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Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, Black woman and Asian woman to be sworn in as vice president. President Trump did not attend the inauguration, becoming the first president since 1869 to skip the swearing-in of his successor.
Richard Nixon's best speech came at his worst moment. Having resigned the presidency to avoid impeachment in the aftermath of Watergate, he delivered a farewell address to his White House staff that served as a reflection on duty and humility. Nixon, although prone to bouts of self-pity, understood and was able to acknowledge that he had destroyed himself, or at least his career and his place in history.
China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. Others covered by the sanctions include Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top diplomat for Asia, David Stilwell; health and human services secretary, Alex Azar; along with former national security adviser John Bolton and strategist Stephen Bannon.
Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain "terrified", according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region. Just when people were harvesting crops in early November, the federal army launched an offensive against forces of the former local ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), whom it accused of insurrection. Though the government captured regional capital Mekelle and declared the war over by the end of the month, aid groups, the United Nations and some officials say reaching needy people has been hindered by violence, bureaucracy and logistical obstacles.
President Biden's inaugural address has won some high praise on Fox News. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Wednesday praised Biden's "great" inaugural address, going as far as to deem it the best he's ever watched in his life. "I thought it was a great speech," Wallace said.
Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios More than a million people filed for traditional unemployment benefits last week for the first time since July, further highlighting the impact the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic is having on the U.S. economy. By the numbers: Including those who filed for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, more than 1.4 million Americans filed claims last week, an increase of more than 231,000 filing traditional claims and more than 123,000 filing for PUA support from the previous week, according to the unadjusted data.
Melania Trump was reportedly "emotionally checked out" long before boarding Air Force One to leave D.C. on Wednesday, going as far as to outsource writing her "thank you" notes to the White House residence staff, The New York Times and CNN report. Traditionally, the first family of the United States will write short cards to their household staff, thanking them for taking care of them over the past four to eight years. The cards tend to be intimate and "much of the correspondence includes personal anecdotes and the letters become 'cherished keepsakes' for the residence staff," such as the butlers, cooks, and housekeepers, who do not tend to turn-over between administrations, CNN writes.
In the wake of the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month, the FBI had warned that armed protests were being planned in every state capital. But though it was still early in much of America as President Biden was sworn in just before noon Eastern time, the handful of pro-Trump demonstrators who actually showed up were largely disappointed by the turnout, to say the least: In other states, nobody showed up at all: Meanwhile, in Montana, the only protester to show up ... was a counterprotester.
Lawmakers who contested President Donald Trump's electoral defeat were seen arriving at the US Capitol to attend his successor's inaugural ceremonies — two weeks after a deadly mob stormed the building in an attempt to overturn the election. Republicans like Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who helped lead the charge in disputing the election results, were all in attendance at the Inauguration Day events on Wednesday afternoon in Washington D.C. Those lawmakers spurred backlash for refusing to accept the legitimate outcome of the election even after Mr Trump's Department of Homeland Security described the vote as the “most secure” in...
A boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, drowning at least 43 people, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the “tragic” shipwreck that took place a day earlier was the first maritime disaster in 2021 involving migrants seeking better lives in Europe. In recent years, the EU has partnered with Libya's coast guard and other local groups to stem such dangerous sea crossings.
A new report is surfacing that now-former First Lady Melania Trump assigned a low-level East Wing staffer to write thank-you notes to the more than 80 members of White House personnel who've cared for the First Family since 2017. The revelation tracks with reports of Mrs. Trump's demeanor as “checked out” of her role since her husband's re-election loss. There is a long tradition of first ladies leaving personal notes for White House household staff who cook, clean and care for the first family.
Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw argues Republicans need to unify and show voters that Democrats 'mean what they say' and 'will change your life fundamentally.
Kamala Harris has made history, becoming the first woman and first black and South Asian American to serve as US vice-president. Here's what awaits Ms Harris in her new job. "The role of the vice-president was, frankly, to just be that heartbeat away from the president," said Barbara Perry, the director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Centre.
