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President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A strong-man speech, delivered by a strong-man president

7:13 pm Jan. 20, 2017

On Friday, the 2020 presidential election became the most important in the history of the United States.

That’s not my idea. It is the property of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who served as master of ceremonies at President Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony Friday.

“As important as the first transfer of power was, many historians believe that the next election was even more important,” Blunt told the inaugural celebrants, offering his history

President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)

Watch Nancy Pelosi awkwardly accept Tom Price memento

3:50 pm Jan. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — One of the more awkward yet light-hearted moments of Inauguration Day came shortly after President Donald Trump took the oath of office.

He began distributing the pens he used to sign off on each of his Cabinet nominees to the senior lawmakers assembled to watch him take his first official actions as president.

Trump handed the first pen he used to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Once the California Democrat

US President-elect Donald Trump arrives for his Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

Read President Donald Trump’s entire inauguration speech

1:55 pm Jan. 20, 2017

The White House has just shared the prepared text of President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. The president took a populist tone, saying he was speaking directly to the American people and not the politicians in Washington, D.C.:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump’s first official action: Clearing the way for defense pick

1:21 pm Jan. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first action as Commander-in-Chief was a practical one: clearing the way for  James Mattis to serve as his secretary of defense.

The retired U.S. Marine Corps general needed a waiver to serve in the Cabinet due to rules designed to maintain civilian control of the military. Both chambers of Congress voted to give him a one-time exception waiver last week. Now Trump, within 90 minutes of

Visitors walk on Pennsylvania Avenue as the city prepares for Friday's inauguration. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Your guide to all things Inauguration Day

9:02 am Jan. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — Good morning, Insiders. Downtown D.C. is buzzing with Donald Trump supporters, protesters, police, Secret Service and the journalists covering it all.

Trump’s official schedule is jam-packed. Here’s what you’ll see on TV (and what you won’t):

Breakfast, prayer service and Obama

Trump, his family and other guests are expected to partake in a private breakfast and prayer service first thing Friday morning. The latter will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church,