Obama Promises New Destiny, Work Begins Today (The Well / Inauguration)
Barack Obama's Inauguration showed the world a more sober, civil and exuberant America
An Enforcer Named Emanuel (The Well / Inauguration)
Barack Obama tapped Rahm Emanuel, a fierce infighter, as his chief of staff. Is he cool enough to manage a high-octane White House team?
TIME's Callie Shell provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a family on the edge of history
The historic day arrives
When "Hail to the Chief" stops playing, most former leaders of the free world learn to sing a new tune
Pop Goes Washington (Commentary / Tuned In)
The new President embodies a changing culture. But can he change the culture's tone too?
The Solvency Doctrine (The Well / Inauguration)
To restore American power, Obama needs a foreign policy that recognizes its limits
Joel Stein on Super Sunday (Commentary / The Awesome Column)
With the odds against him, can a gritty, overachieving columnist inspire a football team to great heights?
Postcard from Cloudcroft (Postcard: Cloudcroft)
A rare butterfly has pitted a tiny tourist town against the "bug huggers" trying to save its habitat--again. On a wing and a prayer at 9,000 ft.
Israel's Lonesome Doves (Inauguration)
After the Gaza offensive, Israel's peace activists are losing heart, numbers and influence
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The forces of a new century are shaping a new kind of literature. It's fast, cheap and out of control
Return Flight for the Conchords (Television)
HBO's musical slacker-comics come out for a hilarious encore of Conchords
Short List (Short List)
TIME'S PICKS FOR THE WEEK
Citibank: Teetering Since 1812 (The Well / Inauguration)
So Citi's in big trouble. Nothing new there. What financial history teaches us about today
Requiem for Rabbit Ears (Nerd World)
The era of analog TV is scheduled to end forever on Feb. 17. Are you ready to say goodbye?
The Cult of the Snuggie (Life / Home Shopping)
Call it this season's Clapper. Why you can't avoid the commercial that's so bad, it's good
Study: Kids Competing Too Soon After Concussions (Life / Sport)
How to keep high school kids with concussions on the bench
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The Inheritance by David E. Sanger
Popular and apparently antimodern, Andrew Wyeth, who died today at 91, was the great problem figure of 20th century American art
TO OUR READERS
In words and images, TIME's Inauguration issue marks an American political ritual and signals a new beginning