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Here’s how Slate covered the inauguration today:
- Jamelle Bouie, Dahlia Lithwick, and Fred Kaplan are all, in their different ways, freaked out by Trump’s inaugural address.
- “CNN covered the inauguration like someone trying to thread a needle with trembling hands,” writes Willa Paskin.
- Henry Grabar among the Trumpists on the Mall: “He needs to get rid of the off-the-cuff stuff, stop with Twitter, and start acting presidential,” said one. “Or he’s going to make us all look stupid.”
- The crowd was … not impressive. The Women’s March on Saturday, though? That’s really going to be something.
Not From Slate
- I found Emily Nussbaum’s “How Jokes Won the Election” extremely clarifying.
- Likewise former Slatester Amanda Hess’s close-reading of Trump’s Twitter account.
- I endorse Josh Marshall’s call for the press to stop whining and start doing its job.
- Ezra Klein is characteristically cool-headed on why Trump will probably fail as a president.
- And I doubt anyone has said goodbye to the Obama era more powerfully than Carvell Wallace.
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Editorial director, Slate Plus