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  • The Telegraph

    Inauguration Day 2021 news: Rehearsal for Joe Biden's ceremony postponed as Trump prepares to leave office - live updates

    Trump prepares slew of pardons for his final 48 hours Inauguration Day: When is Biden sworn in? How Joe Biden made grief a superpower William Hague: Biden's challenge is to restate the case for freedom Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial America is preparing for Donald Trump's final full day in office, during which he is expected to issue a slew of pardons during his final 48 hours in office. He is reportedly considering issuing as many as 100, although US outlets say he will not attempt to pardon himself or direct family members. It is believed that Trump will release a video later today, touting his list of achievements during his four years in office. Among those rumoured to be in line for a pardon are the rapper Lil Wayne and Dr Salomon Melgen, a well-known eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is in prison for health care fraud. First Lady Melania Trump has also released her farewell message in which, she called for peace and unity, declaring that "violence is never the answer." "I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself," she said. Meanwhile, President-elect Biden will deliver remarks at a send-off event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, before he and his wife Dr Jill depart for Washington DC. Biden will then join his VP Kamala Harris at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honour the lives lost to Covid-19. Follow the latest updates below.

  • The Telegraph

    Donald Trump prepares slew of pardons for his final 48 hours in the White House

    Donald Trump is set to issue a slew of pardons on his final full day in the White House on Tuesday, though CNN and Fox News both reported he would not attempt to pardon himself. As many as 100 pardons and commutations are reportedly being prepared for the US president to sign ahead of noon on Wednesday when he formally hands power to Joe Biden. Those chosen will join a list of people pardoned since the November election which already includes former Trump campaign figures, one-time Republican congressmen and businessmen. Mr Trump’s willingness to use the presidential power to pardon criminals has spawned a lobbying drive with lawyers paid tens of thousands of dollars to push potential beneficiaries. Among the names speculated as possible pardon recipients is Dr Salomon Melgen, a well-known eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is in prison for health care fraud. For months now there has been persistent reporting across US media outlets that Mr Trump has sounded out advisers about the possibility of pardoning himself.

  • The Independent

    Garth Brooks to perform at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration: ‘This is a statement of unity’

    'This is an honour for me to get to serve... and it's one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the “President-elect is, it's an honour to be asked,' the country star said

  • Evening Standard

    Joe Biden’s inauguration will bring us some much needed glamour

    J. Lo! Gaga! Michelle Obama! Tom Hanks! Your favourite celebrities will be out in force at the ceremony on Wednesday

  • The Independent

    Will Joe Biden’s inauguration take place in person? President-elect still planning ceremony at Capitol steps

    Though he’s planning a mostly virtual spectacle, the president-elect is still expected to be sworn in on the footsteps of the Capitol

  • The Independent

    Where can I watch Joe Biden’s inauguration?

    DC mayor encouraging Americans not to attend in person and instead participate virtually

  • The Telegraph

    Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s zany and long-serving personal physician – obituary

    Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s former personal physician, who has died aged 73, hit the headlines in 2015 when he issued a letter claiming that the 70-year-old, overweight, junk-food eating would-be Republican candidate would “unequivocally” be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Trump had been insinuating that Hillary Clinton, his putative Democratic opponent, did not have the stamina for the presidency, and when questioned about his own health ordered Bornstein to issue “a full medical report’’, predicting that “it will show perfection.” Bornstein’s letter, a scrappy four paragraphs, went on to claim that Trump’s “laboratory results were astonishingly excellent”, but surprise was expressed in some quarters at the language used, one pundit calling it “the single most absurd letter ever written by a doctor in the history of the practice of medicine on earth”. Cynical hacks even detected the hand of the Tweetmeister himself. At first Bornstein, a curious figure with shoulder-length hair and round glasses, insisted that it was all his own work, explaining that it had been written in a hurry while a Trump limousine waited outside his consulting rooms. “I get rushed, and I get anxious when I get rushed,” he said, admitting that he might have “picked up [Trump’s] kind of language …”

  • Evening Standard

    How UK and world stock markets could be affected by Joe Biden’s presidency

    What are investors most worried about, most hoping for from the new President?

  • The Telegraph

    Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas tycoon who became Donald Trump’s biggest donor – obituary

    Sheldon Adelson, who has died aged 87, was the billionaire behind the world’s largest gaming business, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation; he was also Donald Trump’s largest campaign funder and an ardent supporter of the state of Israel. Adelson made his name as the pioneer of a combination of convention space, luxury hotels and giant casino floors that set a model for other developers in Las Vegas and gambling towns around the world. Having laid the foundations of his first fortune in the convention business, in 1989 he acquired the run-down Sands Hotel and Casino – an icon of the Las Vegas “Strip” that had once hosted performances by Frank Sinatra and parties for his “Rat Pack”. In the mid-1990s it was demolished to make way for the Venetian casino-resort, inspired by Adelman’s Italian honeymoon with his second wife Miriam. With its replica Rialto Bridge (incorporating moving walkway and piped muzak), gondolas floating on a clear blue pool and lobby ceilings painted in bold imitation of the school of Tiepolo, the scheme was a palace of opulent vulgarity which attracted gamblers, gawpers and convention visitors in ever-growing numbers. It was followed in 2007 by the adjacent Palazzo – larger in floor space than the Pentagon – to complete a complex offering some 7,000 luxury hotel suites.

  • The Independent

    Biden concert - as it happened: Cher tells Joe Biden ‘this is your time’ as virtual show kicks off Inauguration Week

    ‘We The People’ concert is one in a series of events planned for Inauguration Week