Biden Signs Bill into Law Making Juneteenth a National Holiday

CNN.com (CNN) President Joe Biden said that signing legislation into law on Thursday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day — a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — will go down as “one of the greatest honors” of his presidency. “I have to say to you, I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go … Continue reading Biden Signs Bill into Law Making Juneteenth a National Holiday

Tim Scott in GOP response to Biden: ‘Hear me clearly — America is not a racist country’

Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday knocked President Biden for “empty platitudes” about national unity while also accusing the US of “systemic racism” in a blistering Republican response to Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. The South Carolina Republican said Democrats hypocritically talked about unity while filibustering his policing reform bill and rejecting GOP efforts to influence Biden’s recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. … Continue reading Tim Scott in GOP response to Biden: ‘Hear me clearly — America is not a racist country’

Biden delivers prime-time address on anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

President Biden on Thursday used his first primetime address to the nation to outline a gradual return to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic. The speech set a goal for Americans to be able to gather in small groups by the Fourth of July and for all adults to be eligible for vaccine sign-ups by May 1. “I’m announcing that I will direct all states, tribes and territories to … Continue reading Biden delivers prime-time address on anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

Joe Biden Signs Executive Order to End DOJ Partnerships With Private Prisons

Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday that called on his Department of Justice to not renew any of their contracts with private prisons. The move is seen as a first step toward tackling the issue of mass incarceration in the United States. The proliferation of private prisons—coupled with strictness regarding sentencing and heavy-handed enforcement of drug laws—have helped make America’s prison population the largest in the world. Biden … Continue reading Joe Biden Signs Executive Order to End DOJ Partnerships With Private Prisons

Biden set to reinstate coronavirus-related travel restrictions that Trump lifted

CNN.com (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday will sign a presidential proclamation reinstating the travel restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed during her daily briefing. This move will reinstate the restrictions that former President Donald Trump lifted last week, and includes non-US citizens who have been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, as well as the new addition of South … Continue reading Biden set to reinstate coronavirus-related travel restrictions that Trump lifted

How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration

Here is how world leaders are reacting to U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, replacing Donald Trump. NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN, IN A STATEMENT: “We have a common investment in the international rules-based order and I welcome President Biden’s intentions for the US to re-join the Paris Agreement and halt its withdrawal from the World Health Organization.” “President Biden’s message of unity … Continue reading How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration