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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.

Putin says Russia won’t expel diplomats; Trump offers praise

President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for trying to punish Russia but said his country will not immediately retaliate and instead will wait for a new U.S. approach by Donald Trump. The president-elect praised Putin’s move and called him “very smart.”

Obama to Putin: Don’t mess with our elections; U.S.sanctions Russia, expels 35 diplomats

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 12:26 p.m.

In a sweeping response to election hacking, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack.

Obama beats Trump where it will sting: He’s the most admired man in America

Since Gallup began asking Americans the people they admired the most, there’s been a consistent pattern: Whoever was president or president-elect was almost always the man the country admired the most. The most admired woman? Usually someone who’d been married to a president.

In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a biased bid to blame Israel for failure to reach a peace deal.

Trump takes credit for 8,000 jobs, talks with Obama

After weeks of giving only brief comments to the media, Donald Trump made a series of public statements Wednesday, applauding the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailing his discussions with President Barack Obama.


  • Daniel Brazell / Obama’s inauguration 1

    The Rev. Daniel Brazell, associate minister of Bethel AME Church, shares his thought’s on President Barack Obama’s inauguration. He is speaking outside a Spokane City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

  • Daniel Brazell / Obama’s inauguration 2

    Daniel Brazell, associate minister of Bethel AME Church, discusses the link between President Barack Obama and Spokane’s first black mayor, Jim Chase, who was elected in 1981. He is speaking outside a Spokane City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.