On the road to the inauguration The throngs in Washington D.C. for Barack Obama's swearing-in include three African American men from Minneapolis, and the 12-year-old son of one of them. They hit the road for Washington this weekend with no tickets to the inaugural and only a martial arts studio for accommodations.7:20 a.m.
Turning A Page? Better Consult A Professional
On Inauguration Day, Americans get a new president and an earful of the cliche about "turning a page in history." It seems a fitting time to honor the talents of someone who turns pages for a living.
Obama Seeks To Bridge Partisan Divide
When he was running for president, Barack Obama presented himself as a postpartisan figure. He promised to bridge barriers of ideology and party. Whether he can hammer out the grand bargains needed to pass his big reforms will be a key test.
Minister Sparks Maternity Leave Debate In France
French Justice Minister Rachida Dati returned to work just five days after giving birth to a daughter. The brevity of the maternity leave concerns feminists and others who say Dati's example could undermine hard-won maternity-leave rights.
Israel Ties Gaza Pullout To Obama Inauguration
If a fragile cease-fire with Hamas holds, Israel says it will pull troops out of Gaza by the time President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in. But for peace to persist, Israel is demanding an end to arms smuggling — and Hamas is asking for the re-opening of crucial border crossings.
Israel Allows Journalists Back Into Gaza
Israeli officials kept foreign journalists out of Gaza during the past three weeks of fighting. But now that a cease-fire is in place, journalists have been allowed to return. Most of Gaza has been devastated. A lot of Palestinians say they have plans to rebuild.
Gingrich Offers Advice For Future GOP Solutions
Newt Gingrich once engineered a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. He says Republicans must now demonstrate that their solutions to the country's problems don't bloat the budget.
Kentucky Bus Riders On The Road To History
Large convoys of buses are en route to Washington, D.C., for Tuesday's presidential inauguration. One group left Louisville, Ky., before sunrise Monday and will arrive in time to see Barack Obama take the oath of office.
Shepherding Crowds In And Out Of Capital
Hundreds of thousands of people were expected on the mall Sunday for the inaugural concert. Washington, D.C., officials were anxious about the city's trains, buses and roads holding up. Things were slow going through the security checkpoints. And when the concert was over, everyone tried to leave at once.
Russia, Ukraine To Sign Gas Agreement
A dispute that left large areas of Europe without gas in the dead of winter may be over. Russia and Ukraine say they have agreed to a deal that will slightly raise the cost of gas to Ukraine, which holds the pipeline that carries the gas to Europe.
Going Out Of Business: Circuit City
The liquidation sale at Circuit City continues this week. The company is closing 567 stores and laying off more than 30,000 workers. Over the weekend, shoppers lined up looking for good deals, but found the bargains weren't quite as good as what they expected.