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Trump Boasts About His Cabinet's High IQ on Arrival in DC

President-elect Donald Trump, who arrived in the nation's capital for his inauguration festivities, used a leadership luncheon as an opportunity to brag about his Cabinet picks. "We have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled," he said. Trump highlighted Rep. Tom Price, his pick for secretary of health and human services, who was at the Trump International Hotel luncheon. Trump said Democrats "wanted to end [Price's] career so fast, and then they found out he's so smart." http://abcn.ws/2jB4Jdf

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ANALYSIS: The Big Storylines to Watch on Trump's Inauguration Day (and Beyond)

There will be fewer balls (three, down from Obama’s 10), fewer celebrities (no Beyoncé or Jessica Simpson), fewer members of Congress (John Lewis started something) and almost certainly dramatically fewer people on hand to watch (Obama set the record in 2009: 1.8 million). Yet a day marked by traditions and pageantry, with minute details dictated by the Constitution, will come with dramatic stakes for a nation still divided by an ugly presidential campaign and its aftermath. The centerpiece will be an inaugural address that aides say will be brief, but also "beautiful." Here are some of the big themes to watch with the 58th Presidential Inauguration, which will install the 45th President of the United States: http://abcn.ws/2iFYIMW

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VP-Elect Mike Pence Says Transition Finished 'On Schedule and Under Budget'

Vice President–elect Mike Pence said the transition team finished its job "on schedule and under budget," borrowing a line that President-elect Donald Trump has used in discussing his real estate projects. "We will actually return some 20 percent of taxpayer funding back to the U.S. Treasury," Pence said. He thanked supporters and members of the transition team for getting as many people as they could in place for jobs before the inauguration. http://abcn.ws/2k7naHs

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Inside the Massive Inauguration Security Effort

As thousands of people descend on Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, months of security planning, intelligence gathering and coordination are coming to fruition to protect lawmakers and the public. The event, like the pope’s visit and the Democratic and Republican national conventions, is designated as a national security event, which unlocks federal resources and allows Secret Service to assume the leadership role for security. http://abcn.ws/2jRecKP

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History of Change and Tradition on Inauguration Day

Presidential inaugurations have been steeped in tradition and ceremony since the nation’s first president, George Washington, took the oath of the office. But from the parade processions to the swearing-in ceremony, those traditions have changed over time. Here are a few lesser-known facts about the history of presidential inaugurations: http://abcn.ws/2k5unnl

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