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As Trump takes the oath, public sees persistent national division

Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States today, capping one of the most improbable rises to political power in American history.

We’ll have lots of chances to analyze what Trump does and what it means. Today, however, let’s establish a baseline: As he takes office, what do the American people expect?

Good afternoon, I’m David Lauter, Washington bureau chief. Welcome to the Friday edition of our Essential Politics newsletter, in which we look at the events of the week in the presidential transition...