Who’s Got the Nuclear Football? Actually, the Question Is When Biden Gets ‘the Biscuit’

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The last time a president refused to show up at his successor’s inauguration — Andrew Johnson in 1869 — the United States did not possess the world’s deadliest nuclear arsenal, and it would be seven decades before Washington first established the principle that the commander in chief would be given sole authority to launch it.So the handoff of power...

Biden and Harris: Two Paths Converge at the White House

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When Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris take the oath of office on Wednesday, they will instantly make history, as Ms. Harris becomes the first woman to hold the nation’s second highest office. Forced to hold their celebration amid tragedy, as the nation remains mired in the coronavirus pandemic and faces threats of right-wing violence, they will seek...

‘He Was Just Everywhere’: A Tired Country After Four Years of Trump

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“Four years were kind of unpleasant,” said Gwendolyn Milner, 68, of Fayetteville, Ga., “because we felt we had to defend him but nobody would stop to listen.” It is important to remain engaged, she said, even though she already feels cynical and beaten down.Others spoke tiredly of trying to defend Mr. Trump’s policies to friends and family only to...

War-Zone Experience Carries Journalists Into Inauguration Coverage

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The main concern of journalists covering presidential inaugurations used to be guarding against the January chill.For the swearing-in of Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday, some reporters and photographers are taking along protective gear used in combat zones.Two weeks after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a siege that resulted in five deaths, and aware of warnings of...

Democrats, Assuming Power, Face Recalcitrant Republicans

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WASHINGTON — Democrats will take control of both the White House and Congress on Wednesday for the first time in a decade, but they have already discovered the difficulties of governing with so little room to maneuver around Republicans who appear in no mood to cooperate.Even before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the new president,...

In Farewell Video, Trump Repeats Familiar Falsehoods

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What Mr. Trump Said“We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened up thousands of new factories and brought back the beautiful phrase ‘Made in the U.S.A.’”This lacks evidence. Manufacturing employment did rise by just under 500,000 before the pandemic, but by December, it had fallen by more than 75,000 from when Mr. Trump took office. Manufacturing output also increased modestly,...

On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims

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“It’s deeply personal that our next journey to Washington starts here, a place that defines the very best of who we are as Americans,” the president-elect said at a send-off ceremony at the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center in New Castle, Del., named for the son who served in Iraq and as the state’s attorney...

Biden to Announce Broad Plan to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies

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Ms. Praeli, a onetime undocumented immigrant from Peru who became a citizen in 2015, said that “11 million of us live and work every day.”“We raise families in communities without any protection from deportation and family separation, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in the workplace,” she added. “So it is long past time for real change.”Ms. Praeli and other...

Deepening Schism, McConnell Says Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Mob

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Senator Mitch McConnell flatly blamed President Trump on Tuesday for the violent rampage at the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that the mob that stormed the building had been “fed lies” and “provoked by the president” to carry out its assault.Mr. McConnell’s remarks, on the eve of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, were the clearest signal yet from the...

Parler Tries to Survive With Help From Russian Company

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Parler, the social network popular with Trump supporters, is trickling back to life.The social network went offline last week after Amazon booted it from its computer servers for not consistently removing violent posts, an accusation that Parler denied. But after a week in which Parler executives sued Amazon and predicted that their site might never return, they are forecasting...