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Obama Takes Oath, Says U.S. ‘Ready to Lead Once More’ Bloomberg | Obama becomes 44th president, promises to lead the country through troubled times.
Obama's Inaugural Address Washington Post | A sober picture of where things stand, but hopeful about the future.
Crowds Pack Frigid Mall for Obama's Inauguration Associated Press | Huge crowds undeterred by weather, predictions of chaos.
The Nation Awaits Its New President New York Times | Despite a few bumps, Obama's had a relatively smooth and easy transition. What does that portend for his presidency?
Deficits Restrict Obama as His Promises Come Due Wall Street Journal | For all that Obama is promising to do, the money just may not be there.
Pennsylvania Avenue Paved With Pain, Progress Los Angeles Times | Amazing amount of history, change has unfolded on short stretch of road between the Capitol and the White House.
Foundation Concerns Could Delay Clinton Confirmation Reuters | Party-pooper Cornyn could hold up Clinton for a day or two.
Confidence Man National Review | Obama's challenge -- mixing confidence and humility under extraordinary pressure, high expectations.

By Ben Pershing  |  January 20, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
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