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  1. We're ending our coverage

    Biden's wife First Lady Jill Biden handed out biscuits to National Guard troops on Friday
    Image caption: Biden's wife First Lady Jill Biden handed out biscuits to National Guard troops on Friday

    We're pausing our live coverage. It was a busy Friday as the new president spent his second full day in the top job:

    • The White House has announced it will take "resolute" action against domestic extremism, calling it a rising threat to the country's national security. After radical and violent pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on 6 January, Biden is asking government agencies to work more closely together to combat the menace
    • Biden signed two new executive orders, adding to the flurry of actions he's passed since Wednesday. Focussing on the economic fallout from coronavirus, Biden introduced higher food aid for families with children, unemployment benefits for workers who turn down jobs for fear of their health, and a higher federal minimum wage of $15 (£11)
    • Preparations for an impeachment trial against Donald Trump will begin next week in the Senate (after passing the House last week, the article of "inciting insurrection" will be voted on by senators after hearings)
    • A controversy over National Guard members sleeping in an unheated garage in the Capitol has continued. Biden apologised on Friday and called on the National Guard bureau chief to also say sorry after the soldiers were asked not to rest inside the Capitol - the troops have since returned to the congressional buildings which they have been guarding for two weeks now

    Thanks for reading our live coverage. It was brought to you by Sam Cabral, Penny Spiller, Max Matza, Georgina Rannard, Ritu Prasad, Marianna Brady and Alix Kroeger.

  2. Trump's murky future

    Anthony Zurcher

    BBC North America reporter

    Donald Trump

    The future for Trump - and the political movement he rode to victory in 2016 - is murky.

    Over his career, he has been declared dead more times than Freddy Krueger and has always managed to wriggle free. Until now.

    In the days following the US Capitol riot, Trump's overall public approval rating precipitously dropped to the mid-30s - some of the lowest of his entire presidency. At first blush, the numbers would indicate that his political prospects have been mortally wounded.

    A deeper dive, however, paints a less dire picture for the ex-president. While Democrats, independents and some moderate Republicans are against him, his Republican base appears to be intact.

    Read Anthony's analysis of what Trump's future looks like.

  3. Capitol cop may get medal

    After the riot at the US Capitol, videos of Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman luring the mob away from the Senate chambers - and possibly saving lawmakers' lives - went viral.

    Several members of Congress have since credited his quick thinking for distracting the rioters, and called him a hero.

    Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House introduced a bill to award Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal.

    Today, another bipartisan group - in the Senate - is proposing identical legislation.

    The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Americans who have made "distinguished achievements and contributions" to their country.

    Lawmakers are showing their gratitude on social media, sharing pictures with Goodman. On Wednesday, he escorted Vice-President Kamala Harris to her inauguration ceremony.

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    Here's why so many people think Goodman may have saved lives.

  4. 'Biden impeachment' spikes on Google

    Twice as many Americans have searched on Google for information about the impeachment of Joe Biden, compared to Donald Trump, in the last 24 hours.

    Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, filed articles of impeachment against the new president yesterday.

    Greene accuses Biden of bribery and other abuses of power, citing unproven claims that the president used his official capacity to help his son's business dealings in Ukraine.

    She announced this on Twitter in a short video which now has nearly 10 million views.

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    Greene has been widely condemned, and even banned temporarily from Twitter, for spreading false information about the US election results.

    Filing articles of impeachment does not indicate action on behalf of Congress. Any representative can file articles of impeachment. In fact, Texas Democrat Al Green tried and failed three times against Donald Trump.

    However, as indicated by Google Trends, her efforts have clearly gained the attention of many Americans.

    One might think that more would be searching for news on "Trump impeachment" after the announcement by Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor on Friday. He announced the second impeachment trial of former President Trump would begin next week. But that is not the case.

  5. Psaki is asked about left-wing violence in Portland

    Police square off with protesters in Portland

    White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked earlier if Biden had any comment on the ongoing violence seen this week in the streets of Portland and Seattle.

    Despite fears of conservative mobs following the riot at the Capitol, it has actually been left-wing protesters who have clashed with police in the days before and after Biden's inauguration.

    On the day Biden was inaugurated this week, demonstrators carrying anti-Biden and anti-police signs marched in Portland and smashed the windows of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

    Psaki told reporters: "Certainly we had our team on the ground, our national security team, even before 12:01, early in the morning on Inauguration Day because we wanted to be able to monitor events happening across the country and any unrest that was resulting from the last couple of weeks."

    "I haven't spoke with him specifically about those events but it is something our national security team... is closely monitoring of course, but if we have an additional update I'm happy to provide it to you."

    Conservative news outlets criticised Psaki for not taking the opportunity to condemn radical left-wing groups, such as antifa.

