CBS News Logo Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer quits over Donald Trump inauguration performance

SALT LAKE CITY -- A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir says she has resigned from the famed group over its decision to perform at next month’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Jan Chamberlin posted her resignation letter to choir leaders on her Facebook page Thursday. In it, she writes that by performing at the Jan. 20 inaugural, the 360-member choir will appear to be “endorsing tyranny and facism.” She says she feels betrayed by the choir’s decision to take part. The choir is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins tells The Salt Lake Tribune that participation in the choir and the inaugural performance is voluntary. Hawkins said last week the choir’s tradition of presidential performances isn’t “implied support of party affiliations or politics.” Continue Reading

Donald Trump Inauguration: Billionaires Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn Join President-Elect’s Team

President-elect Donald Trump has been enlisting the help of some of his billionaire friends for his upcoming inauguration. Casino moguls Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn have joined the committee for Trump's event, scheduled for Jan. 20, reported USA Today Tuesday night. Wynn and Adelson are listed as finance vice chairs. Wynn is the chairman of casino resorts bearing his name, while Adelson is the chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Trump, meanwhile, ran casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Las Vegas.  “Well we got our first casino owner in the White House,” said Ron Reese, a spokesman for Adelson told Bloomberg.  Adelson and Wynn are joined on the committee by a handful of other notable names, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, gambling magnate Phil Ruffin and Gail Icahn, the wife of famed investor Carl Icahn. Thomas Barrack is heading up the inauguration committee. Barrack is the founder of the investment firm Colony Capital and helped set up a super PAC for Trump's campaign.  There was not yet a budget for the inauguration, but the team in charge of gathering funds for President Barack Obama's 2009 event raised $53 million, USA Today reported.  Adelson, who also owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was a major supporter for Trump and was lauded by the president-elect during the campaign. "Did you read that this morning in your good paper?" Trump said, referencing a Review-Journal article on Obamacare during an October rally in Nevada. "Good paper, owned by a great guy — Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon Adelson." He later added that the billionaire was a "great supporter of Israel." Wynn, who has regularly backed Republicans, was initially unsure about supporting Trump but has seemingly come around. While the group planning Trump's January party seems to be coming together, the team Continue Reading

Donald Trump Inauguration 2017: Inaugural Committee Features Thomas Barrack, Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named Thomas Barrack Jr., the founder and executive chairman of the global investment firm Colony Capital, as chairman of his inaugural committee. Barrack, the former deputy undersecretary of the Department of Interior under the Reagan administration, is a staunch Trump ally advising the real estate mogul on economics and national security. “The Presidential Inaugural Committee is responsible for the planning and coordination of all official events and activities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Michael R. Pence,” according to a statement on Trump’s campaign website. The list features many of Trump campaign donors as the committee’s finance vice-chairs. Conservative mega donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks and California venture capitalist Elliott Broidy are some of the 17 people listed as finance vice-chairs. U.S. President Barack Obama (right) greets President-elect Donald Trump in the White House Oval Office in Washington, D.C., Nov.10, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE According to CNN, casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Review-Journal gave Trump his first major newspaper endorsement during the presidential election race. Texas businessman Roy Bailey and Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Lew Eisenberg were named finance co-chairmen. Trump’s budget for the Jan. 20 event is still under wraps. Obama's inaugural committee had raised $53 million for his 2009 inauguration. “Additional announcements regarding Presidential Inaugural Committee leadership will be forthcoming,” the statement said. The real estate mogul also had a meeting with Pence on Tuesday to assess candidates who would make up Trump’s cabinet. So far, Trump has named GOP Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Breitbart News Continue Reading

