Sean reports from the City Hall bureau, covering the mayor, City Council and Philly politics.

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Biden’s first executive orders put U.S. back into fight to slow global warming and require masks on federal property; Democrats take control of Senate

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office during an inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol where rioters tried to overturn their election victory.

Biden fans celebrate in an eerie, locked-down Washington: ‘We’re not going to be intimidated’

Downtown was unrecognizable — a desolated version of the city that hosts one of the country’s most cherished democratic traditions. But some still came to rejoice.

Penn medical school is giving COVID-19 vaccine priority to employees who don’t see patients. Philly says that’s against the rules.

The city places higher-education employees in phase 1c of the vaccine rollout, but Perelman told staff that the school is placing that group in phase 1b.

Fairmount Park’s Chamounix Mansion youth hostel wins tax case against city

The judge's ruling settles a bizarre dispute pitting the city government against a nonprofit organization created with the support of the city to maintain a city-owned property.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philly canceled again; air travel sets pandemic record as health officials brace for post-holiday surge; racial disparity among vaccine recipients in Philly

Officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey said they were working on plans to determine how to distribute the vaccine in the next phase of people.

Philadelphia could expand vaccinations as soon as February, but the number of incoming doses ‘is not enough,’ official warns

New Jersey unveiled a website to let health-care workers pre-register for inoculations, and Chester and Delaware Counties released a tool for people to sign up for information.

Why Philadelphia’s business community rarely gets its way in City Hall

The business community’s disjointed advocacy in City Hall makes it harder to defeat proposals that would increase regulations or taxes, but also sinks the rare opportunity for reform.

History shows canceling the New Year’s Day parade will not stop the Mummers from marching

Parade leaders are discouraging people from attending the unofficial Mummers "protest" being held on South Second Street.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths climbing in Pa.; stimulus checks added as deal nears on relief; U.S. health-care worker hospitalized after allergic reaction to vaccine

Despite the excitement over the coronavirus vaccine, hospitalizations and deaths in Pennsylvania continue to climb with little sign of slowing.