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Obama’s Inauguration

News, multimedia and reader impressions related to Barack Obama’s historic Jan. 20 inauguration as president of the United States. Read our inauguration blog for impressions from Inland Northwest residents attending the event.

POTUS Twitter account shifts to Trump

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

At about 9 a.m. on the day that President Obama prepared to become a former president, the official @POTUS Twitter account was still tweeting on his behalf.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Two views of the Obama presidency

A longtime Democrat and a longtime Republican reflect on the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Spoiler alert: They don’t agree.

Obama’s wins, losses

Wins Health care: The passage of the Affordable Care Act, though politically contentious, gave millions more Americans health insurance.

U.S. sends 10 Guantanamo captives to Oman

The Arabian Sea nation of Oman said Monday it has taken in 10 Guantanamo captives for the Obama administration, which is in a final push to thin the detention center population by Inauguration Day.

Obama not slipping away quietly from presidency

Barack Obama is not leaving his presidency quietly. Besides his farewell address to the nation Tuesday night, Obama has been on a media blitz during his final weeks in office. The biggest broadcast networks have all been granted interviews, culminating in a full-circle talk Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” The History network airs a two-hour interview special on Sunday and next week CNN shows its own two-hour film, “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House.”

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