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Mount Up: U.S. Border Patrol to be in Parade

Inaugural officials have started selecting applicants to march in the big Jan. 20 parade, and sources said among the first to be notified is an outfit from the U.S, Border Patrol, that will include horses, bagpipes and drums, and a...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 7:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Attending Prayer Service on Jan. 21

The Washington National Cathedral says President-Elect Barack Obama will attend the traditional inaugural prayer service at there on Jan 21. The tradition of an inaugural prayer service dates to George Washington. In more recent times, it has usually been held...

By Marcia Davis | December 5, 2008; 6:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

King III to Speak at 'People's Inaugural' Lunch

Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights leader, has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Stafford Foundation’s inaugural luncheon on Jan. 19, a foundation spokesman said today. The foundation is hosting a Martin Luther...

By Marcia Davis | December 5, 2008; 5:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kanye to Reprise DNC Role at Impact Film Ball

Hip-hop royalty Kanye West is the latest star making inauguration plans, according to The Sleuth: Kanye is a "99.9 percent done deal" to perform at the unofficial ball hosted by the Impact Film Fund, a not-for-profit organization run by the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 5:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

What Will and Won't Be Open Along Parade Route

Following the Newseum's announcement that it would welcome visitors during the Inaugation Day parade, the Going Out Gurus checked in with other sites on the route: As of now, many other museums plan to be open that day including all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Hotel Rooms, Home Rentals Still Available in Loudoun

Many areas well beyond the Beltway are seeing a run on hotel rooms, and Loudoun County is among them, Loudoun Extra's Erica Garman reports. Some options remain for latecomers, though: The Goodstone Inn and Estate, also in Middleburg, has several...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: D.C.'s 51st State Inaugural Ball

The D.C. government is throwing its own inaugural ball and the ultra, super-fancy, ritzy location is ... city hall! Lest anyone suggest D.C. pols aren't of the people, council member Harry Thomas Jr. tells Inauguration Watch that the city's party...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Tourism Group: Hotels Rooms Still Available

Destination D.C., a tourism organization, says reports of hotel rooms being sold out in the Washington area aren't exactly accurate. In fact, the group says, there are roughly 1,400 rooms still left within a 30-mile radius and you can have...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Watch the Construction Live

If you just can't get enough news about the construction of the inaugural podium aren't, you can now watch it in real time on washingtonpost.com by visiting our webcam....

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Chat With the 'Benefactor of the Ball'

Yesterday The Post's Michael Ruane told the story of Earl Stafford, the Virginia businessman who spent $1 million to establish an inaugural ball for the disadvantaged in downtown D.C. If you've got a question for Stafford, today is your lucky...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Post's Inauguration FAQ

Need to know exactly what to expect during Inauguration Week -- and the big day itself? Here's your starting point: Inauguration Watch's list of frequently asked questions. (We'll be adding to this document over time as more information becomes known...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Stafford 'People's Inaugural' Gets Big Response

The Stafford Foundation officially launched its million-dollar project yesterday morning to bring scores of disadvantaged people to Barack Obama’s inauguration next month. Amid what organizers said was a deluge of phone calls and emails from potential supporters, volunteers and participants,...

By Marcia Davis | December 4, 2008; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Newseum Offers Warm Spot to Watch Parade

The Newseum, which reopened in its new location near the Capitol in April, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Inauguration Day, the Associated Press reports. It should offer great views -- and warmth -- to visitors...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Police Union Chief Questions Inaugural Deployment Plans

The leader of the D.C. police union is concerned about the department’s plans for police deployment during Inauguration weekend, especially in light of a recent decision by the D.C. Council to extend the hours of operation for bars and restaurants....

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Entire Mall Open for Inauguration

For the first time in history, the entire National Mall will be open to the public for an inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. Officials have been in talks for weeks about opening the Mall east of the Washington...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (14)

Kennedy Center to Host Oprah Taping

Oprah confirmed Wednesday to "Access Hollywood" that she will be producing her show at the Kennedy Center's Opera House on Jan. 19. The Post's Reliable Source first reported on the negotiations Nov. 20. Oprah.com will post information later this week...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $1 Million Man

Here's the story of a high roller who's making sure that the inauguration will be enjoyed by some folks without as much in the bank. From The Post's Michael Ruane: It was billed as the biggest, most eye-popping of the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Is on a Roll

The story about the guy who printed the president-elect's face on a roll of toilet paper sounds like the start of a thousand punchlines -- or worse. But Jeremy Rupke insists it's only business; nothing personal. "I am not picking...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Inauguration Organizers to Open More Viewing Space

It looks like organizers are going to be opening up the Mall to accommodate more people, sources tell Inauguration Watch. In the past, the area from 7th Street NW to 15th Street NW was used for staging the parade. But...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: American Music Inaugural Ball

What: American Music Inaugural Ball Who: Dionne Warwick will host When: Jan. 20; there will be two balls--the Legends Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and the Urban Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott,...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Officials Expect 10,000 Charter Buses

Metro officials said they are expecting 10,000 charter buses, carrying an estimated 500,000 people, to arrive in the Washington area for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20. But the transit agency will only be able to handle parking for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 5:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Does More Inauguration Revelry = More Cops?

