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1:35 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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CNN:
Obama: ‘We are ready to lead once more’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama delivered a sobering assessment of where America stands and a hopeful vision of what it can become as he gave his inaugural address as the nation's 44th president.  —  “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Nation Awaits Its 44th President  —  WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands thronged to the Capitol this morning preparing to witness the midday inauguration of Barack Obama of Illinois as the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to hold the nation's highest elected office.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
INAUGURATION DAY.... I don't recall exactly when I started seeing …
Discussion: Left in the West, TIME.com and Salon
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
What Obama brings to conservatives
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and CNN
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Phoenix-Like  —  After the end of the Civil War there were …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
I Wish You Were Here  —  And so it has happened, this very strange convergence.
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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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush leaves note for Obama in Oval Office  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing a White House ritual, President George W. Bush left a note in the Oval Office for President-elect Barack Obama, wishing him well as he takes the reins of the executive branch.  —  The White House on Tuesday declined …
Discussion: TIME.com and Wake up America
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
What Are the Media Celebrating?  —  Filmmaker Ron Howard was chatting in Maureen Dowd's living room, saying he didn't mind spending hours in the cold for the inauguration and that even his conservative brother had come to admire Barack Obama.  —  Outside on the chilly Sunday night …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Transition Holds Clues to How Obama Will Govern  —  WASHINGTON — On the day before moving into the nation's most storied house, Barack Obama visited a shelter for teenagers with no home.  With sleeves rolled up, he spent a few minutes painting for the benefit of the cameras that trail him everywhere now.
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Hollywood:
I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too  —  Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's inaugural  —  Obama was sworn in at 12:05 by my clock, a few minutes after the end of his predecessor's term, with a cannon salute and “Congratulations, Mr. President” from Chief Justice John Roberts.  —  In an inaugural address looking back to the founding of the nation, he calls for …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
ABOUT THAT OATH FLUB  —  From NBC's Pete Williams
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Macsmind
WorldNetDaily:
Pray Obama fails  —  Many American Christians believe, as an article of faith, that we are to pray for the success of our leaders.  —  It has become a sort of conventional wisdom among soft-minded believers.  The biblical proof-text for this misguided way of thinking is Romans 13:1-4:
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment  —  Biological or chemical weapons  —  An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday.  —  The official, who spoke on the condition …
John D. Podesta / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's link to America: his BlackBerry  —  As president, keeping in touch with friends and critics alike will be crucial to his ability to govern.  —  'Let the man have his BlackBerry.  I said that to a meeting of senior transition staffers in Washington last week.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inauguration Thread  —  I'm watching the proceedings from my couch.  High definition television offers a much better view than what I could possibly have gotten standing on the mall.  And I'll admit that the festivities this whole weekend have actually left me feeling a bit curmudgeonly …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Cornyn likely to block Clinton vote  —  Hillary Clinton has rejected a request by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to increase oversight of her husband's foundation — so Cornyn is expected to scuttle Democratic attempts to confirm her as Secretary of State today by a voice vote, sources say.
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs and Spin Cycle
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHENEY AND ICONS  —  As some of you have seen, Vice President Cheney is getting pushed around today in a wheelchair.  Thankfully, it's no serious medical issue.  He hurt his back lugging books while moving out of the old digs.  But it's iconic.  There's no escaping the symbolism of the tired …
 
 
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Live Blog: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Party On!  —  As the day unfolds, I'm wondering if we'll hear …
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In ‘Geek Chic’ and Obama, New Hope for Lifting Women in Science
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Much in Obama stimulus bill won't hit economy soon
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tax dollars fund Bush transition
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Iain Martin / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown brings Britain to the edge of bankruptcy
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