Democracy Dies in Darkness
Joe Biden promised to undo much of his predecessor’s legacy and restore what he refers to as “the soul of America” by proving that the past four years represented an aberration rather than an enduring rift in the national fabric.
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.
We have been at war with our own democracy. But we haven’t yet managed to topple our moral code.
New presidential families, past commanders in chief and government members of both parties were in attendance as a new era was marked in American democracy.
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The director of the National Security Agency, who was ordered over the weekend to install former GOP political operative Michael Ellis as NSA general counsel, has placed him on administrative leave, pending an inquiry by the Pentagon inspector general into the circumstances of his selection. 
Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn. (Defense Department)
The Army’s initial denial of Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn’s participation in a critical Jan. 6 riot-response meeting, despite multiple inquiries on the matter, comes as lawmakers demand transparency from the Defense Department in the aftermath of one of Washington’s gravest national security failures.
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.
So confident was Team Tiger of Exotic’s imminent release that it hired a “super-stretch turbo diesel” limousine to pick him up from prison, along with a hairdresser waiting in the vehicle to coif his signature platinum-blonde mullet.
An inauguration like no other. And how the White House residence staff say goodbye to one first family and hello to another.
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In his inaugural address to the nation on Jan. 20, President Biden called for “uniting to fight the foes we face."
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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. leads fellow Supreme Court justices at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (AFP/Getty Images)
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.
A Washington Post analysis of the 144 people who received clemency this week found that at least 45 — or nearly a third — had a link to the president or people in his close orbit.
Over 24 hours, the country went through its own peaceful transition — of emotion, of memory, of pain and hope.
People walk in Tehran on Jan. 9, after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered a ban on the import of U.S. and British coronavirus vaccines, claiming they are not to be trusted. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
“If they return to their commitments, we will also fulfill our commitments,” President Hassan Rouhani said on the day of Biden’s inauguration.
As President Biden took his oath of office Wednesday, world leaders and top officials, along with ordinary people across the globe, looked on with rapt attention — and in many cases optimism.
The video shows a Black Sea palace with an ice rink and “aquadisco.” It was built for Putin, the Russian opposition leader claimed. The Kremlin denies it.
With a WHO team probing the pandemic’s origins, officials are propagating the fringe view that the virus came from elsewhere.
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The vaccine doses were damaged because of improper temperature storage.
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.
Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman escorted Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris at the inauguration on Jan. 20. (The Post)
Eugene Goodman accompanied the incoming vice president in his role as the new acting deputy sergeant-at-arms.
For many parents, the change in power brings relief that they no longer have to reach for the remote or close their browser every time the president speaks.
Democratic legislative leaders say they want more coronavirus help in the spending plan.
Sales were down, but at least “the big bad wolf is gone,” one vendor said.
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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.
President Biden’s administration takes over the official White House social media accounts Wednesday. But Twitter won’t transfer followers, unlike with the previous administration.
The rule forces the Biden administration into a politically sensitive debate that raises questions about separation of church and state.
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov were placed on the list. What’s more, the NHL fined the Capitals $100,000 for player violations related to the health protocols.
Patrick Mahomes is helped off the field during the Chiefs' victory Sunday over the Browns in an AFC divisional-round playoff game. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
It's unclear the exact role Mayhew, a former cornerback who played for Washington and has many years of front-office experience, would take on in Washington.