Words aren’t enough: Biden must do more than just recognize trans people right now

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On Trans Day of Visibility, the president has much more he can offer beyond a hashtag—and we would love to see it. The black squares on Instagram last summer probably seemed like a good idea at first. Not only did they let people know where you personally stood with regard to Black lives mattering, but they helped amplify a greater message of unity around the issue. Read Full Story

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What Biden could do on climate—even with a Republican Senate

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The election hasn’t been called, but should Biden win but not control the Senate, he can still put us back in the Paris agreement—and push change via regulations and executive action. On November 4, Trump officially withdrew from the Paris climate agreement . If Biden wins, on his first day in office on January 20, he plans to rejoin it—a first step in setting the U.S. on a path to tackle climate change, which Biden has called the “number one issue facing humanity.” Read Full Story

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Big ideas for Biden’s first 100 days

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The new administration needs to move quickly on multiple fronts to confront a variety of crises. Our new series will look at how the new administration will move on key issues—from climate to AI to worker pay, and more—in the next few months. On January 2o, the clock started on the first 100 days of the Biden administration. While there will be 1,360 more days to follow, the period between January and the end of April is when the direction and forcefulness of the new president’s initial policies will be judged. How will he change regulation? What can he push through Congress? What first steps will his new appointees take? Read Full Story

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7 climate actions that Biden could take on his first day

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From rejoining the Paris Agreement to stopping the Keystone Pipeline to restoring the Bears Ears monuments, some of the Trump administration’s most public environmental rollbacks can be easily reversed by a new president. The last four years have been devastating for environmental regulation. The Trump administration dismantled the Clean Power Plan, opened Arctic wilderness for drilling, and, as part of a spree of rollbacks in his last days in office, shrank the protected habitat of the northern spotted owl. Those are just the most visible of the more than 100 rollbacks of environmental rules spearheaded by the administration. Now the Biden administration will start trying to reinstate them. Some of the changes will take years to reverse—and going further will often require votes in the Senate that may not be winnable. But Biden can also begin to repair some of the damage on his first day in office. Read Full …

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Joe Biden’s ads gave you all the feels, but they’re also what hurt other Democrats

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The challenge of putting character—not issues—on the ballot. Back in 1972, Joe Biden was a county councilman in Delaware making his first run at the United States Senate against the heavily favored two-term incumbent Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs. It was an incredibly close race. The 29-year-old Biden received 50.5% of the vote, winning by a margin of just more than 3,000 votes. Read Full Story

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Political cartoonists respond to Joe Biden’s win and the end of Donald Trump’s presidency

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These are some of the best political cartoons immortalizing Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. After four long days of post-election uncertainty, Joe Biden was officially declared president-elect on Saturday, November 7. Biden’s win marks the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency and a historic first for the vice presidency, with Kamala Harris becoming not only the first female vice president-elect but the first Black and Asian American vice president-elect as well. Read Full Story

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Biden stimulus update: When is my third IRS check, unemployment, or student loan forgiveness coming?

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After the Senate pulled an all-nighter, here’s the latest on coronavirus relief. So Joe Biden is now president, and he’s leading a Democrat-led Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion in stimulus aid. So deposits will be arriving in your bank account any day, right? Well, no. First comes the vote-a-rama. Here’s the latest as we head into the weekend: Read Full Story

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Biden’s vaccine plan: Are we hitting the goal? This map and real-time tracker will tell you

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Can we reach 100 million doses in 100 days? The Brown University School of Public Health and Microsoft AI for Health let you follow along at home. President Joe Biden has promised to distribute 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office. To call this the race of a lifetime would hardly be an understatement. With cases spreading, new variants emerging, thousands of Americans dying every day, and the economy in the tank, much depends on whether we can successfully vaccinate enough of the public as quickly as possible. Read Full Story

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What John Kerry has planned as Biden’s climate envoy

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At a conversation with Al Gore to mark the U.S. returning to the Paris Climate agreement, the former Secretary of State and new climate envoy discussed how the U.S. can regain the trust of the global climate community. It’s now been 30 days since President Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which means the U.S. is formally back in the global effort. But while there is important symbolism in that action, it’s only the beginning of the climate work Biden’s administration must do. John Kerry, who first signed the country into that agreement as Secretary of State in 2016, is now tasked with convincing the rest of the world that the U.S. can be trusted as a leader in this space as Biden’s climate envoy. Read Full Story

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