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Sen. Feinstein's Inaugural Tickets Resale Legislation Fails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation that would make the resale of inauguration tickets a federal crime died in the Senate last night when an effort to gain unanimous support for the measure failed, officials said. Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Joint...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

PIC Makes Donors Public

The public can easily access contributions of $200 or more to the Presidential Inaugural Committee with the click of a mouse at www.pic2009.org/donors. So far, contributors appear to be going for the maximum of $50,000, the PIC announced today. In...

By Marcia Davis | December 12, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Deconstructing the GWU Parade Float

Not since Izzy of the Atlanta Olympics fame has a design been as hard to figure out as George Washington University's inaugural float, which was invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in Barack Obama's presidential parade...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Polls: Your D.C. Visit

How are you getting to Washington? Where will you stay? What events and attractions are you most excited about? Vote in our polls, or tell us about your travel plans in the comments....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Around the Web

The Secret Service thinks estimates of 4 million inauguration attendees may be a little steep -- but will, of course, prepare for largest possibly crowds. Law enforcement officials would not commit to any notion that security will be tighter or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Hip-Hop Ball

Who: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, hosted by Russell Simmons, Ll Cool J and T.I. When: Jan. 19, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Where: Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $1,000 general admission; $2,500 VIP;...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mayor Fenty: Max Crowds Mean Three Square Feet Per Person

Wonder how authorities came up with the idea that there could be 3 million to 4 million people at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and parade? It appears the number wasn't arrived at by a rigorous analysis of how many plane,...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

The New Green Party

The Green Party is making an impact on the Democrats' big day. No, not that Green Party. We're talking about the Green Inaugural Ball. * The catch-phrase for the big event: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact. The draw: organic food, recyclable...

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

Destination DC: Hotel Rooms Still Available

Destination DC, a city tourism group, continues to monitor hotel availability and announced today that nearly 900 hotel rooms remain available in the District for Jan. 19, the night before Barack Obama is sworn-in as president. The organization also has...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jan. 20: Obama Takes Oath; Trash Picked Up

Officials at the D.C. Department of Public Works, yeoman public servants that they are, have announced that Barack Obama's swearing-in won't get in the way of the city's trash pickup. Service will continue Tuesday, Jan. 20. Agency director William O....

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Council Member Aims to Amend Bar Hours

A D.C. Council member filed formal notice today that he intends to propose a new emergency law that would alter the terms of the council's legislation that extended the hours of operation for bars and nightclubs during inauguration week. Tommy...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (19)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Black McDonald's Operators Association Ball

Who: Baltimore Washington Black McDonald's Operators Association When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight Where: City Club at Franklin Square in Washington, D.C.; 1300 I St. NW Tickets: $200 per person, see Web site for more details Why You Want...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Rangers' to Ride in Obama's Parade

Just how presidential are mowers, toilet plungers and broomsticks? It appears we'll find out on Jan. 20. From Mary Ann Akers's The Sleuth blog: [The] World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (Illinois) -- a longtime staple of beer-drenched St....

By Washington Post Editors | December 11, 2008; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Authorities: Don't Come to National Mall Until 4 a.m. Jan. 20

Federal and District government officials urged people not to come to the National Mall until 4 a.m. on Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in. Though the Mall grounds are open 24 hours a day to the public,...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Beth Tarini Age: 33 Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich. Profession: Pediatrician and health policy researcher at the University of Michigan Getting to Washington: Flying from Detroit...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Save the Parties! ... Or Not.

Though D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has pledged to sign the D.C. Council legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to stay open all night from Jan. 17-21, some groups aren't taking anything for granted. They're fighting for their...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simon Cowell's Il Divo to Perform at Inaugural Purple Ball; Sting at Creative Coalition Ball

More headliners are committing to inauguration week performances: Il Divo, the international operatic pop group created by American Idol judge Simon Cowell, will appear at Louis Gossett Jr.'s Inaugural Purple Ball. The ball will be Jan. 20 at the Fairmont...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to Prepare for Beloved Guests/Lucrative Renters

The Post provides advice today on how to make that guest room a home away from home when hosting friends for the holidays, or when offering a weeklong sublet at an exorbitant rate. Getting a request for lodging can be...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 11, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

AP Video: The Bar Hour Debate

AP gets more reaction to the controversy from Mayor Adrian Fenty and the head of the police union, and chats with some average workers in the District. Vote in our poll or leave your comments after the jump....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 11, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

The $50,000 Per Night Inaugural Lodging

It's the mother of all inaugural housing packages--a 550-acre estate in Rappahannock County, with a manor house, a carriage house, a pink house, two private cottages, separate pool/spa complex with a large heated swimming pool, Turkish steam room, Finnish sauna...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Oprah Comes Calling

Ceci Aikens was working at William W. Hall Elementary School in Capitol Heights on Wednesday when the phone rang. Stuck in a classroom full of students, she couldn’t answer. But she could get to a computer – and so she...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 7:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mayor Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21....

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

Gaylord Resort in Maryland Has Hotel Rooms

Many D.C. hotels may not have rooms for next month's inauguration, but one of the pre-eminent hotels just across the bridge in Maryland is still accepting guests, a spokeswoman said. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, located on the...

By Marcia Davis | December 10, 2008; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Planning Party Featuring ... Kanye West?

