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Trump and Biden shake hands at Trump's 2017 inauguration. Photo: Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Friday that he will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

Why it matters: It's a break from tradition that comes as Trump faces massive backlash over the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

The big picture: Trump released a video Thursday night acknowledging that a "new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20," and stating that he will focus on a "seamless transition of power" — one day after his continued and baseless claims of a "rigged" election led to the violent insurrection at the Capitol.

  • The apparent concession speech came as the president faces White House resignations, abandonment from once-loyal Republicans, and the threat of a second impeachment by the House.
  • The chaotic events of Wednesday had fueled speculation that Biden's inauguration, which will be significantly pared-down due to the pandemic, could be disrupted by Trump supporters.

What they're saying: Biden said at a press conference Friday that Trump not coming to his inauguration is "one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on."

  • "He exceeded even my worst notions about him," Biden said. "He's been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. He's not worthy to hold that office."

Go deeper: House Democrats moving toward second impeachment as Trump offers meek concession

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Jan 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy
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White House plots "full-court press" for $1.9 trillion relief plan

National Economic Council director Brian Deese speaks during a White House news briefing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Biden White House is deploying top officials to get a wide ideological spectrum of lawmakers, governors and mayors on board with the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The broad, choreographed effort shows just how crucially Biden views the stimulus to the nation's recovery and his own political success.

Updated 3 hours ago - Technology

From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.