All incoming presidents change the decor of the largely symbolic room to offer a sense of their personality and the type of presidency they hope to have. President Biden’s is notable for the sheer number of portraits and busts of well-known American historical figures.
Only six of the nine showed up for the ceremony. Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito skipped it. It was the first time in more than 20 years that not all of the justices witnessed the ceremony.
In cinema and literature, the Bechdel test judged artistic works based on whether there were scenes in which two or more women talked about something other than a man. Vice President Harris’s swearing in was a Bechdel test of American democracy, and after nearly 250 years, we finally passed it.
The sanctions prohibit former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the 27 other named individuals and their families from traveling to China — including Hong Kong and Macao — or conducting business with the country.
The FBI alleged that Biggs and other members of the far-right nationalist group appeared equipped with walkie-talkie-style communication devices and earpieces during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Michael Pack, a Trump appointee, who left a trail of criticism during his short term as head of agency that supervises government-funded news networks, said his resignation had been requested by President Biden.
Unlike his predecessor, who inherited a booming economy and a world at peace but could only see “carnage,” President Biden looked out from a ransacked Capitol to a country reeling from pandemic and riven with injustice and saw the possibility for renewal and rebuilding.