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ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | A Pop & Hiss staff report
Hours after President Obama was inaugurated, long after the parade ended and before most of the D.C. politicians got back to work, the music continued and looked as if it would go on well into the evening. Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Maná, fun. and John Legend were among the artists slated to perform at Monday night's inaugural balls (a live feed of the Commander-in-Cheif's ball is embedded below). After Obama gave a brief speech at one of the balls, Jennifer Hudson serenaded the president and the first lady to a slinky, upbeat rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When Kelly Clarkson belts out the patriotic standard "My Country, 'Tis of Thee” at President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, it's safe to assume the performance will be memorable, considering Clarkson's well-documented vocal prowess. However, the moment could further justify use of the overwrought cliché, “What a difference a year makes,” considering the political baggage that comes with Clarkson's appearance. Early last year the singer was embroiled in controversy after she drew the ire of some fans when she offered endorsement for controversial Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEWARK -- In what must be a welcome distraction from the news of the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off a long day of inauguration events Tuesday morning with a high-energy prayer service in a Baptist church in Newark where a priest, a rabbi and a pastor gave prayers for his next term. Supporters and students from a charter school braved the cold to line the pews of the New Hope Baptist Church, a brick building with red carpets and pews, and watched Christie, a Catholic, and his wife and family clap along to a 50-member church choir and bow their heads in prayer.  The day will be a busy one for Christie, if one he hopes will be a distraction from days of controversy over accusations of bullying and political payback.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office for his second term on Monday, he strongly defended the ideology of his party as he urged Americans to accept compromise as a path toward solving the nation's problems. “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said shortly after taking the oath from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.  “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” Just over 18 minutes -- relatively short by historical standards -- the address hit several major policy priorities that Obama hopes to pursue.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Nickelodeon TV, the children's network, is getting ready to cover its first presidential inauguration. After an unprecedented 2.2 million people voted in Nick's online election for kids, the network figured there was interest among its audience in Barack Obama's inauguration. Its young reporters, J.J. and Lily Collins, will be in Washington for the Jan. 20 event.
WORLD
January 21, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Television viewers in Cuba reportedly had the chance to watch U.S. President Obama's inauguration on Monday via a news feed from Venezuela's Telesur network. A real-time news feed from Telesur was made available to Cuban TV viewers only since Sunday, "for a few hours a day," state media said. Obama's inauguration speech was aired Monday on Telesur accompanied by a commentator who cast doubt on some of the U.S. president's assertions, reported Mexico's state news agency Notimex  from the Cuban capital,  Havana.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the West Front of the United States Capitol on Monday as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two Bibles -- one Lincoln's and one King's. The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King's “I Have a Dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150thanniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama's presidency would not be possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By August Brown
Fans who marveled at Beyonce's prowess when she ripped out her in-ear-monitor during Monday's national anthem at President Obama's inauguration might prepare to be a little disappointed. Suspicions that the anthem performed by Beyonce and the U.S. Marine Corps Band used prerecorded backing tracks - as documented by L.A. Times reporters on hand for the inauguration, among others - were confirmed when Marine Corps band spokeswoman told the Times of London that Beyonce made a last-minute decision to use prerecorded music for her anthem performance.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - President Obama will take his fourth oath of office Monday at 8:55 a.m. Pacific/11:55 a.m Eastern at the head of a crowd that, though anticipated to be less than 2009's numbers, nonetheless has filled much of the National Mall. The pageantry of his swearing-in Monday is purely ceremonial, as the president already took the oath of office Sunday in a low-key event held in the White House. Obama, sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., was  joined by the first family for the official start to his second term in office.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's a presidential election year, which also means that 2013 will be an inauguration year for whomever emerges as the victor Tuesday. If you plan to go but haven't yet made hotel plans, well, that's a good thing. "Most people making a visit to D.C. on average book three weeks in advance," says Kate E. Gibbs, media manager for the district's tourism agency Destination DC . "So this is still very early, even though it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. " She says many hotels still haven't posted their rates and special packages yet. But all that changes Wednesday after the results are in. There are inaugural balls and parades to be planned, and those who want in on the city's biggest party-time will be making plans too. In 2008, an estimated 1.8 million people came to the district's National Mall to celebrate.
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