    Protests continued on Thursday, the first full day of the Biden presidency. Demonstrations, and sometimes rioting, have recurred in Seattle and Portland in the months since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

  6. Biden's stance on Uighurs under scrutiny

    Uighur people
    Image caption: The Biden administration is causing confusion over whether it believes China has engaged in the genocide of its minority Uighur population

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not commit to calling alleged rights abuses by the Chinese government against the minority Uighur population a genocide during the briefing earlier.

    "The president has spoken before to the horrific treatment of Uighurs but I don't have anything more for you on it," she told reporters. "I can check with our national security team and see if we have a more up-to-date statement."

    The response prompted questions as earlier this week, Biden's Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken confirmed that he agreed with the Trump administration assessment that China had engaged in genocide.

    And, during the election last year, the Biden campaign also called the situation "unspeakable oppression" and "genocide".

    Need a bit more context?

    China has faced global criticism over its alleged persecution of the Uighurs - a Muslim minority group living mostly in the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

    It is believed that the Chinese government has detained up to a million Uighurs over the past few years in what the state defines as "re-education camps". The government has also been accused of forcibly sterilising Uighur women, which it denies.

    After initially denying the existence of these camps, China now says they were a necessary measure against separatist violence in Xinjiang.

    Read more about China and the Uighurs here.

  7. Biden fears more than 600,000 Americans may die of Covid

    The president said the US death toll from the coronavirus could shoot up by another 200,000 with or without action from the government.

    "A lot of America is hurting," said Biden. "The virus is surging. We're 400,000 dead, expected to reach well over 600,000."

    According to the Johns Hopkins University, 412,239 American lives have now been lost to the virus.

    Making his case in the White House before he signed two executive orders to provide pandemic relief, Biden said: "We need to act. No matter how you look at it, we need to act."

  8. QAnon Shaman feels ‘duped’ by the president

    QAnon Shaman

    In his final hours in office, Donald Trump issued dozens of pardons.

    Several of those charged in the Capitol riots hoped they would receive pardons, but none came.

    A lawyer for the so-called QAnon Shaman - the Viking-like invader whose image ricocheted around the world - is speaking out now about the snub.

    In what appears to be some kind of media offensive, attorney Al Watkins has told various local media outlets that his client Jake Angeli was “duped” by the words and actions of President Trump.

    “Mr. Chansley, along with many others who were similarly situated, are now compelled to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they felt they had for years,” said Watkins.

    Chansley, 33, called the FBI the day after the riot to say he had been there “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6, 2021.”

    He has been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct.

  9. Biden apologises after some National Guard sleep in garage

    The president has apologised that some members of the National Guard drafted to protect the capital from violence were forced to sleep in a garage this week. He also called on the National Guard Bureau chief to say sorry to the soldiers, who had been asked to leave the Congressional buildings.

    Pictures of the troops sleeping in the unheated car park provoked outrage on Thursday, with some state governors calling their soldiers home.

    On Friday Biden's wife First Lady Jill Biden visited some of the National Guard to thank them for their work and hand out cookies.

    Around 7,000 soldiers are expected to remain in Washington until mid-March, with the other 18,000 leaving in the coming weeks. They were posted to the city after violent pro-Trump supporters stormed Congress on 6 January.

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  10. Biden reacts to impeachment trial timeline

    Reacting to today's news, that the House will send Trump's impeachment article to the Senate on Monday, setting up his trial to begin Tuesday, Biden had this to say:

    "I haven’t heard the detail of it," he says.

    "The more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better."

    His answer seemed to hint that he preferred the Republican timeline offer, which would have seen the trial pushed back until early February to give both sides to prepare.

  11. The Bernie meme is now on a charity jumper

    The now-viral photo of Bernie Sanders at Joe Biden's inauguration
    Image caption: The now-viral photo of Bernie Sanders at Joe Biden's inauguration

    There's little sign that the Bernie Sanders meme from Biden's inauguration is going away. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the 79-year-old Senator was the star of the show on Wednesday after pictures of him wrapped up in a practical coat and woollen mittens went viral.

    Now Sanders' team have announced you can buy a jumper showing the meme to raise money for charity.

    The Chairman Sanders Crewneck is on sale for $45 (£33), with all proceeds going to Meals on Wheels in Vermont, where Sanders lives.

    "Due to overwhelming demand for this item, it will be 3-6 weeks until you receive your sweatshirt," the website warns.

    About the viral photo, Sanders said on Thursday, “I was just sitting there, trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on.”

    Sanders has been appointed chairman of the powerful Senate Budget Committee.

  12. We need to act 'decisively and boldly', says Biden

    President Biden says, if the US government does not act "decisively and boldly" now, it will cause a lot of pain.

