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Senate Confirms Mattis (Defense) & Kelly (Homeland) On Trump's First Day

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, amid Chuck Schumer's jabs over HUD, the Senate has confirmed retired Marine General James Mattis as defense secretary and retired Marine General John Kelly as homeland security secretary. They were both expected to be confirmed easily, and were, but Democrats promised fights over several other nominees.

Summing Up 8 Years Of Barack Obama

One day his Supreme Court justices will retire. Obamacare may be repealed. History will forget about his charisma and charm. Edward Snowden may eventually return home. The 500,000+ pages of regulations his administration issued will be replaced. And even the families of all the innocent victims who were accidentally killed in his drone strikes may move on with their lives. But the debt will still be there.

Full Calendar Of Today's Washington Events

With markets focused on today's events in Washington, culminating with Trump's inaugural speech, here’s a look at the key scheduled events for Friday, Jan. 20.

"He Wants To Be Emperor" – How Mark Zuckerberg Is Scheming To Become President

"Increasingly, a number of influential people in Silicon Valley seem to think that Mark Zuckerberg will likely run for president of the United States one day. And some people, including myself, believe that he could indeed win. “He wants to be emperor” is a phrase that has become common among people who have known him over the years."

McCain's Hypocrisy Has No Bounds

"I am totally sick of fake-patriot, warmonger as*holes like senators John McCain, Tom Cotton, and Lindsey Graham... The US will be better off and the world will be safer the minute they retire."

Frontrunning: January 19

  • Yellen speech bolsters dollar after Trump's mixed messages (Reuters)
  • Draghi Set to Face Questions on ECB Bond Purchases (WSJ)
  • Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era (Reuters)
  • Oil and Trump: Russians full of optimism (Reuters)
  • Biggest Opposition Party Ready to Topple Swedish Government (BBG)
  • The Mortgage Market’s $1 Trillion Pocket of Worry (WSJ)