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Jill Biden holds the Bible as Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

From Biden’s giant Bible to Christian flags waved by rioters, ‘religion’ means different things to different people and different eras

From the oath-taking on the Bible during the presidential swearing-in ceremony to the 'awe' and 'restraint' of the early Christian world, the meaning of 'religion' has gone through a long journey.
Many of the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 carried cellphones, which can be tracked, and posted photos of their activities on social media. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

How law enforcement is using technology to track down people who attacked the US Capitol building

Facial recognition, social media and location tracking give law enforcement a leg up in a monumental investigation.
It’s a top government job, but what does being vice president mean? AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

What does the vice president do?

The vice president may be second in line for the most powerful job in the nation, but there isn't necessarily a lot to do besides wait – unless the president wants another adviser.
Militia members associated with the Three Percenters movement conducting a military drill in Flovilla, Ga., in 2016, days after Trump’s election. After his 2020 defeat, Three Percenters were involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Image

Police, soldiers bring lethal skill to militia campaigns against US government

A leaked database shows at least 10% of the far-right Oath Keepers militia is active police or military – people professionally trained in using weapons and conducting sophisticated operations.
An important ceremony: the U.S. Capitol during President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Why do presidential inaugurations matter?

Formal ceremonies and rituals can trigger psychological signals that command people's attention and strengthen the perceived importance of those moments.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s confirmation hearing for U.S. Treasury secretary was held Jan. 19. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

What Janet Yellen can do about climate change as US Treasury secretary

The former Federal Reserve chair has the experience and broad respect to get businesses to move on climate change and to lay the foundation for real and lasting progress.
Solar power is becoming more common for households at all income levels. These homes in Richmond, California, went solar with the help of GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

Solar power doesn't have to be just for the wealthy anymore. With the right kind of financial incentives, households at all income levels can benefit from affordable clean energy.

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