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Today is Inauguration Day in the USA, and Washington, D.C., is bustling with activity as Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in as the nation’s 46th President. Here we see an Overview of the capital city in its entirety — situated on the Potomac River between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Nearly all presidential inaugurations since 1801 have been held in Washington, D.C., and most have taken place at the Capitol Building, where today’s swearing-in ceremony takes place.

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