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Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in "The Post." Photo: Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox via AP

Tom Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter that he was drawn to the script of "The Post" because of the parallels the story draws to today. Hanks plays Watergate-era Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in the upcoming film.

The big picture: Hanks said that the people currently in power are attacking the First Amendment by trying to dispute facts and denigrate the truth, just as they did under the Nixon administration. He also said he wouldn't attend a White House screening of the movie if there was one, adding, "This is the moment where ... our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions."

Key quotes from his interview with THR:

  • Hanks knew Bradlee: "He viewed Washington as being not one of the most important cities in the world, [but] the most important city ... [he] loved the day. He loved the power. [He used to say] 'You have to get it right.'"
  • Significance of the story: "[I]t comes down to human behavior. And human behavior never changes. It's always the same. Vanity of vanity, nothing new under the sun. The Nixon administration tried to stop the story from being published. They took on the First Amendment by saying: 'You can't tell that story, and if you do, we're going to threaten you.' That is going on, of course, right now."
  • His feelings toward President Trump and a WH screening of "The Post": "I didn't think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Va.] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts."

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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.

The Biden protection plan

Joe Biden announces his first run for the presidency in June 1987. Photo: Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

The Joe Biden who became the 46th president on Wednesday isn't the same blabbermouth who failed in 1988 and 2008.

Why it matters: Biden now heeds guidance about staying on task with speeches and no longer worries a gaffe or two will cost him an election. His staff also limits the places where he speaks freely and off the cuff. This Biden protective bubble will only tighten in the months ahead, aides tell Axios.

Bush labels Clyburn the “savior” for Democrats

House Majority Whip James Clyburn takes a selfie Wednesday with former President George W. Bush. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush credited Rep. James Clyburn with being the "savior" of the Democratic Party, telling the South Carolinian at Wednesday's inauguration his endorsement allowed Joe Biden to win the party's presidential nomination.

Why it matters: The nation's last two-term Republican president also said Clyburn's nod allowed for the transfer of power, because he felt only Biden had the ability to unseat President Trump.

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