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1:55 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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Thomas Nagorski / The World Newser:
The Inaugural Oath: Chief Justice Slip-Up  —  Chief Justice John Roberts is a man who has made very few public missteps in his life — but he appears to have made one when swearing in Barack Obama.  Roberts slightly flubbed the oath, which then tripped up Obama.
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Seeks Halt to Legal Proceedings at Guantanamo  —  In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
ABOUT THAT OATH FLUB  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  The recitation of the presidential oath came in fits and starts.  —  The Constitution prescribes the text: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to best of my ability preserve …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DUMP THAT MEME ...  Drudge is saying it.  And weirdly the AP …
Discussion: Donklephant and Legalities
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?
The White House:
A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation
The White House:
Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov  —  Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.  —  A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
New White House site slams Bush  —  The new White House website unveiled by President Barack Obama's team Tuesday includes a shot at former President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina.  —  Under the “agenda” portion of the site regarding Katrina, it reads: “President Obama will keep …
The Hill:
Bush Mocked As He Arrives on Inauguration Dais  —  The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye,” a section of the crowd chanted.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two prayers: Warren and Lowery  —  Since much was made of these two invocations beforehand, I thought it would be useful to take a look at Rev. Rick Warren's and Rev. Joseph Lowery's respective prayers at today's inauguration ceremonies for President Obama.
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USA Today:
Rev. Joseph Lowery's impassioned benediction … Barack Obama's inaugural speech was book-ended by two expressions of evangelical faith.  First came Rev. Rick Warren's invocation, including mentions of God, Jesus and an allusion to Allah, called by Muslims as “compassionate and merciful.”
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Worst.  Inauguration.  Ever.  —  So, I don't even know how to write about this without it sounding like bitter grousing, and frankly, I'm a little embarrassed to have to report that after five hours of standing in the bitter cold, getting pushed and shoved to the point where you start to feel …
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
No Confirmation Vote for Clinton  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's smooth ride to confirmation as secretary of state hit a small bump on Tuesday as one of her Republican colleagues blocked a vote on Mrs. Clinton's nomination, citing ethical questions arising from donors to her husband's charitable foundation.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Clinton, Cornyn wrangle in Rotunda
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Fresh Bank Worries Batter Stocks; Dow Falls Below 8,000  —  As Barack Obama stepped into the presidency on Tuesday, Wall Street walked back to the brink.  —  Despite widespread optimism about Mr. Obama and a jubilant inaugural celebration, the major indexes plunged more than 4 percent on Tuesday …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Washington Post:
Sell-Off Is Sobering Welcome From Wall Street
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sara Lepro / Associated Press:
Bank stocks pummeled as worries mount
Discussion: D-Day
CNN:
Obama signs first presidential proclamation  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As his first official action after being sworn in, President Barack Obama signed three documents Tuesday, including a proclamation declaring a day of national renewal and reconciliation.  —  “I'm a lefty.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Inaugural Poem  —  The following is a transcript of the inaugural poem recited by Elizabeth Alexander, as provided by CQ transcriptions.  —  Praise song for the day.  —  Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others' eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.
Discussion: Liberty Street and Salon
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The New Republic:
Adam Kirsch on Elizabeth Alexander's Bureaucratic Verse
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Danny / Political Radar:
Carter ‘Snubs’ Clinton?  —  ABC News' David Wright reports: Today may be a day when the nation briefly sets aside partisan enmity for the peaceful transition of power, but personal enmity?  That's another matter.  —  One small example: as the ex-Presidents gathered in the crypt …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Something Has to Be Said  —  The utter lack of ooh-ing and ah-ing over Michelle Obama's inauguration wear should tell you something.  It was bad.  —  She's worn beautiful things in the past.  I tend to think saturated, jewel tones (royal purple, forest green, dark teal, deep orange) look great on her.
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
Barack Obama's Inaugural Address  —  Following is the prepared text of President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, as provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:  —  My fellow citizens:  —  I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed …
Fabius Maximus:
America Passes A Milestone!  —  We now have more poeple employed in government than manufacturing and construction.  —  It's a milestone.  But to what end does this road lead us?  —  For another perspective  —  See Can you see the signs of spring in the coming of winter?
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
How Conservatives Should Celebrate the Inauguration  —  “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff's Ponzi Case Leaves PETA Cowed  —  WASHINGTON — The downfall of Bernard Madoff has claimed a far-flung, new victim: a plan by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to lobby Barack Obama at the inaugural festivities to be a vegetarian.  —  The animal-welfare organization viewed Mr. Obama's election as a turning point.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Bush Again Defends His Presidency  —  George W. Bush, now the former president, flew to Midland, Texas, after the inauguration this afternoon and told a small welcoming crowd much of what he has been saying in his farewell speeches and interviews over the last few weeks.
Discussion: Political Machine
David Stout / New York Times:
Kennedy ‘Feeling Well’ After Seizure  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who is ill with brain cancer, collapsed at the Inauguration Day luncheon honoring President Obama, casting a pall over what had been a glorious celebration.  But hours later, the chairman of neurosurgery …
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Fox News:   Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch, Byrd Fine After Early Departure
The Wealth Report:
Obama Inauguration Sets Record for Private Jets  —  For the wealthy, Tuesday's inauguration is the dream party: a chance to rub elbows with the similarly rich and powerful, to become part of a historic moment, and (most importantly), to get access to the man of the moment.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
President and First Lady Obama dance  —  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, he in a white tie and tux, she in a white evening gown by Jason Wu, started the tour of inaugural balls tonight which cap the swearing-in of the 44th president.  They started at “the Neighborhood Ball …
 
 
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Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
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Marc Ambinder:
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