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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Senators spent this morning reviewing the FBI supplemental background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The big picture: Senate Republicans claim the report does not corroborate sexual assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — and key swing Republican senators like Jeff Flake and Susan Collins expressed satisfaction with the quality of the investigation. Senate Democrats have called the investigation incomplete and limited by the White House.

What they're saying:

  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): "It appears to be a very thorough investigation, but I am going back later today to personally read the interviews. That's really all I have to say right now.”
  • Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): "We asked the FBI to investigate current credible allegations. That’s what they’ve done. ... I had planned to vote for him before, but I certainly wanted the FBI, the professionals, to look at it. And they have. I think they’ve been thorough."
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): "There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know...This investigation found no hint of misconduct."
  • Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): "The most notable part of this report is what's not in it...It looks to be the product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House. I don't know."
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), a key red-state Democrat, who announced her "no" vote on Kavanaugh: "I met with Judge Kavanaugh, closely watched his hearings, and reviewed his available record during the evaluation process — including the nonpartisan FBI investigation which I called for."

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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.

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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.