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Live coverage of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and related celebrations and protests.

  • More than 100k march in St Paul in solidarity with global march for women
  • St Paul police arrested one counter-protester
  • Video: Minnesotans prepare to march in St Paul 
  • Video: In Mpls, protesters burn Trump in effigy
  • Traffic delays in St Paul Live map
  • Video: Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
  • Transcript: Trump's inaugural address

    The Latest: President-elect leaves Trump Tower for DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
    10:52 a.m.
    President-elect Donald Trump is heading to Washington for his inauguration.

    Trump and his family drove away from Trump Tower in New York City Thursday morning. Some onlookers and hecklers gathered on Manhattan's streets to watch the motorcade.
    He was en route to LaGuardia Airport where he will board a military aircraft to fly to Washington. Trump is traveling without any media.
    Trump will attend several events Thursday ahead of his swearing-in Friday.
    Trump will live in the White House but is expected to spend time at both Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, his coastal Florida estate.
    10:40 a.m.
    Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer says it "shouldn't be a shocker" that Donald Trump will be staying at his new Washington hotel.
    Spicer said at a news conference Thursday the hotel is a symbol of the kind of government Trump wants to run, "ahead of time and under budget."
    Trump made a surprise visit to Trump International Hotel on Wednesday night, grabbing a late dinner before heading back to New York.
    Reporters were not allowed inside the hotel, which is currently off-limits to journalists.
    10: 37 a.m.
    Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer says new Cabinet nominees have been subjected to "delay tactic after delay tactic" by Democrats.
    At a news conference Thursday, Spicer said partisan politics have delayed confirmation of Elaine Chao as Trump's transportation secretary, Ben Carson as housing secretary and Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador.
    The incoming White House press secretary says those three "weren't even on their political hit list" and questions why their nominations are being held up.
    Ethics reviews had not been completed on some nominees, slowing the process. Several critical nominees, such as Trump's defense secretary pick, James Mattis, could be confirmed as soon as Friday.
    10:17 a.m.
    Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the first few daily media briefings will be held in the usual briefing room.
    At an on-camera news conference Thursday, Spicer said it will be a little crammed, but that the sessions will be in the James S. Brady briefing room at the White House.
    Last week, senior administration officials said they might relocate daily briefings to accommodate the large number of journalists interested in covering the Trump administration.
    The proposal raised concern that it might result in limited access given President-elect Donald Trump's contentious relationship with the media.
    10:05 a.m.
    Vice President-elect Mike Pence says that the cooperation shown by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "would make every American proud."
    At a news conference Thursday about the transition, Pence expressed appreciation "first and foremost" to Obama and Biden.
    Obama last week described the transition as "unusual," adding, "I think the president-elect would agree with me."
    Obama and President-elect Donald Trump often clashed publicly, whether on policy issues or over which of them would win in a hypothetical race for the White House against one another.
    9:25 a.m.
    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Sonny Perdue to lead the Agriculture Department.
    Perdue is a farmer's son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.
    Agriculture secretary is the only Cabinet post for which Trump, who will be inaugurated Friday, has not announced a selection.
    9:10 a.m.
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says there's "no specific credible threat" against Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday.
    Johnson said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday that security will be extraordinarily fortified anyway to prevent truck attacks like the Bastille Day assault in Nice, France, last year. Eighty-six people were killed.
    Johnson says this is an age of the "self-radicalized actor_the so-called lone wolf_and we have to be concerned about the vehicle threat."
    Johnson says that's why during the inauguration the areas where vehicles are prohibited will be "extra fortified this year with dump trucks, heavily armored vehicles to prevent anybody who's not authorized from being in the area from driving something in there."
    8:33 a.m.
    The Secret Service says a vehicle in a motorcade for Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck a D.C. police reserve officer.
    That's according to WRC-TV, which reports ( that police say the officer was conducting traffic control in northwest Washington on Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle in the motorcade hit him.
    The Secret Service says the officer was taken to a hospital with a minor injury and later released.
    7:30 a.m.
    With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect's temporary home to oppose his positions on LGBT issues.
    News outlets report that more than 100 people accompanied by a truck blasting music danced Wednesday night through the usually quiet Chevy Chase area of northwest Washington, where Mike Pence has been renting a home.
    Disrupt J20, a collection of activist groups, and WERK For Peace, which formed after the Orlando nightclub shooting, organized what they called a "Queer Dance Party." Activists have criticized Pence for signing a law as Indiana governor that they say could sanction discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender customers. The legislature later reversed course.
    The group found Pence's street blocked. It wasn't clear if he was home.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 1/19/2017 4:26:33 PM

    Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday.
    The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department.
    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America's third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, will serve as acting chiefs of their agencies until successors for the top jobs are confirmed by the Senate, Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said.
    Also staying will be Brett McGurk, the Obama administration's special representative for the fight against the Islamic State group, and Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Trump also is keeping Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department's top official for terrorism and financial intelligence.
    Work will likely man the ship for only a matter of hours. Trump's selection for the Pentagon, retired Gen. James Mattis, is expected to be confirmed on Friday shortly after the inauguration ceremony.
    Shannon is expected to run the State Department at least until next week. A Senate vote on Trump's choice to succeed John Kerry as secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, isn't expected until Monday or Tuesday.
    On the diplomatic front, it was not immediately clear if the Trump administration would accept an invitation to attend Russian-supported Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday.
    Trump has made a great point about seeking closer cooperation with Moscow on counterterrorism and security matters. Obama's special envoy for Syria, Michael Ratney, has indicated he is willing to attend, but the transition team hadn't instructed him to make the trip.
    As in previous transitions, U.S. embassies and consulates abroad headed by noncareer, presidential appointee ambassadors will transfer to the most senior career diplomat present until the new administration fills the top posts.
    &emdash; Matthew Lee, Associated Press
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 1/19/2017 4:35:06 PM

    Donald Trump’s inauguration weather will be dreary.

    Friday weather timeline from the Washington Posts's Capital Weather Gang:

    6 a.m. — Only a slight chance of showers at this point. The temperature is only around 40 degrees.

    9 a.m. — The temperature will be up to around 48 degrees and showers are likely.

    12 p.m. — Low 40s and showers likely, though they may be starting to taper off at this point.

    3 p.m. — Just a 30 percent chance of showers and temperatures will reach their high point for the day in the upper 40s.

    6 p.m. — It starts to get a bit cooler. Light, isolated showers are possible but overall it looks like the rain will be over.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 1/19/2017 4:48:29 PM

    Ask not why many inaugural speeches are so humdrum

    Quick quiz: Recall a phrase, any phrase, from either inaugural speech of one of America's most accomplished political orators, President Barack Obama.

    Come up empty? Sad!

    Fact is, inaugural speeches are usually not the finest hours in speechmaking, with some towering exceptions brought to us by Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and one or two others. Most are a lot of word candy, tasty to the crowds but empty calories for history. It's one thing to be eloquent, another to say something for the ages.

    And when an inaugural speech does grab hold of the public imagination, history tends to remember it differently than the way it was received at the time.

    John Kennedy's 1961 speech impressed the nation as a hawkish take on the Cold War, which he vowed to "pay any price" to win. The dove was overlooked that day. But what counts to generations after him was JFK's call to public service, punctuated with his fingers jabbing the air: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

    Some inaugural speeches of note:

    Humble pie

    Thomas Jefferson set a tone of humility in 1801 that many successors emulated, if not as elaborately. Jefferson opened and closed his first inaugural speech by describing his shortcomings and apologizing in advance for all the mistakes he was going to make.

    That's not President-elect Donald Trump's style, to say the least. But there is a common thread between the two: In his second inaugural address, Jefferson griped about his press coverage.

    Jefferson's 1801 inauguration marked the republic's first transition between parties, prompting the nation's third president to call for unity with the words: "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists."