Everyone's trying to line up big names for inauguration week and sources tell Inauguration Watch that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is planning an inaugural party for Sunday, Jan. 18, at the D.C. Armory and that hizzoner has invited...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Council Chair, Others React to Senators' Opposition of Extended Bar Hours

People continue to take sides in the debate over whether the District's bars and nightclubs should be allowed to stay open around-the-clock (and serve alcohol until 5 a.m.) during inauguration week. Reacting to the letter from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration to Turn an 'Empty Nest' Into a Full House

Talk about change: One home in Cleveland Park will transform from "empty nest" to Obama colony in the days leading up to the inauguration. Mary Warfield, 57, who’s lived alone in her four-story home since her three sons left for...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Around the Web

Cold-weather weenies have an alternative to seeing the new president inaugurated in Washington, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports: The thinking pink crew at the Royal Hawaiian (coincidentally home to the Mai Tai Bar, where former rival John McCain met...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 10, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Church Leaders Join Fight Against Extended Bar Hours

A day after Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members to rescind the emergency law that will let bars and nightclubs stay open around the clock from Jan. 17-21 for...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (24)

'Renewing America's Promise'

The official theme of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration will be “Renewing America’s Promise,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. “At this moment of great challenge and great change, renewing the promise of America begins with renewing the idea that in...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 10, 2008; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Los Angeles to D.C.: It's Too Costly to Send Our Police for Inaugural

District government leaders say they're counting on an additional 4,000 police officers from across the country to help patrol the streets during inauguration week. But where will they come from? Not Los Angeles...unless the District is willing to pay more...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch: The Obama Pin

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Inaugural Pin Maker: D.C. jewelry designer Ann Hand Price: $75 (available in 18-carat gold and diamonds by special order) Why: From the Web site: "The designs of...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

See Local Inaugural Bands in Action

Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the first group of organizations chosen to march in the inaugural parade. Since then, still more has been revealed about the participants -- and of special interest to many in the area are the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 9, 2008; 9:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking News: Sens. Feinstein, Bennett Object to D.C. Inaugural Nightlife Legislation

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) are objecting to the emergency law approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow city nightclubs, bars and restaurants to remain open all night and serve alcohol until 5...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

Montgomery County School Board Votes for Inaugural Holiday

The Montgomery County school board voted today to declare a holiday on Inauguration Day, the latest in a wave of actions that will close most of the region’s public schools Jan. 20. School systems in Charles, Loudoun, Prince George’s, Prince...

By Marcia Davis | December 9, 2008; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Best and Worst From Past Balls

Thousands of people dressed in their finest attire flock to Washington for inaugurations, vying for the chance to attend an inaugural ball. The major event at any ball is typically the new president's appearance -- at the balls he chooses...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 9, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

Alternative Transportation: Bike to the Inaugural!

Not on one of the 10,000 buses that might show up Jan. 20? Don't want to brave the record ridership expected on Metro's trains that day? Not interested in walking two miles to see Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony? Well, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Battle of the Bands?

Marching bands of historically black colleges and universities have long been known for their rivalries. Forget about which football team is better. Sometimes, it's all about the bands. There have been major motion pictures made about the phenomenon. Now, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Rashad Brown (pictured with author and professor Cornell West) Age: 23 Residence: Tallahassee, Fla. Profession: Recently graduated from Florida A&M University with master's in education...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Here's a Rental 'Candidate' for You...

There are places to rent for the inauguration -- and then there are places to rent that are being rented by folks who actually ran for president. It seems that former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who lost out to Sen....

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Virginia Groups Invited to Inaugural Parade

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has asked three Virginia organizations to participate in the parade after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20: the T.C. Williams High School Army JROTC, the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets, and the...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Sleuth: 35,000 Want to Volunteer Jan. 20

Mary Anne Akers reports that the inauguration committee's request for a hand in January got a pretty big response: Since posting a "volunteer" option on its Web site 13 days ago, the committee -- as of late this morning -...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 8, 2008; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Oprah' Taping Tickets All Gone in 105 Minutes

It may go down as one of the hottest tickets of the entire inauguration season. Tickets to Oprah Winfrey's D.C. television taping, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19, in the Kennedy Center's 2,300-seat Opera House, were available online today -- and...

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Sources: 10 Official Inaugural Balls and 45 Unofficial Ones

At a briefing this morning by Destination DC, a tourism organization, officials said that the Presidential Inaugural Commitee is planning on announcing 10 official inaugural balls. They also said they have a list of 45 unofficial inaugural balls so far....

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Opening Up

Still looking for a place to stay on Inauguration Weekend? We reported last week that there would be more hotel rooms opening up. And today, we're able to be specific. A fresh batch of several thousand hotel rooms for the...

By Marcia Davis | December 8, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Smithsonian Exhibits Celebrate Inaugurals Past

What did Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural look like in 1865? How about Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade, which featured chiefs Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Around the Web

The Maryland Transit Administration announced today that it would run trains and buses both for Inauguration Day and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday preceding it, the Baltimore Sun reported. MARC trains do not typically run on federal holidays,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 8, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Aloha Ball

What: Aloha Inaugural Ball (this is separate from and unaffiliated with the Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball) Who: Obama volunteers When: Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $300...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Money, Money, Money

In case you missed The Post's weekend coverage, we brought you three tales of the way in which money is altering the face of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Nikita Stewart wrote on Saturday about the competition between vendors for licenses...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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