Might the D.C. Council's decision to keep bars and nightclubs open 24 hours a day during Inauguration weekend mean more cops hitting the streets to keep late-night partygoers in line? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Government Launches Inauguration Web Page

District government leaders have devoted a page on the city's Web site to all things inauguration. Not much on there yet, but you can find a copy of the sample lease agreement the city created for those trying to rent...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars Open 24 Hours -- Good or Bad? Vote Here

As we've reported, the D.C. Council approved legislation to allow bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17 until the morning of Jan. 21. What do you think about this...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Expects 500 Temporary Street Vendors for Inauguration

As if there aren't enough places to buy Barack Obama memorabilia, the D.C. government now says it expects to issue 500 temporary licenses for street vendors good for just one day--Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office....

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

VRE Plans Full Service, May Handle Bus Traffic

It appears the inauguration committee may have found one solution for the bus parking problem. Virginia Railway Express spokesman Mark Roeber says they'll be running a full slate of trains on Jan. 20, and that inauguration committees may try to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch

What: African Inaugural Ball Who: Sponsored by the African Foundation, open to the public When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. until midnight Where: Silver Spring Hilton, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Maryland Tickets: Starting at $150 apiece. See Web site for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Party Planners See New Events, a Bit Less Glitz

Special Events magazine takes a look at inauguration parties in its latest issue, and finds that economic woes will result in higher turnover in ball hosts, and a lower-key tone overall: As for private events, the dour economic outlook is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars, Nightclubs to Be Open 24-hours A Day for Inauguration Week

The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation this evening that will allow District bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. — three hours later than usual — and remain open for food around the clock from Jan. 17...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 6:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. to Obama: Use "Taxation Without Representation" License Plates

So many decisions for a president-elect. Who to pick for the Cabinet? Where to send your kids to school? And now ... what license plates to use on the presidential limo? If the D.C. Council has any say, Barack Obama...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

More on Landlord Liability for Inauguration Rentals

On Nov. 20, The Post's David Nakamura explored some of the possible risks for landlords and residents renting out their properties for the inauguration. Christopher J. Boggs of Insurance Journal goes into a little more detail: Homeowners' policy forms specifically...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 2, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Customer Call Center and Sales Office to Extend Hours

We told you two weeks ago that Metro would expand its service hours for the inaugural, staying open from 4 a.m. Jan. 20 through 2 a.m. Jan. 21. It will offer rush-hour service for 15 consecutive hours that day. Now...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More...

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted on its Web site a number of tips to keep in mind for those planning on attending the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony and parade. Among the list of items banned from...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

D.C. Officials Considering Opening Bars 24-7

The D.C. Council is considering legislation today that would allow bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours longer than current regulations allow -- and remain open 24 hours a day from Jan. 17 through 21 to serve...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (12)

New Obama Souvenir Store Opens In D.C.

The Treasury Department and the White House were on one side of 15th Street. But the tourists stopping to take photos were aiming their lenses at a new presidential souvenir shop on the other side. Hoping to capitalize on...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Seeing Green Over Inauguration

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the potential problems in the inauguration housing market in which thousands of Washington-area residents are trying to rent out their homes for the week of Jan. 20. In today's Metro section,...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Campaign's Heavy Hitters Give to Transition

CORRECTION: This previous version of this post incorrectly stated what the fundraising was paying for. The money helps pay for transition costs, augmenting $8.5 million in taxpayer funds that are provided. President-elect Obama's transition team today released its first batch...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Construction Begins on Viewing Stands Outside D.C. City Hall

Construction began today on the bleachers in front of the John A. Wilson Building, D.C.'s city hall, where Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and council members will watch Barack Obama trek down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celeb Bash Chases Untapped Lobbyist Cash

The Creative Coalition's ball is pricy for those wanting to attend -- and pricier for sponsors, says The Sleuth. Luckily there's a big, untapped pool of potential donors: The dismal economy isn't stopping the Creative Coalition from throwing one of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Schools Close on Inauguration Day?

That's the question washingtonpost.com On Parenting blogger Stacey Garfinkle asks as more school districts decide that, yes, they should. The Post's editorial board opposes the closures; one Walt Whitman Senior High School student wrote a letter to the editor defending...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Presidential Inaugural Committee Seeking Volunteers

Interested in getting involved with the inauguration but don't think you'll score a ticket or be able to afford one of the inaugural balls? One way to stay close to the action would be to sign up as a volunteer...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

USA Today notes that Delta and Southwest have joined five other airlines increasing traffic into and out of Dulles, Reagan National and BWI for the inauguration. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that while many buses are being chartered to bring...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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