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Biden halts planned troop withdrawal from Germany
Biden halts planned troop withdrawal from Germany
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The U.S. will not withdraw troops from Germany for now. In a keynote speech to diplomats Thursday, new U.S. President Joe Biden said he had halted his predecessor Donald Trump's plans for such a withdrawal. First, he said, the Pentagon should review the deployment of American troops worldwide. This must be consistent with Washington's foreign policy and strategic priorities, Biden said.

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Biden to end US support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen
Bombed school in Yemen
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President Joe Biden announced an end to the United States support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen on Tuesday.

"This war has to end. We are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen including relevant arms sales," so Biden. "At the same time, Saudi Arabia faces missile attacks and UAV strikes and other threats from Iranian supplied forces in multiple countries. We are going to continue to help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people."

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Biden launches taskforce to reunite families separated at border
Biden launches taskforce to reunite families separated at border
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President Joe Biden is set to create a taskforce to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border by the Trump administration. Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday as a first step to reform the U.S. immigration system and reversed several of the former administration's policies.

"I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy," Biden said.

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USA introduces compulsory masks on public transportation
USA introduces compulsory masks on public transportation
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Under ex-President Trump, the proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration was rejected - but has now been implemented on the instructions of his successor Biden: From next week onwards, masks will be compulsory in public transport in the USA. Last week, the new US President Joe Biden had instructed federal authorities to take measures to make masks mandatory on public transport. If a passenger refuses, however, he or she is now in violation of federal law under the CDC's regulation, so that flight attendants or conductors, for example, can better enforce the obligation.

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Biden reverses Trump-era abortion access restrictions

President Joe Biden has signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday reversing a ban on federal funds going to domestic and international aid groups that give access and information to abortions.

Biden said the memorandum would "reverse my predecessor's attack on women's health access" and that the measure "relates to protecting women's health at home and abroad, and it reinstates the changes that were made to Title X and other things making it harder for women to have access to affordable health care as it relates to their reproductive rights."

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Biden signs executive orders on climate and environment; reversing Trump-era environmental actions
Biden signs executive orders on climate and environment; reversing Trump-era environmental actions
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President Joe Biden has signed several executive orders on policies aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to create clean energy and to end fossil fuel subsidies on what the White House called the "climate day". Biden has further directed federal agencies to make decisions based on scientific evidence and data and signed orders to freeze new oil and gas leases on public lands.

"We’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis," so Biden. "We can’t wait any longer. We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know it in our bones. And it’s time to act."

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Bernie Sanders raises $1.8m for charity with inauguration-meme merch
Image of the Chairman Sanders Crewneck
Image of the Chairman Sanders Crewneck Credit: Bernie Sanders, berniesanders.com

Sen. Bernie Sanders has helped raise $1.8 million for charity by selling sweatshirts and t-shirts with the viral January 20th image of him sitting at President Joe Biden's inauguration. 100% of the proceeds will go toward Meals on Wheels Vermont and all items are currently sold out.

"Jane and I were amazed by all the creativity shown by so many people over the last week, and we’re glad we can use my internet fame to help Vermonters in need, But even this amount of money is no substitute for action by Congress," so Sanders.

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Biden to direct Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons
Biden to direct Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons
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US President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Justice Department not to renew contracts with privately operated correctional facilities. The move is part of a series of actions Biden wants to take to address structural racism and promote equal treatment for all U.S. citizens. The White House pointed out that among the more than two million prisoners currently in the U.S., a disproportionate number are members of minority groups.

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Biden anticipates nationwide availability of Covid-19 vaccines by spring
Biden anticipates nationwide availability of Covid-19 vaccines by spring
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President Joe Biden said on Monday that he believes the Covid-19 vaccines will be available for every American by spring but anticipates a "logistical challenge that exceeds anything we've ever tried in this country."

"I think it'll be this spring. I think we'll be able to do that this spring," Biden said, adding that he thinks "by summer, we will be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity."

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Biden overturns Trump's transgender military ban
Biden overturns Trump's transgender military ban
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President Joe Biden has signed an executive order on Monday, reversing a Trump-era ban prohibiting transgender Americans to join the military. The order states that the government "immediately prohibits involuntary separations, discharges and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances related to gender identity."

"Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride," so Biden on Twitter.

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Christopher Wray to remain FBI Director, Biden team says
Director Christopher Wray addresses the audience during his formal installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters on September 28, 2017
Director Christopher Wray addresses the audience during his formal installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters on September 28, 2017 Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden will keep Christopher Wray as acting FBI Director, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Thursday. Wray was picked for the role by former President Donald Trump in 2017 after he fired James Comey and was later accused of being disloyal to Trump.

"I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so [I] wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing," Psaki wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

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Rep. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against Joe Biden
Rep. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against Joe Biden
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Newly-elected Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, accusing him of corruption and abuse of power. Greene, who has ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, announced her move on Twitter, which previously blocked her account for "multiple violations of our civic integrity policy" following the Capitol Hill riots.

Greene previously alleged that Biden allowed his son, Hunter Biden, "to siphon cash from America’s greatest enemies Russian and China".

"President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s vice president is lengthy and disturbing," so Greene.

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Biden will continue Trump's Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela, top diplomat says
Juan Guaido
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In perpetuation of Trump administration policy and nearly two centuries of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, Antony Blinken, President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, told senators Tuesday that the United States will continue to recognize the coup leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

Reuters reports Blinken told senators during his confirmation hearing that Venezuela needs "an effective policy that can restore... democracy" to the nation of 28 million people.

Although Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has alienated allies and adversaries alike with his government's numerous and serious human rights violations, he was democratically elected in 2013 and reelected in 2018.

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Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman's books become Amazon bestsellers
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, "An American Lyric," at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017.
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, "An American Lyric," at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017. Credit: Shawn Miller, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Amanda Gorman's books became bestsellers on Amazon after she delivered her poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

"I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: "For words alone are certain good: Sing, then"," Gorman wrote on Twitter.

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Biden laid off three Trump appointees on his first day in office
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag Credit: The White House (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

President Joe Biden terminated three of Donald Trump's appointees on his first day in office: Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media which oversees international broadcaster Voice of America; Kathleen Kraninger, who has been the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2019; and Peter Robb the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel.

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Biden signs 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations on his first day in office
Biden signs 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations on his first day in office
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President Joe Biden has signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations shortly after his inauguration, including revoking Trump's Muslim ban, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, extending federal eviction moratorium, rescinding Census orders to exclude non-citizens, preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a federal mask mandate.

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Biden proclaims National Day of Unity
Biden proclaims National Day of Unity
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The newly inaugurated President Joe Biden has proclaimed January 20, 2021, as a National Day of Unity and stated that he calls "upon the people of our Nation to join together and write the next story of our democracy — an American story of decency and dignity, of love and of healing, and of greatness and of goodness."

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US ‘terrorist’ designation of Yemen’s Houthis comes into effect

Just days before the now-former President Donald Trump was set to leave office, his administration announced plans to label the Houthis a “foreign terrorist organization” – effectively barring US citizens and entities from interacting financially with the group.

The designation came into effect on Tuesday, just as the US Treasury Department released details of limited licensing exemptions to the restrictions. For months, international aid groups providing much-needed aid to civilians hard hit by a devastating conflict in Yemen have warned that their work could be disrupted by the US designation of the Houthis – and urged the Trump administration not to do it. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 10 said the measure aimed “to hold Ansarallah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping”.

Human rights and humanitarian groups, as well as US lawmakers, are also urging the recently inaugurated US President Joe Biden to rescind the designation. The United Nations’ humanitarian chief last week called for the US to reverse the decision, saying it could lead to “large-scale famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly 40 years”.

Biden’s incoming national security adviser also recently criticized the move.

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Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States
Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States
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Joseph Robinette „Joe“ Biden, Jr. has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States of America. He is succeeding President Donald Trump.

As the first woman of color, the first woman of South Asian descent Kamala Harris has also been sworn in to hold the office of Vice President of the United States.

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President-elect Joe Biden leaves Blair House for a pre-inauguration church service

The soon to be United States President Joe Biden has left Blair House for a church service before the presidential inauguration in "The Beast," the presidential limo. Together with his wife Dr. Jill Biden and high-ranking politicians such as Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell he will attend a mass.