The inauguration of Joe Biden

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 12:42 a.m. ET, January 21, 2021
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8:32 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Jill Biden shares video of White House arrival in first tweet as first lady

From CNN's Jason Hoffman 

Dr. Jill Biden sent her first tweet as first lady, tweeting a clip of her and President Joe Biden arriving at the North Portico of the White House after today’s inaugural parade.

“Thank you for your faith in something that is bigger than all of us: that we will build a better world because we’re going to do it together,” she tweeted.

8:36 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Happening now: Inaugural concert and celebration at the Lincoln Memorial 

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Celebrating America concert special at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Bruce Springsteen performs at the Celebrating America concert special at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Source: Pool

President Biden's primetime inauguration special “Celebrating America" has started at the Lincoln Memorial.

The 90-minute program will feature remarks from Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Bruce Springsteen opened the event, performing his song "Land of Hope and Dreams."

The special, hosted by Tom Hanks, will also feature performances from Jon Bon Jovi, who campaigned with Biden in Pennsylvania, John Legend, the Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons. 

Later in the evening, Biden and Jill Biden will appear on the Blue Room balcony at the White House.

8:33 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Biden administration starts draw down of controversial "remain in Mexico" program

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

Migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border will no longer be enrolled in a program requiring they remain in Mexico as their immigration hearings play out in the US, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday, reversing another controversial Trump administration immigration policy.

The so-called "Remain in Mexico" program has forced thousands of people to wait in makeshift camps at the border, often in deplorable conditions. 

While the latest announcement marks a significant change, migrants apprehended at the southern border have largely been turned away under a public health order related to the coronavirus pandemic. DHS said Wednesday Covid-19 related border restrictions remain in place. 

President Joe Biden condemned the “remain in Mexico” policy during his campaign and is quickly moving to bring it to halt. 

“Today, DHS is announcing the suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program,” the department’s statement reads. “Effective tomorrow, January 21, the Department will cease adding individuals into the program.

The change in policy doesn’t affect people currently in the program. “All current MPP participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials,” the statement continues.

8:21 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Infectious Diseases Society of America endorses Biden's mask order

From CNN's Andrea Diaz

Infectious diseases specialists endorsed President Joe Biden’s very first executive order requiring face masks on federal property and other areas of federal authority, saying masks are “crucial” to controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

"The president’s order comes at a critical point, when vaccines, as well as a plan to accelerate their rollout, offer new hope, but also when more easily transmitted variants of the virus present new challenges," the Infectious Diseases Society of America said in a statement Wednesday. "We urge governors, mayors, policymakers and residents of communities across the nation to unite behind this action and to require, support and practice mask wearing to control the spread of the virus."

Biden’s team is hoping state and local leaders will follow suit.

The group added: "Today, universal use of face masks that cover the mouth and nose remains a crucial component of measures to control the pandemic at home and around the world. Multi-layered and snug-fitting masks are most effective.”

8:18 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Rev. William Barber to deliver message of "revival" and "renewal" at inaugural prayer service 

From CNN's Leinz Vales

CNN’s Erin Burnett and Rev. William Barber.
CNN’s Erin Burnett and Rev. William Barber. Source: CNN

Rev. William Barber, a North Carolina minister and anti-poverty activist, said Wednesday that his homily at the official inaugural prayer service at Washington National Cathedral will be about “revival and renewal.”

“What I want to suggest tomorrow is what a day it would be if we come out of this greed with more grace,” Barber said in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett. “What a day it would be. We come out of all this hate and lies with more love and truth. What if we come out and we pass a full Covid relief and what with lift 140 million poor and low-wealth before Covid and millions after out of poverty and low-wealth. What if we raised the minimum wage? What if we renew the Voting Rights Act?"

"This could be an opportunity where the pain we have seen is not the pains of the death of democracy, but the pains of the birth of a third reconstruction," he added.

Service details: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Service for the 59th Presidential Inaugural will be virtual on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

8:08 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Harris won't move in vice president residence yet 

From CNN's Jasmine Wright

Vice President Kamala Harris won't be moving into the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory immediately, according to a Harris aide.

She won’t move in just yet to account for the need for some repairs to the home "that are more easily conducted with the home unoccupied."

A move-in date is still to be determined. 

CBS News was first to report on the residence.

8:04 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Girls around the country were watching as Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in

From CNN’s Kelsie Smith

Young girls across the nation were watching as Kamala Harris took her oath of office on Wednesday, officially becoming the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.

The groundbreaking moment was celebrated by many families who shared photos of their daughters witnessing history to social media.

“My daughters, watching history, and learning there should be NO LIMIT to what they can do. Thank you #KamalaHarris,” Lynell Miller tweeted, along with a photo of her girls sharing an embrace.

Three generations of women in Gary Williams Jr.'s family sat together to watch Harris take her oath. “This is what it’s about. Three generations. My mother, my wife, and my daughter watching history,” Williams tweeted. “A Black woman being sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America. Thank you @KamalaHarris and congratulations!”

Dr. Rachelle Winkle-Wagner held her daughters close as they watched with excited grins. “One of my top parenting moments was today — seeing Kamala Harris being sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with my two daughters,” she tweeted.

“Madam Vice Present. We see you,” Adina Davidson wrote in an Instagram post, along with a photo of a young girl carefully watching the new vice president.

8:12 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Doug Emoff tweets congratulations to Harris from official second gentleman account for first time 

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Vice President Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emoff congratulated her in his first tweet as second gentleman.

"Wife, mother, sister, auntie... and now, Madame Vice President. Today marks an amazing chapter for you, our family, and for our nation. We love you so much," he tweeted.

Harris made history today as she was sworn in as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. Emhoff also made history, becoming America's first second gentleman.

See the tweet:

8:52 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Biden's Oval Office has busts of César Chávez, Rosa Parks and MLK

President Joe Biden already began updating the decor that will surround him in the Oval Office. 

A bust of Mexican-American farm labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávez is now behind the Resolute desk.

Busts of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. have also been added to the office. 

CNN's John King reports: