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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

You already saw the leaks from Sean Spicer's attempt to stop leaks from the White House press shop. Now Reuters has a comprehensive look at the administration's attempts to stop the leaks that Trump hates so much. Spoiler: it's produced a whole new series of leaks.

  • National Security Council: The classified system used to share documents has been locked down, per Reuters. That's in response to the leaks on Trump's calls with Mexico and Australia.
  • Homeland Security: Officials there are wary as the department attempts to identify the leaker of the draft memo the AP published late last month. An anonymous bureaucrat told Reuters the "atmosphere has become toxic, and that is not conducive to the work."
  • Treasury: Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly told senior staff in their first meeting that they could be monitored to prevent leaks. Treasury denies that account.
  • State Department: Officials have reportedly reverted to face-to-face communication, wary of monitoring. That's a consequence of a "culture of intimidation," per a source quoted by Reuters.

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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 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 has arrived at the White House and he will sign executive orders and other presidential actions.

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Joe Biden was sworn in today as America's 46th president in an inauguration unlike any other in modern history.

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Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.

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