Mercedes-Benz's Hyperscreen, General Motors' Bright Drop, and Jeep's Electric Wrangler were among the unveils that turned heads Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
Jackson Health System announced Wednesday at 8:10 a.m. via Twitter that it was accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointments, for people 65 and over who live in the U.S., in the next 15 minutes. The site was operational five minutes later. This comes one day after Baptist Health canceled first-dose vaccine appointments after Wednesday, citing lack of vaccine availability. Jackson says it is limiting appointments to people who live in the U.S.
Donald Trump used his final hours as president to issue a slew of 143 pardons and commutations of sentence to friends and allies as he prepared to reluctantly hand over power to his Democratic successor Joe Biden. A meeting with his inner circle at the White House on Sunday saw Mr Trump finalise the clemency list, a source told CNN. Despite much speculation, he ultimately decided against issuing pre-emptive pardons to himself or members of his family or to the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or Tiger King star Joe Exotic.
It's been used a lot in telling the extraordinary story of her rise to become the first black and Asian American woman to be vice-president and the first person who attended one of America's HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to get to such a position. But this is the story of the other women in the photograph, her two best friends - Valarie Pippen and Karen Gibbs - as well as of others who might have been milling about in the background there. This was the 1980s, when the children of America's civil rights generation came of age.
While Joe Biden gave his inauguration speech on Wednesday afternoon, a lone man in a blue uniform kneeled at the grave of Biden's son Beau Biden at St. Joseph on the Brandywine church in Greenville, Delaware. A News Journal reporter did not approach him out of respect. Poignant moment: While Joe Biden gave his inauguration speech, a lone man in a uniform knelt at the Delaware grave of his son Beau.
Trump will reportedly not grant pardons to any Republican lawmakers involved in the "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the deadly Capitol insurrection. With only hours left of his presidency, President Donald Trump has decided not to grant preemptive pardons to Republican lawmakers who asked for them after the Capitol insurrection, a new CNN report said. According to the Arizona Mirror, Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar sought preemptive pardons from Trump.
SpaceX appears to have acquired two oil rigs that it may transform into launch platforms for its forthcoming Starship rocket system, NASASpaceflight reported. The floating "spaceports" would add to SpaceX's operations in Boca Chica, Texas, which are under a new environmental review. Launching rockets from the water should be less disruptive for nearby residents.
Against all odds, interim captain Ajinkya Rahane managed to lead an injury-affected India to victory in the fourth cricket test and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India was forced to make four changes for the series finale after salvaging a draw in Sydney, and a draw in Brisbane would have been good enough to retain the trophy. Turns out Rahane had a plan for victory all along.
In her first ever TV interview, incoming first daughter Ashley Biden said it was “unfortunate” that first lady Melania Trump had not honoured “traditional protocol” and invited her mother to the White House. The daughter of President-elect Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden confirmed that no invitation had been sent from the White House inviting the new first lady for tea and a tour of the executive mansion, with introductions to the residence staff. Ms Biden said that her mother had not heard at all from Ms Trump in what is one of the strangest handovers of power in US history.
Kamala Harris could preside over Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate if Chief Justice John Roberts declines to participate. The US Constitution calls for the chief justice of the US Supreme Court to preside over presidential impeachment trials. However, the document is unclear regarding what happens if a president has left office by the time their trial begins.
Michelle Obama has long been considered a fashion icon. Michelle Obama has long been described as one of the most fashionable first ladies in American history, but there were some looks that stood out above the rest. During her eight years as first lady, Obama wore pieces from notables like Tom Ford and Marchesa, while also bringing young designers of color into the spotlight, too - all while Obama herself became a fashion icon.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George Bush entered the seating area around the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (January 20) to witness the inauguration of Biden, who became the 46th president of the Untied States. Obama bumped fists with Kamala Harris, who made history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as Joe Biden's vice president, becoming the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to hold the second highest U.S. office.
“If you’re looking to win elections, it is probably best not to urge your supporters not to vote.”
“Warnock’s portrayal of himself as a dog lover, a means of overcoming white suspicions of Black men, smacked of pure genius.”
“Trump has done damage to the Republican brand among suburban voters that goes well beyond just races where he is on the ballot.”
“Once more, Democrats must profusely thank activist Stacey Abrams.”
“Overall, demographic trends show that the state’s electorate is becoming younger and more diverse each year.”