New York pols to boycott Donald Trump inauguration over Rep. John Lewis spat

A number of Democratic lawmakers — including at least four in New York — are boycotting next week’s inauguration, especially after Donald Trump attacked civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis on Twitter. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) is the latest to break tradition by joining a list of defiant politicians. “I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump,” Clarke tweeted Saturday. “When you insult @RepJohnLewis, you insult America.” Trump repeatedly insulted the Georgia representative on Saturday after Lewis said he did not see the billionaire as a “legitimate president,” citing claims that the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. election in Trump’s favor. Lewis added that he will not attend the Jan. 20 transfer of power out of protest. Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Jerrold Nadler are among at least 18 lawmakers shunning Trump’s big day nationwide, Politico reports. On Saturday, Nadler tweeted that Trump stands with Putin, while he supports Lewis. Earlier this week, NYC lawmakers Reps. Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez made up their minds on skipping the inauguration. “Cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents,” Serrano tweeted on Thursday, responding to Trump’s campaign pledge to deport millions undocumented migrants. Velazquez pledged to travel to Washington D.C. and join thousands of women protesting Trump’s presidency in a massive march scheduled for the Saturday after the swearing-in ceremony. McClatchy reports that the majority of Democrats boycotting the inauguration were elected with a safe margin — at least 64% of their district’s votes — during the November election. Among them are a number of California representatives: Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Mark Takano and Jared Huffman. Rep. Kurt Schrader would rather stay in Oregon than make Continue Reading

TUNE IN: Here’s the Fox News Channel Schedule for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

FULL COVERAGE: See Inauguration Updates, Highlights on Fox News Channel Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States and Fox News Channel is the place to be for can't-miss coverage, reaction and analysis following the historic inauguration.Stay with Fox News Channel throughout the afternoon and night for the latest out of D.C. on the #1 primetime lineup. "The Five" will have can't-miss conversations at 5pm ET, followed by Bret Baier at 6pm ET.Then it's "The First 100 Days," anchored by Martha MacCallum at 7pm ET, LIVE from the nation's capital. Martha will talk to Pastor Robert Jeffress, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Katrina Pierson and more.Bill O'Reilly is live from D.C. at 8pm ET with must-see analysis of the inaugural address, with reaction from Charles Krauthammer, Chris Wallace and Bob Woodward.Then at 9pm ET, Tucker Carlson will bring you full coverage of the inaugural balls, followed by a special two-hour "Hannity" at 10pm ET, with Jon Voight, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Nigel Farage and more! Here's the full schedule of events (all times Eastern): Friday, January 20 12:00 p.m. - Oath of office and Trump's inaugural address. Afterward, Trump and Pence will attend the Congressional Lunch in the Capitol.3:00 p.m. - Inaugural parade7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Inaugural balls, which will be attended by the president-elect, vice president-elect and their wives. Below is information from the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee:The President-elect and Mrs. Trump and Vice President-elect and Mrs. Pence plan to attend all three inaugural balls to join in ringing in a new day in America.Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and, for the first time ever, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will provide all television networks the right to freely air the live two-hour show simultaneously in both balls, allowing Americans Continue Reading

What time is Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20?

United States President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will officially take the oath of office on Friday, Jan. 20.Security gates open at 6 a.m. and opening remarks begin at 11:30 a.m. The official swearing-in ceremony takes place at noon, when Trump will swear to "faithfully execute the office of president of the United States."More coverage: Who is performing at the inauguration? Who is skipping the inauguration? These lawmakers are skipping inaugurationFollowing the ceremony, Congress will host a luncheon for Trump and Pence. Then comes the procession and the parade. The president and first lady will be escorted down Pennsylvania Avenue and the parade will feature more than 8,000 participants, including high school bands and veterans groups.At 7 p.m., the president, vice president and their families will attend the official inaugural ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.The day before the inauguration, Trump will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., Trump and Pence will take in a welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Follow Sean Rossman on Twitter: @SeanRossman Continue Reading

Who is the Arizonan who gave $1 million for President Donald Trump’s inauguration?

The disclosure this week of President Donald Trump's inauguration funders revealed some of his biggest Arizona benefactors.Trump's 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee collected an impressive $107 million from supporters, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan watchdog group the Center for Responsive Politics, 91 percent of the committee's money came from 250 people who gave $100,000 or more to help stage Trump's gala.Billionaire GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons of Scottsdale gave $1 million, which put him in the top echelon of Trump inauguration givers. Parsons was the only Arizonan to give $1 million or more.Other Arizonan donors of note include:• Lloyd Claycomb of Scottsdale, the chief executive of Westminster, Colorado-based United Builders Service, gave $100,000. United Builders Service's website describes the company as a "Drywall and Metal Framing Specialty Contractor."• Don Tapia, a business leader and philanthropist from Paradise Valley, gave $100,000. Tapia used to own Essco Wholesale Electric Inc., which grew into Arizona's biggest Hispanic-owned business.• Gary Rieschel, a Scottsdale wine connoisseur who owns an Italian winemaker called Cerbaiona, gave $100,000.• Larry Polhill gave $25,000. His LinkedIn page identifies him as a consultant to bakery company Cafe Valley Inc. and a past chairman and director of Inventure Foods Inc., the maker of snacks such as Poore Brothers brand kettle potato chips. He listed a corporate Cafe Valley facility address on West Buckeye Road in Phoenix with his donation.• The Apollo Education Group, parent company of the private University of Phoenix, gave $25,000.• Thomas Gilman of Scottsdale-based Greenstar Consulting Group gave $6,600.• Ioanna Morfessis, the former president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, gave $200. She clarified Sunday that the Continue Reading

