- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2012

Because Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday this time, President Obama will hold a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20 and stage a big public redo the next day.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Thursday that official activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday.

The committee said that the small ceremony is traditional when Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday.

It will be the second time Mr. Obama has had two swearing-in ceremonies. In 2009, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. botched the oath, so he and Mr. Obama held a do-over in the White House.


Last super PAC donors for Romney revealed

The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney raised $22 million in the final three weeks of the campaign, including $10 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife — bringing their total to $30 million — $2 million from Oracle Corp. CEO Lawrence Ellison and $1 million from Houston Texans Chairman Robert McNair.

The PAC supporting the Republican nominee also received large, last-minute checks from corporations, including $1 million from the Renco Group Inc., an investment firm that has drawn fire for mills that pollute in South America and that previously gave another $1 million, and $250,000 from Penske Corp., an automotive company.


State senator out on bail after airport gun incident

CHICAGO — A veteran Illinois state senator charged with trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag was released on bail Thursday.

A Cook County judge set bond at $25,000 for state Sen. Donne Trotter, who recently announced he was running for Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s seat in Congress. Mr. Trotter’s defense attorney argued for reasonable bail, citing Mr. Trotter’s decades of public service and 26-year marriage.

“He’s lived a life dedicated to serving the people of Illinois,” defense attorney Joshua Herman said.

Mr. Trotter was released from custody a short time later. The Chicago Democrat refused to answer reporters’ questions before walking away from the courthouse.

Mr. Trotter was going through security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday when Transportation Security Administration officers found during routine X-ray screening an unloaded handgun in an outside zippered pocket of his garment bag. Also found was a magazine clip with six bullets.

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