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11:20 PM ET, January 21, 2013

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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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New York Times:
Obama's Second Inaugural Speech  —  The following is a transcript of President Obama's second inaugural speech:  —  MR. OBAMA: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:  —  Each time we gather to inaugurate a president …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
First inaugural use of the word ‘gay’  —  President Barack Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word “gay” in an inaugural address in reference to sexual orientation, making two references to gay rights as he began his second term.  —  “Our journey is not complete until …
Washington Post:
President Obama's second inaugural address (Transcript)  —  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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Second Inaugural
Discussion: Guardian
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
How Obama Made His Second Inaugural Address A Landmark Moment For LGBT Equality
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Senate Sneaks Through Gerrymandering Bill While Country Watches Inauguration  —  While the eyes of the nation were turned toward President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Monday, the Virginia State Senate managed to hurriedly pass a bill that would redistrict the state's senate seats.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The PJ Tatler
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Virginia GOP Pulls ‘Dirty Trick’ On Inauguration Day  —  Democrats in Virginia are accusing state Republicans of taking advantage of a prominent civil rights leader's trip to Washington for the presidential inauguration to pull a “dirty trick” in order to take control of the state Senate in the 2015 elections.
Discussion: Associated Press and Discourse.net
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Va. Republicans push through rewrite of Senate districts  —  Senate Republicans this afternoon pushed through a surprise rewrite of the 2011 redistricting plan that erases a Democratic seat in western Virginia and creates a sixth majority black district that would be located between Petersburg and Danville.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Second Inauguration Of Barack Obama  —  12 pm.  Well either Kelly Clarkson was way off or her mike was.  But the speech instantly removed any awkwardness that lingered.  If you have long believed, as I have, that this man could easily become the liberal Reagan by the end …
Discussion: CNN
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama's second inauguration: Is the thrill gone?
U.S. News:
Where's Mitt?  In warm, sunny California  —  It's chilly on the Capitol steps today, but that's no problem for Mitt Romney.  —  The former Republican presidential contender is spending Inauguration Day at his home in La Jolla, Calif., where it's sunny with a forecasted high of 73 degrees.
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Aliyah Frumin / msnbc.com:
Where in the world is Mitt Romney? (Hint: Not in D.C.)
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Colin Powell Slams ‘Idiot Presentations’ by Some Republicans, Urges GOP Leaders to ‘Speak Out’  —  In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos during ABC's special inauguration day coverage this morning, former Secretary of State Colin Powell lashed out at people …
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.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Teenager Accidentally Kills Brother While Playing With Mother's Gun  —  A 14-year-old in Henry County, Georgia unintentionally shot and killed his 15-year-old brother early Saturday morning while playing with his mother's gun, according to police.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Two lines that sum up Obama's presidency … President Obama's Second Inaugural Address was devoid of memorable lines, but for me, two of them jumped out: “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief …
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: MARK LEVIN'S INAUGURAL DAY MESSAGE— FIGHT!  —  As President Barack Obama prepares for his inauguration, Breitbart News sat down with radio talk show host Mark Levin, the bestselling author of the blockbusters Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia, Men in Black, and Rescuing Sprite.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Bloomberg:
Obama's Bogus Journey  —  By Ramesh Ponnuru 2013-01-21T22:26:38Z  —  The world will little note nor long remember anything President Barack Obama said in his second inaugural address; still less will it remember any of the gushing encomiums his admirers in the press reliably produce …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
An expansive case for progressive governance, grounded in language of Founding Fathers  —  Halfway through President Obama's inaugural address, James Fallows tweeted: “I believe this is the most ‘progressive’ speech he's ever given.”  —  I would take that a step further.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Prepares To Govern From The Left
Discussion: Politico and Right Turn
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 …
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Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Joan Rivers: First lady's new 'do is a 'don't'  —  Hollywood fashion critic Joan Rivers does not approve of first lady Michelle Obama's newly cut bangs.  —  “Today starts President Obama's next four years in the White House,” Rivers tweeted Monday.  “Let's hope the same isn't true about the first lady's new hairdo.”
 
 
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Matt Hadro / NewsBusters:
Giddy CNN Correspondent: ‘I Feel Like I Should Pinch Myself Right Now’
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lunching with frienemies: A taste of bipartisanship
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Support Grows for Roe v. Wade
Discussion: American Power
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Yemen: US Drone Strike Kills 2 Al-Qaida Militants
CNN:
Obama's final glimpse of his inaugural crowd
Discussion: Politico
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
David Gregory Tells Morning Joe That President Obama Must Gut Medicare To Succeed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Republicans: Obama should have reached out more in address
BuzzFeed:
The Loudest Protester At The Inauguration Was In A Tree
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