Donald Trump takes office, protests follow

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Trump sworn in as president: Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday as the 45th president of the United States, pledging in his inaugural address to return power from the elites to the people, and to end an era of “American carnage." Trump: “From this day forward it’s going to be only America First."

Ohio reaction to Trump’s speech: Buckeye State supporters of the new president who attended Friday’s inauguration felt it was a breath of fresh air and loved the Republican billionaire’s focus on returning “power to the people,"’s Sabrina Eaton writes.

Speaking with Eaton, Ohio GOP congressmen Dave Joyce and Pat Tiberi voiced hopes that President Trump will create jobs and improve the U.S. economy. And Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber," even wore a tux for Trump’s inaugural ball – “which sucks," Wurzelbacher said.

Tim Ryan had positive things to say: “I think overall it was a positive speech about the country, about the direction we want to go in," said Ryan, a Democratic congressman from Niles. “His rhetoric about rebuilding the country and putting people back to work, I’m on board with that."

Even Dennis Kucinich liked the speech: According to’s Henry J. Gomez, the liberal former congressman and mayor of Cleveland tweeted “GREAT #inauguration speech @RealDonaldTrump!" and wrote on Facebook that “Donald Trump’s message of unity is critical at this moment. … Let’s give him and ourselves a chance."

Jailhouse reaction: Inmates at the jail for Marion and Hardin counties also mostly liked what they heard from Trump – “especially his attempts to emphasize patriotism over skin color," writes the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chrissie Thompson. But “That didn’t change their distrust of the new president. As Trump spoke, the women sighed or huffed in exasperation."

“Women’s March" rallies protest Trump: The day after Trump’s inauguration, an estimated 500,000 anti-Trump protesters – including many from Ohio – rallied on the National Mall for the “Women’s March on Washington," Eaton writes. Similar rallies were held in other cities around the country.

In Ohio, 15,000 people demonstrated in Public Square for a “Women’s March on Cleveland," according to The Plain Dealer’s James Ewinger. Thousands more protested in Cincinnati, according to the Enquirer’s Hannah Sperling.

Two Cleveland protesters were arrested: One man who allegedly spat on a police officer, and a woman who tried to run around one of the police cruisers to reach the man, according to’s Courtney Astolfi.

Another march on Saturday: Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters marched through downtown Cincinnati as part of the 33rd annual Pro-Life Rosary Procession, reports Mark Curnette of the Enquirer. The march came the day before the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.



About-face on climate change: Less than an hour after President Donald Trump took office, the White House website’s climate change webpage was taken offline, reports’s Kelly Reardon. In its place: an “America First Energy Plan" stating Trump’s commitment to eliminate a number of Obama’s initiatives to combat global warming, which the new plan calls “burdensome regulations on our energy industry." However, Trump’s plan vows that “clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority."

The Obamas are staying in D.C.: The former first family is renting a swanky 8,200-square-foot house in the prestigious Kalorama neighborhood close to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s new place, writes’s Joey Morona. The Obamas decided to stay in part so Obama’s daughter Sasha could finish high school in D.C.

A royal farewell: LeBron James, in a video message, bid farewell to Barack Obama and his family as their final hours in the White House wound down,’s Joe Vardon reports. “You guys have been a true inspiration — not only to myself, to my family and my kids, but to everybody," said James, a vocal Obama supporter. “It’s sad to even think about you, you guys packing up and leaving the White House."

NBA coach slams Trump: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went on a diatribe for several minutes against Trump, Vardon writes. “I just wish that he was more – had the ability to be more – mature enough to do something that really is inclusive rather than just talking and saying, ‘I’m going to include everybody,'" Popovich said.

Supreme Court rejects Libertarian Party ballot access: The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit from Ohio’s Libertarian Party claiming it should regain state recognition because 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson got more than 3 percent of the statewide vote,  writes’s Robert Higgs. In a 6-1 ruling, the court agreed with Secretary of State Jon Husted that the Libertarians couldn’t use Johnson to regain recognition because Johnson ran as an independent in Ohio, not a Libertarian. 

Cordray in political limbo:’s Henry Gomez takes a look at the tough situation Richard Cordray is in politically. The former Ohio attorney general and potential 2018 gubernatorial contender is currently kind of stuck, as a legal battle is pending about whether Trump can fire him from his job as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If the GOP wins and Cordray is fired quickly, he could be freed up to launch a bid for governor. But with lots of other Dems eying a run for governor, time’s not on Cordray’s side.

One more name in the Dem gubernatorial chatter: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Gomez writes she’s had serious conversations in recent weeks about a run for governor.

Financial matters: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 148 percent between when Obama took office and when he departed on Friday,’s Rich Exner finds. Exner crunches the numbers to see how that stacks up against other recent presidents.

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