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Biden’s Inaugural Address, Annotated

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Biden gives his inaugural address on Wednesday.

Joe Biden addresses the nation for the first time as its 46th president on Wednesday. Biden is speaking at a scaled-down event before a divided nation still reeling from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 400,000 Americans.

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NPR reporters from the Washington Desk and across the newsroom are providing live fact checks and analysis of Biden's remarks. Watch the speech around 12 p.m. ET and read the annotations below.

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