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5:50 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

When It Comes To Inaugural Fashion, First Family Stays The Course

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the Senate carriage entrance for the presidential inauguration ceremonies at the U.S Capitol.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:24 pm

Update at 9:05 p.m. ET Michelle Obama's Dress

NBC News is reporting that the first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown, Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald to the Commander in Chief Ball. The White House said that the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives at the end of the inaugural events.

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Around the Nation
5:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama

The Big Sandy Power Plant, 4 miles north of Louisa, is the biggest industry in Lawrence County. Local residents blame President Obama's environmental policies for the company's plans to close the plant in 2015.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:22 pm

If the voters in Louisa, Ky., had their wish, Mitt Romney would have taken the oath of office Monday. Louisa is in eastern Kentucky, and "coal" was the one-word issue in the election. President Obama is seen as an enemy of coal mining and he got only 27 percent of the vote in the county.

And now comes word that Louisa is going to lose its biggest industry — a power generating plant that's been burning coal since 1962.

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NPR Story
5:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Lincoln Memorial A Doubly Powerful Place On Inauguration Day

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:21 pm

For many inauguration attendees without tickets to official viewing areas, there was a historic alternative all the way on the other side of the National Mall at the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln is often invoked by President Obama and the memorial's role in the civil rights movement also made it a powerful draw on a day that was not only Inauguration Day, but also Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

NPR Story
5:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Luncheon A Bipartisan Mixer Packed With Formality, Tradition

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:23 pm

President Obama dined with lawmakers at the Capitol in the traditional inaugural luncheon on Monday. Within hours, Obama and congressional Republicans will be back at it over the debt ceiling, spending cuts and a possible government shutdown.

NPR Story
5:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Tech Week Ahead: Controversial Founder Of File-Sharing Site Launches New Service

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:24 pm

Laura Sydell gives a look ahead to the week in tech news. She covers the launch of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's latest website and the rollout of what Facebook is calling its "graph search."

Asia
4:35 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Myanmar, A Hunt For Fabled Cache Of Buried WWII Spitfires

A crowd surrounds a British Spitfire and an Auster in the courtyard of the Civic Hall in Rangoon, Burma, on April 3, 1946.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:15 am

For the past few weeks a team of scientists, archaeologists and documentary makers has been digging at Yangon's international airport in Myanmar, also known as Burma. They are searching for a legendary trove of Spitfire fighter planes, said to have been buried in Burma in the waning days of World War II.

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Monkey See
4:11 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Searching For Signs Of King's Inner Life In His Advice Column

Even when dispensing life advice to Ebony readers, Martin Luther King Jr. didn't reveal much about himself
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:35 pm

When you think of Martin Luther King Jr., all sorts of things immediately spring to mind. The climax of the "I Have a Dream" speech. The Montgomery bus boycotts. Maybe some black-and-white images of the man meeting with important people or contemplating weighty matters.

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Animals
4:07 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest

A group of volunteers is helping biologists see whether there are any martens left in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:01 am

It's about 25 degrees on a clear Saturday morning when Gregg Treinish — executive director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit that puts volunteers to work gathering data for scientists around the world — gathers a small group of outdoor adventurers around him near the Duckabush River in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.

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Around the Nation
3:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Gun Background Checks Need Fixes, Experts Say

Experts say universal background checks need to be updated and changed to actually work.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:13 pm

One of President Obama's gun control proposals appears to have widespread support — universal background checks for gun purchases. Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn't do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime.

When you enter Kerley's Hunting and Outfitting in Cupertino, Calif., you're greeted by a taxidermy lion roaring and leaping. There are rows of rifles on the walls, but the owner, Harry Dwyer III, doesn't appear to be as fierce as his mascot.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

'Not Going To See This Again': Obama's Poignant Pause To Look Back At Crowd

President Obama, as he paused to look back at the crowd before going into the Capitol.
C-SPAN.org

As he walked up the steps and back into the Capitol today following his inaugural address, President Obama paused and turned around to look back.

