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Historic flooding in Lake Ontario, which has caused millions of dollars in damage in both the U.S. and Canada, probably couldn't have been avoided, reports Eos.org. For the last several months, residents have blamed the floods on a new water management plan ("Plan 2014") but a new graphic by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's due to extreme weather over the last several months.

Why it matters: Great Lakes floods and droughts could become more common in the future. "We went from record lows over a 100-year [period] to a record high in just 5 years," Andrew Gronewold, a hydrologist at NOAA, told Eos. Warmer air from climate change means water evaporates faster — but it also means there could be more rain.

Richard Rood, a climatologist, told Eos: "We are going to continue to see these episodes of large record-high precipitation. The world is probably going to be a little bit less steady going forward."

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Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

The Biden protection plan

Joe Biden announces his first run for the presidency in June 1987. Photo: Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

The Joe Biden who became the 46th president on Wednesday isn't the same blabbermouth who failed in 1988 and 2008.

Why it matters: Biden now heeds guidance about staying on task with speeches and no longer worries a gaffe or two will cost him an election. His staff also limits the places where he speaks freely and off the cuff. This Biden protective bubble will only tighten in the months ahead, aides tell Axios.

Bush labels Clyburn the “savior” for Democrats

House Majority Whip James Clyburn takes a selfie Wednesday with former President George W. Bush. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush credited Rep. James Clyburn with being the "savior" of the Democratic Party, telling the South Carolinian at Wednesday's inauguration his endorsement allowed Joe Biden to win the party's presidential nomination.

Why it matters: The nation's last two-term Republican president also said Clyburn's nod allowed for the transfer of power, because he felt only Biden had the ability to unseat President Trump.