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January 21, 2021
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“Joe Biden is President.”

In This Episode

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th Vice President, former game show host Donald Trump retires to Florida, and the new administration immediately gets to work.


Show Notes



  • CBS News: Trump defends his record and says “we’ll be back” in farewell speech 
  • WaPo: As Trump exits Washington, he tells modest crowd, ‘We will be back in some form’ 
  • Vox: On his last full day in office, Trump sinks to his lowest low in major polls 
  • WaPo Analysis: Trump’s swampiest pardons, ranked 
  • NYT: With Hours Left in Office, Trump Grants Clemency to Bannon and Other Allies
  • AP: Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others
  • NBC News: Full list of Trump’s last-minute pardons and commuted sentences 
  • ABC News: ‘Field of Flags’ on National Mall represents Americans who cannot attend Biden’s inauguration
  • NYT: ‘Field of Flags’ on the National Mall represents the people who cannot attend the inauguration.
  • NBC News: In tearful farewell address, Biden thanks Delaware, remembers late son
  • Delaware News Journal: ‘Proud to be a son of Delaware’: Biden gets emotional leaving for Washington before inauguration
  • Buzzfeed News: It Took A Year — And A New President — But The US Finally Mourned The COVID Dead
  • NYT: On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims
  • WaPo: In his first inaugural event, Joe Biden presides over somber memorial for the 400,000 Americans who have died of covid 
  • Politico: Remembering Covid victims, Biden spends an emotional day before inauguration
  • WaPo: Joe Biden’s inauguration speech transcript, annotated
  • CNN: READ: Joe Biden’s inaugural address
  • WaPo Analysis: 4 takeaways from Joe Biden’s inauguration
  • CNN Analysis: Biden conjures hope and bears pain for a grieving nation 
  • Vox: “We must end this uncivil war”: Biden calls for unity in inaugural address 
  • The Atlantic: A Sermon in America’s Civic Religion
  • Quartz: Joe Biden is the first US president to call out white supremacy in inaugural address
  • LA Times: Op-Ed: Joe Biden gave the speech America needed 
  • WaPo Analysis: 4 takeaways from Joe Biden’s inauguration
  • CNN: Biden speech draws high praise across media — even on Fox News 
  • The Cut: Our Vice-President Is a Black Woman
  • NYT: For Kamala Harris, an Influential Voice and a Decisive Vote
  • Vox: Kamala Harris is making history. Don’t let hatred and fear take that away. 
  • Mother Jones: Poet Amanda Gorman Won the Inauguration
  • NYT: Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment, in Verse
  • LA Times: How a 22-year-old L.A. native became Biden’s inauguration poet 
  • Vulture: Jennifer Lopez Slips ‘Let’s Get Loud’ Into Her Biden Inauguration Performance


Biden’s First Day

  • NYT: On Day 1, President Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Legacy
  • WaPo: Biden to sign a blizzard of executive orders starting Wednesday that will reverse Trump’s policies
  • Politico: Biden plans executive action blitz for Day One 
  • CNN: Biden targets Trump’s legacy with first-day executive actions
  • Vox: Biden’s flurry of first-day executive actions, explained 
  • AP: Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’
  • NYT: Jen Psaki, Biden’s new press secretary, pledges to bring ‘truth and transparency back.’ 
  • Mediate – Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki Kicks Off First Briefing Touting a Return to ‘Truth and Transparency’
  • Reuters – White House says Biden to hold first foreign leader call with Canada’s Trudeau on Friday
  • WaPo: Get ready for reality-grounded White House press briefings
  • NPR: Biden’s Incoming Press Secretary: Briefings Won’t Be A Platform For Right-Wing Spin 
  • The Atlantic: Biden Should Go Big, Fast, and Simple
  • The Atlantic: Build Back Boring 
  • New Yorker: Can Biden’s Center Hold? 
  • New Yorker: Joe Biden Will Have to Address the War in Afghanistan—Again 
  • Vox: Joe Biden is officially president. Here’s what he wants to do in office.
  • Vox: How Biden hopes to use executive actions to address America’s “compounding crises”
  • Politico: Biden vowed to defeat domestic terrorism. The how is the hard part.
  • Politico: Biden’s Inaugural Speech Won’t Unite the Country. Here’s What Could.
  • Politico: I Wrote President Obama’s Ethics Plan—Biden’s Is Better
  • Politico: Biden’s narrow path to an infrastructure dream
  • WaPo: Biden faces a tougher task than any president but Lincoln
  • WaPo Opinion: Democrats are planning a quick move on the ‘dreamers.’ Here’s why. 
  • WaPo Opinion: How Biden can keep his promise to create unity
  • NYT: The Biden administration quickly revamped the White House website. Here’s how.
  • NY Mag:  Biden: ‘We Must End This Uncivil War.’ Here’s What It Would Look Like.