    You can hear echoes of that in Obama's memorable 2004 speech to Democrats, when he talked of red states and blue states joined as one united states, before he ran for president.

    Bookends of the Civil War

    Lincoln's first inaugural speech was a long and lawyerly account of how Southern grievances might be resolved without war.

    He took flight at the end: "We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

    The Civil War began the next month, April 1861.

    Lincoln's second inaugural speech, perhaps the greatest of any, again spoke of reconciliation, this time with the Confederacy all but crushed and his assassination weeks away. There was no bloodlust in the commander in chief.

    "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away," he said, concluding: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

    To hear history

    Ronald Reagan declared "government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem." The line had staying power because it presaged real change, but only pleased his partisans.

    He also, though, painted a picture with sounds, and in doing so spoke to everyone. When he talked of a Revolutionary general falling to his knees in the hard snow of Valley Forge, he asked people to hear the crunch. He asked Americans to imagine the patter as Lincoln paced dark hallways, to hear the calls of men at the Alamo shouting encouragement to each other, to think of a settler pushing west and singing. "It is the American sound," Reagan said, "this most tender music."

    To see history

    Obama's "Yes we can" mantra was from the 2008 campaign. "Audacity of Hope" was his book. His riff on red and blue states brought him to national attention four years before he won the White House. But his inaugural addresses were not the sources of his most memorable lines.

    Eight years ago, he spoke of "gathering clouds and raging storms." That sounded a bit like President George W. Bush's flowery and forgotten assertion in 2001 that "an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm." Obama spoke of how "we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."

    If such lines lack transcendence, the speech was momentous nonetheless, because of what the world saw that day: a black man breaking the ultimate barrier and becoming America's president for the first time.

    'Plenty is at our doorstep'

    Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in during the depths of the Great Depression. While it's every president's job to assure the public better times are coming, no one did it like FDR.

    In 1933 he promised: "This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

    "So, first of all," he continued, "let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

    That was the line for the ages.

    "Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment," he went on. "Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply."

    It was his way of saying, Yes we can — make America great again.

    — Associated Press

    Cut government, grow jobs, fix health care? Trump's MN backers ready

    When Donald Trump takes the oath of office and becomes president later today he will have a lot of expectations to meet. Among those looking for him to "make America great again" are many Minnesotans.

    What to expect for Donald Trump's inauguration

    Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of a polarized United States. His inaugural address, expected in the middle of a full day of events, could have far-reaching consequences.

    Veronica Mendez Moore of CTUL says they're here to oppose Trump's agenda for workers and support striking janitors

    Politicians at early-morning rally: Scott Dibble, Alondra Cano, Ray Den, Erin Murphy. Dibble tells crowd that "we will resist."

    Repeat after me: The 35 most important words of Inauguration Day

    Inauguration is full of tradition and fanfare, but the oath is the only part that is legally required for a new president to take office.

    Inauguration Day protests planned throughout Twin Cities

    Thousands of people are expected to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at events throughout the Twin Cities on Friday.

