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24 Jan 2021
There's a sense of renewal in the United States as papers relay their new president's calls for unity. The Wall Street Journal may find Joe Biden "refreshingly unwoke", but the conservative paper is still worried about being "purged by progressive censors”. The inauguration featured Lady Gaga and J. Lo but the breakout star was 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. In terms of fashion, purple suits made a bipartisan and feminist statement but handmade mittens, a practical coat and an unimpressed attitude made Senator Bernie Sanders the icon of the day.

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