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Mich. Gov. Whitmer: Biden, Harris Are The Right People At The Right Time

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 9:00am
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Trump Leaves White House For The Last Time As 45th President

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 9:00am
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Connections preempted by NPR's coverage of Inauguration Day

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 8:54am
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Trump Departs White House, With Capitol Riot Defining His Tumultuous Term

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 8:35am
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. Trump came to power four years ago with a focus on what he called America's "forgotten men and women." But now he stands perhaps to be remembered most not for what he did in the White House, but instead for an insurrection two weeks ago, when his supporters stormed the very spot where Biden will take his oath of office. A week later, the Democratic-led House of Representatives made Trump the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice — this latest time for inciting the Jan. 6 riot as Congress gathered to certify the results of an election that the president had repeatedly and falsely said had been stolen from

News Brief: Inauguration Day, Trump Issues Pardons, COVID-19 Variant

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:19am
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Climate Change Concerns Prompt Americans To Consider Relocating

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:19am
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Trump Baby Blimp Will Be On Display At British Museum

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:19am
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Biden Takes The Oath On Same Stage Where Rioters Swarmed U.S. Capitol

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:19am
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Trump Revokes Administration Ethics Rules On His Way Out The Door

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:13am
In one of his final acts in office, in the wee hours of the night, President Trump revoked Executive Order 13770 , an order on ethics he signed when he first took office, freeing the way for people who have served in his administration to cash in with lobbying gigs. When Trump signed the order on Jan. 28, 2017, he hailed it as a fulfillment of his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." Among other things, it banned administration officials from lobbying the agencies where they worked for a full five years after the termination of their employment. "It's a two-year ban now, and it's got full of loopholes, and this is a five-year ban," Trump boasted at the time, joking that the people standing around him for the signing ceremony had one last chance to get out before the order took effect and limited their options. Trump's reversal isn't unprecedented. In the final weeks of his presidency, former President Bill Clinton revoked his administration's ethics order, something he was criticized

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

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:00am
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. When Biden is sworn in at 12:01 p.m. ET Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, it will be with the understanding that the country is as divided as it's ever been, as pessimistic as it's been in three decades and facing health, economic and racial crises. It will also be a very different inauguration than has ever been seen in U.S. history. Four years ago, President Trump was arguing over his crowd size compared with Barack Obama's record-setting turnout of supporters on the National Mall. This time, because of the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns, the Mall is shut down — as is

Photos: Historic Inauguration Will Not Look Like The Past

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 6:15am
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. But the riot at the Capitol has meant further changes to the already unusual inauguration plans, with increased security measures around the Capitol and thousands of National Guard troops stationed nearby. The scaled-down Inauguration Day events represent a loss of what some scholars call "a civil religion" that binds people together, says Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. "When we don't have the serious parts of our [civil religion], the celebratory parts of that, it's like losing one's religion and ceremonies all at the same time," she says.

Watching History From Afar, Some Harris Supporters Feel 'Robbed' Of A Big Moment

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:07am
Before they gather virtually to watch the inauguration, students at YELLS, a non-profit youth empowerment program in Marietta, Ga., will receive some special packages. Each student will get a delivery that includes an American flag, a copy of the oath of office, and a special set of pearls, in honor of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. YELLS staffers are encouraging their students to dress up to watch the ceremony, to make a ruckus with provided noise-makers. And after the ceremony, staff will guide them in writing letters to the new president and vice president. "The staff all came together, we really made sure to let them know that we are going to celebrate this inauguration," said Sherri Burrell, a program coordinator for YELLS. "It's very very important to us that they are witnessing, as one of the students did say, 'We are witnessing history, and we are also witnessing my future.'" When Harris takes the oath of office on Wednesday, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants

Flurry Of Activity Comes Amid Trump's Final Hours In The Presidency

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:07am
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Biden Becomes President A Year After 1st Confirmed U.S. COVID-19 Case

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:07am
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ALS Patients To Gain Quicker Access To Disability Benefits And Medicare

