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Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Kathleen Ronayne and Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:33pm

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath Wednesday to hold the nation's second-highest office.
'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a US in crisis

'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a US in crisis

Trevor Hunnicutt, Patricia Zengerle and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 20th - 8:03pm

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday.
Biden takes sweeping Day One action on energy, climate, immigration

Biden takes sweeping Day One action on energy, climate, immigration

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:42pm

U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate change.
Watch: Amanda Gorman's poem that stole the show at Biden's inauguration ceremony

Watch: Amanda Gorman's poem that stole the show at Biden's inauguration ceremony

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:04pm

Yet the most memorable moment of the ceremony may have come from a 22-year-old poet from Los Angeles named Amanda Gorman, who recited her poem "The Hill We Climb."
Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family, official says

Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family, official says

Steve Holland, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 19th - 11:01pm

U.S. President Donald Trump granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office, a senior administration official said, but did not pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Biden leads observance of America's 400,000 COVID-19 dead on eve of inauguration

Biden leads observance of America's 400,000 COVID-19 dead on eve of inauguration

Susan Heavey and Gabriella Borter, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 19th - 10:50pm

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday led a national memorial observance on the eve of his inauguration to honor the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 during the 11 months since the novel coronavirus claimed its first U.S. victim.
Pandemic could be WHO's Chernobyl moment for reform -review panel

Pandemic could be WHO's Chernobyl moment for reform -review panel

Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:59pm

The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the U.N. nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday.
US sets COVID-19 death record for third week, hospitalizations fall

US sets COVID-19 death record for third week, hospitalizations fall

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:25pm

The United States lost more than 23,000 lives to COVID-19 last week, setting a record for the third week in a row, though the number of new infections and the number of patients in hospitals both fell from the previous seven days.
McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob 'fed lies'

McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob 'fed lies'

Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:22pm

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly placed blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was "fed lies" and that the president and others "provoked" those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden's election.
Spend big now, pay down debt later, Biden's Treasury nominee Yellen tells lawmakers

Spend big now, pay down debt later, Biden's Treasury nominee Yellen tells lawmakers

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 5:45pm

Janet Yellen, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury Secretary, urged lawmakers on Tuesday to "act big" on the next coronavirus relief package, adding that the benefits outweigh the costs of a higher debt burden.
In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden

In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden

Jeff Mason, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 4:16pm

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a farewell address released on Tuesday, urged prayers for the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden but declined to acknowledge his Democratic successor by name.
Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:11am

As he prepares to end a tumultuous four years as U.S. president facing potential legal jeopardy, Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself, according to a source familiar with the matter. But there are questions about whether a president's broad executive clemency powers under the U.S. Constitution would permit such action.
Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

Lisa Mascaro and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:52pm

President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.
Air quality regulator temporarily suspends cremation limits for LA County amid 'backlog' from pandemic

Air quality regulator temporarily suspends cremation limits for LA County amid 'backlog' from pandemic

Hira Humayun and Christina Maxouris, CNN  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:20pm

As Los Angeles County battles against the unrelenting coronavirus, an air pollution control agency says it has temporarily suspended limits on cremations in order to assist crematoriums in the county with a "backlog" caused by the pandemic.
Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:44pm

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.
Speakers at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration call for nonviolence amid turbulent times

Speakers at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration call for nonviolence amid turbulent times

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:24pm

Speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Atlanta called Monday for a renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year in which a deadly pandemic, protests over systemic racism and a divisive election capped by an attack on the U.S. Capitol strained Americans' capacity for civility.
Woman may have tried to sell Pelosi computer device to Russians, FBI says

Woman may have tried to sell Pelosi computer device to Russians, FBI says

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:33pm

U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a woman took a laptop computer or hard drive from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol and tried to sell the device to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.
FBI vetting Guard troops in DC as fear of insider attack among security concerns

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC as fear of insider attack among security concerns

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 12:41pm

The insider threat, however, was just one of the security concerns voiced by officials on Sunday, as dozens of military, National Guard, law enforcement and Washington, D.C., officials and commanders went through a security rehearsal in northern Virginia.
Trump planning wave of more than 100 pardons, but so far not himself, source says

Trump planning wave of more than 100 pardons, but so far not himself, source says

Steve Holland, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:17am

U.S. President Donald Trump at this point is opting not to issue a pardon for himself as he prepares an expansive list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday, a source familiar with the effort said.