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4:00 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 …
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
Associated Press:
Chief justice and Obama seal the deal
Discussion: Legalities and Donklephant
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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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.
Fox News:
Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch, Byrd Removed by Security Detail  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy suffered a seizure and Sen. Byrd was overcome with emotion during President Obama's celebratory inaugural luncheon on Tuesday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd both were removed …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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 assumes presidency as Bush heads home  —  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 …
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 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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, PoliBlog and D-Day
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Cornyn likely to block today's Clinton vote
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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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush leaves note for Obama in Oval Office
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
No Choice but to Matter  —  Barack Obama staged his arrival in Washington to evoke Abraham Lincoln's, but the historical echo is faint.  Lincoln's famous train ride to his 1861 inauguration traversed a landscape of bitterness and strife.  He had to speed through Baltimore “like a thief in the night” …
Discussion: Boston Globe
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
What Obama brings to conservatives
Discussion: Hot Air
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
I Wish You Were Here  —  And so it has happened, this very strange convergence.
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 of the Capitol preparing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Don Surber
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 …
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:
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.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHENEY AND ICONS  —  As some of you have seen, Vice President Cheney …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Party On!  —  As the day unfolds, I'm wondering if we'll hear …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
In Prelude to Inauguration, Obama Attends Church
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