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DONALD TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY Take a look at the executive actions ready to go on Trump’s first day in office, and the Senate will likely confirm these two nominees for his Cabinet. Some 900,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration or protests in Washington, D.C. A military flyover is expected for the first time at Inauguration Day since President Harry Truman. Here’s what the schedule of events for the day looks like, and what to expect from Trump’s inaugural speech. Check out HuffPost’s live blog as the day continues. [S.V. Date, HuffPost]
OBAMA SHORTENED THE SENTENCES OF 330 INMATES ON HIS LAST DAY IN OFFICE The president has commuted the sentences of 1,715 federal prisoners. [Ryan Reilly and Elise Foley, HuffPost]
MEET THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO THE U.K. Billionaire New York Jets owner Robert “Woody” Johnson, the great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, will be headed across the pond. [Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost]
EL CHAPO EXTRADITED TO THE U.S. Hopefully, the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, won’t be able to tunnel out of prison in New York. Maybe Sean Penn will visit. [Nick Robins-Early and Roque Planas, HuffPost]
ANONYMOUS TO TRUMP: ‘YOU WILL REGRET THE NEXT FOUR YEARS’ The hacker collective vowed to expose “damaging information on Trump’s activities and finances linked to Russia.” [Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost]
ISIS DESTROYED FAMOUS MONUMENT IN ANCIENT SYRIAN CITY OF PALMYRA The Tetrapylon was essentially destroyed and the facade of its Roman Theatre was severely damaged. [Reuters]
TRUMP MAY SHUTTER NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES Arts groups are calling the potential move a sign of the “new Dark Ages.” Public broadcasting funds are also in jeopardy. [HuffPost]
FORGET O.J. “American Crime Story” plans to take on the Clinton, Monica Lewinsky sex scandal for next season. [HuffPost]
THAT TIME RICK PERRY ACCIDENTALLY MADE A SEX JOKE DURING A CONFIRMATION HEARING Of course Sen. Al Franken was involved. [HuffPost]
CAN PANDORA CATCH UP? Inside the company’s plan to take on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. [Billboard]
TURNS OUT IT’S NOT THAT BAD TO BE A COW You could end up eating red Skittles all day long. [CNN]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed to the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow.
~ Dennis Hastert is suing one of the victims he sexually abused years ago to recoup hush money.
~ Have you been keeping up with the news this week? Check out our weekly HuffPost Headlines quiz to find out.
~ Tune in to HuffPost and Bustle’s “Watch Us Run” event today.
~ The grand history of flopping ― and we mean the 1920s, in-front-of-a-car kind.
~ Check out the advice Obama got from President George W. Bush the day he became president.
~ Take a look at what the Trump women wore to last night’s pre-inauguration dinner.
~ This is what it looks like when the White House sits empty.
~ At the inauguration today? Here’s why your phone’s data may not be working.
~ We’re not crying, you’re crying over Ellen’s farewell to President Obama.
~ Nancy Sinatra had some thoughts about Trump’s plans to use Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” for his first inauguration dance.
~ And Chrissy Teigen continues her reign as Twitter MVP with this photo of her stretch marks.