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Hundreds Of Thousands Gather On National Mall For Inauguration Ceremony

President Obama was ceremonially sworn in for a second term on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Melissa Block has highlights of the ceremony and the president's speech.
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Obama The First President To Mention Gay Rights In Inaugural Address

For analysis of President Obama's second inaugural speech, Robert Siegel speaks to former speechwriter Mary Kate Cary. She wrote for President George H.W. Bush and she's now a contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report.
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In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama

If the voters in Louisa, Ky., had their wish, Mitt Romney would have taken the oath of office Monday. The local coal-fired power plant is due to close amid a push for cleaner-burning plants. Local residents blame Obama for the pending job losses.
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To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest

Scientists are worried about the elusive members of the weasel family that live in parts of Olympic National Forest in Washington state. To see whether martens are endangered, volunteers are installing remote camera traps to take photos of the animals.
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Gun Background Checks Need Fixes, Experts Say

One of President Obama's gun control proposals appears to have widespread support — universal background checks for gun purchases. Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn't do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime.
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Resolute Rhetoric: Obama's Confident Case For Government

Though wrung of much of the drama of his historic first inauguration, Obama's efficient, specific and, at times, soaring address outshone his first with allusions to Lincoln, King and Kennedy, and commitments to the middle class, to equal rights for women and gay Americans, to action on climate change and immigration.
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Ahead of Inauguration Ceremony, Anticipation And Memories In The Making

Along the streets of the nation's capital, visitors prepare for inauguration ceremonies.

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