Biden to be sworn in as 46th President today at noon. Joseph R. Biden Jr. is set to take the oath of office at noon today to become the next President of the United States. President Donald Trump left the White House this morning on his way to Florida. Inauguration ceremonies are scheduled to open with a memorial for the 400,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Source: The New York Times
McConnell rebukes Trump for his role in inciting Capitol riot. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly denounced President Trump and his supporters for the first time for instigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Source: National Public Radio
Carnival says it’s ready if Biden lifts travel ban to Cuba. Carnival Cruise Line says it will be ready if Cuba is opened to U.S. visitors once again, putting cruises between Charleston and the Caribbean country back on the table. The Trump administration previously banned most Americans from making pleasure trips to Cuba. Source: The Post and Courier
PPP Aid reopens with 60K loans available for small businesses. Roughly 60,000 borrowers were approved for more than $5 billion in forgivable loans during the first week of the reopened Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration said Tuesday. Source: The Wall Street Journal
Rentals rise 2.7% in Charleston metro. December’s average rental rates increased 2.7% year-over-year with Mount Pleasant apartments costing the most at $1,434 a month, according to a recent data study. Source: Charleston Business Journal
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