Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 8 DAYS

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Confirmation hearings continue today. The Senate is questioning James Mattis (Secretary of Defense), Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), and Mike Pompeo (CIA Director). The hearings on Rex Tillerson’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State are scheduled to continue.

The Marco Rubio-Rex Tillerson jousting was the highlight on Wednesday in confirmation hearings.

Still, much of the commentary today will likely focus on President-elect Trump’s comments at Wednesday’s news conference. Trump said he believes Russia was behind the election-related email hacking, but added that there is “much hacking going on,” including from China. Trump called an “absolute disgrace” the release of the intelligence dossier, and the “fake” information in it.

Trump also announced a list of measures he and his advisers say will distance Trump organization businesses to the Trump White House and administration

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THE SCORECARD

Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

Appointments and nominations made by the Donald Trump administration

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus

CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon

SECRETARY OF STATE: Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Andrew Puzder

SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price

SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Ben Carson

SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao

SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Rick Perry

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: David Shulkin

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HEAD: Linda McMahon

POSITION REMAINING TO BE FILLED: Secretary of Agriculture

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