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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Trump's inauguration speech makes it clear: He meant every word he said during the campaign

Before Donald Trump’s inaugural address Friday, the key question was what tone he would choose to launch his presidency.

Which Trump would it be: the slash-and-burn populist of his presidential campaign, or the calmer, almost statesmanlike winner who called for national unity on election night?

The answer came quickly: President Trump is Populist Trump.

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I'm done thinking about Donald Trump. Today is about giving thanks to President Obama

Today, Donald Trump became president of the United States. I didn’t watch. I’ve done nothing but pay attention to that man for the past year.

An estimated 1.8 million people showed up to see Barack Obama take office in 2009, while nearly 38 million Americans watched from home. The inauguration is the ultimate reality television program; you can bet Donald Trump will be tracking his own numbers.

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How far will Trump be allowed to go on Muslim immigrants? The Supreme Court may be giving us a preview

On Friday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the presidential oath of office to Donald Trump, who during his campaign called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States  until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

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How will Trump's inauguration speech stack up against history?

Word from the Trump transition team is that the president-elect himself wrote the inaugural speech he’ll be delivering later today from the steps of the Capitol (and no, there’s no indication it will be the length of a tweet).

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Stop blaming anti-war progressives and 'Bernie Bros' for President Trump

In the two months since the election, there has been an energetic, oftentimes vitriolic, effort on the part of Hillary Clinton surrogates (and the large contingent of neoconservative Republicans who supported her) to blame her defeat at the hands of Donald J. Trump on Democrats like myself who could not in good conscience vote for her on Nov.

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Obama (again) discreetly disses die-hard Democrats

President Obama had a lot of words of consolation for his admirers in his last news conference as president, and a few veiled words of warning for his successor. (He said that, while he wanted to be “quiet a little bit” after leaving office, he would speak out if he thought “our core values may be at stake.”

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