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As noted yesterday, this is both Inaugural Day and a federal holiday (when Lite Blogging is normally followered here), so I’ll continue to do posts as developments dictate–particularly a couple more on the text of the president’s relatively combative Inaugural Address. Here are some mid-day news morsels, both about and beyond the Inauguration:

* Another horrific massacre involving military weaponry, as troubled, camo-clad teenager in New Mexico kills five family members, including his father, a minister.

* Paul Krugman assesses Obama’s “Big Deal.”

* At Vanity Fair, Todd Purdum argues American leaders not even beginning to grasp enormity of scientific and technological change.

* At TNR, Ben Birnbaum explores (unlikely) scenario of tomorrow’s Israeli elections forcing Netanyahu to political center.

* At Plum Line, Jamelle Bouie makes case Obama did better in redeeming promises of first Inaugural than he’s given credit for.

And in non-political news:

* Pong! Atari’s US operation files for banktrupcy.

Back with more thoughts on the Inaugural Address shortly.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.