The Newest: Fireworks gentle up sky to have a good time inauguration


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all instances native):

10:15 p.m.

Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the tip of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden.

Biden and first girl Jill Biden watched the tip of the day’s occasions from a balcony within the White Home on Wednesday evening. The Bidens’ grandchildren danced and clapped on the balcony.

Whereas the coronavirus pandemic and safety issues in Washington vastly scaled again inaugural occasions, organizers created a celebratory environment with reside and recorded superstar performances, ending with singer Katy Perry.

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, watched the fireworks from the steps of the Washington Monument after Harris delivered transient remarks.



Joe Biden took the oath of workplace at midday Wednesday to develop into the forty sixth president of the US. He takes cost in a deeply divided nation, inheriting a confluence of crises arguably higher than any confronted by his predecessors.

Learn extra:

— Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

— Biden’s first act: Orders on pandemic, local weather, immigration

— Biden charts new US course, guarantees many Trump reversals

— Vice President Harris: A brand new chapter opens in US politics

— Evaluation: For Biden, probability to show disaster into alternative



10 p.m.

Three former presidents are celebrating the transition of energy that noticed Democrat Joe Biden enter the White Home.

In a pretaped video that aired throughout Biden’s inaugural tv particular Wednesday evening, Republican George W. Bush, together with Democrats Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama, wished Biden luck.

Obama stated, “Inaugurations have a good time a convention of a peaceable switch of energy that’s over two centuries previous.” However the mere truth that each one three felt compelled to return collectively to handle the difficulty speaks to the fraught second the nation faces.

President Donald Trump repeatedly and falsely insisted for months that the November election was stolen from him, and he whipped up a violent crowd of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol two weeks in the past looking for to overturn the certification of Biden win. He additionally snubbed his successor’s inauguration.

Within the video, Clinton urged Individuals to get off their “excessive horses” and attain out to buddies and neighbors with whom they might have variations. Bush stated he wished Biden to achieve success as a result of his “success is our nation’s success.”


9:40 p.m.

Kamala Harris talked in regards to the energy of “American aspiration” in her first speech to the nation as vice chairman.

With the Washington Monument lit up behind her Wednesday evening, Harris referred to as on Individuals to recollect “we’re undaunted in our perception that we will overcome, that we are going to stand up.”

She additionally forged her ascension as the primary feminine vice chairman as an indication of the nation’s character.

Borrowing a line she steadily used on the marketing campaign path, she stated, “We not solely see what has been — we see what will be.”

Harris gave a nod to American scientists, dad and mom and academics who’re persevering by the coronavirus pandemic and inspired folks to “see past crises.” She spoke throughout President Joe Biden’s “Celebrating America” occasion to mark the inauguration.


8:55 p.m.

Bruce Springsteen sang “Land of Hope and Goals” as he stood alone along with his guitar in entrance of the Lincoln Memorial to open “Celebrating America,” a broadcast particular to honor the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Springsteen stated, “Good night, America,” to open the 90-minute particular airing throughout a number of networks on Wednesday evening instead of the standard official inaugural balls.

Performing the 1999 music of solace, Springsteen sang, “I’ll present for you, and I’ll stand by your aspect. You’ll want companion, for this a part of the journey.”

Host Tom Hanks, additionally on the Lincoln Memorial, launched the present by saying, “In the previous few weeks, in the previous few years, we’ve witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancor in our land. However tonight we ponder the US of America.”

Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria are co-hosting the present, which may also embody performances from John Legend, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, the Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi.


8:40 p.m.

Kamala Harris could be vice chairman, however she doesn’t get to take pleasure in all the vice presidential perks simply but.

Harris gained’t instantly transfer into the vice chairman’s residence on the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. A Harris aide says the delay will enable time for repairs to the house. The home wants its chimney liners changed, amongst different fixes, and it’s simpler to complete the work with the house unoccupied.

The previous California senator has a house in downtown D.C. the place she usually stayed whereas on the town for work, but it surely’s unclear if she’ll stay there whereas ready for the repairs to be accomplished.

Each vice chairman since Walter Mondale has lived on the Naval Observatory, and it’s been the location of visits from international dignitaries, occasions and gatherings hosted by vice presidents previous.


8:05 p.m.

A gaggle of protesters carrying anti-President Joe Biden and anti-police indicators is marching in Portland and broken the headquarters of the Democratic Celebration of Oregon.

Police say the group smashed home windows and spray-painted anarchist symbols on the political get together constructing on Wednesday. It was considered one of no less than 4 teams planning to collect within the metropolis on Inauguration Day.

Police say officers on bicycles entered the group to contact somebody with a weapon and to take away poles affixed to a banner that they thought could possibly be used as a weapon. Police say the group swarmed the officers and threw objects at them.

Portland has been the location of frequent protests for the reason that police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in Might. Over the summer time, there have been demonstrations for greater than 100 straight days.

Mayor Ted Wheeler just lately decried what he described as a section of violent agitators who detract from the message of police accountability and who must be topic to extra extreme punishment.


7:40 p.m.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden will enable Congress to resolve the way in which ahead on the impeachment trial of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Psaki stated Wednesday within the first press briefing of the Biden administration that the president believes members of the Senate ought to work out easy methods to proceed with a trial that might eat the opening weeks of his presidency.

Psaki says the administration is as an alternative targeted on the pandemic and the financial disaster which have engulfed the nation for practically a yr, noting that the Senate can deal with a number of points directly.

Trump was impeached final week on a cost of inciting an rebellion. It was his second impeachment, a file for any president.


7:30 p.m.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden will name Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, the primary name with a international chief after Biden took the oath of workplace.

Psaki stated Wednesday at her first press briefing that the topic of the decision might be relations between the US and Canada in addition to the standing of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose allowing Biden revoked in considered one of his first acts as president.

Psaki says Biden’s first spherical of calls to international leaders might be with allies, including that the brand new president plans to restore relationships broken by former President Donald Trump’s adversarial method.


7:15 p.m.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki is delivering the primary information briefing of Joe Biden’s presidency, a as soon as commonplace a part of previous administrations that was largely sidelined through the Trump period.

Psaki stated Wednesday that she’s going to deliver reality and transparency to the White Home briefing room, a transparent reference to her predecessors below President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration took an overtly combative tone with the information media. Sean Spicer, who was Trump’s first press secretary, set the tenor 4 years in the past by claiming that the viewers at Trump’s inauguration was the biggest in historical past, regardless of photographic proof on the contrary.


7:10 p.m.

The Senate has voted to verify Avril Haines as the brand new director of nationwide intelligence, giving President Joe Biden the primary member of his Cupboard.

The 84-10 vote by the Senate on Wednesday got here after senators agreed to fast-track her nomination.

Sen. Mark Warner, the highest Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated it was becoming that Haines was confirmed first. He stated the intelligence submit is of “vital significance to the nation.”

Haines advised the Senate Intelligence Committee at a affirmation listening to Tuesday that China can be an essential focus of the Biden administration. She stated she sees her function as talking “reality to energy” and delivering correct and apolitical intelligence even whether it is uncomfortable or inconvenient for the administration.

The Senate was capable of vote shortly on the nomination, and bypass a committee vote, after Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton dropped his objection. Cotton had stated he wished to listen to from Haines on the Bush-era CIA interrogation program earlier than he agreed to maneuver ahead. Haines was a deputy CIA director within the Obama administration.


6:35 p.m.

The federal authorities has launched a brand new web site that can function a clearinghouse for data from former President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Nationwide Archives and Information Administration introduced the web site on Wednesday. Ultimately, it will likely be a repository of archived Trump-era paperwork, together with his White Home web site and social media accounts. It is going to additionally supply details about accessing different data from Trump’s tenure.

The company maintains data going again to President Herbert Hoover’s administration, which resulted in 1933.

However there are questions on how meticulous the Trump administration was about holding data. Trump was cavalier a couple of legislation requiring their preservation. He had a behavior of ripping up paperwork earlier than tossing them out.

That’s led some historians and archivists to fret that there might be a gaping gap within the historical past of Trump’s tumultuous 4 years in workplace.


6:30 p.m.

President Joe Biden has given the Oval Workplace a slight makeover.

Biden revealed the brand new décor Wednesday as he invited reporters into his new workplace to observe him signal a sequence of govt orders hours after he took workplace.

A bust of Cesar Chavez, the labor chief and civil rights activist, is nestled amongst an array of framed household images displayed on a desk behind the brand new president.

Benjamin Franklin friends down at Biden from a portrait on a close-by wall.

Biden introduced a darkish blue rug out of storage to switch a lighter coloured one put in by former President Donald Trump.

One workplace characteristic stays: Biden can be utilizing what’s often called the Resolute Desk as a result of it was constructed from oak used within the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute.

Trump used that desk, too.


6:15 p.m.

President Joe Biden is reminding his federal appointees and workers that “we work for the folks” and is asking on them to be “first rate, honorable and sensible.”

Biden swore in practically 1,000 federal appointees and workers in a digital ceremony within the State Eating Room on the White Home on Wednesday night. He spoke from behind a lectern, whereas the appointees appeared on the occasion by way of video streams arrange on a sequence of tv screens.

Biden stated that if any of his appointees deal with a colleague with disrespect, he’ll fireplace them “on the spot.” He stated that mindset had been lacking in President Donald Trump’s White Home.

The brand new president additionally advised the group that “we’ve such an terrible lot to do” and stated that containing the pandemic and administering COVID-19 vaccines would be the “most consequential logistical factor that’s ever been carried out in the US.”

