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Word on the Hill: Day of Reason and/or Prayer?
New tech caucus, and staffer movement

California Rep. Ted Lieu wants to celebrate reason and logic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., had his way, today would be a National Day of Reason as well as the National Day of Prayer.

Lieu introduced a bill in Congress in April that would declare May 4 to be a National Day of Reason as a secular alternative to the National Day of Prayer to recognize the importance of reason in the betterment of humanity, he said.

Yvette Clarke: ‘We Can't Continue to Pay’ For Trump’s Family
Brooklyn congresswoman says it ‘won’t be long’ before Trump is impeached

Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., said she will continue to see that President Donald Trump is “removed from office as soon as possible.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. Yvette Clarke told a town hall meeting in Brooklyn that taxpayers “cannot continue to pay” for President Donald Trump’s family’s business and travel arrangements.

Clarke criticized Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. for their travels, for having New York City foot the bill to protect Trump’s family at Trump Tower, and for his frequent trips to Florida, the New York Observer reported.

Titans Lineman Works for Clarke
Part of NFLPA's externship program

Karim Barton is shown during his time with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. (NFLPA.com)

Tennessee Titans’s Karim Barton is planning for life after football by spending the past few weeks working in the office of Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.

Barton took part in the NFL Players Association’s externship program and was one of three to spend time on Capitol Hill, The Associated Press reported.

Here Are the Democrats Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Nearly 70 Democratic House members won’t attend Friday’s swearing-in

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly is one of the latest Democratic House members to say that he won’t attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump's inauguration on Friday.

But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott. 

Cedric Richmond Wins Black Caucus Chairmanship
Louisiana Democrat to lead 49-member group

Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond will chair the largest Congressional Black Caucus in the group’s history. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday elected Rep. Cedric L. Richmond to be chairman of the 49-member group for the 115th Congress.

The Louisiana Democrat ran against Rep. Yvette D. Clarke of New York. The caucus has not released the vote breakdown.

Divisions in Black Caucus Over Minority Leader Pick?
But CBC chairman offers no indication of whom he supports

North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who is also the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, won’t publicly say whom he supports in the contested election for minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus has indicated that there are divisions over whom caucus members support in the contested election for minority leader between incumbent California Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, emerged from a private three-hour CBC meeting in the Capitol Tuesday night, refusing to talk about what the group discussed on the eve of Democratic leadership elections. But earlier in the evening, he acknowledged the divisions. 

Word on the Hill: Orientation Returns
A few events to attend this evening

Maryland Rep.-elect Anthony Brown arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for orientation on Nov. 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected House members are back in Washington for their second week of orientation.

Their only official event of the day, from 1 to 5 p.m., is another round of briefings in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium.

Clarke, Richmond Officially Running for Black Caucus Chairmanship
Other CBC leaders also look to move up the ladder

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke is seeking the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reps. Yvette D. Clarke of New York and Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana have both officially filed their intent to run for the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to a notice obtained by Roll Call. 

The CBC will elect its chairman and other leaders during an organizational meeting Wednesday around noon, following leadership elections for the  House Democratic Caucus. The CBC is mostly comprised of House Democrats, but Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker are also members. 

Word on the Hill: O Christmas Tree
’Tis the season for holiday parties

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is shown on the West Front. Last year's tree was a 74-foot-tall Lutz tree from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congress is back and it’s officially holiday season.

At 10 a.m. today, the architect of the Capitol will accept the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree, which comes from the Payette National Forest in Idaho.

Word on the Hill: Time to Be Thankful
White House events happening this week

Signs of the season will soon begin appearing around Washington. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After a hectic week of new member orientation, presidential Cabinet picks and leadership elections, Thanksgiving is coming at a great time.

Congress is in recess all week.