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5:35 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 congressional luncheon in convulsions.  —  Kennedy was at a table with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Vice President Mondale and Mrs. Mondale, and others.  While at the table …
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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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wake up America
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  —  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.
David Stout / New York Times:
Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Luncheon
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Sen. Kennedy Has Apparent Seizure
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: Legalities, TPMDC and TalkLeft
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.
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?
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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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:
Obama makes ceremonial trip to White House  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama delivered a sobering assessment of where America stands and a hopeful vision of what it can become during his inaugural address as the nation's 44th president.  —  “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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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: Weekly Standard and Don Surber
Daniel Farber / CBS News:
Colin Powell: The America We Remember Is Back Again  —  Colin Powell, the former Bush administration Secretary of State and now head of America's Promise, called Barack Obama's election to the nation's highest office a “reaffirmation of American principles values that will help us overcome …
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
What Obama brings to conservatives
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
No Choice but to Matter  —  Barack Obama staged his arrival …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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:
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 …
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: The New Republic and Salon
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
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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