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No Large Protests In D.C., On Morning Of Biden's Inauguration

Militias and mass protests were nowhere to be seen in Washington, D.C., by midmorning Wednesday — a welcome development for security and law enforcement agencies. Some 25,000 National Guard members are in the city, where insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol just two weeks ago.

The FBI warned last week that all 50 state capitals could see violent protests from people who refuse to accept Trump's loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

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John Legend, Garth Brooks, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake And More To Perform

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will make history during today's inauguration; Biden will become the oldest President in American history, while Harris will be the first Black woman and the first Asian-American to hold the office.

Musicians from all genres plan to greet the Biden/Harris administration with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Earth, Wind & Fire, John Legend and more. The complete list of performances is below.


Biden Attends Mass Before His Swearing In As Nation's 2nd Roman Catholic President

President-elect Joe Biden, who will become the nation's second Roman Catholic president, is attending Mass this morning, along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and congressional leaders at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

It's a church Biden attended both as vice president and as a senator, and it was the site of a service for the first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, after his 1963 assassination.

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Nearly 200,000 Flags On National Mall Represent Those Who Cannot Attend Inauguration

In lieu of the crowds of spectators that fill the National Mall for a typical inauguration, this year the iconic stretch of land will be filled with nearly 200,000 flags, representing the thousands of people who cannot attend because of the coronavirus pandemic and tight security in the nation's capital.

The art display represents all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the five U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Trump Departs White House, With Capitol Riot Defining His Tumultuous Term

Updated at 10:10 a.m. ET

Unwilling to admit defeat but with his time in office at its end, President Trump left the White House early Wednesday, skipping the Inauguration Day ceremony that generations of outgoing presidents have attended — a symbolic peaceful transfer of power that had been made all but impossible by his actions after losing the election to Joe Biden.

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Biden Says He Wants To Unite America. He Might Find Unity Hard To Come By

If you haven't heard, Joe Biden would like to unite America.

It was a focus of the Democrat's campaign. It's even the theme of Biden's inauguration — "America United."

The inaugural committee says the slogan "reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future."

If only it were that easy.

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Photos: Historic Inauguration Will Not Look Like The Past

Even before rioters stormed the Capitol two weeks ago, the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president was going to look different from ceremonies past.

The risk of large crowds with the ongoing pandemic meant there would be no parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and many of the usual performances and speakers had been replaced with plans for virtual events.

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Here's What Biden Plans To Do In His 1st Day As President

Updated at 8 a.m. ET

Just hours after he is sworn into office on Inauguration Day, President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign 17 executive actions in the Oval Office to try to hit the ground running on his top priorities — and to roll back some of President Trump's initiatives in those areas, a group of his top advisers told reporters.


Biden's Inaugural Address, Annotated

Joe Biden addresses the nation for the first time as its 46th president on Wednesday. Biden is speaking at scaled-down event, before a divided nation still reeling from the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol and the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 400,000 Americans.

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On Immigration, Biden Goes Big In Opening Bid To Congress

President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a sweeping immigration proposal to Congress after he is sworn into office on Wednesday, a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.