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
Anita Baron first noticed something was wrong in August 2018, when she began to drool. Her dentist chalked it up to a problem with her jaw. Then her speech became slurred. She managed to keep her company going — it offers financing to small businesses — but working became increasingly difficult for her as her speech worsened. Finally, nine months, four neurologists and countless tests later, Baron, now 66, got a diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, often called Lou Gehrig's disease after the New York Yankees first baseman who died of the disease in 1941, destroys motor neurons , causing people to lose control of their limbs, their speech and, ultimately, their ability to breathe. It's usually fatal in two to five years, though about 10% of people survive ten years or more . People with ALS often must quit their jobs — and sometimes their spouses do, too, to provide care — leaving families in financial distress. A decade-long campaign by advocates highlighting this predicament

Legacy Of President Trump's Travel Ban Will Be Hard For Biden To Erase

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
After fleeing civil war in Syria, Haitham Dalati and his wife made it to the United States in early 2017 during a brief window when the first version of President Trump's travel ban had been put on hold by the courts. They hoped their daughter and her family would soon follow. Instead, the rest of the family got caught up in Trump's immigration crackdown and ended up stuck in Lebanon for more than three years. It wasn't until last November that the couple's daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren were allowed in as refugees, crying and hugging during a tearful reunion at the airport gate in Pennsylvania. Now tens of thousands of families are hoping for similar reunions. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign a flurry of executive orders when he takes office Wednesday, including an order rolling back the travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries. Legal battles over the travel ban raged for months until the Supreme Court ultimately upheld a slimmed-down version in

What Biden Plans To Do His First Day As President

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
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 wants to build momentum on his plans to address the COVID-19 crisis, the economy, racial justice and climate change. Among the many measures, he plans to order masks be worn on federal property, will revoke President Trump's travel ban affecting Muslim-majority nations, extend the ban on evictions and foreclosures as a result of the pandemic, and instruct agencies to conduct a baseline review of systemic inequities in their programs and policies. "The president-elect has promised to root out systemic racism from our institutions," said Susan Rice, Biden's domestic policy adviser, one of the officials who briefed reporters. "This initiative is a first

On Immigration, Biden Goes Big In Opening Bid To Congress

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
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. The proposal would need to be approved by Congress, which balked at similar reforms proposed by former President Barack Obama in 2013. But the plan, which also would also immediately protect millions of people from being deported, marks a dramatic shift from President Trump's hardline policies that made life increasingly more difficult for people living in the country without legal status. "This legislation provides new pathways to citizenship, promotes smart border controls, and ... addresses the root causes of migration," said Susan Rice, Biden's incoming domestic policy adviser, on a call with reporters previewing the new administration's Day 1 actions. "The bill also creates an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers, farm

Biden's Inaugural Address, Annotated

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
Joe Biden addresses the nation for the first time as its 46th president on Wednesday. Biden is speaking at a scaled-down event before a divided nation still reeling from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 400,000 Americans. Follow NPR's full online coverage in our live blog . NPR reporters from the Washington Desk and across the newsroom are providing live fact checks and analysis of Biden's remarks. Watch the speech around 12 p.m. ET and read the annotations below. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit Loading...

Homegrown and Teagan Ward, and the politics of empathy and rage

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 5:00am
Teagan Ward doesn’t need The Weather Channel to understand the current climate in America. “One of frustration, I suppose,” she says. Ward works in the travel industry, developing tour packages to be sold by travel agents. She’s also a singer and songwriter on the Rochester scene, with her band Teagan and the Tweeds. “I was trying to use all of the time that I have, now that all of the things that I love, music and travel, are not doable right now,” she says. “And I found myself with a lot of writer’s block. I would sit and play my guitar for a long time and not really have anything come to fruition. So my girlfriend Sarah challenged me to stop getting on my soapbox at home about politics, and just the situation with the pandemic, and focus that energy into my writing.” Stuck at home, living in open-ended social isolation, Ward focused on what was unfolding right in front of her. Another headline across the screen… That’s the opening line from her new single, “Here We Are,” released