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Biden Takes the Helm as President: 'Democracy has Prevailed'

Biden Takes the Helm as President: 'Democracy has Prevailed'

POLITICS | By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Alexandra Jaffe | Jan 20, 2021

Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

Vice President Harris: A New Chapter Opens in US Politics

Vice President Harris: A New Chapter Opens in US Politics

POLITICS | By Kathleen Ronayne and Alexandra Jaffe | Jan 20, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation's second-highest office.

Watch: With Passion and Fashion, Lady Gaga Delivers Powerful Anthem

Watch: With Passion and Fashion, Lady Gaga Delivers Powerful Anthem

NATIONAL | By Jocelyn Noveck | Jan 20, 2021

A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem Wednesday in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion.

Watch: Greek Prime Minister Turns Heads with Revealing Pic of COVID-Vaccine Shot

Watch: Greek Prime Minister Turns Heads with Revealing Pic of COVID-Vaccine Shot

INTERNATIONAL | Jan 20, 2021

When Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received his second dose of the COVID vaccine he didn't just roll up his sleeve, he opened his shirt. And after posting a video of the moment on Instagram, he became an overnight sensation on social media.

Kamala Harris Chooses Out Black Designer for Inauguration Day

Kamala Harris Chooses Out Black Designer for Inauguration Day

POLITICS | By Matthew Wexler | Jan 20, 2021

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris wears designs by Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson for Inauguration Day.

Jill Biden Catapults Fashion Designer Alexandra O'Neill Into National Spotlight

Jill Biden Catapults Fashion Designer Alexandra O'Neill Into National Spotlight

POLITICS | By Matthew Wexler | Jan 20, 2021

Dr. Jill Biden has chosen to wear Alexandra O'Neill's brand Markarian for inauguration day. But who is O'Neill, and what can we expect from Dr. Biden's fashion choices in the next administration?

Biden's Pick for Defense Secretary Voices Support for Scrapping Trans Military Ban

Biden's Pick for Defense Secretary Voices Support for Scrapping Trans Military Ban

POLITICS | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense spoke unequivocally about scrapping Trump's ban on trans military members, saying those who are "fit and you're qualified to serve" should be allowed. Twitter approved.

Watch: Gay Penguins Hatch, Care for Chick at Indianapolis Zoo

Watch: Gay Penguins Hatch, Care for Chick at Indianapolis Zoo

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

The Indianapolis Zoo announced that their community of Gentoo penguins has added two new arrivals — including a newly-hatched chick with two fathers.

Goodbye, Queen of Hearts and One-Eyed Jacks? New Playing Cards are Gender-Free

Goodbye, Queen of Hearts and One-Eyed Jacks? New Playing Cards are Gender-Free

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

Is it game over for the Kings, Queens, and Jacks in the traditional deck of playing cards? Maybe so, now that a Dutch woman has created a substitute that uses gold, silver, and bronze in place of the regal trio.

Thomas to Go On Training Program After Anti-Gay Slur

Thomas to Go On Training Program After Anti-Gay Slur

SPORTS | By Steve Douglas | Jan 20, 2021

Justin Thomas intends to go through an individual training program to "become a better person" after he was picked up uttering a homophobic slur under his breath when he missed a putt at a tournament in Hawaii this month.

No-Go for Joe Exotic: Trump Pardon List Omits 'Tiger King'

No-Go for Joe Exotic: Trump Pardon List Omits 'Tiger King'

NATIONAL | Jan 20, 2021

One name missing in President Donald Trump's flurry of pardons is "Tiger King" Joe Exotic.

Music Stars Slam UK's 'Shameful' Failure on EU Touring Rules

Music Stars Slam UK's 'Shameful' Failure on EU Touring Rules

INTERNATIONAL | By Jill Lawless | Jan 20, 2021

Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been "shamefully failed" by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.

File Details Investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' Monologue

File Details Investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' Monologue

NATIONAL | By James Laporta | Jan 20, 2021

The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Loses 2nd Bid for Early Prison Release

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Loses 2nd Bid for Early Prison Release

CRIME | By Michael Rubinkam | Jan 20, 2021

A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive's Martin Shkreli's second request to be let out of prison early, showing skepticism about his claim in court papers that mental health issues have weakened his immune system.

Trump's Exit: President Leaves Office with Legacy of Chaos

Trump's Exit: President Leaves Office with Legacy of Chaos

POLITICS | By Jill Colvin | Jan 20, 2021

Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided.

Hollywood Returns: Gaga, J. Lo Headline Biden Inauguration

Hollywood Returns: Gaga, J. Lo Headline Biden Inauguration

NATIONAL | By Jocelyn Noveck | Jan 20, 2021

Gaga. J. Lo. Hanks. Legend. Miranda. Bruuuuuce.

Trump Pardons Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon, Dozens of Others

Trump Pardons Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon, Dozens of Others

POLITICS | By Jonathan Lemire, Eric Tucker and Jill Colvin | Jan 20, 2021

President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people.

American who Enthused Bali was Queer-Friendly Being Deported

American who Enthused Bali was Queer-Friendly Being Deported

INTERNATIONAL | By Firdia Lisnawati | Jan 20, 2021

An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live.

On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus

On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus

NATIONAL | By Zeke Miller | Jan 20, 2021

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump's policy legacy.

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

POLITICS | By Aneri Pattani | Jan 20, 2021

Surveys in North Carolina and across the nation show that about one-third of transgender people have been refused treatment or suffered verbal or physical abuse from a medical provider, but advocates are fighting for change.

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