"This raft of [executive] orders is trying to communicate to the public that this administration is going to take a more leading role in response to the pandemic," says TheWashington Post'sShane Harris.
"There was a lot on the president's plate on the first day. It's just the start in a flurry of executive orders," says Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim.
The First Steps For The Biden Administration
Members of the National Guard gather at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, ahead of the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, DC.
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"I think the best president that would serve as an example for Biden might be Abraham Lincoln, who was facing a war... and used his second inaugural address to bring healing to the country. I think that in some ways Biden will have to do the same thing," says historian Kellie Carter Jackson.
The Inauguration Of Joe Biden And Its Place In History
Young activists and their supporters hold signs as they march during a Global Climate Strike demonstration in 2019.
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"We want to have this multigenerational move toward social justice, and it just feels like our leaders and the party aren't doing that," says 17-year-old Aiden Kohn-Murphy. He says it's difficult to feel like he's being represented by elected officials when many are over 70.
How The Future Of America Is Thinking About Our Future
A person wearing a QAnon sweatshirt stands off against US Capitol police officers as officials tried to stop insurrectionists supporting President Donald Trump from entering the U.S. Capitol.
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Donald Trump did not win the presidential election last November. Why do so many people believe he did? We explore the psychology associated with conspiracy theories.
Eerie Theories: The Psychology Behind Conspiracy
A member of the New York National Guard stands at a gate outside the U.S. Capitol the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in Washington, DC.
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A week after a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president for the second time. World leaders react to the news. The U.S. has labeled Yemen's Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization and Cuba is back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. We talk about all those stories and more on the News Roundup.
The News Roundup for January 15, 2021
A person experiencing homelessness sleeps on the street in Los Angeles, California.
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"The virus [is] causing people to lose their jobs and causing economic problems and these are the kinds of situations that lead to more homelessness," says Steve Berg, Vice President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
America Couldn't Ease Homelessness Before The Pandemic. What Can We Do Now?
Facebook and Twitter have both banned President Trump after an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. YouTube has suspended his account for at least a week.
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"The First Amendment, like all of the U.S. Constitution, applies only to government. It's a set of rules about what government can do to its citizens," says RonNell Andersen-Jones, professor of law at the University of Utah.
Big Tech, Speech And The President Of The United States
A U.S. Capitol Police officer wears a mourning band over his badge following a police procession of the hearse carrying the casket of Brian Sicknick, U.S. Capitol Police Officer who died from injuries following the U.S. Capitol building siege in Washington, DC.
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"The fair and objective application of the law is what builds trust in our communities and in our neighborhoods. It's when police stray from this, that's when we see these fissures," says Frank Straub.