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7:30 PM ET, January 20, 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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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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
‘I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...’  —  ‘I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...’»  —  Our 44th President takes the oath of office.  There was a trivial, momentary slip when Chief Justice John Roberts asked Obama to recite the first line of the oath in the incorrect order.
The White House:
A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DUMP THAT MEME ...  Drudge is saying it.  And weirdly the AP …
Discussion: TPMDC, Legalities and Donklephant
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's inaugural  —  Obama was sworn in at 12:05 by my clock …
Discussion: The Swamp
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Kennedy Collapsed  —  Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who is battling a brain tumor, was taken away from the inaugural luncheon on Capitol Hill in convulsions.  —  Kennedy was at a table with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Vice President Mondale and Mrs. Mondale, and others.
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Fox News:
Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch, Byrd Fine After Early Departure  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy suffered a seizure sending Sen. Byrd out of the room during President Obama's celebratory inaugural luncheon on Tuesday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy was taken to a hospital …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Kennedy and Byrd stricken at Obama lunch  —  Ted Kennedy was taken out of Barack Obama's Statuary Hall Congressional luncheon after suffering an apparent seizure — a few minutes after Sen. Robert Byrd was removed in his wheelchair under the supervision of medical personnel.
CNN:
Sen. Ted Kennedy collapses at inaugural lunch
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kennedy collapses at luncheon
Discussion: At-Largely
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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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Texas senator blocks Clinton's state confirmation
Discussion: TalkLeft and Agence France Presse
Marc Ambinder:
Cornyn's Objection Holds Clinton's Confirmation
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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CNN:
America celebrates as Obama promises a new era  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama promised to tap the virtues and resiliency of Americans as his administration ushers in an era of accountability and improved dialogue with the world.  —  In his inaugural address Tuesday …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll.com
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Daniel Farber / CBS News:
Colin Powell: The America We Remember Is Back Again
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
What Obama brings to conservatives
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: Salon
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CQ Politics:
CQ Transcript: Elizabeth Alexander's Inaugural Poem
Discussion: American Prospect
The New Republic:
Adam Kirsch on Elizabeth Alexander's Bureaucratic Verse
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’  —  Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’»  —  “Are conservative talk-show hosts eager to go on the attack, after years of defending Bush?” asks the Louisville Courier-Journal's Larry Muhammad.  The answer is clearly yes.  —  Barack Obama has not yet taken office …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
What Are the Media Celebrating?  —  Filmmaker Ron Howard …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Norman J. Ornstein / New York Times:
Mr. Bush's Gentlemanly Goodbye  —  THE past few weeks have been a time to reflect on the legacy of the Bush administration.  It has not been a kind time for George W. Bush.  Most analyses have been harsh, raking him over the coals for everything from Hurricane Katrina to Abu Ghraib …
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and Soccer Dad
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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: Don Surber
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Seven Obama nominees approved  —  Hours after he was sworn in as president, Barack Obama's administration has taken shape, as the Senate quickly approved seven of the new president's nominees for top-level positions.  —  By voice vote, the Senate approved Steven Chu as Energy secretary …
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Senate approves 7 Obama nominees
Discussion: Truthdig
Jeremy Lott / Guardian:
We are all Bush-haters now  —  As George Bush leaves office today, the loathing of him once confined to liberal elites is nearly universal  —  When George Bush takes off from Andrews Air Force Base today, he will be departing over a country that holds him in contempt.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Promises To Gays  —  They're now in black and white on the White House website.  Full civil unions and federal rights.  Employment non-discrimination.  A repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Expanded Adoption Rights.  —  On DADT, the site reads:
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Riehl World View
 
 
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