The Note: Capitol Hill Takes On Russian Hacking


--VP-ELECT MIKE PENCE HUDDLES WITH REPUBLICANS ON OBAMACARE PLANS: Back on his old stomping ground, Vice President-elect Mike Pence rallied House Republicans behind plans to roll back Obamacare. In a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, Republicans discussed their future legislative effort to repeal parts of the law -- without offering any details of a replacement, according to members and sources in the room, ABC’s MARY BRUCE and BENJAMIN SIEGEL write. As President Obama discussed defending Obamacare with Democrats on the other side of the Capitol, Pence told Republicans the repeal and replace will include quick executive actions and long-term legislation, sources say.

--PRESIDENT OBAMA TELLS DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS TO STAND THEIR GROUND IN FIGHT OVER OBAMACARE: President Obama told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that he envied the position they were in to battle Republicans on the frontlines in the halls of Congress. “I envy you so much," he said, according to lawmakers in the room during their closed-door meeting. "Because I would love to be on the field right now ... you're privileged to be in the arena." The president traveled across town for a rare meeting on Capitol Hill with Democrats and, according to members of Congress and aides in the room, told them to stand their ground, ABC’s MARYALICE PARKS and ALI ROGIN report.


DABBING KID'S CONGRESSMAN DAD SPEAKS OUT. Republican Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas was on Fox News this morning. "I thought he had to sneeze. I had no idea what he was doing and still didn't figure it out until maybe an hour or two later what had happened," he said. "After all their football games, the kids pose ... they would all do the dabbing business. I mean, I didn't know that it had a name or was an official -- I thought it was a superhero pose." "The official grounding is between he and me, but he's hoping to get a presidential pardon," he said.

DONALD TRUMP'S MOCKERY OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES COULD UNDERMINE HIS FUTURE RELATIONS WITH THEM. Donald Trump’s tweets that some see as undercutting the U.S. intelligence community could damage his relationships with those agencies when he becomes president, experts say. The tweets in question show his referring dismissively to "the 'Intelligence' briefing," in quote marks, and suggesting that his upcoming briefing was delayed because "perhaps more time needed to build a case." But all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacking. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY has more:

TRUMP TO BE DEPOSED THIS WEEK IN JOSÉ ANDRÉS LAWSUIT. President-elect Donald Trump is set to be deposed sometime this week in his ongoing legal battle against celebrity chef José Andrés, a lawyer representing Trump Old Post Office LLC, a development company that's part of the Trump Organization, confirms to ABC News. The lawyer would not say what day the deposition would take place, notes ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS. The deposition, which comes two weeks before Trump's inauguration, could last up to seven hours, according to a judge’s ruling. Trump's legal team sought to limit the deposition to two hours, but that effort was blocked.

TRUMP NOMINATES JAY CLAYTON AS SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN. President-elect Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Jay Clayton, a partner at the Sullivan and Cromell law firm who has worked with Wall Street and corporations to "navigate complex federal regulations," as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). "Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and he will ensure our financial institutions can thrive and create jobs while playing by the rules at the same time," Trump said in a statement released by his transition team. ABC’s KATHERINE FAULDERS reports here: and ABC's LISSETTE RODRIGUEZ has more:

AMERICAN MILITARY ADVISERS HAVE ENTERED MOSUL AT TIMES, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS. American military advisers have at times entered the city of Mosul accompanying Iraqi forces fighting to retake the city from ISIS, a U.S. military spokesman said today. Since the start of the Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul in mid-October, U.S. officials have not confirmed whether American advisers would operate in the city accompanying Iraqi forces while remaining behind the front lines. “They have been in the city at different times, yes,” said Colonel John Dorrian, the U.S. military spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, in response to a question about whether American military advisers have entered Mosul as part of the Iraqi offensive. ABC’s LUIS MARTINEZ has more.


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