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Between the pomp and circumstance, Obama outlines a more liberal second term

WASHINGTON — Obama’s inaugural address was light on details, heavy on patriotism.

President Obama used his inaugural address to lay out a more liberal set of policies than the one he’s pursued over the past two years.
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  • Address global warming, “knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”
  • End “perpetual war,” by showing “the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully — not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.”
  • Expand gay rights, “for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
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