Photo: Workers prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 19, 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took questions today on Capitol Hill over his confirmation as head of an agency he infamously couldn't remember the name of. It's also the agency he vowed to eliminate. The former Texas governor said he no longer believes the Department of Energy should be abolished, but his record of questioning global climate change and supporting fracking gave Senators plenty to dig into this morning. Catherine Traywick, energy and oil reporter for Bloomberg News, has more.
Donald Trump landed in Washington today and he takes office tomorrow with the lowest approval ratings in recent memory. At least 60 Democrats in Congress are boycotting his inauguration, some even calling his presidency "illegitimate." Another record-breaker: Saturday's Women's March on Washington could be one of the largest inauguration-related protests in history. But given Trump's temperament and Republican control of Congress, guest host Barbara Bogaev asks whether any of this will matter when it comes time to actually govern.
Pew Poll on Trump, nation's deep political divisions
Blake on Trump's brutal pre-inauguration poll numbers
Lieu on his decision not to attend the inauguration
Davidson on inauguration boycott's harm no matter who is president
Zelizer on Trump not caring if you don't like him
Zelizer on inauguration protests, a flash in the pan?
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On Saturday, more women are expected to march on Washington than ever have before in response to a Presidential inauguration and an election where gender and sexism became a partisan issue. But a new post-election survey finds Americans are deeply divided over the perception of gender inequality. Who has it better off in 2017, women or men? We hear from Claire Cain Miller, who writes about gender, families and work for The Upshot at the New York Times.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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