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All the countdowns have reached zero and a new clock has been set, with Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. The country, though, is anything but united. The Republican takes office with historically low approval ratings. Protesters smashed windows and set fires in Washington and massive demonstrations are planned for multiple cities.
In his inaugural address, Trump vowed to unseat the Washington establishment and called for unity: "When America is united, America is totally unstoppable." Read on for what's next for the new president, his critics, and the rest of America. –Emily Banks
Here's what to expect from an unexpected president. Trump's team has been tight-lipped about details, but clear about his intent: he’ll start on Inauguration Day, and the pace will pick up next week. Here are some likely priorities in his first few days: tightening immigration, repealing Obamacare, and nominating a Supreme Court justice.
Now what? From the Bloomberg View editorial board: "The critics are correct that Trump possesses troubling characteristics for a president. But the shortsighted response some have chosen–boycotting the inauguration and declaring him an 'illegitimate' president–only weaken the foundation of democracy: the peaceful transition of power. That could have disastrous consequences down the road."
Warren Buffett said he “overwhelmingly” supports Trump’s cabinet choices who currently face Senate confirmation hearings. “I feel that way no matter who is president," said the billionaire Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO, who backed Hillary Clinton in the election and scolded Trump for not releasing his tax returns.
George Soros says Trump will fail and markets will slump. It's tough to be gloomier than this billionaire who said America has elected a would-be dictator as president, the EU is disintegrating, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May won’t last long, and China is poised to become an even more repressive society.
A travel boom to India is sending tourists home with superbugs. Doctors in North America, Europe, and Australia have observed a decade-long pattern: Travelers who spent time in India have an especially high risk of returning home with unwanted germs. With a record 3.77 billion air passengers worldwide last year, new disease-causing microbes have never traversed faster.
Trying to cultivate ties with Vladimir Putin doesn't always pay political dividends. No politicians have managed to get the better of the Russian president. Here's a quick guide to those who tried to do business with him, who failed—and some who succeeded.
The most peaceful place on earth is in the middle of Tokyo. The new Hoshinoya Tokyo offers ample unwinding smack in the middle of the frenetic Otemachi financial district. It's billed as the city’s first “luxury ryokan.” For the uninitiated, a ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn that offers an immersive cultural experience. Staying at a ryokan usually means sleeping on a futon bed on a tatami (straw mat) floor, bathing in a communal hot-spring bath, and eating a multi-course kaiseki-style meal while wearing a kimono.