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U.S. Army; Evan Vucci / AP

  1. Health and Human Services released a memo saying agency employees shouldn't communicate with members of Congress or their staff without consulting the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and without noting federal whistleblower protections.
  2. West Virginia reporter Dan Heyman was arrested with a $5,000 bail last night after pressing HHS secretary Tom Price to answer questions on whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the GOP health care bill.
  3. The deadline for several Trump aides to turn in a list of their contacts with Russia to the Senate Intelligence Committee was yesterday.
  4. Chelsea Manning wrote her first letter since clemency yesterday, after Obama commuted her sentence in January.
  5. 8 Democratic senators called for an investigation into Trump adviser Carl Icahn for violating trading laws and using his position to benefit one of the businesses in his control, according to NYT.

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President Joe Biden vows to be “a president for all Americans”

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President Joe Biden sought to sooth a nation riven by political divisions and a global pandemic, but warned that "we have far to go" to heal the country and defeat a "virus that silently stalks the the country."

The big picture: Moments after taking the oath of office, Biden spoke on the Capitol’s West front, from the very steps that a pro-Trump mob launched an assault on Congress two weeks earlier. They were attempting to overturn an election where Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes.

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U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is delivering his inaugural address at the Capitol. Watch a livestream here.

What's next: Biden and Vice President Harris review readiness of military troops, a long-standing tradition to signify the peaceful transfer of power.

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In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were 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 only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters to disrupt certification of Biden's victory. Trump did not attend Wednesday's ceremony.