See the 'Field of Flags' planted on the National Mall ahead of Biden's inauguration

January 19, 2021 at 14:40

(CNN) Instead of the patriotic crowds that typically fill the National Mall on Inauguration Day, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in before hundreds of thousands of American flags. The Presidential Inaugural Committee planted more than 191,500 Americ...

Biden announces Rachel Levine as pick for assistant secretary at HHS, would be first transgender Senate-confirmed federal official

January 19, 2021 at 14:33

(CNN) President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant health secretary, and she would make history as the first out, transgender federal official to be confirmed by the United States Senate, according to a statement Tuesday....

Read: Excerpts from Biden's DNI pick Avril Haines' opening statement

January 19, 2021 at 13:51

(CNN) Avril Haines will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to be considered for director of national intelligence. Read excerpts from her opening statement as prepared:If I have the honor of being confirmed, I look forward to leading...

Read: Excerpts from Biden's DHS pick Alejandro Mayorkas' opening statement

January 19, 2021 at 13:48

Read excerpts from his opening statement as prepared:"I am honored to appear before you as the Nominee to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The principles of homeland and security have been tremendously important in...

5 ways Biden plans to reset health care after Trump

January 19, 2021 at 13:31

President-elect Joe Biden has a long list of health care promises -- many of which center on reversing policies enacted by the Trump administration over the past four years. Here's what's on Biden's health care checklist:Saving and strengthening the Afforda...

Bitter, Trump skips chance to say splashy, high-profile farewell

January 19, 2021 at 13:00

He hasn't left the White House or been seen in public for a week. On Monday evening he taped a valedictory final message from the Blue Room of the White House, ticking through several achievements that he believes should define his administration. Unlike mo...

Biden's Covid team is nervous about what the Trump team hasn't told them

January 19, 2021 at 12:42

The overarching, nagging concern: "They don't know what they don't know," said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Multiple officials familiar with the transition said the lack of full cooperation and transparency from the outgoing Trump administrati...

Washington Post: QAnon members talked about acting as National Guard members to infiltrate inauguration, FBI intelligence report says

January 19, 2021 at 11:30

(CNN) The FBI on Monday alerted other law enforcement agencies that QAnon adherents discussed acting as National Guard soldiers in Washington to try and infiltrate President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to The Washington Post. The FBI, in an in...

Trump's legacy will take years to purge from the American psyche

January 19, 2021 at 11:16

And there are sure to be more political traps for Joe Biden's incoming administration on his way out the door. Trump channeled their belief that an increasingly diverse and socially liberal nation threatened their values, religion, gun rights and cultural h...

Inside the fight for the Capitol: US Capitol Police officers recount being unprepared and 'betrayed'

January 19, 2021 at 11:03

(CNN) The day before the US Capitol was attacked , Capitol Police officers were ordered to report to the department's equipment depot to pick up helmets, an officer who was there that day told CNN. By afternoon, the officers in the Capitol were in a fight f...

How Trump will hand off the 'nuclear football' to Biden

January 19, 2021 at 11:02

Typically, the football would be handed off to another military aide standing on or nearby the inauguration viewing stand as Biden takes his oath of office. But on Wednesday, that exchange will happen a bit differently as Trump is currently expected to depa...

Biden's favorability on the rise as majority of Americans think he's handling transition well

January 19, 2021 at 11:01

(CNN) President-elect Joe Biden will take office Wednesday with high expectations and largely positive reviews of how he has handled the transition, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. But those rosy assessments of Biden come as negative percepti...

A four-year timeline of Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

January 19, 2021 at 10:03

(CNN) Here's a timeline of key events involving Trump and the Supreme Court over the past four years:2017Jan. 20: Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Donald Trump, who swears to "preserve, protect and defend the Constituti...

Trump transformed the Supreme Court that mostly helped advance his agenda

January 19, 2021 at 10:03

(CNN) President Donald Trump will exit the White House on Wednesday but leave behind three of the nine Supreme Court justices and a majority that was willing to partner with him for much of his agenda. At the Supreme Court, the Trump administration won more...

How to watch Biden's Cabinet confirmation hearings Tuesday

January 19, 2021 at 10:02

(CNN) Five of President-elect Joe Biden's national security Cabinet nominees will face Senate panels on Tuesday in the first step of the confirmation process. But the timeline for confirming Biden's nominees could accelerate in the coming days, when Democra...

Analysis: Trump leaves America at its most divided since the Civil War

January 19, 2021 at 05:49

"And on top of that, what happened on the 6th was the saddest day for American democracy since April 12, 1861." That was the day Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, beginning the Civil War. I think we are a long way from choose you...

Analysis: The President might want Trump World, but he needs a real library

January 19, 2021 at 03:02

"A former president can open a shrine if they wish," said Timothy Naftali, the former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. "Donald Trump certainly has the right to build a Trump World if they want," Nafta...

How Trump allies stoked the flames ahead of Capitol riot

January 19, 2021 at 01:48

"All hell is going to break loose tomorrow," Bannon, Trump's former top White House adviser, promised listeners of his podcast -- called "War Room" -- on January 5. In this January 6, 2021 photo, supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a r...

Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans

January 19, 2021 at 00:37

(CNN) President-elect Joe Biden plans to immediately begin the rollout of his immigration agenda upon taking office Wednesday, but the new administration will also have to contend with migrants already on the US-Mexico border, as well as those on their way....

Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day

January 18, 2021 at 23:51

Washington (CNN) A commission stood up by President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US issued its inflammatory report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trump announced that he was...