    Trump's big day underway: First, church before swearing-in

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
    "It all begins today!" Trump tweeted at daybreak, before heading to a morning church service with his family as light rain fell. "THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!"
    Ebullient Trump supporters flocked to the nation's capital for the inaugural festivities, some wearing red hats emblazoned with his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. But in a sign of the deep divisions Trump sowed during his combative campaign, dozens of Democratic lawmakers were boycotting the swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill.
    While Trump came to power bucking convention, he was wrapping himself in the traditional pomp and pageantry that accompany the peaceful transfer of power. From church, the president-in-waiting will head to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for tea. The Trumps and the Obamas will travel together in the presidential limousine for the short trip to the Capitol for the noon swearing-in ceremony.
    Trump supporters started lining up at security checkpoints before dawn to take their places in the quadrennial rite of democracy.
    "I'm here for history," said Kevin Puchalski, a 24-year-old construction worker who drove from Philadelphia. "This is the first president that I voted for that won."  His big hope: Trump builds that promised wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. "Keep the illegals out," he said.
    Protesters, too, were out early, some trying to block inaugural visitors from passing through security checkpoints, some wearing orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces. Police in riot gear were out in force.
    Eleanor Goldfield, who helped organize the Disrupt J20 protest, said demonstrators hope to show they will not be silent throughout Trump's presidency. She called Trump supporters "misguided, misinformed or just plain dangerous."
    Trump aides said the president-elect had been personally invested in crafting his inaugural address, a relatively brief 20-minute speech that is expected to center on his vision for what it means to be an American. Spokesperson Sean Spicer said the address would be "less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document."
    Trump has pledged to upend some of Obama's major domestic and national security policies, including repealing his signature health care law and building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. But he's offered few details of how he plans to accomplish his agenda, often sending contradictory signals.
    The three days of inaugural festivities kicked off Thursday. Trump left his Trump-branded jet in New York and flew to Washington in a government plane, saluting an Air Force officer as he descended the steps with his wife, Melania. He and the incoming vice president, Mike Pence, solemnly laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery before joining supporters for an evening concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
    Trump's son, Don Jr., told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that as the various festivities got underway, "the magnitude of it all" was at last sinking in. He pronounced his father "ready to take office."
    "We're going to unify our country," Trump said at the close of the two-hour concert featuring country star Toby Keith, soul's Sam Moore and The Piano Guys. But not singer Jennifer Holliday: She backed out after an outcry from Trump critics.
    With rain a possibility, the National Park Service announced that it was easing its "no umbrella" policy for Friday, allowing collapsible umbrellas along the parade route and on the National Mall.
    The nation's soon-to-be president joked about the chance of a downpour. "That's OK," Trump told campaign donors at an event Thursday night, "because people will realize it's my real hair."
    "Might be a mess, but they're going to see that it's my real hair," he said.
    Whatever the weather, Trump supporters were looking ahead to the day.
    Chris Lehmann, 55, a maintenance supervisor from Belmar, N.J., said: "I'm so excited, I'm like, on top of the world."
    Eleanor Haven, 83, of Alexander City, Ala., was attending the festivities with her son, Scott Haven. The pair said they had never been to a political event before attending a Trump "thank you" tour rally in Alabama after the election and were looking forward to Friday's celebration.
    "We're excited for changes in the country," Scott Haven said.
    Celebrities were weighing in from all parts of the globe. Matthew McConaughey, in London to promote movies, stressed a need for acceptance, saying, "The votes came in, the peaceful transfer of power should happen today and we all need to embrace that." James Taylor, a vocal Trump critic, emailed a video postcard from his vacation in French Polynesia, saying that on the last day of the Obama administration, "it feels like it's raining all over the world."
    On the eve of the inauguration, protesters and Trump supporters clashed outside a pro-Trump event Thursday night, with police using chemical spray to try control demonstrators outside the "DeploraBall." The name was a play on a campaign remark by Hillary Clinton, who once referred to some Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables."
    All of the living American presidents were scheduled to attend the swearing in ceremony, except for 92-year-old George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia. His wife, Barbara, was also admitted to the hospital after falling ill. Trump tweeted his well-wishes to the Bushes, saying he was "looking forward to a speedy recovery."
    Clinton, Trump's vanquished campaign rival, also planned to join dignitaries at Capitol Hill.
    While Trump revels in a celebratory lunch with lawmakers and parade up Pennsylvania Avenue -— passing his newly opened Washington hotel —- workers at the White House will set about the frantic process of moving out the Obamas and preparing the residence for its new occupants. Moving trucks were on standby Friday morning at the White House.
    Obama, who will continue to live in Washington, was leaving town with his family after the inauguration for a vacation in Palm Springs, Calif. He planned to address a farewell gathering of staff at Joint Base Andrews before boarding his last flight on the military aircraft that ferries presidents on their travels.
    -- The Associated Press

    Chants of 'This is what democracy looks like'

    About 100 protesters are attempting to block a gate near the inaugural parade route in Washington.

