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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has selected Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford this week.

The details: Mitchell is currently on leave as Deputy County Attorney in Phoenix, and the Division Chief of the Special Victims Division, according to the committee. She is an expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. The committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear testimony from both Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in high school, and Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations. A vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is currently scheduled for Friday.

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Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/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: The Celebrate America event, with remarks by Biden and Harris.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
42 mins ago - Politics & Policy

President Biden faces a deeply broken America

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.