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World Leaders Express Hope As Biden And Harris Are Sworn In

As the United States inaugurates Joe Biden as the 46th president, world leaders, citizens and former officials offered congratulations and expressed hope that the new administration will lead to better relations and reverse some of the policies of his predecessor.

"The United States is back. And Europe stands ready," Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, proclaimed in a tweet hours before the swearing-in on Wednesday.

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Biden Celebrates 'Triumph' Of Democracy In Inaugural Address

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

President Biden gave his first presidential address to Americans on Wednesday in a star-studded Inauguration Day event that went unattended by his predecessor.

In his remarks, Biden promised to help the nation heal, both from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as from political rifts that had deepened considerably during the term of former President Donald Trump.

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'Not Broken But Simply Unfinished': Poet Amanda Gorman Calls For A Better America

When Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet from Los Angeles, took to the stage on Wednesday, it was immediately clear why the new president had chosen her as his inaugural poet.

Gorman echoed, in dynamic and propulsive verse, the same themes that Biden has returned to again and again and that he wove throughout his inaugural address: unity, healing, grief and hope, the painful history of American experience and the redemptive power of American ideals.

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Firefighter Andrea Hall Leads Pledge Of Allegiance, Spoken And In Sign Language

Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET

Andrea Hall, a career firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance during the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

Hall recited the familiar words of the pledge out loud and in American Sign Language.


WATCH: Biden Takes The Oath Of Office

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden became President Biden at noon Eastern time, after he took the oath of office to become the nation's 46th commander in chief.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Biden placed his hand on a family Bible.

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Kamala Harris Sworn In As Vice President

Kamala Harris has been sworn in as vice president of the United States, becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to hold the office. She is also the first graduate of a historically Black college and the first member of a Black sorority to do so.


Officer Who Confronted Capitol Mob Is Escorting Kamala Harris To Inaugural Ceremony

On this day two weeks ago, U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman became a hero, as he bravely directed participants in the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol away from the Senate chamber.

Today, officer Goodman was given the honor of escorting Vice President-elect Kamala Harris through that same building to the inaugural ceremony.

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Listen Live: Inauguration Day Special Coverage

Listen to NPR special coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Follow updates in our liveblog.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as president and vice president of the United States on Wednesday. Along with a dramatic shift for the country, this Inauguration Day itself is different.

Americans have been told to stay home because of the pandemic, and security is extratight two weeks after a breach of the Capitol building.

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In D.C., A Traditional South Indian Welcome Awaits Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are about to receive an Indian-style welcome to Washington, D.C.

A group of volunteers are putting together a kolam, a traditional South Indian art form used as a sign of welcome, in the nation's capital in honor of the incoming president and vice president. Using 1,800 pieces submitted from the public, the volunteers are assembling a kolam of over 2,500 square feet.

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Biden To End Trump Census Policy, Ensuring All Persons Living In U.S. Are Counted

One of President-elect Joe Biden's first executive actions is set to reverse the Trump administration's unprecedented policy of altering a key census count by excluding unauthorized immigrants. The change will ensure that the U.S. continues to follow more than two centuries of precedent in determining representation in Congress and the Electoral College.