Boots, Black Ties and Hilary Duff

The pomp and circumstance of the Presidential Inaugural

Some find it unseemly that this week's wartime inauguration will cost more than $40 million, a record. The grumblers include the District of Columbia, which has been asked to pick up a $17.3 million tab for police, construction and emergency services. Still, a party's a party, and Washington is good at dropping its partisan gripes (and wartime sobriety) to celebrate. A preview: --By Jeninne Lee-St. John and Melissa August

FOOTING THE BILL Tax dollars pay only for the swearing-in (about $3 million). Luckily, more than 100 corporations, lobbying groups and individuals have given $100,000 to $250,000 apiece to help pay the...

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