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‘This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge’: Joe Biden calls for unity in first speech as president – live

1.30pm EST 13:30 Inauguration day summary Here’s where this historic day stands so far: Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. In his inaugural address, the new president called on the nation to unify after four years of Donald Trump’s divisive presidency. “This is our historic moment of crisis […]

Trump enters final days in power as US braces for potential unrest – live

11.01am EST 11:01 Martin Pengelly An associate of Rudy Giuliani told a former CIA officer a presidential pardon was “going to cost $2m”, the New York Times reported on Sunday in the latest bombshell to break across the last, chaotic days of Donald Trump’s presidency. The report detailed widespread and in some cases lucrative lobbying […]

Pelosi says lawmakers may be prosecuted if they ‘aided and abetted’ US Capitol riot – as it happened

To successfully roll out the most complex and logistically challenging vaccine campaign in the nation’s history, Biden’s administration seeks to confront vaccine hesitancy, a burned-out workforce, a lack of clear information on vaccine distribution and vaccine demand that far outstrips supply. “Get more people vaccinated for free,” said Biden, listing his goals. “Create more places […]

Trump impeachment: attention turns to Senate after House votes to impeach – live

For the first time, a senior Trump administration official who helped implement family separation has condemned the hardline immigration policy which made it possible for the government to take more than 3,000 children, including infants, from their parents at the US-Mexico border in 2018. A group of Central American migrants climb the border fence between […]

Are Republicans really ready to unhitch their wagon from Donald Trump?

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter Has the spell really been broken? After years of joining Donald Trump in demonizing political opponents, and holding their silence as Trump furiously shredded public trust in elections, public service, the rule of law and the truth itself, have mainstream Republicans really decided to give him up? […]

Trump impeachment: House debates charge of ‘incitement of insurrection’ – live

Third-ranking GOP member in House, Liz Cheney, says she’ll vote to impeach Pence rejects call from House to invoke 25th amendment US carries out first federal execution of a woman since 1953 4,327 US Covid deaths yesterday sets grim new daily record Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.50pm […]

Trump rejects responsibility for Capitol riot he inspired and claims his words ‘totally appropriate’ – live

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute today after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him, European diplomats and other people familiar with the matter said. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo cancels last trip. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA The extraordinary snub to Washington came […]

Congress confirms Biden’s win following chaos of pro-Trump mob attack – live

The Trump supporters who stormed the Congress were not the only insurrectionists in the Capitol building yesterday; a sizeable number were already gathered in the lawmakers’ chambers well before any barriers were breached. In contrast to the agitators in their MAGA hoodies and army fatigue coats, these insurrectionists were seated in their crisp suits when […]

Georgia runoffs: Democrat Raphael Warnock wins in Senate battle – live

2.04am EST 02:04 Warnock wins Rev Raphael Warnock has defeated senator Kelly Loeffler to become the next Democratic US senator from Georgia, AP announces. Warnock will become the state’s first black US senator ever. AP Politics (@AP_Politics) BREAKING: Democrat Raphael Warnock wins election to U.S. Senate from Georgia, beating incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler. #APracecall at […]

Georgia voters head to the polls in crucial Senate runoffs – US politics live

What is Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley up to? Last week he announced he will formally object tomorrow in Congress to the official certification of the Electoral College vote confirming Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. That amounts to a disruption, delay and signal-to-the-base move as much as anything. And it’s unclear what he’s actually […]