1. NEW TRADITIONS

    Inauguration Weekend Begins

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18:  A U.S. Capitol police officer stands guard on the balastrade at the U.S. Capital Building on January 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The U.S. capital is preparing for the second inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama, which will take place on January 21.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    U.S. Capitol Building on Friday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

    Inauguration weekend has begun with President Obama’s National Day of Service—a day of volunteer projects that he added to the 2009 inaugural schedule and hopes will become a presidential tradition. Speaking to a group of volunteers at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Obama called the day an "affirmation that we're all in this together." More than 500 volunteers will join the first family today to help give Burrville a much-needed makeover. First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, will also host the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday, which honors military spouses and children.

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