Today's edition of quick hits:
* President Biden's cabinet is currently empty, but the new White House team has appointed career civil servants to serve as acting department and agency heads.
* Capitol Hill: "Democrats formally captured Senate control on Wednesday after three new senators were sworn in, giving the party run of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade."
* When I reflect on today, I'll remember her: "Amanda Gorman, 22, all but stole the show on Inauguration Day as she performed her original poem, 'The Hill We Climb,' becoming the youngest inaugural poet known in the nation's history."
* Hmm: "In the days before he left office, then-President Donald Trump instructed that his extended family get the best security available in the world for the next six months, at no cost — the protection of the U.S. Secret Service."
* Michael Pack: "The Trump appointee overseeing the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded broadcasters resigned on Wednesday at the request of the Biden administration, after a tumultuous tenure marked by accusations he was undermining the networks' editorial independence."
* Wall Street: "U.S. stock markets posted record closes Wednesday as investors took in rosy corporate earnings results and the swearing in of Biden as the nation's 46th president."
* Good: "On his first day in office, President Biden is asking the Education Department to extend the suspension of federal student loan payments through Sept. 30."
* Noted without comment: "MyPillow CEO and ardent Trump supporter Mike Lindell says his products have been dropped by major retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's after his repeated false claims of voter fraud in the presidential election."
* A shared delusion arrives at a crossroads: "Some QAnon conspiracy theorists, in public and private internet forums and chat rooms, were despondent Wednesday as their prophecy of an Inauguration Day coup to keep Donald Trump in power failed again as President Joe Biden was sworn into office. The situation left some QAnon adherents with no choice but to write off the conspiracy theory entirely, though others continued to maintain that it was still developing."
See you tomorrow.