Monday's inaugural ceremonies were smaller and a little more subdued than President Obama's historic celebration four years ago. The coincidence of the King holiday, in the year that marks the 150th anniversary of emancipation, made civil rights a theme throughout the day's events.
Abortion foes say the U.S. Supreme Court's aggressive decision set the issue on the path toward becoming intractable. Others say factors besides the landmark case — including doctors, lawyers, President Nixon and the Catholic Church — more strongly influenced the state of today's debate.
The tradition of inaugural balls goes back to George Washington. In recent times, presidents have had multiple balls. Four years ago, President Obama attended ten. But in these days of austerity, there were only two balls. Allison Aubrey talks to Melissa Block.
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