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Word on the Hill: Celebrities in Town for Medal of Freedom

Long list of recipients for Obama's final ceremony

President Barack Obama welcomes celebrities to the White House for his final Medal of Freedom ceremony as president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
President Barack Obama welcomes celebrities to the White House for his final Medal of Freedom ceremony as president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s final Medal of Freedom ceremony of his presidency is today at 3 p.m. in the White House’s East Room.

Follow along with live tweets from @AlexGangitano and look for our coverage of the event.

You can watch the ceremony in real time on the White House’s live-stream.

Here’s who’s being honored this year:

Activist and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Native-American advocate Elouise Cobell (posthumous)

Comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres

Actor Robert De Niro

Physicist Richard Garwin

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates

Architect Frank Gehry

Computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton

Actor Tom Hanks

Groundbreaking computer programmer Rear Adm. Grace Hopper (posthumous)

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan

Vietnam Veterans Memorial architect Maya Lin

“Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow

Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron

Actor Robert Redford

Singer Diana Ross

Sports broadcaster Vin Scully

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Actress Cicely Tyson

D.C. cultural event of the day

Musician Carlos Vives will be honored by the Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon. (Residence, 1520 20th St. NW, 6 p.m.)

HOH weekly video

Take a look at the Capitol’s restored dome, senators settling World Series bets, an official greeting for new female senators and orientation for new House members.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.

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