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Supreme Court associate justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left and Clarence Thomas arrive at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Former presidents and celebrities. Supreme Court justices. Politicians of all stripes. And masses of American humanity.

It's almost time for the presidential inauguration. Bands are playing, and everyone's almost ready for the way that Americans renew the executive-branch portion of their democracy — and renew the promises of their country — as they have for more than 200 years.


Inauguration Watch follows the events of President Barack Obama's second inaugural. Look for short items and photos throughout the day.