Stories for January 20, 2013
See what you know about the wonkier points of the quadrennial festivities. Scroll to the page bottom for answers and explanations.
For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas destroyed genetically modified food (GMO) crops in what he calls a successful campaign to force the business of agriculture to be more holistic and ecological in its practices.
A recently-published menu for Abraham Lincoln's lavish second inaugural ball in 1865 provides an interesting look at how different the nation celebrated its new president just seven score and eight years ago.
The plummeting mercury in Alaska this time of year doesn't keep bikers inside. More and more of them are heading to recreational trails and to the office on "fat bikes." They look like mountain bikes on steroids, with tires wider than most people's arms.
Inaugural events are sprinkled over three days, with the most important one actually taking place out of the public eye on Sunday. That's when the official oath of office will be administered at the White House, on the date and time (noon on Jan. 20) specified by the Constitution. But because the 20th falls on a Sunday this year, the public festivities, including another oath taking, all happen Monday.
Any American president hoping to stake a claim to being viewed by future generations as great and transformative -- or at least very good and effective -- would be wise to choose his predecessor well.
When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital.
For President Obama's first inauguration, Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois organized a group of more than 700 people -- on 10 buses -- to make the journey from Chicago to Washington, D.C.