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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)
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.

Stay tuned for HOH’s coverage of the always exciting room lottery draw, which will take place on Thursday. And check Roll Call’s new member orientation coverage so far here.

Holiday parties of the day

Brooklyn Chamber ofCommerce: hosts Brooklyn Night, 6 to 8 p.m., in 325 Russell Senate Office Building.

Featuring New York lawmakers, Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Yvette D. Clarke, Dan Donovan, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia M. Velazquez. RSVP here.

American Traffic Safety Services Association: 6 to 8 p.m., Sonoma, 223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE. RSVP here.

National School Choice Week: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Check out the full list of parties and a guide to how to navigate them.

Also happening today…

The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute are co-hosting a dinner “celebrating democracy and American leadership” at 7 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom (1150 22nd St. NW). Attendees include the IRI chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and NDI chairwoman, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The two will also participate in a panel discussion moderated by NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell.

Now What? Governing in the Era of Donald Trump: A Conversation with Senators,” at 6 p.m. at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (805 21st St. NW), featuring Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The event will be moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash.

The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service’s “Exit Interview” series continues with a moderated conversation on climate change with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and senior White House adviser Brian Deese. 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown’s Edward B. Bunn Intercultural Center auditorium (37th and O Streets Northwest). The series, which began in September, features Cabinet secretaries and senior Obama White House officials speaking about the administration’s successes, challenges and regrets, as well as goals left to be accomplished in the remaining weeks before Jan. 20. 

Holiday photographs around the Hill

(Photo courtesy of Sen. Mike Rounds’ office)
(Photo courtesy of Sen. Mike Rounds’ office)

Sen. Mike Rounds staffer, Joe Bliss, puts the finishing touch on the Christmas tree in the senator’s office on Monday. The tree is placed next to their most popular office attraction, the “buffalo.”

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ICYMI: House Republicans talk turkey

The House Republican caucus released a list of what members were talking about around the Thanksgiving table. Check it out.

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