America has changed utterly and not at all
- Every step Biden took on Wednesday -- from worshipping with rival congressional leaders before his swearing-in to an inaugural address that stressed healing, unity and truth through a trip to Arlington National Cemetery with three ex-presidents -- sent a clear message: America is on a new course.
- In essence, Biden's conduct Wednesday, as he often reflected credit on his subordinates and coaxed the American people to live up to their country's core values, demonstrated deep respect for the institution of the presidency itself, and a willingness to make his term about something other than himself.
- The new White House will spend the first full day of Biden's term on Thursday addressing the crushing threat of the pandemic -- after over 4,000 more Americans died as inauguration commemorations took place.
Divisive policies and actions from Trump-era that Biden could decide to alter
- For the past four years, the Trump administration embraced policies and initiatives targeting immigrants and undermining the nation's progress on civil rights.
- The Trump administration took a series of steps to erect additional barriers along the southern border, including declaring a national emergency to access additional funds, filing dozens of lawsuits to acquire private land, and waiving environmental and contracting laws to expedite construction.
- Citing the pandemic, the Trump administration enacted what critics described as unnecessary immigration restrictions, including new rules for international students, and blocked thousands of guest worker visas.
- Trump blasted NFL players protesting: Athletes took a knee, raised a fist or didn't take to the field while the National Anthem was played before games across the country to draw attention to systematic bias against people of color.
Joe Biden inauguration day: Like Lincoln, Biden must bind up America's wounds
- A dim prospect of national unity does not doom progress on ending America's uncivil war, as Joe Biden outlined in a speech full of allusions to Abraham Lincoln.
- The high watermark of inauguration speeches is Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered in 1865 to an exhausted Union, with the end of the Civil War just a month away.
- Biden reached for the same sentiment – and aspired to Lincoln’s eloquence – in his first speech as President to a crisis-weary nation.
- Among the crises facing Biden and the nation, dealing with the “raging virus” is easily the most important, and possibly the issue where the President has the best prospects of early success.
- Dim prospects of a unified America need not doom progress on the great challenges Biden outlined.
Biden's coronavirus plan: ramp up vaccines and testing, open schools - Business Insider
- The president plans to take immediate action to vaccinate more Americans, reduce coronavirus transmission, and safely reopen schools and businesses.
- Biden made Jeffrey Zients, who served as the director of the National Economic Council under the Obama administration, his COVID-19 response coordinator.
- He has promised to enlist both the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help establish vaccination sites across the country, in places like school gyms, sports stadiums, and community centers, along with mobile vaccination units in hard-to-reach areas.
- States that mobilize their own National Guards for vaccine distribution will be reimbursed by the federal government, according to Biden's plan.
- Biden hopes to quicken this pace by creating more vaccination sites, ramping up the production of vials and syringes, and increasing funding to state and local health departments.
- Biden's proposed coronavirus relief package includes $130 billion to help primary schools reopen safely.
Joe Biden inauguration day: Biden has a lot of work to do in South-east Asia
- Jakarta/Sydney | South-east Asian nations will be watching closely to see if the US follows China's example by paying court to Myanmar, the developing nation that will play a key role in regional diplomacy this year.
- It is also Myanmar's turn to chair talks between the 10 ASEAN nations and China over a code of conduct for the South China Sea. No one expects rapid progress on the code of conduct – it has, after all, been in the works since 2002.
- Unlike the ASEAN nations of Brunei, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam, Indonesia does not have a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea. It does, however, continue to be exasperated by China's claim to historic fishing rights in the Natuna Waters in the far south of the South China Sea. Mr Wang's Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, mentioned the contested waters in her remarks during last week's visit.
Joe Biden cancels Keystone XL permit
- In one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on a broad range of environmental protections that included stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- The order directed federal agencies to review environmental rollbacks made under the Trump Administration, according to the Huffington Post and The New York Times.
- Obama backed away from the pipeline just before the adoption of the Paris climate agreement, saying that approving the project would do little for the US economy and would instead undercut US leadership on climate change.
- Activists are pushing Biden to stop the construction of other pipelines, including the Dakota Access pipeline — which Trump similarly expedited, despite high-profile protests in defense of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s water supply and land.
Biden's stirring call to end 'uncivil war'
- And I hope for a Republican Party that becomes a loyal opposition and presents itself as a viable, responsible governing alternative in the coming elections, even as it helps President Biden tackle the clear and present dangers to the American way of life.
- The president's stirring introduction of his personal and political hopes for the nation centered empathy, respect and understanding in a speech that placed the struggle for racial justice as the beating heart of America's wounded democracy.
- Rooted in the tragedy and destruction of the past several years, Biden's inaugural address did not shy away from naming the challenges facing the US -- what he called "a time of testing." hHe talked about the threat of political extremism and domestic terrorism, of White supremacy and climate change, of the unchecked pandemic.
Biden prepares to conjure hope and bear pain for a grieving nation
- After a political system designed to thwart untamed power weathered President Donald Trump's assault, the new president will able to affirm the survival of American democracy -- even as the inauguration takes place behind high iron fences guarded by thousands of troops.
- New presidents typically use their inaugural addresses to bind the wounds of bitter elections, to reaffirm America's founding values and to inspire the country to join in a momentous national effort.
- But every time he needed to show gravitas and poise -- like in the debates against Trump and at the Democratic National Convention -- Biden delivered, showing a new, spare speaking style that was likely a preview of his presidential bully pulpit and was shaped by his tragedies and redemption.
Joe Biden to Be Inaugurated as 46th President Under Tight Security
- WASHINGTON— Joe Biden is set to become the 46th president of the U.S., assuming charge of a nation ravaged by a pandemic and shaken by the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol, where he plans to take his oath of office.
- Under heavy security, Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the west side of the Capitol during an event that will also feature Lady Gaga singing the national anthem and other musical performances.
- Mr. Biden, who will be the second Catholic president, planned to begin Wednesday by attending Mass in Washington with four congressional leaders: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
- Mr. Klain said Mr. Biden planned to sign the executive orders in the late afternoon from the Oval Office and then speak to reporters briefly about his initial actions as president.
Navajo Nation identifies 75 communities with 'uncontrolled' Covid-19 spread in first weeks of January
- The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe in the US, and stretches across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
- In May, the Navajo Nation surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per capita Covid-19 infection rate in the US.
- In November, it began a three-week "stay-at-home lockdown" and by early December, leaders announced they were extending the measure for several more weeks in hopes of slowing cases.
- A public health order issued by the Nation at the time said it was seeing an "alarming" rise in infections.
- A stay at home lockdown is currently in effect through January 25, according to the latest news release.
- The Nation has reported a total of more than 26,500 Covid-19 cases and more than 920 virus-related deaths.
- Nation leaders have reported that more than 27,000 vaccine doses have been distributed and more than 21,000 have been administered.