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Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Ro Khanna. Photos: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post; John Lamparski; Adam Glanzman; Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

4 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — were named Tuesday night to the House Oversight Committee.

Why it matters: The influential Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, will serve as a powerful check on the Trump administration, which has accrued a laundry list of potential subpoena targets over the past two years. The four new members — all of which, besides Khanna, are freshmen — have been exceptionally outspoken in their criticism of the administration, with Tlaib in particular making headlines recently for her expletive-laced call to impeach President Trump.

Full committee:

  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.)
  • Rep. Jimmy Gomez (Calif.)
  • Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.)
  • Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.)
  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Mich.)
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Stacey Plaskett (U.S.V.I.)
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)
  • Rep. Harley Rouda (Calif.)
  • Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.)
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.)
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.)
  • Rep. Peter Welch (Vt.)

Go deeper: Democrats load "subpoena cannon" with 85+ Trump targets

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52 mins ago - World

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 4 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.