The Brief

President Donald Trump takes the oath of office alongside his wife, Melania, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
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Protesters to Trump: The Resistance Begins Now

On the morning of President Donald J. Trump's inauguration, protesters across Washington positioned themselves at police barricades and checkpoints in an attempt to block people from gaining access to the inaugural festivities

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Trump Signs Law for James Mattis to Run Pentagon

President Donald Trump has signed legislation that clears the way for his defense secretary pick — retired Marine Gen. James Mattis — to run the Pentagon, if confirmed by the Senate. A vote on Mattis is expected soon

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Obama’s Farewell Letter: ‘You Made Me a Better Man’

Outgoing President Barack Obama published a thank you letter to the American people on his last day in office, encouraging them to stay active in democracy and telling them that "You made me a better President, and you made me a better man"

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Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to Appear in U.S. Court

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, landed in New York to face drug trafficking and other charges. He is expected to appear in a federal court in New York Friday

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8 Found Alive in Collapsed Italian Hotel Hit by Avalanche

Rescuers said ten people were found alive in the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, two days after an avalanche tore through the ski resort. "We found five people alive. We're pulling them out. Send us a helicopter," a rescuer said over firefighters' radio

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Expanding the Black Panther Universe

Black Panther’s world keeps getting bigger thanks to writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and poet Yona Harvey. The duo are adding the character to a revival of “The Crew,” Marvel's influential comic book series about an all black superhero squad

Universal Cancels Premiere of A Dog's Purpose

Amid the controversy surrounding a troubling video revealed a stressed German Shepherd was forced to perform in artificial rapids on the set of the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose, Universal Pictures has cancelled the movie's premiere

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ISIS Destroyed Roman Monument in Syria's Palmyra

ISIS militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said. Satellite images confirmed the destruction

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Hope Returns for Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense

As the Chapecoense club rebuilds after the air crash that killed 19 players and nearly all members of the staff and board of directors, so is the town of 200,000, with silence and mourning slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope