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President Obama scaling back inaugural cost

WASHINGTON — The pomp surrounding the inauguration of the president of the United States can carry a hefty price tag, but the cost of this inauguration won’t be as big as the last one for President Obama.

Taxpayers will not cover the cost of the balls and other celebratory events, just things like preparing the inaugural platform, sprucing up the Capitol grounds, and providing security. A solid chunk of the tab for the 57th inauguration next month will be picked up by loyal supporters and other private donors, as it has been for years.

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