Presidency

Joe Biden and Jill Biden waving from front of White House (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

Images of the inauguration [photo gallery]

See images of the 59th inauguration, at which Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris became the new president and vice president of the United States.
President Biden signing documents while two people stand behind him (© Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images)

What is an executive order?

Executive orders, issued to help the executive branch carry out its duties, have the force of law. They can be struck down by the courts or overwritten.
President Biden sitting at desk and signing documents (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

A look back at how presidents made history with executive orders

What is the difference between an executive order and a presidential memo? Plenty. We also review some famous executive orders U.S. presidents have signed.
President Biden standing at lectern on stage balcony, flanked by seated people (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Biden’s America: A ‘strong and trusted partner’

President Biden says the United States will partner with other nations to tackle global challenges. See highlights from his inaugural address.
Joe Biden holding one hand up and one hand on Bible held by Jill Biden (© Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th U.S. president

Joseph R. Biden took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol on January 20 to become the 46th president of the United States.
U.S. Capitol decorated with bunting (© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images)

Biden’s inauguration to blend the old with the new

Joe Biden’s inauguration, scaled back to avoid the spread of COVID-19, will include some time-honored features and creative re-imaginings of past events.
Joe Biden on stage, pointing, with U.S. flag in foreground (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Joe Biden: America’s next president

Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as America's 46th president on January 20. Learn more about his experience and what he hopes to achieve in office.
The Capitol in Washington (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S....

The 11-week transition period between administrations allows new presidents to prepare and provides time for the Electoral College process.
Women wearing masks walking next to 'vote here' sign (© Paul Sancya/AP Images)

Swing states keep campaigns guessing

U.S. presidential candidates have to win states to become president. Some states' choices are obvious, but others, the swing states, could go either way.