What everyone’s talking about:
The week began with President Barack Obama’s inauguration. From the oath to the balls, we took a look at highlights of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. One part of the ceremony featured Richard Blanco, the first Latin American and openly gay man to deliver the inaugural poem. President Obama gave a speech that left many talking afterwards about his agenda for the next four years – Paul Begala, Margaret Hoover, Alex Castellanos and Van Jones discussed the politics of the address. But politics aside, one of the most talked about moments of the night was when First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out in a red chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown – the second Wu design she’s worn for an inaugural ball. Anderson spoke to the humble Wu who said he’s not a celebrity, just a “dressmaker.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012. The hearing was tense with many fiery exchanges. CNN’s Fran Townsend called it “a waste of time.”
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri is retiring after winning an easy re-election to her 10th term in Congress in November. Why? The congresswoman will take over a job as head of one of Washington’s largest and most influential trade associations. CNN’s Drew Griffin reports on Washington’s revolving door problem.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o spoke out in the first on-camera interview after the hoax about his dead, fake girlfriend was exposed. While ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap says he found Te’o “believable” in his one-on-one interview with Te’o earlier this month, Deadspin’s Timothy Burke says Te’o misrepresented his relationship with his fake girlfriend. NBC’s Bob Costas seemed to agree saying he had a “gut feeling” Te’o let the hoax continue even after he knew about the truth because it was “playing out sympathetically.” And the woman whose face is in the center of the hoax, Diane O’Meara, spoke to Anderson about how she found out photos of her were being used. And if you’re still confused, Anderson reports on how and when the events unfolded.
A federal rail project has used billions of your tax dollars with the promise of bringing high-speed lines to America. Keeping Them Honest, in California there are no tracks after years of planning. Don’t miss tonight’s report at 8 and 10 p.m. ET to see how the money was spent in Vermont.
And Anderson speaks with journalist Sebastian Junger about his new documentary “Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” which will air on HBO in April.
Twelve years after being forced to marry her cousin at the age of 14, Ruby Jessop walked away from him, her six children and her sister wives in the polygamist FLDS community in Colorado City, Arizona. But with the help of her lawyer, a judge this week granted Jessop temporary custody of her children. CNN’s Gary Tuchman talks to Jessop days after being reunited with her kids.
Just for laughs:
For all those doubting Beyonce’s talent after the controversy linked to her lip syncing the national anthem at Monday’s presidential inauguration – sorry, you’re just wrong.
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