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President Biden and the Kennedy Center honorees. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors, resuming a tradition of presidential participation not carried out by the previous administration.

Driving the news: This year's honorees include "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels, operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz, actress Bette Midler, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell and the songwriter Berry Gordy, one of the founders of Motown.

What he's saying: In his reception speech at the White House before the event, Biden recalled a quote by Michelangelo, "I saw the angel in the marble and I carved it so I can set him free."

  • "That's the gift you all give us," Biden told the honorees, "is that sixth sense, to imagine something no one else can. To carve, to paint, to write, to dance, to sing, to dream. So you set the vision free, that's what you do."
In Photos:
Biden addresses guests and this year's honorees in the East Room of the White House. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Actress and singer Bette Midler at the reception for Kennedy Center honorees in the East Room at the White House. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Berry Gordy and Joni Mitchell, Kennedy Center honorees, at the White House reception. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Singer Justino Díaz at the Kennedy Center honors reception. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Biden greets SNL creator Lorne Michaels. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

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By the numbers: Jan. 6 one year later

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Samuel Corum via Getty Images

America's democratic institutions were rattled on Jan. 6, 2021, after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: The insurrection had a lasting impact on the country and Congress. Here's a look at 10 numbers that show where things are a year out from that violent day.

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President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 28. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said on Friday he plans to move U.S. troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”

Driving the news: “Not too many” U.S. troops, Biden added in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. 

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Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.