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Crowds gather for the ceremony. Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Raila Odinga, who lost a disputed election to Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in August and then boycotted a court-ordered re-run in October, held a mock swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday and declared himself the "people's president," per the BBC. Kenyan authorities ordered a blackout of TV stations that planned to cover the event, which thousands attended "despite a government warning that it amounted to treason."

  • Tensions remain high, and about 50 people have been killed in protests and clashes since the elections.
  • Worth noting: Kenyatta and Odinga's fathers were the first Kenyan president and vice president after independence, and the family rivalry dates back decades, as Voice of America notes.

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Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.

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Supporters of former President Donald Trump who thought he was about to stop the inauguration, seize power and crush his enemies were left blinking in the sunlight Wednesday as President Biden took the oath of office.

Why it matters: It's an inflection point for anyone who realizes they've been strung along by QAnon and related strands of pro-Trump magical thinking. They could either retreat from conspiracy theories or tumble deeper down the rabbit hole.

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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: Biden has arrived at the White House and he will sign executive orders and other presidential actions.