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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Senate Democrats are confident they have the votes to oppose the Republican short-term spending bill to keep the government open while broader negotiations continue, according to four Democratic aides who spoke with Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats' opposition reflects their growing unwillingness to capitulate to Republicans who aren't giving them what they want — namely signing off on their bipartisan DACA deal from last week — even if it means causing a government shutdown.

Politico, which first reported the Democrats' confidence on this, quoted a Democratic senator saying: “I am convinced that between Republicans who publicly said they’re [voting] no and Democrats who said they’re a ‘no,’ there are not enough votes in this chamber” to pass the House plan.

What to watch: The blame game. If they're successful, Republicans will paint Democrats as the "shutdown party," even though the GOP controls both the House and the Senate. And Democrats will blame Republicans who removed immigration provisions from the spending bill and instead used children's healthcare as a way to gain votes.

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As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.

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Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden signs executive orders and swears in day one presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony.