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Inaugural cheers, fireworks: Trump sweeps in for his big day

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:42pm

With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. The capital braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.

Obama commutes sentences of 3 Utah drug offenders

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:10pm

Three Utahns were among the hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders whose prison sentences were commuted by President Barack Obama in his last week in office.

Trump must unify Republicans, Democrats in next few months, Huntsman Jr. says

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:58pm

President-elect Donald Trump must unify Republicans and Democrats around a couple of big goals during his first year in office to gain Americans' trust, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Thursday.

Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:43pm

President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to appoint any Latinos to his Cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group.

Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:21pm

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 presidency is about to change _ as Trump remains Trump

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:11pm

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.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:43pm

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Trump nation eagerly awaits the greatness he promised

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:21pm

President-elect Donald Trump was propelled into power by an army of supporters fed up with the status quo and eager for change.

Democrats in sad shape: Power deficit as Trump era begins

Bill Barrow and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:04pm

Democrats begin the Donald Trump presidency in sad shape. They lack a clear power base, they've got no distinct national leader, and party brokers are searching for a formula to counter the new Republican-dominated government and figure out how to win again.

Lawmakers discuss alternate solutions for Utah's education budget

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:21am

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, and Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, raised concerns about suggested changes to budget earmarks to free up money for public education.

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?

10 promises Trump made for his first day

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:30pm

Behind in the polls in late October, Donald Trump ventured to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to give American voters a "contract" detailing what he would achieve during his first day in office. Beneath a list of 18 major actions was the flourish of Trump's familiar signature and a blank space for voters to sign.

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.)

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.