➔ INTERNATIONAL: Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that Biden will begin his calls with foreign leaders on Friday, starting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden's first foreign leader call to be with Canada's Trudeau on Friday World leaders congratulate Biden on becoming president LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE. She added that the first round of calls will be with “partners and allies,” indicating there are no immediate plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden's first foreign leader call to be with Canada's Trudeau on Friday Gorbachev says Biden should work to 'normalize relations' with Russia A vision for Russia MORE (The Hill). … Heads of state and government leaders extended their good wishes to the 46th president on Wednesday to kick off ties with the new administration. … In Israel, Prime Minister … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden takes office, calls for end to ‘uncivil war’
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"This day is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal," he said. "Every four years we hear the words that will empower us all on the journey ahead, the message that can unite us, as we begin a new passage from where we are to where we can be. A trek to a common goal, to the promise of our promised land." … [Read more...] about Tom Hanks opens Joe Biden inauguration event with powerful statement about ‘the journey ahead’
Biden's first day, and Psaki's first day, sent a message that functional government is back. Psaki confirmed that she will hold daily briefings. She told the reporters in the room that she will butt heads with them sometimes -- we "will disagree," of course -- but that's okay because "we have a common goal, which is sharing accurate information with the American people." … [Read more...] about Biden White House press secretary pledges to share ‘accurate information with the American people’
Jon Bon Jovi contributed a rendition of Here Comes the Sun from Miami, and Ant Clemons and Justin Timberlake performed Better Days from Memphis. John Legend sang Feeling Good in Washington; Foo Fighters sang Times Like These in honor of teachers, and Demi Lovato performed Lovely Day along with doctors and nurses in Los Angeles. … [Read more...] about Hollywood on the Potomac: A-List Turns out for Biden-Harris
There’s a tradition of softer-focus coverage of a new president on inauguration day, and there has been some outright gushing about Biden. That’s in part because plenty of journalists know him and like him, and many wanted him to win. It’s in part because of a sense of relief after the violence at the Capitol two weeks ago and months of debate over the unproven charges of election fraud, not to mention the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Biden urges end to ‘uncivil war,’ asks for media truth, but can he pull it off?