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Charles Dharapak / AP

An unarmed Russian military plane flew low over the Pentagon, CIA, Capitol building and Joint Base Andrews in and around Washington, D.C. It was also scheduled to fly over Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump is vacationing, CNN reports.

  • Other flyover locations, per CNN: "Camp David... the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Mount Weather, one of the US government's secret relocation bunkers."
  • Under the 2002 Treaty on Open Skies, military planes from 34 countries including the U.S. and Russia can fly over even highly controlled sites in the member nations. Per CNN, "The Russian aircraft has the ability to perform a variety of intelligence gathering functions, including aerial photography, thermal imaging, and picking up signals intelligence."
  • Why it matters: Flights like these aren't uncommon, but CNN notes this flight "is notable because of the high-profile nature of its surveillance targets."

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has taken the oath of office at the Capitol. Watch a livestream here.

What's next: President-elect Joe Biden will take his oath of office. Shortly after, President Biden will deliver his inaugural address. What to expect.

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being inaugurated as president and vice president respectively in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Top Democrats and Republicans gathered for the peaceful transfer of power at the Capitol only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters. Trump did not attend the ceremony.

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President Trump's outgoing antitrust chief Makan Delrahim on Tuesday endorsed a proposal from House Democrats that would put new limits on acquisitions by large companies, during comments made at a Duke University event.

Why it matters: Momentum is building for major antitrust reform, updating rules that were written for railroads instead of routers.