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Who is performing at Donald Trump's inauguration and who isn't?
But after a divisive election season and a campaign rife with rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants, Trump has not attracted a wealth of star power to his Inaugural Ceremony.
Plans are far from settled, but as the days until the inauguration tick down, Trump's swearing-in ceremony won't include performances from the big name acts like Beyoncé and Yo-Yo Ma who took the stage for President Barack Obama.
And for the record, Trump and his team have said they are fine with that.
Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the Inaugural Committee, dismissed the absence of major musicians in an interview on CNN in December.
"This is not Woodstock," Epshteyn said. "It's not summer jam. It's not a concert."
One evening earlier in December, Trump tweeted his own disdain for high profile celebrities, writing, "The so-called 'A' list celebrities are all wanting tix to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!"
This page will update as the situation changes, but here is who the team has officially announced so far.
Talladega Marching Tornadoes
The marching band for Talladega College inked an agreement to perform at the event, but as 2017 came, the issue sparked a days-long debate in the historically black college.
Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins announced the final decision in a statement, noting that the "lessons students can learn from this experience cannot be taught in a classroom."
"We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade," said Hawkins. "As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power."
Supporters of the trip argued that the experience would benefit the band -- and be a source of pride for the relatively unknown school.
The Inaugural Committee announced in December the Rockettes would bring their iconic New York act to the nation's capital. But in the days and weeks that followed, some degree of controversy emerged.
Apparently worried about being associated with the divisive President-elect, several members of the dance group balked at being forced to perform. However, the organization said only those who were willing to perform would do so.
Several members of the Rockettes came forward to talk about their concerns with the group taking part in the inaugural festivities, and eventually one member leaked a recording to Marie Claire of a discussion between members of the Rockettes and Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan.
As Dolan tried to explain his decision to have the Rockettes perform for Trump, one dancer said, "It sounds like you're asking us to be tolerant of intolerance."
Dolan responded, "Yeah, in a way, I guess we are doing that."
Before closing the meeting he offered something in the way of a "sound bite," saying, "We're celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president."
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at five past inaugural ceremonies, and in 2017, they are set for a sixth. The choir is an award-winning, volunteer institution within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The group is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and dates back to the founding of the Mormon Church.
It has some 360 members, but the decision to participate in Trump's Inauguration caused one member to leave.
Jan Chamberlin said she was dropping out of the group and wrote on Facebook with reference to the inaugural performance: "I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."
The biggest -- and only so far -- solo singer booked to perform at Trump's inauguration is former "America's Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho.
Like Trump, she is a former reality TV star. Unlike him, she is a sixteen-year-old woman with a charting record.
She appeared on the TV contest at just ten years old, eventually making it to second place. Since then she has recorded and released several albums. In 2010, she performed at the White House Christmas tree lighting and performed again for Obama at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast.
Despite her performing twice at Obama events, Trump cast her as part of his "movement" and correlated her agreement to perform at his Inauguration for her successful 2016 Christmas album.
"Jackie Evancho's album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance. Some people just don't understand the 'Movement,'" Trump tweeted.
The day before: Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood
Trump's inaugural committee announced several acts for a concert to kick things off the day before the inauguration itself.
On January 19, the committee says country starts Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood in addition to the band 3 Doors Down would highlight what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration."
"Above all, it will serve as tribute to one of our greatest attributes, the peaceful transition of partisan power," said chairman of the committee Tom Barrack in a statement.
The Piano Guys, The Frontmen of Country and others have also been slated for the kickoff event. Jon Voight, an actor and longtime attendee of major Republican events, was also set to stop by.
In the face of criticism against performers taking part in the inaugural festivities, Keith spoke out, saying he would not "apologize."
"I performed at events for previous presidents Bush and Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO," Keith told Entertainment Weekly.
Greenwood was best known for his song "God Bless the USA." President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to the National Council on the Arts, where he served a six-year term.
He has performed alongside Republican politicians several times in the past, including in a campaign video for then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and at the 1988 Republican National Convention alongside President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan.
The inaugural committee also announced another pre-inaugural celebration, called "Voices of the People," which the team said "will feature groups from the hundreds of applications received by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in inaugural festivities."
It said these included the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, the Montgomery Area High School Marching Band and several others.
Who has turned it down, and who is still considering?
Reports emerged that Sir Elton John had agreed to perform at the Inauguration, but representatives for the artist said he would not play.
The Beach Boys also said they were invited to perform, but as of early January had not publicly announced their decision.
Rebecca Ferguson, a former runner up on the UK's "X-Factor" show, said she was offered an invitation to perform, but she said she would only do so if she could sing "Strange Fruit," a song she said "speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States." Trump transition team has yet to publicly comment on whether Ferguson would perform.
