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    World watches inauguration with hope, questions

    In Kenya and Indonesia, people who feel a personal connection to Barack Obama cheered his ascent to the presidency. But while much of the world welcomed his rise, there were pockets of discontent: In Russia and the Middle East, there were few who thought Obama would change unpopular U.S. policies.

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    Millions watched with calm — and euphoria — as history is made

    As Barack Obama took the oath of office, the mood throughout the nation's capital was both electric and serene. Electric because west from the inauguration platform stretched an unbroken sea of humanity a mile and a half to the Washington monument, and beyond. Serene because despite the logistical...

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    Text of President Obama's inaugural address

    Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

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    Bush, his approval rating in tatters, flies home to Texas

    As former President George W. Bush's helicopter whisked him from the Capitol over the 2 million people on the National Mall to Andrews Air Force Base, parts of the crowd burst into a riff of "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye," a song usually reserved for losing sports teams. Correction at bottom...

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    Doctors give upbeat view of Kennedy illness, blame fatigue

    Sen. Edward Kennedy was taken from President Barack Obama's inaugural luncheon after suffering what may have been a seizure, a jarring note little more than two hours after Obama took the oath of office. Doctors later said he'd remain in the hospital overnight, but would likely go home on Wednesday...

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    North Carolina residents enjoy D.C. inauguration

    The crowd of nearly two million never sounded so silent as in the moment when Barack Obama took the oath of office just after noon Tuesday. Then, as cannons boomed, strangers hugged one another. They cheered and waved scarves in the air. Some just stood, tears streaming down their faces.

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    Order of the Inaugural Parade down D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue

    Presidential Inaugural Committee Releases Planned Order of Inaugural Parade

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    Americans confident in Obama as his big day arrives

    America changes course today. Barack Obama of Illinois will take office as the nation's 44th president at noon EST in a simple yet elegant ceremony that will mark a peaceful transfer of power. He does so at a time of unusual peril, with a sputtering economy at home and U.S. troops still in harm'...

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    Watch Obama's inauguration live at McClatchy

    McClatchy will begin streaming live video of the Obama inauguration ceremonies at 11 a.m. EST.

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    Leonard Pitts: Lincoln might not have welcomed Obama's election

    When Obama was elected in November, every third political cartoonist seemed to use an image of a celebrating Lincoln to comment upon the milestone that had occurred. But Lincoln likely would have been appalled. He was a 19th century white man who famously said in 1858 that "there is a physical difference...

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