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Inaugural Balls Celebrate Obama's 2nd Term

It was a packed house at the Washington Convention Center Monday night, where thousands gathered for two official inaugural balls. The crowd went crazy when President Obama and the first lady arrived.
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GOP Rep. Cole: Obama Laid Out Ideological Debates

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about expectations for President Obama's second term, and some of the immediate business ahead. Congressman Cole was recently appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee.
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Obama Urges Crowd To Seize The Moment 'Together'

President Obama invoked both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King as he took the oath to begin his second term. Obama told the crowd a decade of war is ending and the economy is taking off again.
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Civil Rights Highlighted On Inauguration Day

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.
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'Roe V. Wade' Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

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.
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Inaugural Balls Downsized The Second Time Around

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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When It Comes To Inaugural Fashion, First Family Stays The Course

The first lady is well known for her wardrobe choices, and for the inauguration, Michelle Obama showed off her ability to make multiple style statements during a single day.
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Inaugural Parade Includes Military Units, Lots Of Marching Bands

Almost 9,000 people marched in Monday's inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. They represented a country's worth of military units, cultural groups and marching bands.

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