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President Donald Trump listens at a White House meeting on immigration. Photo: Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images

President Donald Trump rebuked the mayors who boycotted his bipartisan White House meeting on Wednesday over a subpoena threat from the Justice Department to 23 s0-called sanctuary cities:

"The mayors who choose to boycott this event have put the needs of criminal, illegal immigrants over law-abiding America. So let me tell you, the vast majority of people showed up."
— President Trump said at the meeting.

Why it matters: The DOJ notice is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration. A California federal judge late last year blocked Trump's sanctuary cities executive order, which sought to deny funding to municipalities that refused to cooperate with efforts by the federal government to identify and deport undocumented immigrants. Some of the mayors who skipped the meeting called the legal threat an attack on the immigrant community.

Who skipped the meeting: At least five Democrats — Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans; Bill de Blasio, New York City; Michael Hancock, Denver; Steve Benjamin, Columbia, South Carolina and Rahm Emanuel, Chicago. Elizabeth Kautz, the Republican mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota also skipped the meeting, per the Wall Street Journal. More than 100 mayors were expected to gather at the White House to discuss infrastructure, the fight against the opioid epidemic and other issues.

The background: Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked 23 municipalities to submit documents showing whether they’re unlawfully withholding information from federal immigration authorities or else face subpoenas. Sessions said he's concerned that they're not in compliance with federal immigration law.

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Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

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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.

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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: Biden signs executive orders and swears in day one presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony.

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Biden's inauguration signals a great American reset

President Biden prepares to walk the abbreviated parade route in front of the White House after the inauguration. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Biden had exited his Cadillac with the new "46" license plates and was strolling a short stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue toward his new home when he spotted "Today" show weather legend Al Roker.

The big picture: Biden dropped Jill Biden's hand — no warning — and trotted over to the delighted Roker. POTUS gave Roker a fist bump and said, "Gotta keep doing this!" It was a very Joe moment in a day that was designed to signal a return to normality in a turbulent America.