    "We're in a national emergency," said Biden. "We need to act like we're in a national emergency."

    The executive orders that the president is signing today aim to expand access to food aid for low-income families and protect federal workers.

    He reiterated the sentiments previously expressed by other members of the administration, noting that more needs to be done because "a lot of America is hurting".

    He urged action from Congress on his $1.9tn Covid rescue package, warning that that there was no time to waste.

    "I don't believe Democrats or Republicans are going hungry and losing jobs. I believe Americans are going hungry and losing jobs."

  13. Biden warns of 'wave of evictions'

    Joe Biden

    The president says the first part of his plan is to "get direct financial relief" to those who need it most.

    "With our American rescue plan, the economy would return to full employment a year sooner," Biden says.

    He adds that the administration is going to "finish the job" of getting a total of $2,000 (£1,450) in economic payments out to the people.

    "If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures," he adds. "because there's nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months."

    "This would overwhelm emergency shelters," he says, adding that displaced Americans will be at a higher risk of catching coronavirus if they are forced to live in places where they are unable to social distance.

  14. BreakingBiden begins speech on economic relief

    Biden is now speaking from the White House about his plans to take the US out of the economic recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

    "If we don't act - the rest of the world is not standing still," Biden says, warning: "We need more action and we need to move fast."

  15. Watch: 'Trump will have a full and fair trial'

    Earlier, we reported that former President Trump's impeachment trial is poised to begin next week, as the House submits the charge against him to the Senate.

    Watch the moment Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer announced the news of Trump's upcoming "full and fair trial" - and see Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell's response - below.

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    Video caption: Schumer: Trump will have a 'full and fair trial'
  16. Texas sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

    It's day two of the Biden administration and the new president is already facing some pushback.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit over a decision to halt most deportations from the US for 100 days, saying the administration is in violation of an agreement with the state signed under President Trump.

    That agreement from 31 December says that the federal government must discuss immigration matters with the state and provide six months' notice before enacting policy changes. Ending it requires 180 days' notice.

    Paxton argued the state would face "irreparable harm" if the moratorium went through, Reuters news agency reported.

    The White House has declined to comment on the matter.

  17. Biden committed to 'codifying' abortion access into law

    The White House has just put out a statement marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that essentially legalised the right to abortion.

    "In the past four years, reproductive health, including the right to choose, has been under relentless and extreme attack," the statement from Biden and Harris begins.

    They go on to say they are committed to "codifying" the judgement, which means pass legislation through Congress that enshrines abortion access into law.

    They will also appoint judges who will support abortion access, they say. Trump, during his time in office, was able to give the Supreme Court a conservative majority, making anti-abortion activists hopeful that Roe v Wade could eventually be overturned.

    Biden was the only candidate during the primary to say he endorsed the so-called Hyde Amendment, which says that no federal funds can go towards abortions. After nearly all 22 other candidates came out against the Hyde Amendment, he reversed his stance.

    Although abortion is technically legal across the US, multiple states have instituted laws that make it nearly impossible in practice. Abortion activists hope that a law would make it more difficult for local governments to restrict access.

  18. Biden to speak with Mexican president today

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

    President Biden will make a call to another foreign leader later today: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

    The call was first announced on Twitter by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard

    "The bilateral relationship moves forward with communication and understanding," said Ebrard.

    It will be Biden's second foreign call of the day.

    He will also speak to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    The White House says it will provide readouts of the two calls later in the day.

  19. 'No timeline' for UK-US trade deal

    The BBC's North America Editor Jon Sopel asks about the prospects for a free trade deal between the US and UK. Is it months or years away?

    Just yesterday, Janet Yellen - the former head of the US central bank who's now in line to be treasury secretary - said Biden would not be signing any new deals because his priority right now is on domestic economy and infrastructure.

    "I can't give you any timeline," press secretary Jen Psaki begins. She goes on to say that trade agreements that benefit American families are "certainly" being considered.

    "At this point in time we're working to get the pandemic under control [and] provide economic relief to the American public," she says.

  20. White House promises action on domestic extremism

    US Capitol riot

    Joe Biden's administration is making it a priority to address domestic extremism, press secretary Jen Psaki announced a few minutes ago.

    It comes after the violent attack on the Capitol on 6 January in which hundreds of pro-Trump Americans stormed Congress. Many are believed to have subscribed to extremist views after viewing radical material online.

    On Friday, the White House requested a "comprehensive threat assessment about domestic violent extremism" from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

    The Capitol riot underscored "what we have long known - the rise of domestic extremism is a serious and growing national security threat", Psaki said.

    She underlined that the president aims to increase communication and the sharing of information between the agencies tracking the threat.

    Read about the Capitol arrests.