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Logos: SportsLogos.Net; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is today. To commemorate the pending transfer of power, we reviewed the best teams of the past 20 administrations (1901–present).

Theodore Roosevelt → The Pirates won the NL twice, played in the inaugural 1903 World Series and dominated the decade (.650 win percentage).

  • Runners-up: Cubs; Ottawa Hockey Club

William Howard Taft → The Philadelphia Athletics (now in Oakland) won consecutive World Series behind legendary manager Connie Mack and a slew of Hall of Famers led by Frank "Home Run" Baker.

  • Runners-up: Harvard football; Penn State football
President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball on Opening Day, 1916. Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

Woodrow Wilson → The Red Sox won three World Series and nurtured the career of a young Babe Ruth.

  • Runners-up: Pittsburgh football; Georgia Tech football

Warren G. Harding → The New York Giants won consecutive World Series and were on their way to two more appearances, which counted toward the next term after Harding died in office.

  • Runners-up: Ottawa Hockey Club; Canton Bulldogs

Calvin Coolidge → The beginning of the Yankees' dynasty. They won their first three World Series under Coolidge and fielded arguably the greatest team ever.

  • Runners-up: Alabama football; Illinois football

Herbert Hoover → Curly Lambeau and the Packers were named NFL champion three straight years, going 34-5-2 just before the Championship Game era began.

  • Runners-up: Athletics; Canadiens; Notre Dame football

Franklin D. Roosevelt → The Bears won the inaugural NFL Championship game in 1933 — their first of four wins (and seven appearances) during FDR's term.

  • Runners-up: Red Wings; Yankees; Packers; Minnesota football

Harry S. Truman → The Yankees are our first two-term champ, winning five more World Series behind Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle.

  • Runners-up: Maple Leafs; Lakers; Browns; Notre Dame football; Kentucky men's basketball

Dwight Eisenhower → The Canadiens won more Stanley Cups during Eisenhower's presidency (six) than all but four other teams have won, period.

  • Runners-up: Yankees; Celtics

John F. Kennedy → The Celtics' run of dominance began pre-JFK, but they won all three NBA titles contested during his brief presidency.

  • Runners-up: Yankees; Packers; Maple Leafs; Cincinnati men's basketball
Bill Russell (R), Red Auerbach and Tommy Heinsohn celebrating their 1964 NBA title. Photo: Bettmann Archives/Getty Images

Lyndon B. Johnson → The Celtics are our second and final two-term champ, winning four more titles during Johnson's presidency and becoming the only pro sports team to win eight in a row.

  • Runners-up: UCLA men's basketball; Canadiens

Richard Nixon → UCLA men's basketball won five titles in six years behind a duo of generational superstars and the greatest college coach ever.

  • Runners-up: Athletics; Knicks; Dolphins

Gerald Ford → The Reds won two of the three World Series during Ford's term, as the "Big Red Machine" was in full effect.

  • Runners-up: Steelers; Flyers

Jimmy Carter → The Steelers won back-to-back Super Bowls for the second time in a half decade behind Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann.

  • Runners-up: Canadiens; Yankees; Alabama football

Ronald Reagan → The "Showtime" Lakers won four titles behind the unstoppable trio of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

  • Runners-up: Islanders; Oilers; Celtics; 49ers

George H.W. Bush → Duke men's basketball played in three title games (winning two) and four Final Fours in four years. And who can forget The Shot?

  • Runners-up: Pistons; Bulls; Cowboys; Penguins

Bill Clinton → Michael Jordan and the Bulls owned the 90's, and four of their six rings came with Clinton in office.

  • Runners-up: Yankees; Broncos; Nebraska football; FSU football

George W. Bush → The Patriots won their first three Super Bowls and six division titles under Bush, as Tom Brady announced himself to the world.

  • Runners-up: Lakers; UConn women's basketball; Spurs; Red Sox
Barack Obama with the Alabama football team at the White House in 2013. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama → Alabama won four national championships, spanning both the BCS and CFP eras, and dominated college football in a way few thought possible.

  • Runners-up: San Francisco Giants; Heat; Blackhawks; Kentucky men's basketball

Donald Trump → The USWNT won its record-extending fourth World Cup and captivated the nation, all while fighting tirelessly for gender equity across sports.

  • Runners-up: Warriors; Clemson; Alabama; Patriots; Dodgers

Looking ahead ... Which team will take the crown during the Biden-Harris years? Our top three candidates:

  1. Chiefs
  2. Alabama
  3. Lakers

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Updated Jan 21, 2021 - 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.

Senate Dems receive max donations from Nord Stream 2 lobbyist

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A major Democratic donor and Nord Stream 2 lobbyist has made maximum campaign contributions this year to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and vulnerable Senate Democrats, campaign finance records show.

Why it matters: If pressure from the White House to vote against reimposing sanctions on the Russia-backed natural gas pipeline weren't enough, Democrats who back such legislation also will be at loggerheads with one of their party's top fundraisers.

McConnell: No legislative agenda for 2022 midterms

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won't release a legislative agenda before next year's midterms, according to people who've attended private meetings with the minority leader.

Why it matters: Every midterm cycle, there are Republican donors and operatives who argue the party should release a positive, pro-active governing outline around which candidates can rally. McConnell adamantly rejects this idea, preferring to skewer Democrats for their perceived failures.

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