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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Many of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have descended on Des Moines’ Capital City Pride Fest in Iowa this weekend — demonstrating how important the first caucus state and LGBTQ issues are for the Democrats.

The big picture: Organizers say 17 presidential candidates will speak at the 2019 Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids on Sunday. As this year's festival marks the 10th anniversary of Iowa's Supreme Court overturning a ban on same-sex marriage in the state, many candidates criticized President Trump for anti-LGBTQ policies, AP reports.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Drag queen Vana Rosenberg and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland congressman John Delaney. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and self-help author Marianne Williamson. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Podcast: After the Biden inaugural

Joe Biden was sworn in today as America's 46th president in an inauguration unlike any other in modern history.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into the speech, the atmosphere and what it all tells us about the incoming administration, with Axios political reporters Hans Nichols and Alexi McCammond.

Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.

Updated 52 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Representatives from all branches of the military escort the 46th president to the White House.