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Ask not why many inaugural speeches are so humdrum

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:30am

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

Trump's America: Caution in evenly split Nebraska county

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A block from Nebraska's Capitol, with its unique one-chamber, nonpartisan Legislature, is the lobbying office of Bill Mueller and Kim Robak, who embody the make-it-work spirit of this city: They're husband and wife, Republican and Democrat.

The Latest: Trump has late dinner at his DC hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:11pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

In Wyoming, DeVos gun remark more about safety than politics

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20pm

In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren't a punch line.

Fun facts from past inaugurations

Katie Glaeser, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:51pm

Sometimes presidential inaugurations are full of pomp and circumstance. Sometimes they end with the newly sworn-in president jumping out of a White House window. Intrigued yet?

GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:24pm

Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of tolerance and respect in an increasingly diverse United States.

Obama meets press for final time as President

Kevin Liptak, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:33am

President Barack Obama is taking reporters' questions for a final time Wednesday from the White House briefing room, his last official event before Donald Trump replaces him in two days.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform 'America, the Beautiful' at Trump inauguration

Xoel Cardenas  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:25pm

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform “America, the Beautiful” at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, the Deseret News reported Tuesday night.

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

Laura Jarrett, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:54pm

President Barack Obama on Tuesday overruled his secretary of defense to commute the sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

Pence promises big investment in infrastructure

Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:02pm

Vice President-elect Mike Pence pledged to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure, and he told diplomats that Trump and his incoming team share "a commitment to engage with all of the world."

Utah AG Sean Reyes could lead FTC, report says

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:28pm

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is apparently under consideration to head the Federal Trade Commission.

Sheriff criticizes Texas Commissioner's account of 'attack'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:40pm

A claim by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller that "illegal aliens" attacked a hunting party in remote West Texas is being discounted by the local sheriff who says the hunters fired on one another.

Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:13am

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.

Inaugural Things to Watch: the speech, the dress and more

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:50am

From a morning stop at church through the swearing-in to the last dance of the evening, it's going to be an inaugural marathon on Friday. Donald Trump will take Washington by storm, no matter what the weather. (Which, by the way, looks like rain.)

Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:50am

Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course.

Trump pays surprise visit to his Washington hotel

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:11pm

He just couldn't stay away.

AP Source: Trump to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:51pm

AP Source: Trump to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary.

Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump

Julie Pace and Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:05pm

European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge.

Stephen Miller: the aide 'who helped Trump find his voice'

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:10am

Stephen Miller was a teenager in California when got his first political gig as a regular guest on a local conservative talk radio show, eager to complain about his liberal high school. In columns written for local newspapers, he took on what he called its plague of political correctness.