Vice President Joe Biden swore in Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy Tuesday as the new president pro tempore of the Senate—making him now third in line for the presidency. The move follows the death Monday afternoon of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, who previously held the position. Biden performed the ceremony despite its untimely nature, falling on the anniversary of the day his wife and child died, more than 30 years ago. Leahy was allegedly "overcome with emotion" about the loss of Senator Inouye, a tour de force in Washington and the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history.
THIRD IN LINE Mark Wilson