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6:25 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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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 …
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CNN:
Sen. Ted Kennedy collapses at inaugural lunch  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, collapsed Tuesday afternoon during a luncheon held for President Barack Obama in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.  —  Paramedics were called to the scene at 2:35 p.m. ET.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DUMP THAT MEME ...  Drudge is saying it.  And weirdly the AP is even falling for it too, saying Obama flubbed the oath.  But that's clearly not what happened if you actually watch the video.  It was Roberts who flubbed it.  (ABC got it right; what's with AP?  Following Drudge?  Still a GOP town?)
Discussion: TPMDC, Legalities and TalkLeft
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
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  —  Hillary Clinton and John Cornyn, who's delaying her floor confirmation vote, have been having a fairly heated (that is to say, intense but cordial) discussion just out of earshot under the Washington statue in the rotunda.  Lots of hand gestures, back and forth and her squeezing his forearm.
Marc Ambinder:
Cornyn's Objection Holds Clinton's Confirmation
Discussion: Political Machine
Drudge Report:
REMARKS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA  —  Washington, D.C.  —  My fellow citizens:  —  I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.  I thank President Bush for his service to our nation …
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CNN:
America parades past newly inaugurated Obama  —  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.  —  He thanked those who sacrificed so much so …
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
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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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
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, Soccer Dad and AmSpecBlog
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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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The New Republic:
Adam Kirsch on Elizabeth Alexander's Bureaucratic Verse
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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.
The New Republic:
Barack Obama's Speech: A Disappointing Hodgepodge  —  Barack Obama has the makings of a great orator, but his inaugural speech was not a great oration.  It was well-delivered, but it consisted of a hodgepodge of themes, injunctions, and applause lines that did not speak directly to the crisis that the country faces.
Discussion: Commentary
Michelle Malkin:
About that race-based benediction: “When white will embrace what is right”  —  Juan Williams got emotional over Rev. Joseph Lowery's impassioned benediction, and marveled over the former NAACP head's personal journey from '60s civil rights leader to Obama benediction leader.
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.
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: Riehl World View
Haviv Rettig Gur / Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel won, but could have gone deeper’  —  Israel clearly won the latest round with Hamas, but could have gone deeper into Gaza and done greater damage to the organization, according to military analysts in the US media who were visiting the region this week.
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric
 
 
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
TV Decoder: Watching the Inauguration
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Michelle Malkin:
Back to enflamed, anti-American hatred in Iran!
Lynn Sweet:
Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript.
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