Jennifer Holliday, a singer and actress who has starred on Broadway, initially agreed to perform at the pre-Inauguration celebration, but later withdrew after a backlash from her fans. She said in a statement that she would not perform, writing to her fans: "I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement (sic)."
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"We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease," wrote Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager in an open letter published by Time Magazine.
The Bush daughters -- who first became familiar with the White House during the presidency of their grandfather, George H.W. Bush -- recalled returning to the executive mansion in 2008 as young women to show the Obama girls around.
They said they had more advice now that the Obamas are moving into a new chapter of their lives.
"Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children --- a position you didn't seek and one with no guidelines," the Bushes wrote. "But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years."
They conceded the experience of growing up in the White House wasn't always pleasant, marked by tight security and constant criticism from political opponents. But they wrote that developing relationships with the permanent staff in the residence had helped them adjust, and said they maintained contact with their Secret Service agents, who they said "put their lives on hold for us."
"You have lived through the unbelievable pressure of the White House," the Bush daughters wrote. "You have listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who had never even met them. You stood by as your precious parents were reduced to headlines. Your parents, who put you first and who not only showed you but gave you the world. As always, they will be rooting for you as you begin your next chapter. And so will we."
This is not the first time the sisters have written a letter to the Obama children: A similar note of encouragement was published in the Wall Street Journal in 2009.
Sessions pledges to respect Roe v. Wade decision despite personal beliefs
The Alabama Republican said specifically that he would respect the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that said the right to privacy gives women the right to an abortion.
Sessions, who has consistently voted against abortion rights in the Senate and has a 0% rating from several abortion rights groups, told senators overseeing his committee hearing that although he believed Roe v. Wade violated the Constitution, he would defend it.
"It is the law of the land, it has been settled for some time," Sessions said. "I will respect it and follow it."
Sessions said, however, that he believes the decision was a "colossal" mistake by the Supreme Court.
Trump agrees with Session's personal beliefs on abortion and has said he plans to nominate justices who want to reverse Roe v. Wade.
"I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life," Trump said in a post-election interview with CBS, arguing that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision to allow abortions would go to states.
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What's their angle? Breaking down the Putin, Trump and Obama spy games
In dropping a new round of targeted sanctions on Russian diplomats and assets in the US, Obama on Thursday struck back at what the intelligence community has portrayed as an unprecedented -- and successful -- attempt by the Kremlin to meddle in the American democratic process. But even as President Vladimir Putin trolls the White House, saying he will turn the other cheek and sit tight awaiting what figures to be a more friendly administration on the horizon, questions outpace answers.
So what comes next and who holds the advantage? Here's what we know, what the players are saying -- and how the chess match is unfolding.
What did the US do on Thursday and why?
After weeks of ramped-up accusations about Russian hacking and promises of retaliation, the White House announced plans to expel 35 Russian diplomats -- giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the country -- and shuttering a pair of Russian compounds in New York and Maryland used by officials, in theory, for recreational purposes.
The new sanctions follow months of insinuations, leaks and, more recently, open accusations that Moscow set out on a coordinated campaign to hack the private communications of American political actors, making public information that would both undermine voters' confidence in the November elections and, according to some, boost Trump's campaign.
In a "joint analysis report" by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, released with the sanctions notice on Thursday a summary titled "Russian Malicious Cyber Activity" and provided a detailed flowchart seeking to illustrate the complex nature of the Russian hacking effort.
How did Putin respond to the new sanctions?
The Russian President's decision to postpone any retaliation for Washington's sanctions, despite Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recommending the tit-for-tat expulsion of US diplomats, surprised some Kremlin-watchers.
In retrospect, Moscow's tactics appeared orchestrated: first threatening to match the explosions announced by the Obama administration the previous day, then, in seeking to appear magnanimous -- even extending an invitation to the children of American diplomats in Washington to a Christmas party at the Kremlin -- backing off.
At the same time, Putin laid the onus of action on incoming President Donald Trump.
"It's a smart play," said James Nixie, head of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the London-based think-tank Chatham House. He said that while "Russia feels humiliated -- it has been exposed and it has been punished," Putin can afford to wait a few weeks to hit back. "He's thought about it, considered acting now, but in fact is just being patient," Nixie said.
Putin's decision will force Trump to show his hand -- and fast.
"If Trump doesn't play ball, then we'll be back to the old-style adversarial relations," Nixie said. Putin is waiting to see "is Trump on our side, or is he not? At this point, we don't know, either."
On Friday afternoon, the President-elect offered some blunt instruction.
"Great move on delay (by V. Putin)," he tweeted. "I always knew he was very smart!"
