Tag: Joe Biden

Biden Signs Order Halting Renewal Federal Private Prison Contracts, But Falls Short on Ending For-Profit Immigration Detention Centers

Photo: Shutterstock We have to give President Joe Biden credit. He’s making moves towards establishing a government that defends the kind of values most of us support and that the previous administration was outright hostile to—values like racial equity, believing in science and most recently, tackling the proliferation of for-profit prisons in the U.S. Biden […]

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New Race Czar Susan Rice Ensures ‘An Equitable And Inclusive Economic Recovery’

NewsOne Featured Video As President Joe Biden announced plans to take actions to address persisting racial inequities, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice steps into the role as the newly created Race Czar Created in response to demands from civil rights leaders. During a press conference Tuesday, Rice said the president was committed to an equitable […]

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Republicans Don’t Care About “Unity”

Donald Trump rarely did anything to expand his base of support beyond the voters who put him in office. He spent his term antagonizing the people he could have brought into the fold, while governing poorly enough to alienate a significant portion of those who put him in the White House. Biden’s unity pledge can […]

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The Senate Is Failing

Since the chamber’s seats aren’t apportioned by population, and because it was originally unelected, the Framers also described it as a bulwark against the temporary passions that might arise from the elected branches. The six-year terms for senators would guard against whatever passing fads might inflame the House from time to time. “In order to […]

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President Biden Vows To Switch Federal Fleet Over To Electric Vehicles

The U.S. federal government has a huge car fleet which, in 2019, counted nearly 650,000 vehicles in total. Newly elected President Joe Biden plans to replace them all with electric vehicles. The announcement was made as part of a press conference announcing the administration’s “Buy American” executive order. As the name suggests, the fleet will […]

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Raising The Minimum Wage Takes Crucial Step Towards Equity And Racial Justice

NewsOne Featured Video Source: The Washington Post / Getty Democrats in Congress reintroduced the Raise The Wage Act on Tuesday to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025, moving the needle towards a living wage for millions of underserved populations. Black and brown communities who suffer under the weight of the […]

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Biden to Reopen Affordable Care Act Health Plans, Because Pandemic

Photo: Doug Mills (Getty Images) Using his pen, also known as the undoer of all things Trump, President Joe Biden is set to sign executive actions as early as Thursday that will reopen “federal marketplaces selling Affordable Care Act health plans and to lower recent barriers to joining Medicaid.” According to the Washington Post, this […]

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Biden to Sign Executive Orders for His Racial Equity Agenda. So Can We Still Talk About the Crime Bill or Nah?

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) In 1993, Joe Biden took to the Senate floor to warn of predators in society that needed to be taken out. “We have predators on our streets that society has in fact, in part because of its neglect, created,” Biden said. “They are beyond the pale many of those people, […]

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How Biden Can Achieve a Russian Restoration

Likewise, the Biden administration should think twice before defining the international system as an ideological contest between democracy and authoritarianism. Such was the spirit of the early Cold War, and in that stark and binary conflict, the us-versus-them rhetoric of freedom and slavery was too often an excuse for zealotry, smugness, and the excessive militarization […]

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Thinks It Will Have a Good Year Under Biden

The oil industry spent much of Joe Biden’s first week in office publicly squawking in protest. The American Petroleum Institute called his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline a “significant step backwards both for environmental progress and our economic recovery.” And in response to Biden issuing a 60-day halt on new leases and permits for drilling on […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Signed A Letter To President Biden Asking Him To ‘Act On Climate Change’

Leonardo DiCaprio was one of dozens of celebrities, politicians, scholars, and CEOs who signed an open letter to President Joe Biden asking him to take the threat of climate change seriously. “Congratulations! Your inauguration marks a turning point in history for the United States of America and for the world. The task ahead is enormous: […]

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New Book Highlights How Joe Biden Almost Lost the Presidency by Ignoring a Black King Maker’s Request

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) (R), speaks on stage after declaring victory in the South Carolina presidential primary on February 29, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina is the first-in-the-south primary and the fourth state in the presidential nominating process.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Jim Clyburn […]

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CNN’s John Berman Takes A Shot At Tucker Carlson By Pulling Biden’s Dogs Into His Obsession With Cancel Culture

Tucker Carlson loves to rant and rave about “cancel culture,” most recently when MAGA musician Ariel Pink dropped by Tucker Carlson Tonight to call Democrats “sore winners.” He’s also “vile and vicious” and makes things up, but on Monday’s episode of New Day, CNN co-anchor John Berman took a shot at Carlson over his cancel […]

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Biden Administration Orders National Intelligence Office and FBI to Assess Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki participates in a White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) We can’t say President Joe Biden hasn’t hit the ground running. In his first week in the Oval Office, Biden […]

