targeting swing states MORE.

2017: Chief Justice John Roberts will swear-in Donald Trump; Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for Mike Pence.

Why 2009 was memorable -- Ooooooops, double take: President Obama took the oath of office a second time the day after inauguration because a word was said out of sequence when he was sworn in. Can't be too careful! From then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: ""We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively ... yesterday ... But the oath appears in the Constitution itself and, out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time."

Performers -- notice the difference in caliber?: 

2009: Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyoncé, Death Cab For Cute, the Beastie Boys, James Taylor, Maroon 5, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Yo-Yo Ma and others. Full list:

2017: Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys, Sam Moore, Lee Greenwood, Big & Rich, Jon Voight, Jackie Evancho, some of The Rockettes and others. Full list:


2009 official theme: "A New Birth of Freedom" And because no one actually remembers Obama's speech, the Guardian's Julian Borger at the time described the themes as "a green new deal," "an end to plutocracy," a "renunciation of the Bush era" and a return to "soft power" and pragmatism. 

2017: "Make America Great Again" Not surprising in the least.

How the inauguration speech went:

2009: It actually drew a lot of criticism for being "low-brow" and "rife with clichés." John Judis of the New Republic was underwhelmed, calling it a "hodgepodge."

2017: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We'll see!

How many people attended?: 

2009: 1.8 million, which is the highest attendance ever. The previous record was 1965, with 1.2 million. Photos from space: Wow...

2013: 1 million people

2017: 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected

How many people watched on TV: 

2009: 37.8 million

Record: The record is 41.8 million for Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration

2017: TBD!

Inauguration schedule: 



Luncheon menu -- they both involve lobster!:




2009: $170 million

2017: Estimated to be $200 million, but could change based on weather and turnout

Funny/interesting inauguration tidbits:

How the inauguration move-in works: A 93-person staff kicks into high gear when the outgoing president leaves for tea with the president-elect. They have six hours. Most stressful part: They do it all with just two elevators and no hired outside help for security and privacy reasons.

Oh my god this is hilarious -- Party like it's 1829: "The reception held for Andrew Jackson, the 'man of the people,' whose 1829 inauguration was attended by thousands. When Jackson returned to the White House after the ceremony, he was followed by some 20,000 rowdy well-wishers hellbent on getting refreshments: ice cream, cake and lemonade. The mob all but destroyed the White House; Jackson was forced to exit by a back door. The White House steward finally lured guests outside with tubs of whiskey-laced punch." I actually laughed out loud at this.



Post and Courier's Emma Dumain
That guy is not gonna let the press into the elevator with Nikki Haley. Photo: 

The Washington Post's Ashley Parker
From The Podium: [Incoming White House press secretary] Sean Spicer lauds the "stunning" Trump Hotel in DC: "I encourage you to go there, if you haven't been." (His remark was very much tongue-in-cheek)



The House and Senate are out, except for confirmation hearings. Most White House staffers are in their offices for the last day. President Obama and Vice President Biden are at the White House today, presumably saying their good-byes. President-elect Trump started his day in New York City and just arrived in Washington, D.C.

Happening now: Senate confirmation hearing for Rick Perry, Trump's pick for Energy secretary. Live-stream:

Happening now: Senate confirmation hearing for Steve Mnuchin, Trump's nominee to lead the Treasury Department. Live-stream:

Live-blog from The Hill's Peter Schroeder: 

1 p.m. EST: Wajahat Ali of "Without the ACA" will chat on the Sidewire app about what happens to people who lose health insurance if ObamaCare is repealed.

3:30 p.m. EST: Outgoing Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears Biden-Sanders 'unity task force' rolls out platform recommendations Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE gives a farewell address to State Department employees. Live-stream:

5:30 p.m. EST: The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will air on NBC Sports. One year until the next Winter Olympics! 

6-10 a.m. EST tomorrow: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerA renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad Mellman: Roberts rescues the right? MORE (R-Ark.), Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown MORE (D-Va.) and Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-S.D.) will appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



Today is National Popcorn Day!

"BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUN [FOR OFFICE]": Via The Daily Mail's Jennifer Smith, singer Bruce Springsteen played a low-key concert for 200 White House staffers and the Obamas in the East Room of the White House. Photos:

COME ON, D.C. SPORTS! YOU GOT THIS!: Via The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg and Scott Allen, "13 crazy stats about the suddenly hot Wizards" Lol. 

And because I kept you this long, here's a 3-year-old barista who can make a seriously good cappuccino.


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