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The Trump era dawns
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 inauguration: What you need to know
After about two years' worth of campaigning, a wild election and a tumultuous transition period, this Friday Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.

Trump's inauguration security, by the numbers
Hundreds of thousands of people will be in Washington for Trump's Inauguration on January 20, 2017. Security around the events is expected to cost over $100 million.

Photos: Presidential inaugurations past and present
From George Washington to Barack Obama, here's a look at every US president's first inauguration.

Trump hints at day 1 executive orders
Trump has promised to sign executive orders on Obamacare

Ivanka Trump: I'm not first lady
Ivanka Trump says it's "inappropriate" to suggest she will be acting as the first lady after her father is inaugurated.

Outgoing admin. 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.

The Oath: 35 words, four views
Whether you know them by heart or have never heard them at all, the 35 words that Donald Trump will speak to become our president will, in some way, impact your next four years. On the occasion of CNN's mini-documentary, "The Oath," CNN Opinion asked scholars and writers to weigh in on how history and happenstance have shaped the president's oath of office.

Inauguration performers respond to backlash
Artists who are taking part in President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration festivities are not apologetic.

Inflammatory pastor to preach to Trump
A pastor with a long history of inflammatory remarks about Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and gays is scheduled to preach at a private service for President-elect Trump and his family on Friday, shortly before Trump takes the oath of office.

Voight on Trump: God answered our prayers
The actor Jon Voight spoke during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration concert, saying "God answered our prayers."

Opinion: What millennials want from Trump
Mr. Trump, just give us a shot at the American Dream!

Comics tweak Trump over photo
Late night show hosts are poking fun of a photo of Donald Trump writing his inaugural address at his Mar-a-Lago home.

Day 1 for new defense secretary
If current transition plans hold, James Mattis will walk into the Pentagon around noon on Saturday having been sworn-in as the 26th secretary of defense after retiring a few years ago as a decades-long serving Marine.

ISIS reportedly destroys facade of Roman theater
ISIS fighters have destroyed part of a Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra, according to Syrian state news.

Conway: Hearings attempt to humiliate
When Kellyanne Conway arrived at the inaugural eve dinner she told reporters she was worried about some of the confirmation hearings for the cabinet members Donald Trump nominated, calling it "an attempt to humiliate" some of the nominees.

Extradited 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives in US
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the United States, according to a statement by the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Jones, Lord debate timing of 'El Chapo' move
Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord debate the timing of "El Chapo" being extradited to the US.

The week in 27 photos
Take a look at 27 photos of the week from January 13 through January 19.

Imam to offer call to prayer at inaugural morning event
An imam will issue the Muslim call to prayer at an interfaith service on Saturday to mark President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the inaugural committee.

3 dead as car plows into crowd
A baby being pushed in a pram was among three people killed when a driver repeatedly ran over pedestrians in a busy street in central Melbourne.

100 moments from Obama's presidency
Flip through 100 moments from eight years of the Obama presidency. CNN Films presents "The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House" Sunday Jan. 22 at 8P ET/PT.

Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbye
Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday.

Opinion: What made Michelle Obama succeed as first lady?
First lady Michelle Obama will leave the White House on Friday as one of the most influential first ladies of all time and with a higher approval rating than her husband.

Malia and Sasha through the years
See pictures of first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama as they grew up before the nation.

Navarro: I don't accept there aren't qualified Hispanics for the Cabinet
Republican strategist Ana Navarro said Thursday she's disappointed that President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet will be the first in decades without a Latino member.

Obama's last transfer of Gitmo detainees, Trump inherits 41
The Pentagon announced Thursday that four more inmates were transferred out of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking the final such transfer under President Barack Obama and leaving the facility's population at 41.

Obama commutes 330 sentences, most in single day
President Barack Obama granted 330 commutations, the White House announced Thursday, the most commutations given in a single day by a US president.

Nancy Sinatra not happy father's song being used at inauguration
Famed singer Frank Sinatra's eldest daughter, Nancy Sinatra, has never been a fan of President-elect Donald Trump.

Weather forecast for Trump's inauguration looks gloomy
It might literally rain on Donald Trump's parade.

Search on for survivors of avalanche
Rescuers were searching into the night Thursday for any survivors of an avalanche that killed at least two people and blasted a resort hotel in central Italy.

How to get kids to step up and get involved
Katie Danziger, a mom of three in New York City, remembers when her daughter, a college senior, called last year as there were demonstrations around racial issues on campuses across the country.

Obama pens goodbye letter to the American people
President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."

Here's Obama's last schedule as president

Limbo display at airport drops jaws
World record holder Shemika Charles delivered a stunning limbo display while she was waiting for her flight in Philadelphia.

Bergen: Osama bin Laden's son put on US terror watch list
One of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden's 11 sons has been placed on a State Department terror watch list after he reportedly threatened terror attacks against the US.

LaGuardia Airport collision is 2nd this week
A United Airlines flight set to depart from New York to Denver early Thursday morning hit a fuel truck on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport, according to a United spokesman. It was the second collision of the week.

