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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden in front of the remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday. Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick were transported in an urn to the building he helped defend during the Jan. 6 D.C. insurrection. A ceremony was held as he lay in honor on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lying in honor is a final tribute reserved only for private citizens who've provided distinguished service to the U.S. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden joined congressional leaders, police and others in paying tribute to Sicknick at the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday night.

The latest: Congressional leaders delivered remarks at a ceremony on Wednesday.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said to Sicknick's family: "We will never forget his sacrifice ... We will never forget. With your permission, may we be worthy to carry Brian in our hearts."
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) called Sicknick "a peacekeeper, not only in duty, but in spirit." He added: Talk to his colleagues and they will tell you that Brian was a kind and humble man, with profound inner strength, the quiet rock of his unit."
The remains of officer Sicknick arrive at the U.S. Capitol. His remains will lie in honor through Wednesday, and then be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. Capitol Police officers carrying the remains of Sicknick, who died of injuries he sustained when supporters of President Trump broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photographer: Alex Brandon/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The scene in the Rotunda after Sicknick's remains arrive. Biden’s tribute to the officer is "in stark contrast to Trump, who never made a public expression of sorrow" over his death, AP notes. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Family members arrive to pay their respects to Sicknick, who's the fifth person to be given the Capitol Rotunda honor, per AP. Photo: Leah Millis-Pool/Getty Images
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in front of Sicknick's remains in the Rotunda. Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the National Guard pay tribute to Sicknick. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A photograph of the late officer in the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images
A USCP officer salutes Sicknick. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images

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In photos: Major winter storm dumps heavy snow across Northeast

The scene in New York City's Times Square on Feb. 1. After lashing the Midwest and parts of California earlier, the storm system moved into the Northeast overnight, affecting some 70 million people. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The first major winter storm of 2021 was lashing much of the Eastern U.S. over Monday night, with up to 30 inches of snow falling in some places.

The big picture: COVID-19 vaccination sites and schools closed across the Northeast, including in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York City, where the outdoor subway service was suspended. New Jersey's Transit also paused its bus and rail operations. Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. At least three deaths have been attributed to the storm in Pennsylvania, per AP.

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The first line of the Axios Manifesto is "Audience First." That's why we created our unique Smart Brevity style to get you smarter, faster, on topics that matter. But it also means we won't shy away from important stories that are worthy of more detail and more of your time, like our Deep Dives, Axios Investigates and now this deeply reported series, "Off the rails.” 

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Feb 3, 2021 - World

In photos: Biden admin denounces Myanmar military "coup" as protests spread in Asia

A Myanmar migrant holds up a poster with the image of Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, in a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration on Tuesday called the military seizure of power in Myanmar and detainment of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi a coup d'etat as pro-democracy groups protested across Asia.

Driving the news: The official designation will open a broader review of U.S. assistance programs to the Southeast Asian country, which was under military rule before becoming a civilian-led democracy in 2011.