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Michelle Obama: I Sobbed for 30 Mins Leaving White House

Lack of diversity at Trump's inauguration triggered her, she says in podcast clip

(Newser) - People ask Michelle Obama if she wasn't in a good mood as her family left the White House in 2017, to be replaced by the Trumps, given photos of her at the time. "No, I was not!" she admits in a clip of the upcoming Michelle Obama:...

Chair of Trump's Inauguration Committee Arrested

Tom Barrack accused of acting as agent for UAE

(Newser) - Tom Barrack, the longtime friend of Donald Trump who advised the former president's 2016 campaign and led his inaugural committee, was a better friend to the United Arab Emirates, prosecutors say. The 74-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with secretly acting as an agent for the UAE, Politico reports....

How a Doomed Couple Hacked the Inauguration

Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru got into Washington's video surveillance system

(Newser) - Meet Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru: The Romanian couple was said to like pizza, playful evenings, and small-time Internet scams. They also allegedly hacked into Washington's video surveillance system just eight days before the 2016 presidential inauguration, the Wall Street Journal reports. "YOUR DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, DATABASES AND OTHER...

Trump Inaugural Ball's Money Has Vanished

The Asian American event falls under scrutiny

(Newser) - A Trump inaugural ball with connections to China attracted thousands of dollars in donations that have since vanished, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala—a lavish event that included live entertainment and buffet-style dinner—charged $75 or more per ticket and drew over 900...

Trump Inaugural Committee Hit With Sweeping Subpoena

Prosecutors looking into potential money laundering, other violations

(Newser) - President Trump has yet another legal headache: Federal prosecutors have stepped up their investigation of his inaugural committee and issued a sweeping subpoena for documents related to its donors and finances. Sources tell the New York Times that the subpoena seeks documents related to the committee's vendors, guests, contractors,...

Melania Pal Whose Firm Raked In Big Bucks Is Cut

Contract nixed for adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, whose firm got $26M for inauguration

(Newser) - A "gratuitous services contract" for an unpaid adviser to Melania Trump has been "severed," the first lady's rep announced, after news emerged that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's event-planning company had been paid $26 million to help with President Trump's inauguration. Two sources tell the New ...

Spicer Is 'Absolutely' Sorry, Period.

Ex-press secretary says he regrets sparking debate about inauguration crowd size

(Newser) - Days before Sean Spicer appeared at the Emmys , Stephen Colbert suggested the former White House press secretary shouldn't be forgiven for lying to the public. "He wants to be forgiven, but he won't regret anything he did," Colbert said on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. "...

Trump Destroys Record for Inaugural Fundraising

Committee raised $107M, including $5M from Sheldon Adelson

(Newser) - In 2009, a record-breaking $53 million was raised for President Obama's first inaugural festivities, despite a cap of $50,000 per donation, reports the New York Times . With no such cap in place, President Trump's inaugural committee says it raised twice as much at a whopping $107 million,...

Trump Called Park Service to Demand Crowd Photos: Sources

He wanted to prove media wrong, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump may not have had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, but he may have made a bigger fuss about media coverage of it than any of his predecessors. Sources tell the Washington Post and CNN that on Saturday morning—the first morning of his presidency—Trump contacted Michael...

Kellyanne Conway 'Punched Man at Inaugural Ball'

'No one was hurt except maybe the dude she smacked'

(Newser) - Senior Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway took matters into her own hands when two tuxedo-clad men started fighting at the inaugural Liberty Ball on Friday night, according to witnesses including Fox Business host Charles Gasparino. "We see a fight between two guys in tuxes and then suddenly out of...

After Dig at Trump, Interior Dept Ordered to Stop Tweeting

'Urgent directive' was issued from DC

(Newser) - The Interior Department was ordered to stop tweeting from all its official accounts Friday after two posts from the National Park Service that seemed to criticize the new administration. One tweet illustrated the big difference in turnout between President Obama's 2009 inauguration and Friday's more lightly attended event...

How People Worldwide Are Reacting to the Inauguration

Demonstrators flock to London's Tower Bridge, Berlin Wall to protest No. 45

(Newser) - As thousands descend on Washington to demonstrate against the inauguration of Donald Trump, protesters around the world are also voicing their take on the new US president. In London, demonstrators made metaphor literal at the city's Tower Bridge, where a banner proclaiming "Build Bridges Not Walls" was spread...

What to Watch for on Inauguration Day
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It's Here: What to Watch for at Trump Inauguration

His address could have echoes of Nixon

(Newser) - The US begins its journey into uncharted territory Friday when Donald Trump takes political office for the first time in his life—starting at the top. He will deliver his inaugural address at 11:51am, according to the AP's timeline, and analysts say it will be one of the...

Anti-Trump Protesters Pepper-Sprayed in DC

Michael Moore leads NYC protest

(Newser) - The anti-Donald Trump protests kicked off as the inaugural events began Thursday night, with at least one protester arrested after a rally near Trump supporters' "DeploraBall" event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. NBC Washington reports that police used pepper spray as they clashed with protesters, some...

Trump: 'We're Going to Unify Our Country'

At DC concert, he promises to 'make America greater'

(Newser) - Donald Trump promised to make America "greater than ever before" at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the eve of his inauguration. "We're going to unify our country," the president-elect told the crowd. "And our phrase—you all know it, half of you are...

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy
Girl Scouts Caught in 
Inauguration Controversy

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy

Protest group vows to block National Mall

(Newser) - Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more...

China Wants This Guy Kept Out of Inauguration

Says ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, rest of Taiwan delegation should be barred from event

(Newser) - A tense political triangle just got even stickier in advance of Donald Trump's inauguration. China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the US shouldn't allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend Friday's ceremony, Reuters reports. This request was passed to both the Trump transition team and to President Obama'...

To Reach Trump, Forget Email, Just Call His Cellphone
How Trump Reacted to
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How Trump Reacted to the Intel Briefings He Got

That and other coverage about the president-elect

(Newser) - Interviews with Donald Trump and related stories about him and his policies are in full supply two days before he takes office. A sampling:
  • The Washington Post has a feature on Trump's life in Trump Tower: He "rarely leaves, not even for a breath of fresh air,"

Springsteen Cover Band Pulls Out of Inauguration Party

B Street Band says decision 'based on respect for Bruce'

(Newser) - Never mind the E Street Band, Donald Trump inauguration events are so controversial that even the B Street Band has backed out. The veteran Bruce Springsteen cover band has decided to pull out of New Jersey's Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on Thursday night, the AP reports. Springsteen has...

Commander Ordered to Step Down Mid-Inauguration

Timing is 'extremely unusual,' DC Guard chief says

(Newser) - Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz says he wouldn't leave a mission in the middle of a battle, so he doesn't understand why he is being asked to step down in the middle of Donald Trump's inauguration. Schwartz, head of the DC National Guard, has been ordered to...

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