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Trump’s Historic Moment Arrives:

Donald Trump is hours away from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States during a historic transfer of power that encapsulates American democracy even in politically divisive times.

The 70-year-old Republican will take the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol just before noon, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. That moment will mark the culmination of a stunning upset victory in last year’s bitter presidential election.

The real estate tycoon and former reality show star will become head of state, commander in chief and the top executive of the government, shouldering the burden of keeping Americans safe at home and protecting the country’s global power.
The traditions and symbolism of the day — from the President-elect’s participation in a morning worship service to his ride to the Capitol with the outgoing president and the First Couple’s dance at an inaugural ball — will be familiar. But the circumstances of this inauguration — the 58th in the nation’s history — could hardly be more unconventional.

Outgoing Administration Raises Alarm Bells On Trump Readiness:

Some members in the federal workforce are voicing concerns about the incoming Trump administration’s readiness to assume control of the federal bureaucracy on Friday, citing unread transition memos, vacant administration posts and a host of appointees with scant government experience.

Staffers at the most senior levels, including in the White House and at federal agencies, have met with their incoming counterparts. Deeper into the hierarchy, however, there’s been little contact between the staffers currently operating the levers of government and the team who takes over when President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in at noon on January 20.
“I don’t think they are ready for prime-time,” said a longtime Obama administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe concerns about the state of the transition.
“They are not ready,” said a Republican who is close to Trump’s transition.

Extradited ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Arrives Un US; Hearing Set For Friday:

Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a legend in Mexico through his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, arrived late Thursday in New York after his extradition to the United States.

Guzman will appear Friday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will stand trial at a later date. Stringent security measures were being put in place around the Manhattan jail where Guzman is to be held, a law enforcement source said. The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed while the drug lord is being transported to court.
The extradition may have been timed. Mexican authorities wanted to turn over Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, before Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official told CNN. Trump angered Mexico during his campaign by demanding it pay for a border wall.

What Happens When First Ladies Share A Back Seat:

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the most powerful first lady in history, ran the White House after President Wilson suffered a stroke eighteen months before he left office.

In 1917 she became the first-ever first lady to accompany her husband in the carriage ride to the Capitol. In a trip that takes a matter of minutes but has often felt like hours for those who came before them, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump will likely find themselves traveling in the same car. They will be apart from their husbands on the ride from the White House to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony. The first lady’s office has not confirmed this, but it would be a notable break with tradition if they did not.

Obama Sites Daughters As Example For How To React To Election Outcome:

President Barack Obama says his two daughters’ reactions to the 2016 election should serve as a model for younger Americans who were disappointed in the outcome.

“They were disappointed,” Obama said on Wednesday at his final White House news conference. “They paid attention to what their mom said during the campaign and believed it because it’s consistent with what we tried to teach them in our household, and what I’ve tried to model as a father with their mom and what we’ve asked them to expect from future boyfriends or spouses.”
Obama, and especially First Lady Michelle Obama, had prosecuted a fairly personal case against President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail, including an indictment of his treatment toward women.
Obama said Malia and Sasha Obama, however, knew not to “mope” and that the country had not rejected the values that they believed in. He recalled dinner conversations with them about the country’s “core decency” and said their attitude had not turned dour.
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