    They're calling for a response to climate change and they're holding signs that say "Resist Trump, climate justice now."

    There are also chants of "This is what democracy looks like!"

    Police are keeping a lane open for ticket holders to get through.

    — Associated Press

    Protesters make their mark on Trump's inauguration

    WASHINGTON — Calling out Donald Trump on climate change, race, his treatment of women and more, protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration Day, intent on making their mark as Trump prepared to take office.

    Spirited demonstrations unfolded at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police in riot gear helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read "Resist Trump Climate Justice Now," ''Let Freedom Ring," ''Free Palestine."

    At one checkpoint, protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces to represent prisoners in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay. Eleanor Goldfield, who helped organize the Disrupt J20 protest, said protesters wanted to show Trump and his "misguided, misinformed or just plain dangerous" supporters that they won't be silent.

    Black Lives Matter and feminist groups also made their voices heard.

    The DisruptJ20 coalition, named after the date of the inauguration, had promised that people participating in its actions in Washington would attempt to shut down the celebrations, risking arrest when necessary.

    More demonstrations were planned for later in the day. For one DisruptJ20 event, a march beginning at Columbus Circle outside Union Station, participants were asked to gather at noon, the same time as Trump's swearing-in as the 45th president.
    The route for the march, which organizers called a "Festival of Resistance," ran about 1.5 miles to McPherson Square, a park about three blocks from the White House, where a rally featuring the filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore was planned.

    "We're going to throw a party in the streets for our side," organizer David Thurston told reporters last week, adding that drummers, musicians and a float of dancers were planned for the march.

    Along the parade route, the ANSWER Coalition anti-war group planned demonstrations at two locations.

    Protesters and supporters of Trump clashed Thursday evening outside a pro-Trump event in Washington. Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd. Hundreds gathered outside the National Press Club in downtown Washington, where the "DeploraBall" was being held. The name is a play on a campaign remark by Hillary Clinton, who once referred to many of Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables."

    The demonstrations won't end when Trump takes up residence in the White House. A massive Women's March on Washington is planned for Saturday. Christopher Geldart, the District of Columbia's homeland security director, has said 1,800 buses have registered to park in the city Saturday, which could mean nearly 100,000 people coming in just by bus.

    Jim Bendat, an expert on inaugural history, said significant protests surrounding Inauguration Day go back at least to 1913, when suffragettes marched down Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Richard Nixon's first and second inaugurations drew memorable protests, he said, with demonstrators at the second inauguration angry about the Vietnam War. During President George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration, demonstrators along the parade route turned their backs as the president passed by and others held signs like "Hail to the thief," suggesting Bush had stolen the election from Democrat Al Gore. At least one egg thrown from the crowd hit the presidential limousine. In 2005, demonstrators disrupted Bush's inaugural address.

    Bendat said it's to be expected that after such a contentious election, demonstrators will come to Washington to express their opinions.

    "That's part of democracy, too," he said.
    — Associated Press

    Thousands of people without inauguration tickets are slowly clearing security to get to mall.

    Law enforcement from many jurisdictions working security everywhere.

    Law enforcement from many jurisdictions working security everywhere.


    Obamas welcome Trumps to the White House

    President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama are welcoming President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House.

    The Obamas have greeted the Trumps at the grand North Portico, the column-lined entrance facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Obama told Trump that it was good to see him. They exchanged pleasantries, and Melania Trump brought a gift for Michelle Obama.

    Melania Trump initially reached to shake Michelle Obama's hand, but the first lady instead gave her a hug.

    The families will have coffee and tea at a reception that's closed to the media.

    The White House says members of the residence staff have presented President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with two American flags that were flown atop the building.

    One of the flags was flown on the first day of Obama's presidency. The other was flown on his final morning as president.

    The Obamas are preparing to depart the White House for the last time as president and first lady when they head to Donald Trump's inauguration.