Senator offers Valium at hearing
In a heated exchange at Steven Mnuchin's confirmation hearing, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas offers a Valium to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Donald Trump places wreath at Arlington
Donald Trump placed the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in one of the kick-off ceremonial events in advance of his inauguration at the Capitol on Friday.

CNN/ORC poll: Highest ever approval for Obamacare
Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump.

Emaciated bears beg for food
Video that appears to be taken at the Bandung Zoo in Indonesia shows bears emaciated and begging for food.

NATO: We ward off 500 cyberattacks each month
NATO warded off 500 cyberattacks each month in 2016, according to statistics compiled by the military alliance.

Twitter mostly meets its modest diversity goals
Twitter released its annual diversity report on Thursday, revealing that it mostly met its modest goals in 2016.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' actor Miguel Ferrer dead at 61
Miguel Ferrer, a familiar face on the big and small screens, died Thursday following a battle with throat cancer, according to a statement from his current employer CBS. He was 61.

Mississippi town watches its president leave and Trump rise
"I'll never forget it," Clemie Burks said when asked to describe how she felt when Sen. Barack Obama took the oath of office on a frigid day in Washington.

Democrats use Trump hearings to plant 2020 flag
Hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees are serving as auditions for Democrats who want to be the party's next liberal leader. Or in the mix to be the 2020 presidential nominee.

Senators can't pronounce Trump nominee's name
Watch Senators butcher a nominee's name. CNN's Jeanne Moos asks, how would you say "Mnuchin"?

US airstrikes in Libya on ISIS camps
US B-2 bombers struck ISIS camps in southern Libya overnight, several US officials told CNN Thursday.

After 10-year effort, Army selects new pistol maker
After a long and much-criticized search, the US Army has chosen Sig Sauer to produce its next generation of handgun, eventually replacing the current standard issue sidearm, the Beretta M9 pistol.

Blaze causes building collapse on TV
A huge building collapse has been captured on camera in Tehran following a fire.

Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. Here's why
This story starts out about Skittles but ends up being about cows.

Planned Parenthood to benefit from '20th Century Women' ticket sales
This weekend, a trip to the movies could do some good for Planned Parenthood.

Chelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutation
Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama on Thursday after the President commuted the sentence of the former Army soldier earlier this week. "Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," she tweeted.

Pentagon chief did not recommend Manning commutation
Ash Carter, President Barack Obama's defense secretary, did not agree with one of Obama's final decisions as President: commuting the sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning.

Hotel buried by deadly avalanche
After a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, an avalanche hit a hotel in the Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy. Dozens are feared dead.

Suspect in Orlando cop killing ordered held without bond
An Orlando judge denied bond Thursday morning to Markeith Loyd, who is suspected of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and later a police officer who tried to arrest him.

DJ criticized for accepting inaugural invite
Indian-American and the son of an immigrant, DJ Ravidrums has accepted an invitation to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration.

This viral inauguration boycott tactic won't work
Think you can affect TV ratings for the inauguration by boycotting it or switching to other channels? It's not that easy, no matter how many people are sharing the tactic on social media.

Ethics office fires back at Trump's HHS pick on Twitter
The Office of Government Ethics responded in real time to the confirmation hearing of Rep. Tom Price -- making clear to the public that signing off on his forms filed as the nominee for Health and Human Services does not approve past behavior.

College roommates reunite for Washington march
It's been 25 years since college roommates Jessica, Penny and Lisa marched together in Washington, demonstrating for women's rights in 1992.

Opinion: What Betsy Devos' grizzlies and guns answer tells us
The latest slogan from the gun lobby: "Use in case of grizzly."

Internet cracks up over Putin prostitute remark
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives Russian prostitutes a five-star review. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the hilarious reaction.

Trump puts GOP in awkward spot on Obamacare
Donald Trump is still one day away from taking the oath of office.

Obamacare's impact on town with only one doctor's office
For Dr. John Cullen, work days at his Valdez, Alaska, medical practice are highly unpredictable.

Jogger mauled by kangaroo
A jogger in Australia received dozens of stitches after being knocked over and mauled by a male kangaroo.

What will go through Roberts' head as he swears in Trump?
As Donald Trump puts his hand on the bible Friday and swears to "faithfully execute the Office of President" few people will focus on the man in the judicial robe delivering the oath.

Sanders, Perry spar over climate change
During his confirmation hearing for secretary of the Department of Energy, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) sparred with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over climate change.

Energy pick regrets wanting to kill department
Rick Perry once famously forgot that the Energy Department was on the list of government agencies he would like to shut down. On Thursday, Perry will ask a group of senators for their approval to lead the organization, stating that he regrets calling for the agency's elimination.

Trump's spokesman Spicer: 'It's not just about skin color or ethnic heritage'
Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to diversity, saying that highlight the fact that the new Cabinet will be the first in 30 years without a Latino is "a very narrow way to look at it."

Treasury pick: 'I'd like us to raise the debt ceiling sooner rather than later'
Tea Party members and other fiscal conservatives might want to take note: President-elect Trump's Treasury pick would like to raise the debt ceiling ... soon and without drama.

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