January 20th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday Jan. 20th, 2009

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CNN: Monumental expectations for Obama's inauguration address
President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address is one of the most anticipated speeches in decades, with many expecting his words to be chiseled into marble some day.

CNN: Washington locals excited, but bracing for inconvenience
Washington residents are bracing for the estimated 2 million people flocking to Washington to see Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday.

CNN: Commentary: The question we no longer need to ask
Did you think you'd see an African-American elected president in your lifetime? I've asked a lot of people that question since November 4.

CNN: Sources: Obama may quickly reverse abortion policy
President-elect Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order to reverse a controversial Bush administration abortion policy in his first week in office, three Democratic sources said Monday.

CNN: Obama praises McCain, calls for bipartisan cooperation
President-elect Barack Obama called his former Republican presidential rival, Sen. John McCain, a hero at a bipartisan dinner Monday night and encouraged politicians to reach across the aisle.

CNN: Bush commutes sentences of former Border Patrol agents
On his final full day in office, President Bush issued commutations for two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed illegal immigrant - suspected of drug smuggling at the time - and then covering it up.

CNN: Cheney pulls muscle moving, in wheelchair
Vice President Dick Cheney will be in a wheelchair during Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration, after pulling a muscle in his back while moving, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said

CNN: Obama pays tribute to McCain
President-elect Barack Obama paid tribute Monday night to the man he defeated.

CNN: Jill Biden lets slip a secret?
Joe Biden's office Monday denied the vice president-elect had ever been offered the position of secretary of state, hours after Biden's wife, Jill, suggested otherwise.

CNN: Getting to the Inauguration: Trains all booked
Nearly all trains on the Northeast corridor traveling into Washington, DC Tuesday are completely booked, spokespersons for Amtrak and Maryland Transportation have told CNN.

CNN: Bush family bids second sad farewell to White House
One night before their son turns the White House over to Barack Obama, a melancholy former President George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara made an impromptu visit to the press briefing room on Monday and chatted with reporters about how much they will miss the building they have called home on and off for a couple of decades.

CNN: Israeli official: Gaza withdrawal could be over by inauguration
Israel plans to have its troops out of Gaza as soon as possible after the weekend cease-fire that ended three weeks of fighting in the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said Monday.

CNN: Senate plans Inauguration Day votes on Obama nominees
The Senate will be in session at 3 pm on Inauguration Day, primarily to confirm several top Obama nominees. It’s unclear who will be confirmed, but there is a list of nominees whose confirmations could be called up as early as Tuesday.

CNN: John McCain to seek higher-profile role
Bump into John McCain in a Capitol hallway these days, and you’re lucky if you get anything beyond a polite hello. Ask him a question on any policy or political issue, and he will almost always decline comment, and keep moving.

CNN: Black Iraqis make Obama a model to follow
Their faces and darker skins make them look different. They are routinely called "slave" by the majority, whatever their profession. But Iraq's black population hopes that Barack Obama's rise to the White House will mark a turning point for minorities not just in the United States, but also in their country.


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