    — Associated Press


    "I hope Mr. Trump reaches out to everyone and tries to bring people back together. I hope he tries for positive change rather than going for controversial measures that many believe are wrong. I hope he is guided by science and facts, rather than what many wish were true," said Fred Green of St. Anthony, Minn.

    Room for inaugural spectators on National Mall

    Crowds on the National Mall — where people without tickets can watch the inauguration — are growing steadily.

    But less than two hours before the swearing-in, there are still wide swaths of empty space. There are strong suggestions that the crowds will not match President Barack Obama's first inaugural eight years ago.

    Some people were prevented by security barriers from getting closer to the Capitol despite having plenty of space in front of them.

    The grass on the Mall was protected by white plastic and there were some muddy spots amid intermittent rain.

    — Associated Press


    "I'm fearing the worst but hoping for the best. The one part of Trump's agenda that gives me hope is his plan for infrastructure spending. The country desperately needs it, and Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree on it. (Even though Republicans wouldn't support it when Obama asked for it.) Infrastructure spending will create jobs and help support the whole economy.  Trump has said he would rebuild the inner cities. Great. Let's see it happen,” said Paul Bard of St. Paul

    Obama, Trump leave White House, limo to Capitol

    President Barack Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, are departing the White House to head to Trump's inauguration.

    The pair got into a limousine that will take them to the Capitol.

    Also on their way are Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and Trump's wife, Melania.

    — Associated Press

    Clinton at inaugural to 'honor our democracy'

    Hillary Clinton says she's attending Donald Trump's inauguration to "honor our democracy."

    Clinton made the comment on Twitter. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton are both in attendance.


    — Associated Press

    Trump, Obama arrive at Capitol for swearing-in

    President Barack Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, have arrived at the Capitol for Trump's swearing-in ceremony.

    Trump is joined by his family, including his five children Eric, Don Jr., Ivanka, Tiffany and youngest son, Barron.

    — Associated Press

    "I am trying to not give it my attention.  I do not want to watch or listen to the event.  At the same time, I know it is important to be informed to hold him and his cabinet accountable,” said Beth Kautz of New Brighton, Minn.
    Big show of force throughout Metro. This is Federal Center SW. Not busy at all.

    D.C. police confront group of demonstrators

    As Donald Trump and President Barack Obama made their way to the Capitol, police were confronting a group of demonstrators wearing black in downtown Washington and using what appeared to be pepper spray.

    Protesters were carrying signs denouncing capitalism and Trump.

    Police cordoned off about 100 demonstrators who chanted "hands up, don't shoot."

    A helicopter hovered overhead.

    — Associated Press

    He was my message to incompetent congress and Washington bureaucracy," said Bruce Harten of Apple Valley, Minn.

    Among those in attendance: The Clintons

    Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive near the Capitol on Friday. John Angelillo/Pool/Getty Images

    Hillary Clinton had to be imagining this day would be different. Nonetheless, the former Democratic nominee for president is indeed at her former opponent’s inauguration along with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

    As a former first lady, it’s to be expected for her to attend along with the former president. But there were questions whether the Clintons would come, given the acrimonious race and the continued questions about alleged Russian cyberattacks intended to influence the election. Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, but Trump won the electoral vote and, in turn, the presidency.

    Plus, President-elect Trump hasn’t shied away from recounting and relishing his victory over Clinton. There are also still some open questions about whether he would pursue charges against Clinton for her private email server while at the State Department, though Trump has backed off his supporters’ rally cry to “lock her up,” admitting it was just a campaign tactic.

    According to NPR’s Jennifer Ludden, who is on the national mall, the crowd there booed when the jumbotron owed a close-up shot of Clinton.


    Everyone's in place for Trump's swearing-in

    The dais is filled for the inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol.

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have taken their seats.

    And President-elect Donald Trump's family is ready.

    The stage is set for Donald Trump to be sworn in as the next president of the United States.

    — Associated Press

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