He stated he’s “going to make errors” however promised throughout their swearing-in that he’ll ”acknowledge them” when he does.


5:40 p.m.

One in every of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s signature achievements has met an abrupt finish as a big placard enunciating his “skilled ethos” was faraway from the State Division’s major entrance.

Employees eliminated the large signal from the division’s C Road foyer on Wednesday shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The placard had been prominently positioned close to a plaque honoring international service workers who died whereas serving their nation, however many profession diplomats thought-about it insulting and full of pointless platitudes.

Division spokesperson Ned Value says, “We’re assured that our colleagues don’t want a reminder of the values we share.”

Pompeo unveiled his “ethos” assertion to nice fanfare in April 2019 with an eye fixed towards enhancing morale. Nevertheless it had the other impact, and lots of complained it was condescending.

Pompeo foes had accused the secretary and a few of his prime aides of failing to abide by the precepts of the ethos assertion themselves, notably throughout Trump’s Ukraine-related impeachment, after they determined to not publicly defend profession diplomats.


5:20 p.m.

President Joe Biden has signed a sequence of govt orders from the Oval Workplace hours after his inauguration.

Biden wore a masks whereas seated behind the Resolute Desk with a stack of orders early Wednesday night. He stated there was “no time to start out like right this moment.”

The primary order Biden signed was associated to the coronavirus pandemic. He additionally signed an order reentering the U.S. into the Paris local weather accord.

Whereas his predecessor Donald Trump broke long-standing observe by skipping Biden’s inauguration, he did comply with by on one custom and left behind a letter for Biden.

The brand new Democratic president stated Trump “wrote a really beneficiant letter.” However Biden stated he wouldn’t reveal its contents till he had an opportunity to talk with Trump.


4:55 p.m.

President Joe Biden has directed that federal businesses halt all rulemaking till his administration has time to evaluate proposed laws.

White Home chief of workers Ron Klain introduced the transfer in a memo to the heads of govt departments and businesses Wednesday afternoon, hours after Biden was sworn in because the nation’s forty sixth president.

The regulatory freeze order is a staple of presidential transitions, permitting the incoming administration to evaluate the pending actions of their predecessors.


4:50 p.m.

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn in to workplace by Vice President Kamala Harris. Meaning their get together now has management of the White Home and Congress for the primary time in a decade.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff each gained Senate runoff elections in Georgia earlier this month, defeating Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Alex Padilla was appointed by California’s governor to fill Harris’ seat.

Wednesday was Harris’ first time presiding over the Senate.

Warnock is Georgia’s first Black senator, and Padilla is California’s first Hispanic senator. Ossoff is Georgia’s first Jewish senator and, at 33, the Senate’s youngest sitting member.

The Senate is now divided 50-50. Democrats might be in management as a result of the vice chairman casts tiebreaking votes within the chamber. Democrats have a 221-211 Home majority, with three vacancies.

Democrats final managed the White Home, Senate and Home in January 2011.


4:40 p.m.

The New Radicals reunited after greater than 20 years to nearly carry out their 1998 hit “You Get What You Give” on the celebration for President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The anthem about social and political points affecting America on the flip of the millennium raised eyebrows when it was introduced for Wednesday’s festivities, however has sturdy connections to the president and vice chairman.

In Biden’s 2017 autobiography, “Promise Me, Dad,” he wrote that “You Get What You Give” turned the household’s theme music when his son Beau was battling most cancers. The music was additionally used on the marketing campaign path because the theme for Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, at rallies.

“This complete rattling world might collapse/You’ll be okay, comply with your coronary heart,” go a number of the lyrics. “Don’t surrender, you’ve received a cause to reside/Can’t overlook, we solely get what we give.”

The brand new administration additionally was serenaded — nearly, in fact — by a number of the funkiest artists in American music: Earth, Wind & Fireplace and Niles Rogers with Kathy Sledge.

Three members of Earth Wind & Fireplace — Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson — carried out their hit “Sing a Tune,” whereas Rogers and Sledge mixed for a model of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Household.”

The performances, interspliced with marching bands, various performances and tales from Biden-Harris supporters, performed on social media and on-line after the Biden and Harris households concluded the inauguration parade.


4:20 p.m.

Vice President Kamala Harris has entered her new workplace constructing for the primary time in her new function.

Harris was joined Wednesday by her husband, Doug Emhoff, as she entered the Eisenhower Govt Workplace Constructing, which homes the vice chairman’s workplace and is positioned close to the White Home.

The marching band of her alma mater, Howard College, helped lead Harris’ procession.

She was joined by her prolonged household and held fingers with considered one of her younger grandnieces, who was beaming and sporting a fur coat meant to imitate one Harris wore as a toddler.

Shouts of “We love you!” greeted her as she walked alongside the procession route. She waved at White Home staffers gathered to observe and gave one ultimate wave to the group earlier than coming into the constructing.


