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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with Politico on Wednesday in her Capitol Hill office, discussing the looming government shutdown and the challenges of leading a divided House.

Driving the news: Pelosi predicted that Republican congressional leaders won't allow another government shutdown to happen next week if no compromise is reached on border security, calling the issue "too hot to handle."

More from the interview:

  • On the State of the Union: "Don't waste your time on this. This is theatrics, this is not government. We just take this in stride."
  • On accessing Trump's tax returns: "I hear people say, 'Why didn't they do it the first day?' You have to do it right. You have to protect the prerogatives of the House of Representatives and you cannot be scattershot about that."
  • On the Green New Deal: "It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
  • On 2020 Democratic candidates: "People are going to have to show their 'why.' ... What is your vision? Why are you doing this? The person who wins is the person who has that and connects. So I want to see who connects."

Go deeper: AOC says Nancy Pelosi is "doing a great job"

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World leaders react to "new dawn in America" under Biden administration

President Biden reacts delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

World leaders have pledged to work with President Biden on issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, with many praising his move to begin the formal process for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

The big picture: Several leaders noted the swift shift from former President Trump's "America First" policy to Biden's action to re-engage with the world and rebuild alliances.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with first lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

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.