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Monday, January 21, 2013

Analysis: Post-Inauguration For The House And Senate

The U.S. Capital has often been a site for bitter partisanship in the past few years but today of course it is the venue for the 57th Presidential Inauguration and member of both parties will be coming together in honor of the occasion. 

Gray Hopes Message Of Inaugural Address Will Apply To District Residents

President Barack Obama spoke of inclusiveness and fairness during his inaugural address, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he hopes those same principles come to embrace residents of the District.

Inaugural Parade Continues Tradition More Than 200 Years Old

Crowds are packed around the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, waiting for newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to lead a procession which includes more than 60 performing groups.

D.C., Virginia Residents Serve As Inauguration Co-Chairs

One of the citizen co-chairs of the 57th inaugural is D.C. resident David Hall, a former U.S. Air Force airman who was kicked out of the military for being gay. 

Analysis: Inaugurals Throughout History

Author and historian Paul Dickson talks about inaugurations throughout history, including some that had presidents coining new words or phrases that would become commonplace in the American lexicon.

D.C. Uses Reviewing Stand As Voting Rights Pulpit

The District of Columbia will use the inauguration for its own mini-protest, posting a sign on the official reviewing stand for the parade that calls for more rights for D.C. 

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 21, 2013

As D.C. celebrates President Obama's second term, you can check out these events that highlight the legacy of two leaders from the past.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inauguration Attendees Should Plan Transportation Ahead Of Time

For those traveling in or near the District on Monday, the toughest part will be reaching their destination.

Inaugural Store Stays Open For Last-Minute Souvenir Buyers

The Presidential Inaugural Committee plans to keep the official inauguration store open until Jan. 24 for last-minute purchases.

Obama's Presidential Limo Has New Tags

President Obama's limo now displays the "Taxation Without Representation" design used in the District.

Cheaper Bedbug Extermination May Be Near

A new drug is in the works to exterminate bedbugs at a cheaper price.

New Bulletproof Teaching Boards Aid Defense In Classrooms

The debate on guns and school safety in Maryland has prompted an Eastern Shore armor manufacturer to design a bulletproof teaching board to be used as a last line of defense in the classroom.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Smithsonian To Renovate Arts And Industries Building

The Smithsonian Institution is planning to repair and reopen the 132-year-old Arts and Industries Building.

Virginia Lawmakers May Limit Menhaden Fishing

Virginia legislators are recommending a bill to cut down on menhaden fishing by 20 percent.

Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria, Beau Biden At National Day of Service

Thousands gathered on the National Mall to take part in the National Day of Service.