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Democrats Can Preach “Unity” and Still Kill the Filibuster

Biden has said that his election would help break the fever of Republican extremism, and that once he took office, conservatives would negotiate with Democrats in good faith, hashing out bipartisan compromises to move the country forward. I (and plenty of others) have argued that this was an irresponsible promise. But in Alex Thompson’s Politico […]

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Mitch McConnell Is Killing the Filibuster

So if Democrats control the Senate, why couldn’t they just pass the organizing resolution with fifty votes and Harris? That’s how legislatures are supposed to work, right? Because McConnell could simply filibuster it. And as long as 40 other Republican senators stand by him, the Democrats can’t actually force him to hand over full control […]

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Don’t Fire People for Dumb Tweets

On Wednesday, Will Wilkinson, a New York Times contributor and vice president at the center-right think tank the Niskanen Center made a joke on Twitter. “If Biden really wanted unity,” he tweeted, “he’d lynch Mike Pence.” The joke has been called “bad” and “offensive” an innumerable number of times since. Wilkinson’s jape may have been […]

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AI Weekly: The Biden administration, algorithmic bias, and restoring the soul of America

This week, Joe Biden made his case to the American people about how to restore the soul of America and talked about “what we owe our forebears, one another, and generations to follow.” Biden chose to run for president in reaction to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, South Carolina, and on Wednesday he became […]

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Kill Coal to Save Lives

In Texas, the NRG-owned WA Parish Generating Station has exacted a grim toll in exchange for the energy and jobs it’s provided the surrounding communities in Fort Bend County. Public Citizen noted last May that the pollutants emitted by the plant are estimated to be responsible for some 178 premature deaths each year. The promise […]

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National Guardsmen Protecting The Capitol Are Being Forced To Sleep In Parking Lots And People Are Outraged

The January 6 deadly insurrection/failed MAGA coup (carried out while Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote) led to a massive beefing up of security on Capitol Hill. This, naturally, led to an influx of National Guardsmen to Washington, D.C. and photos of service members sleeping in the halls of the U.S. Capitol itself. It […]

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Can the White House Press Briefing Be Saved?

This administration appears to be well-organized and disciplined. Its early appointments are full of familiar Beltway hands, most of whom have decades of experience. There are no Kayleigh McEnanys or Omarosas or Johnny McEntees. There are no bombthrowers; no one who sees administration experience as a pathway to a lucrative post-politics career in partisan media; […]

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No, Biden Doesn’t Have a ‘Chinese Handler.’ He’s a US Secret Service Agent.

U.S. Secret Service agent David Cho (left) seen at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. PHOTO: Mark Makela / Getty Images / AFP Conspiracy theorists were quite active during U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration, trading spurious claims that senior Secret Service agent David Cho was a “Chinese handler.” Far-right Facebook and Twitter users became obsessed with […]

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Wacky QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Apparently Followed Through On Her Pledge To Try To Impeach Joe Biden On His 1st Day In Office

Marjorie Taylor Greene hasn’t had the best week, as Joe Biden’s inauguration was a major blow to the QAnon conspiracy that were sure Donald Trump would never allow the Democratic nominee to become president despite winning the 2020 election. Many believers of the wacky conspiracy that began as LARPing on an image board have had […]

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One Moment in Time: Black Excellence, Joy and Honor at the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Photo: Andrew Angerer We did it, y’all. We half-survived. On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States, swiftly and effectively removing the orange dictator out of that undeserved position of power. But I’m not here to recap the rollercoaster that was the last four years. No, I’m […]

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Rand Paul Thinks Joe Biden Called Republicans Racists and Liars. He Didn’t, But If He Did, Where’s the Lie?

Photo: Greg Nash (Getty Images) I’m going to begin with a confession: I didn’t watch much of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Not because I wasn’t excited that not-Trump was officially being sworn into office, it’s just…Look, I was playing video games, OK? Whatever, I follow the news all day for a living. (I did watch […]

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Biden to Sign 10 Executive Orders Just to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo: JIM WATSON (Getty Images) There is power in the president’s pen, and America’s newest President Joe Biden is expected to sign the fuck out of some executive orders Thursday in an attempt to ramp up “COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, tightening enforcement of workplace safety rules and funneling more federal dollars to states struggling through […]

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What Do Trump’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and Bigfoot Have in Common? They Both Don’t Exist

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) In what appears to be chapter 7 of the ways in which Trump screwed over America, new President Joe Biden learned that he won’t be inheriting a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan from the former administration because there isn’t one. That’s right, the president of people who refused to wear masks […]

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