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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Washington Gets Decked Out For Inaugural Balls

Washington partied late into the night Monday night at two official — and many unofficial — inaugural balls. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate President Obama's second inauguration.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Virginia Senate Reappoints Controversial UVA Rector

University of Virginia Board Rector Helen Dragas received overwhelming support in a vote by the state senate, despite her role in the controversial forced resignation of President Theresa Sullivan.

Virginia Bill Would Add Absentee Exception For Seniors

A bill flew through the Virginia Senate on Monday that would offer seniors in the commonwealth the ability to cast absentee ballots.

Agenda Laid Out In Obama's Inaugural Address Delights Area Lawmakers

President Barack Obama didn't pull any punches in his Inauguration Day speech. Area lamwkers reacted strongly to the liberal causes he addressed, including climate change.

Despite Snafus, Metro Has Largely Problem-Free Inaugural

The crowds were big and the minor interruptions plenty, but the Metro managed to handle the Inauguration Day influx of passengers without major issues.

PHOTOS: Inauguration Day 2013

The WAMU team was broadcasting live from the U.S. Capitol all morning on Inauguration Day. Check out the view from right in the middle of the action.

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.