Corporations gave millions to Donald Trump inauguration

WASHINGTON — Corporations with big interests in federal policy contributed millions to help underwrite President Trump’s recent inauguration, federal records show.Pfizer, Dow Chemical and Bank of America gave $1 million apiece to the inaugural committee, which raised private funds for the balls, receptions, parade and other events celebrating Trump’s Jan. 20 swearing-in. More than two dozen companies have reported giving a little more than $7 million total through Dec. 31, a USA TODAY tally of recently filed lobbying reports show.Inaugural organizers have said they collected about $100 million for last month’s event — a record sum that’s nearly double the $53 million in private money President Obama took in for his first inauguration. Obama did not accept corporate donations for the 2009 event but did take corporate funds for his second inauguration in 2013.A full accounting of Trump’s inaugural fundraising and spending isn’t due until April, but recent filings with Congress from lobbyists and the companies that employ them offer a snapshot of the efforts by corporate America to support Trump once he captured the White House.Pfizer, which spent nearly $9.8 million on federal lobbying last year, made its $1 million inaugural donation on Dec. 21, records show.Company spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said Pfizer has contributed to inaugural committees “on both sides of the aisle” in the past and “decided to make a financial contribution to the presidential inaugural committee this time around.”Pfizer did not donate to Obama’s 2013 inauguration, according to public records, and Castillo declined to discuss why the company did not provide financial support then.Industries are bracing for big change under the Trump administration — from moves to roll back so-called Dodd-Frank regulations on the financial sector to efforts to drive down drug prices. Shortly before he Continue Reading

Full text of President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People. LIVE FROM DC: #TeamRecord covers Inauguration Day TRUMP TO WORLD: 'America first' PHOTOS: Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, D.C. NEW JERSEY: Trump backers fexcited by change that's coming For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.This is your day. Continue Reading

In Arizona, some celebrated Donald Trump’s inauguration. Others vowed to resist.

More than 2,000 miles from Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday drew cheers from Republican well-wishers gathered at a watch party in Sun City and defiant chants of "Not my president!" at a protest at the state Capitol in Phoenix."How can I explain this feeling? I'm so overwhelmed. I'm so happy I could cry," said retiree Mary Santora, one of more than 50 people gathered at the Arizona Republican Party’s office in Sun City to watch the inauguration ceremony. "Thank God. In four years I see people getting together and making America great again like it used to be."Trump supporters shared potluck food and chatted excitedly about what the next four years would bring. There were boos for President Barack Obama and tears when Trump took the oath of office. Some had to excuse themselves to go to the restroom and "collect themselves" while others embraced. EDITORIAL:  Trump's inauguration speech proves he still doesn't get it As Trump delivered his speech, loud cheers and whoops of agreement mixed with people saying, "He went there," after his remarks about terrorism."(It's) fantastic! This is going to bring change to America," said Lou Sniderman, 71, a Republican precinct committeeman and retiree. "I can see more jobs, a closed border. I see this (administration) keeping us safer by eliminating the terror threat with better vetting ... because there really hasn't been any."Meanwhile, at the state Capitol, the mood was darker.Under gloomy skies and, at times, light rain, about 300 to 400 demonstrators carried anti-Trump signs and banners and chanted emotionally charged slogans such as "Our existence is resistance!"A huge inflatable Trump dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb and clutching a white hood stood over the protest.Protesters widely denounced Trump as unfit to hold office, saying he is a racist and fascist on par with the Nazis and the Klan. Some signs read "Not Mein Continue Reading