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Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

If elected, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana mayor — would be the youngest U.S. president ever. He also would be the first openly gay president in the nation's history.

Key facts
  • Age: 37
  • Born: South Bend
  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, Oxford University
  • Date candidacy announced: April 14
  • Previous roles: Mayor. Began service in U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009, deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Worked for McKinsey & Company.
Stance on key issues
  • College costs: Says college is too expensive for "too many people." He supports expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that clears loans in exchange for public service.
  • Infrastructure: Wants to create 6 million jobs with a $1 trillion plan that focuses on climate issues.
  • Climate change: Supports the Paris climate agreement and Green New Deal. Wants net-zero emissions by 2050, double clean electricity by 2025, zero emissions in electricity generation by 2035, and net-zero emissions from industrial vehicles by 2040.
    • Believes climate change is a national security threat and supports government-subsidized solar panels.
  • Guns: Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and supports universal background checks and banning guns in schools.
  • Health care: Released a plan to expand Medicare coverage and keep private health insurance plans. Also wants to tackle how to manage surprise billing and introduce an out-of-pocket spending cap for Medicare.
  • Immigration: Supports providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
  • Discrimination: Proposed the Douglass Plan to reform and invest in health care, education and other areas to dismantle "racist structures and systems," focused on supporting African Americans.
    • Supports updating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.
  • Abortion: Considered codifying Roe v. Wade, per AP. If elected, he would repeal the Hyde Amendment.
  • Supreme Court: Proposed a 15-justice court with 5 Democratic appointees, 5 Republicans and 5 selected by agreement of the other justices.
  • Electoral college: Supports abolishing it.
  • Vaccines: Said he believes in personal exemptions to vaccines when there is no public health crisis. Following criticism, his campaign walked the position back.
  • Foreign policy: Wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
  • National service programs: Wants new national service programs with a network of 1 million members by 2026.
  • Gig economy: Plans to protect gig-economy workers.
Key criticisms
  • Accepted donations from lobbyists: After criticism, Buttigieg announced he would return donations.
  • Police recordings: Buttigieg demoted the South Bend police chief and fired the police communications director for illegally recording officers' calls that allegedly revealed racist comments.
  • Police diversity: Suspended campaign to address a fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white police officer. Received criticism for the lack of diversity in his city's police force.
1 fun thing
  • Buttigieg speaks 8 languages: English, Dari, Norwegian, Italian, French, Maltese, Arabic and Spanish.

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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

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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.