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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Startling Second Inaugural  —  This was the most sustainedly “progressive” statement Barack Obama has made in his decade on the national stage.  —  I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on.
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Washington Post:
(APPLAUSE)  —  That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Today we continue a never ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Text of Obama's Second Inaugural Address  —  Here's the text of President Barack Obama's Second Inaugural Address, as prepared for delivery:  —  Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
How Obama Made His Second Inaugural Address A Landmark Moment For LGBT Equality
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Second Inaugural
Discussion: Guardian
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
First inaugural use of the word ‘gay’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Reuters
President Barack Obama / The Atlantic Wire:
Read and Watch Obama's Second Inaugural Address
Discussion: Spectator and The Agonist
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Lupe Fiasco Thrown Off Stage At Inauguration Concert After Bashing Obama  —  At the StartUp RockOn event in Washington, the rapper's performance upsets the hosts.  Video, tweets, and the statement from organizers. … A statement from one of the concert's sponsors:
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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StartUp RockOn / HyperVocal:
Lupe Fiasco: Official Statement From StartUp Rock On Organizers  —  StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups.  At Sunday night's Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success …
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Lupe Fiasco, Rapper, Thrown Off Stage At Inaugural Concert (VIDEO)  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Video, Fighter Interactive, Kelli Jo, Matt Dornic, StartUp RockOn, Eventfarm, Hypervocal, Inaugural Concerts, Josh Rogin, Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco Inaugural Concert, Entertainment News
Talking Points Memo:
Obama Takes One Last Look At Inauguration Crowd: 'I'll Never See This Again'  —  Departing the West Front of the U.S. Capitol after delivering his second inaugural address on Monday, President Obama wanted to take one last glance of the hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered to celebrate his second term.
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Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Unemployment Rate Same Today As It Was When Obama First Took Office  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Even though much has changed the past four years, President Barack Obama begins his second term with one thing that hasn't: the unemployment rate.  —  When Obama first took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.
Discussion: PolicyMic and Poor Richard's News
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 49% Approval in First Term  —  Approval has been climbing in recent quarters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents.  Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages.
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
First Term: Obama Increased Debt $50,521 Per Household; More Than First 42 Presidents in 53 Terms Combined
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Becomes A “Great” President  —  And Republicans start looking for ways to embrace him.  Liberals should be prepared to lose him.  —  Image by Pool / Reuters  —  This time about 12 years from now, President Tagg Romney will, with a mixture of exasperation and amusement …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Gawker
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama's second inauguration: Is the thrill gone?  —  Washington (CNN) - The excitement among Americans for President Barack Obama's first inauguration appears to have diminished as he begins his second term, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and This Just In
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Associated Press:
Quick Hits, Lighter Moments From Inaugural
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Deal  —  On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, an exuberant Vice President Biden famously pronounced the reform a “big something deal” — except that he didn't use the word “something.”  And he was right.  —  In fact, I'd suggest using this phrase to describe the Obama administration as a whole.
Daily Mail:
Wanted: ‘Adventurous woman’ to give birth to Neanderthal man - Harvard professor seeks mother for cloned cave baby  — His ambitious plan requires a human volunteer willing to allow the DNA to be put into stem cells, then a human embryo  —  They're usually thought of as a brutish, primitive species.
Tony Nitti / Forbes:
Golfer Phil Mickelson May Call It Quits Due To Climbing Tax Rates  —  LA QUINTA, CA - JANUARY 20: Phil Mickelson hits his second shot on the tenth hole at the Nicklaus Private Course at the PGA West during the second round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation …
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Atari U.S. operation files for bankruptcy  —  The U.S. operations of pioneering video game company Atari Inc. is seeking to break free from French parent Atari S.A. and in the next few months find a buyer to take the company private.  (Strong National Museum of Play / January 20, 2013)
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture  —  In the early days of 2011, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology learned that it had an intruder.  Worse, it believed the intruder had been there before.  —  Months earlier, the mysterious visitor had used …
 
 
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Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Inauguration Live 2013: Obama Sworn In For Second Term
Paul Ryan / Facebook:
Paul Ryan on the President's Swearing-In
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Broken viewing screen frustrates thousands on the National Mall
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Obama Looks Over The Capitol One Last Time: “I'm Not Going To See This Again”
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda branch's image soars after hostage drama in Algeria
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Wall Street Journal:
After French Criticism, Washington Drops Payment Demand
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Obama's Campaign Manager Looks For Another Act
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