Is this the start of a new Cold War?
While there are echoes of the Cold War in the matching expulsion threats, Nixie argued that Russia's actions are predominantly about its future, not its past: Moscow "wants a new set of rules" to govern the way the world is run -- who wields the power, who controls what, and who listens to whom.
Putin's move can also be read as an "enormous insult" to the Obama administration, said Jill Dougherty, a Russia analyst and former Moscow bureau chief for CNN.
"It's an amazing move and it's classic Putin," she said. "He's a master of doing things that are unexpected, and this is truly unexpected."
How strong is the US case against Russia?
That depends on whom you ask.
Trump has for months routinely questioned government assertions that state-sponsored Russian hackers were behind the breaches at the Democratic National Committee and inside Clinton's campaign. He has suggested the Chinese could be to blame, or even "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."
But the US government has been laser-focused on Moscow for months. In October, officials publicly announced they were "confident" Russia had targeted the Democratic Party and aligned organizations. Obama this summer allowed, but stopped short of asserting in an interview that Putin had intended to aid Trump.
How the unflattering communications put on display by the hacks affected the election is nearly impossible to quantify, but the slow drip seemed calculated to sow discord and doubt, especially among Democrats during and after a tense primary contest.
Trump now says he'll meet with the intelligence community to hear their case.
Why did the White House act now?
The ultimate decision followed a CIA announcement this month, made in private to a group of top US senators, that the hacks were carried out with the express purpose of delivering the White House to Trump.
Their evidence -- which, again, has not been made public except through leaks to the press -- includes findings that Russian hackers breached, but did not make public information stolen from the accounts of Republicans, including House members and GOP non-profits, according to a former senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the hack investigation told CNN.
The Republican National Committee has denied reports that it was compromised or targeted, and earlier this month, Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, questioned the intelligence community's motives.
"If they are so certain it happened, why won't they go on the record and say it?" Spicer told CNN. "I don't understand it. It doesn't make any sense."
What is Obama's angle here?
The Russians tend to get the credit -- and criticism -- for being crafty or acting covertly to advance a range of interests. On its face, the new round of sanctions are a simple act of retaliation -- less a deft or devious hand than a symbolic swat -- for the Kremlin's alleged role in the election season hacks.
But whether it was intended or not, the Obama administration's decision to act now, less than a month before clearing out ahead of Trump's inaugural, will have a series of knock-on effects that should create difficulties and set a series of political traps for the new administration.
Trump has made no secret of his hopes to establish better relations with Putin and his autocratic regime. He played down news of the sanctions on Thursday, saying it was "time for the country to move on to bigger and better things." A day earlier, the President-elect seemed to throw up his hands entirely, pleading ignorance -- and skepticism -- of all things tech.
"The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on," he said. "And we have speed -- we have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure we have the kind the security we need."
Trump will need a more comprehensive argument, and understanding, if he is going to successfully navigate a Congress almost uniformly in favor of maintaining or, in the case of hawks like Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, pursuing further avenues of redress.
If Obama, his legislative legacy under threat from all corners, can effectively tie up the new administration and members of its own party -- to say nothing of Democrats who will gladly align themselves with more mainstream Republicans -- then he stands a better chance of at least complicating Trump's efforts to undo the work of the past eight years.
What is Trump's play now?
Trump, who has repeatedly said he just wants everyone to move on, can undo the Thursday sanctions with relative ease after he takes office on January 20. But a unilateral decision to reverse course could expose divisions in a GOP caucus that, for all its post-election talk of unity, remains fundamentally divided on key issues like spending and what to do after it repeals Obamacare.
The confluence of Obama's action and Putin's demurral will test Trump right from the jump, as moving for steadier relations with Moscow will now come at a heightened domestic cost. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Russia critic, will likely seek to influence Trump, further stressing their already fragile relationship and challenging incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus, who has emerged as a trusted middleman between his idiosyncratic boss and the established GOP order.
While the GOP establishment has stayed critical of Russia, Trump sees it differently. He is also threatened by his unique handicap -- an apparent inability to, at least publicly, conceive of the hacking story as anything more or less than a backdoor assault on the legitimacy of his victory on Election Day.
"If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act?" he asked in a tweet last week, before the sanctions had been finalized. "Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?"
The claim was demonstrably false -- the grousing had begun well before November 8 -- but made clear how Trump perceives the question. In his Thursday statement, the President-elect was more reserved and revealed he would, "in the interest of our country and its great people," take a meeting with "leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."
How Trump responds to those facts, and whether he accepts them at all, will go a long way in articulating the paths ahead. But until those options are clear, his likeliest route is anyone's guess.