Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009 – 1:58 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Sworn In as 44th President, Calls on Nation To Remake America
  • Senate To Start Confirming Obama’s Nominees
  • Pelosi Picks Lofgren To Chair Ethics Committee
  • Intelligence Agencies Analyzing ‘Potential Threat’
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 20, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House  convenes at 10 a.m. for the inauguration of Barack Obama; no votes are expected.

The Senate convenes at 3 p.m., confirms the first of President Obama’s nominations by voice vote.

President Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States; attends a congressional luncheon, watches the Inaugural parade, and later visits various Inaugural balls.

In Washington, Hundreds of thousands jam the streets and the national Mall for the Inaugural ceremony and parade.

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Top Stories

Obama Sworn In as 44th President, Calls on Nation To Remake America

Barack Obama concluded a historic and remarkable journey Tuesday when he was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president and its first African-American commander-in-chief in a ceremony filled with grandeur and calls for personal sacrifice.  [Read More]

Senate To Start Confirming Obama’s Nominees

The Senate was preparing Tuesday to confirm the first of President Obama’s Cabinet nominees, although some of his most important picks will not be on the list.  [Read More]

Pelosi Picks Lofgren To Chair Ethics Committee

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., as the new chairwoman of the House ethics committee.  [Read More]

Intelligence Agencies Analyzing ‘Potential Threat’

As the crowds gathered on the National Mall and inauguration parade route Tuesday, the intelligence community analyzed a threat of “limited specificity and uncertain credibility” that members of a terrorist organization might try to strike at the festivities.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 20, 2009

Whose presidential inauguration was the first to be televised?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that former Sen. Mark Dayton (2001-2007) has filed papers to run for Minnesota governor in 2010. Dayton joins several other Democrats who have submitted paperwork for the race. “Sen. John Marty of Roseville; Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook; Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner; Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis, and frequent candidate Ole Savior” are the five who have made it official, according to the newspaper.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Alex Sink — Florida’s chief financial officer and the only Democrat in the state Cabinet — says she will not run for the Senate in 2010. According to the newspaper, Sink “apparently also ruled out a challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist” and said “she plans to seek re-election to her Cabinet post.” “Over the past several weeks, I have given serious and careful thought to my own future and, more importantly, to the future of our state and I am extremely grateful for the support and advice so many friends and fellow Floridians have shared,” Sink said in a statement issued through the Florida Democratic Party. The current holder of the Senate seat, Republican Mel Martinez, has announced he will not run in 2010. Democratic Rep. Kendrick B. Meek has announced his candidacy.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
VIRGINIA: State Pension Fund Loses a Quarter of Its Value
MICHIGAN: Report Cites Racial Bias in Foster-Care System
BOSTON: Police Show No Gains in Solving Homicides
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Obama’s Rise Renews D.C. Statehood Hopes
PORTLAND, Ore.: Gay Mayor Admits Sex with 18-Year-Old Intern

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