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4:45 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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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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The Hill:
Bush Mocked As He Arrives on Inauguration Dais  —  The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye,” a section of the crowd chanted.
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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Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?
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: Donklephant and Legalities
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Seeks Halt to Legal Proceedings at Guantanamo  —  In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
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Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Obama seeks halt to Guantanamo trials  —  GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Hours after taking office on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.
Discussion: GINA COBB and MyDD
USA Today:
Rev. Joseph Lowery's impassioned benediction … Barack Obama's inaugural speech was book-ended by two expressions of evangelical faith.  First came Rev. Rick Warren's invocation, including mentions of God, Jesus and an allusion to Allah, called by Muslims as “compassionate and merciful.”
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two prayers: Warren and Lowery  —  Since much was made of these two invocations beforehand, I thought it would be useful to take a look at Rev. Rick Warren's and Rev. Joseph Lowery's respective prayers at today's inauguration ceremonies for President Obama.
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Worst.  Inauguration.  Ever.  —  So, I don't even know how to write about this without it sounding like bitter grousing, and frankly, I'm a little embarrassed to have to report that after five hours of standing in the bitter cold, getting pushed and shoved to the point where you start to feel …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
President and First Lady Obama dance  —  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, he in a white tie and tux, she in a white evening gown by Jason Wu, started the tour of inaugural balls tonight which cap the swearing-in of the 44th president.  They started at “the Neighborhood Ball …
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ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: ‘Normal Is Now Relative’
Discussion: TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Pull Dow Under 8000  —  State Street, U.K. Bailout Rattle Investors Anew  —  As Washington paused for pomp and ceremony Tuesday, the financial sector's slide refused to relent.  —  Bank stocks led the broader market sharply lower, including the worst daily drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average …
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Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:   U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average's Worst Inauguration Day Drop
Washington Post:
Sell-Off Is Sobering Welcome From Wall Street  —  As Washington celebrated, New York fretted.  —  The Dow Jones industrial average yesterday fell below 8,000, shedding 4 percent, its bleakest performance on any Inauguration Day since the index was started 124 years ago.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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New York Times:
Fresh Bank Worries Batter Stocks; Dow Falls Below 8,000
Discussion: TIME.com and New York Magazine
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Fox News:
World Celebrates, Riots on Obama's Inauguration Day  —  While much of the world celebrated the arrival of the new American president on Tuesday, some regions saw angry protests.  —  In Iran, protesters burnt posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and waved flags in support of Gaza, Reuters reported.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:   In First Family, a Nation's Many Faces
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Something Has to Be Said  —  The utter lack of ooh-ing and ah-ing over Michelle Obama's inauguration wear should tell you something.  It was bad.  —  She's worn beautiful things in the past.  I tend to think saturated, jewel tones (royal purple, forest green, dark teal, deep orange) look great on her.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Spencer Spinnell / Traditional Media:
Turning the page on Print Ads  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Print Ads  —  In the last few months, we've been taking a long, hard look at all the things we are doing to ensure we are investing our resources in the projects that will have the biggest impact for our users and partners.
The Politico:
Obama faces first day as president  —  With the pageantry almost behind him, Barack Obama comes to work for the first full day Wednesday to face problems both foreign and domestic.  —  And his staff just hopes to figure out the computers.  —  Obama wraps up the inaugural festivities Wednesday morning …
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff's Ponzi Case Leaves PETA Cowed  —  WASHINGTON — The downfall of Bernard Madoff has claimed a far-flung, new victim: a plan by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to lobby Barack Obama at the inaugural festivities to be a vegetarian.  —  The animal-welfare organization viewed Mr. Obama's election as a turning point.
Discussion: Moonbattery and New York Magazine
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Much of Stimulus Won't Be Spent Before 2011, CBO Says  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — The government wouldn't be able to spend at least one-fourth of a proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan until after 2010, according to a new report that suggests it may take longer than expected to boost the economy.
Discussion: RedState, Betsy's Page and The Bellows
Fabius Maximus:
America Passes A Milestone!  —  We now have more poeple employed in government than manufacturing and construction.  —  It's a milestone.  But to what end does this road lead us?  —  For another perspective  —  See Can you see the signs of spring in the coming of winter?
Associated Press:
Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered.  —  OBAMA: My fellow citizens:  —  I stand here today humbled by the task before us …
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.”
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
The First Lady Tells a Story With Fashion  —  If Michelle Obama is a different and more stylish first lady than the country has seen in a while — maybe since Jacqueline Kennedy — she proved it on Tuesday with a coat and matching dress in vivid lemongrass yellow.
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 …
 
 
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