Wednesday's live video events
John Boehner and the Republicans will begin to work on their agenda in the House of Representatives Wednesday.
January 5th, 2011
07:41 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

A new era begins in Congress today, as Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the happenings on Capitol Hill.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Congressional Black Caucus event - Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak at a ceremonial swearing-in for members of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington.

10:30 am ET - Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan - U.S. Army Col. Andrew Poppas briefs reporters on current military operations in three Afghan provinces.

12:00 pm ET - Congress convenes - Members of the House and Senate convene the 112th Congress.  Rep. John Boehner is expected to take the reins as House Speaker, while the Senate elects a president pro tempore.

12:45 pm ET - White House briefing - Washington is back in session after the holiday break, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will have plenty to say during today's White House briefing.  Topics expected to be discussed include potential changes in White House staffing and the battle over health care reform.

4:00 pm ET - Russell Simmons on Wall Street - He's a hip-hop pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  Now, Russell Simmons can add "Wall Street bell-ringer" to his resume.  Simmons rings the closing bell to celebrate the release of his new book.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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  1. Robert

    Get ready to get screwed America...the republicans are back and ready to screw as many as possible...it's their fault we are in the trouble we are in and now they are leading....leading us into hell..

    January 5, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. God

    I like hell.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. S & M Lincoln

    Diddo. Heaven is so overated.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Trickle down economics; works for the rich.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @ S & M: Oh? Really.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim the Honest fixed income trader

    With the new climate in place and a culture in Washington favoring business. The fires of free market capitalism are just beginning to be stoked.
    It is not to early to strike up the band and lead the country in a rousing rendition of "happy days are here again."
    Of course for the haves they never left. But don't you fret you have nots. Trickle down economic model is once again showing its effectiveness and utter brilliance.
    The shining sea of capital provided to lobbyists will soon manifest itself in new jobs for all seeking work. And at a wage which will allow the American people to stand tall and walk with dinity and pleasure through the experiences of life in this Graet land.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. S & M Lincoln

    Really Cesar, you wouldnt believe what passes for lunch up here. And dont get me started on Elvis. He's a nice guy and all but if I have to hear 'Hound Dog' one more time im gonna go crazy. On most days u can find me with my 'partner' John Wayne sitting on our couch watching reruns of The Golden Girls. I love Blanche! These are the little moments that make life up here bearable, and the fact that we have an unlimited supply of Skittles.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    People of the United States,
    Let the Games Begin!
    Republicans and Tea Party Gladiators,PREPARE TO UNLEASH HELL!

    January 5, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    @Frank...so what. Even if an Elephant drinks tea, it's still a big fat Elephant stomping around like a retarded twelve year-old carrying a double-barreled shotgun. That, and having intercourse with the Donkey, who has had her Donkey eye on the Elephant for a long time. Not all of US fall for that age-old trick used by crooked politicians for centuries, namely divide the peoples into seperate political party's, and as they are distracted fighting amongst themselves, the powers that be get away with murder. The Elephant has humped the Donkey spawning one big huge corporate fascist regime, with the head of an elephant and a donkeys @zz, with tea on it's breath.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. S & M Lincoln

    Four Score and seven years ago I realized I was 'different'.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. GAREYMS

    Got the beer on ice & the popcorn ready for the Blubbering Boehner show. More Tissue for the Speaker!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Avon Barksdale

    It's me snitches!

    January 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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