Previewing Joe Biden's Inauguration

Headline Roundup January 19th, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to be sworn in as the 46th President of the Untied States Wednesday in an inauguration ceremony beginning around 11 a.m. ET. He and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath shortly after noon ET; Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in Biden, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Harris. President Donald Trump will not attend, making him the first outgoing president to miss the ceremony since 1869. Vice President Mike Pence will attend, as will former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Biden's inauguration has been major news throughout the political spectrum, but often with different framing. Some news sources led their coverage with guides on what to expect Wednesday; others instead highlighted security preparations, sometimes employing sensationalism. Many reports from left- and center-rated sources also focused on the memorial observance Biden led Tuesday for coronavirus victims. Tuesday being President Donald Trump's final full day in office also received prominent coverage; some reports speculated about potential pardons Trump could issue, and others concentrated on Sen. Mitch McConnell saying Trump provoked the breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

Previewing Joe Biden's Inauguration

From the Center
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President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday led a national memorial observance on the eve of his inauguration to honor the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 during the 11 months since the novel coronavirus claimed its first U.S. victim.

The sundown commemoration came just hours before President Donald Trump was due to leave the White House and hand over a country in crisis. The ceremony, spearheaded by Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris from the base of the Lincoln Memorial, marked the federal government’s first official nod to the staggering...

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From the Right
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Security officials across local and federal agencies are on heightened alert a day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, and the hunt for a bombmaker and new IEDs in the D.C. area is high on their radar, the FBI said on Tuesday.

The threat of explosives in the downtown region of the city remains high, as officials continue to search for the suspect who left pipe bombs at both the Republican and Democratic national committee headquarters just blocks away from the Capitol on the same day the building...

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From the Left
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Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in a ceremony that will keep with tradition while being unlike any other inauguration in U.S. history.

There will be pomp, ceremony, former presidents, congressional leaders, A-list performers, parades and tributes to the troops — but before a small, socially distanced audience in a city that has been locked down because of the dual threats of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 400,000 people in the U.S., and possible domestic terrorism after the...

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