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President Trump will be a boon and a challenge for the cable news business

Cable news networks had reason to feel bittersweet about the end of 2016 as Donald Trump’s historic campaign for the White House drove their ratings to record levels. But in the days leading up to his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Trump’s continuing love-hate relationship with them is providing a compelling sequel.

CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have seen a surprising surge in their audience levels this month as they report in real time on the unpredictable saga of Trump, who can dictate their programming day with his Twitter account.

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Donald Trump sets prayer record at inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump will set a record with the amount of prayers during his inaugural ceremonies Friday.

Trump, who is starting the day at St. John’s Church for a service at 8:30 a.m., will have six religious prayers as part of the ceremony, three invocations and three benedictions.

That’s a record, according to Jim Bendat, the author of “Democracy’s Big Day,” who was speaking on CNN Friday morning.

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Protests and Violence Already Prevalent Around D.C.

Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump’s inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump’s formal procession and evening balls.

Several spirited demonstrations unfolded peacefully at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read, “Resist Trump Climate Justice Now,” ”Let Freedom Ring” and “Free Palestine.”

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Top Women’s March Organizer Recently Met Ex-Hamas Operative, Has Family Ties To Terror Group

Linda Sarsour is one of Saturday’s Women’s March in D.C.’s top organizers, and new details have emerged connecting her with a Hamas operative.

The Women’s March is expected to gather hundreds of thousands of protesters, and owes much of its structuring to Sarsour’s work.

Eyebrows raised when Sarsour was recently spotted at a large Chicago Muslim conference, and it’s there where she met with a board member of “American Muslims for Palestine,” who also happens to be a former member of the terrorist group, Hamas.

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NFL denies it asked Lady Gaga to stay silent on Trump

The NFL denies it gave singer Lady Gaga instructions to avoid political commentary during her upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, according to a statement from the organization.

“It’s false,” Natalie Ravitz, senior vice president of communications for the NFL told CNN. “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none. The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”

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Hillary Clinton’s gut-wrenching day

When the skies finally opened up on Friday and rain began to fall over the US Capitol, Clinton’s turn to stand before the thousands gathered on the Mall and take the oath of office as the 45th president never came.

Instead, she remained seated with her husband, Bill Clinton, by her side. And she watched a man whom she believes is fundamentally unfit to hold the highest office of the land get sworn in as her next president.

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How Barack Obama Has Made $20 Million Since Arriving In Washington

Three-fourths of that money came from lucrative book deals, according to a FORBES analysis of 16 years of tax returns and financial disclosure documents. In total, Obama has earned $15.6 million as an author since arriving in Washington.

He has made $8.8 million from his bestseller Audacity of Hope and children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters. Sales of his memoir Dreams From My Father, originally published in 1995, also took off once he landed in the nation’s capital, resulting in a $6.8 million windfall for the president. Obama made another $3.7 million from government salaries.

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Schumer: Democrats will fight Trump ‘tooth and nail’

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned ahead of Friday’s inauguration that Democrats are preparing for battle with the incoming Donald Trump administration.

“On most areas, we’re going to have to fight him, and we’ll fight him tooth and nail,” the Senate’s top Democrat told NBC News’s “Today Show.” “The last thing he said there is he wants to drain the swamp. … This swamp is getting more filled with alligators.”

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Trump signs executive order that could gut Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans.

The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president’s first actions, directs agencies to grant relief to all constituencies affected by the sprawling 2010 health-care law: consumers, insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, states and others. It does not describe specific federal rules to be softened or lifted, but it appears to give room for agencies to eliminate an array of ACA taxes and requirements.

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Trump to develop missile defense system against Iran, North Korea

The Trump administration intends to develop a “state of the art” missile defense system to protect against attacks from Iran and North Korea, the White House said in a policy position posted on its website on Friday.

The statement, posted on the White House website within minutes of Donald Trump’s inauguration, did not provide details on whether the system would differ from those already under development, its cost or how it would be paid for.

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After Trump vows to end ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ writer rips ‘terrifying’ speech—and pays for it

One of the most stirring moments of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address Friday was his promise to “eradicate” the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism from the planet.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones,” Trump said, “and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

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L.A. City Council approves hiring an ‘immigrant advocate’ at City Hall

In a move with symbolic timing, the Los Angeles City Council chose the day of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as America’s 45th president to approve the hiring of an “immigrant advocate” at City Hall.

Pointing to Trump’s forceful statements on immigration, council President Herb Wesson told his colleagues the city needs to be prepared for policy changes. “We have a responsibility to protect all the residents of the city,” Wesson said Friday.

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