3:50 p.m.

President Joe Biden has entered the White Home for the primary time as chief govt after strolling an abbreviated parade route, nonetheless sporting his protecting masks amid sounds of “Hail to the Chief.”

The forty sixth president and first girl Jill Biden walked by a navy cordon lining the White Home driveway with the flags of U.S. states, main the primary couple to the principle entrance below the North Portico on Wednesday.

Biden was anticipated to instantly start working, with a stack of govt orders on immigration and different issues awaiting his signature.

The ultimate ceremonial flourish accomplished an abbreviated inaugural afternoon not like any Washington has seen, with Biden being seen in particular person by solely a relative smattering of Individuals given safety lockdowns after the Jan. 6 Capitol assault and public well being protocols amid the continued pandemic.


3:45 p.m.

President Joe Biden and his household have concluded his inaugural parade by strolling a ultimate brief distance of the path to the White Home.

Biden, his spouse, Jill Biden, their kids and their grandchildren held fingers Wednesday afternoon as they strolled, waving to a largely nonexistent crowd due to coronavirus social distancing tips.

Biden jogged over to the sidelines a number of instances to cease to speak to reporters and spectators.

The primary household arrived on the White Home grounds with a band taking part in and press in tow.

Joe and Jill Biden accomplished the journey by embracing on the entrance to the White Home whereas the band performed “Hail to the Chief.”


3:35 p.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he hopes Donald Trump will proceed to be the chief of the Republican Celebration after his election defeat and second impeachment.

The Republican senator stated Wednesday throughout an interview on Fox Information that “should you’re desirous to erase Donald Trump from the get together, you’re going to get erased.”

Over the course of Trump’s one-term presidency, Graham went from being considered one of his fiercest critics to being considered one of his most outstanding allies in Congress.

Graham stated it was inappropriate for Republicans in Congress to attempt to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory and referred to as Trump’s feedback forward of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “an enormous mistake.” However he says finally that it wasn’t a criminal offense and that he blames “the those who got here into the Capitol, not him.”

He stated he thinks there can be plenty of assist for Trump if he ran once more in 2024.

He added: “However I’m not nervous about 2024. I need to assist Biden the place I can, I need to get this nation again on monitor.”


3:25 p.m.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says it actually lifted her coronary heart to see Joe Biden sworn in as president on the identical platform that supporters of President Donald Trump climbed after they attacked the Capitol two weeks in the past.

Clinton and her husband, the previous President Invoice Clinton, attended Wednesday’s inauguration of Biden. Afterward, she advised The Related Press that she was “relieved and grateful” to see Biden sworn in with a peaceable transition of energy.

That’s been taken without any consideration within the U.S. for over two centuries. However two weeks in the past, a whole bunch of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol in an try to cease Congress from formally certifying Biden’s election victory over Trump.

The Home impeached Trump every week afterward a cost of inciting an rebellion.

Clinton says she thinks it was significant to many Individuals to see Biden take his oath of workplace the place, “just some weeks in the past, marauders and terrorists had been trying to cease democracy.”

Trump defeated Clinton for the presidency in 2016.


3:15 p.m.

The very best-ranking Black member of Congress says former President George W. Bush lauded his function as a “savior” in serving to get President Joe Biden elected to the White Home.

U.S. Home Majority Whip Jim Clyburn stated Wednesday on a name with reporters that the Republican former president advised him forward of the inaugural ceremony that, if he had not given Biden the enhance he did forward of South Carolina’s main, “we might not be having this switch of energy right this moment.”

Clyburn says Bush went on to say that Biden was “the one one who might have defeated the incumbent president,” Donald Trump. Trump and the Bush household didn’t get alongside.

Clyburn’s pivotal endorsement forward of South Carolina’s Democratic main helped propel Biden to the nomination. Biden gained South Carolina by a margin of practically 30 factors.

Clyburn, South Carolina’s solely Democratic consultant in Congress, is the dean of the state’s Democrats and the third-ranking member of the U.S. Home.


3:05 p.m.

President Joe Biden has spent a couple of of the primary moments of his time period at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, honoring fallen veterans with three former presidents and their households.

The president, first girl Jill Biden, and newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, presided over a wreath-laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider on Wednesday.

After cannon fireplace rumbled within the distance, Biden saluted as a navy band performed the nationwide anthem.

Biden and Harris later briefly touched the wreath earlier than bowing their heads in prayer. The president additionally made the signal of the cross, then he and Harris stood somberly for the taking part in of faucets.

Becoming a member of them on the ceremony had been former President Barack Obama and his spouse, Michelle, former President George W. Bush and his spouse, Laura and former President Invoice Clinton and his spouse, Hillary.

Former President Donald Trump flew to Florida earlier than Biden was sworn into workplace.

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