"I want to take a look," he could be heard saying, because "I'm not going to see this again."

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Russia Will Send Two Planes To Evacuate Its Citizens From Syria

The Russian Emergencies Ministry's Il-76 transport plane.
Lidia Ysamova RIA Novosti

The Russian government said that it was sending two airplanes to Lebanon in an effort to evacuate any of its citizens who wish to leave neighboring Syria.

Russia Today, the official English-language outlet for the country, reports the planes will depart on Tuesday and are expected to carry about 100 Russians.

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It's All Politics
2:10 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Address, Obama Highlights Equal Rights And Government's Role

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:59 pm

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play," the president said. "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune."

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Television
1:46 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'

Jeannane Goossen and Kevin Bacon star as FBI special agents tracing a network of serial killers in Fox's new crime drama The Following.
Fox

In the new Fox TV series The Following, Kevin Bacon plays a former FBI agent asked to help apprehend an escaped serial killer he once put behind bars. The show is from Kevin Williamson, who also created the Scream horror-movie franchise.

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Looking Ahead To The Challenges Of The Next Term

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:10 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is special coverage from NPR News of the presidential inauguration. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The crowds along the National Mall have dwindled, and President Obama is making his way to the inaugural parade, which then will head down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The theme of this year's inauguration, faith in America's future, an idea that echoed through much of what the president said in an inaugural address that illuminated many of the principles behind the policies he intends to address during his final term.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

WATCH: 'One Today,' An Inaugural Poem

Poet Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel.
Nico Tucci Courtesy Richard Blanco

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:13 pm

Today, Richard Blanco became the fifth poet to read at the inauguration of a United States president.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Booted Off Inaugural Party Stage After Criticizing Obama

Recording Artist Lupe Fiasco performs in September 2012.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:49 pm

The rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inaugural ball in Washington, last night.

As Politico reports, the Grammy-nominated rapper stayed on the anti-war song "Words I Never Said" for 30 minutes. Video posted by Now This News shows Fiasco dropping lines critical of President Obama, before the lights go off and men in black suits escort him off the stage.

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Next: The Lions

The Lions.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:25 am

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In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles and eventually formed The Lions. Heavily inspired by the culture surrounding Jamaican music both old and new, the group is deeply rooted in soul, but also has a rough edge reminiscent of The Upsetters or The Rockers Band.

Members Deston Berry, Alex Désert and Malik Moore handle lead vocals, while Black Shakespeare produces the backing tracks. Guitarist Dan Ubick and bassist Dave Wilder also contribute, along with a mix of musicians who've played with Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Raphael Saadiq.

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NPR Story
10:15 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Photo Gallery: The Second Inauguration Of President Obama

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., this morning.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:27 pm

President Obama is ceremonially sworn in for his second term on Monday.

This Is NPR
10:13 am
Mon January 21, 2013

'Political Junkie' Fuels Inauguration Talk With Fun And Politics On The Same Stage

NPR Legal Correspondent Nina Totenberg on stage at the Sixth & ISynagogue for a pre-inauguration Political Junkie Road Show.
Madhulika Sikka via Instagram

On Wednesday evening, NPR's fast-talking "Political Junkie" segment headed out of the studio and on the road (well, down the street to be exact) and brought the show to a live audience. The interactive show could not have met a more enthusiastic crowd, with residents of the nation's capital gearing up for an atypical weekend: the Presidential Inauguration.

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NPR Story
9:36 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Inauguration Day Update: Foreign Policy, Defense

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:24 am

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RENEE MONTAGE, HOST:

And let's rejoin Steve, now, over at the Capitol.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yeah. And let's bring one more voice into the conversation, here. Michele Flournoy is a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration, was mentioned at one time as a possible secretary of defense in a second term. Ms. Flournoy, where are you this morning?

MICHELE FLOURNOY: We are on our way from Bethesda, downtown.

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