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Politics Welcome to Your Week. Let's talk Biden's 100 days.

18:50  02 may  2021
18:50  02 may  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Biden's 1st 100 days: Promises kept, broken, or in progress

  Biden's 1st 100 days: Promises kept, broken, or in progress Here's a look at how President Joe Biden is measuring up against the markers he set for himself. As a candidate and incoming president, he had promised a series of swift and sweeping actions to address the range of challenges he inherited.

When President Joe Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, he was greeted with a raging pandemic, economic downturn and racial unrest. Now 100 days in, he's "proved to be bolder in policy, more partisan in politics and more disciplined in pronouncements," writes USA TODAY's longtime politico and Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

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From the start, the Biden administration made fighting COVID-19 its top priority. But more issues have needed immediate attention: A series of mass shootings, continued killings of Black people by police and an increase in migrants at the border.

President Biden's first 100 days: What he's gotten done

  President Biden's first 100 days: What he's gotten done President Joe Biden has moved fast since his January 20 swearing-in, signing a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill into law less than two months into his term and issuing more executive orders so far than his three predecessors. © Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images A first-grader works on an English exercise on the first day of class in Los Angeles on April 13, 2021. Those efforts have paid off, with the administration reaching the milestones of 200 million coronavirus shots delivered and vaccine eligibility opened to everyone 16 and over before Biden's 100th day in office.

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How does that affect Biden's roadmap? From increasing taxes on the rich to urging Congress to take action on gun violence, Biden has an ambitious vision for the future. In this newsletter, we'll dig in to what he said and what it means.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden has described the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a milestone for his administration and a © ILLUSTRATION: RYAN SPARROW, USA TODAY NETWORK, AND GETTY IMAGES President Joe Biden has described the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a milestone for his administration and a "reminder of what we can accomplish when we pull together as one people to a common goal."

Biden's big speech was unique. We were there.

THE SCENE | A nearly empty chamber. No special guests. Everyone in masks. President Joe Biden's subdued address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday was unlike any in modern history, thanks to a year unlike any in modern history.

100 days of COVID: Grading Biden on vaccination, schools and masks

  100 days of COVID: Grading Biden on vaccination, schools and masks Jan. 20, 2021 — the U.S. was averaging nearly 200,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,000 COVID-19 deaths each day. Biden was acutely aware that history would judge his first 100 days, and perhaps his entire presidency, on how well he handled the COVID crisis. “This first 100 days is unlike any of the typical first 100 days of any administration,” said Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel, a practicing internist, Brookings Institution health scholar and former Obama administration official. “In some ways, it could be the most important 100 days of the entire pandemic.” On Capitol Hill, the Biden administration pushed for a $1.

"This was emblematic of Joe Biden in a way," said Ledyard King, a Washington Correspondent for USA TODAY, who was in the room where it happened. "Usually the first [speech] that the president gives, there's a lot of warm feelings, there's an energy, there's a tradition about it."

The pandemic may have dampened some excitement, but the the calmness was also a reflection on our new president: "It was just lower key because that's who he is compared to [Donald] Trump." Read the full story here.

MAKING HISTORY | That set the stage for the big story of the night: For the first time in U.S. history, the president could say, "Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President." It was a moment 245 years in the making. "No president has ever said those words from this podium and it's about time," Biden said.

STRONG OPINIONS | Time for the report card. Critics are reflecting on the impact of Biden's 100 days in office and opining on what needs to change. Dig deeper with these views:

5 winners and 3 losers from President Biden’s first congressional address

  5 winners and 3 losers from President Biden’s first congressional address Winner: Obamacare. Loser: Wall Street.“After just 100 days — I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” Biden said during his speech. “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.

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Transcript: Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress

  Transcript: Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress The president spoke to a limited crowd due to the pandemic. The setting was very different from a typical address, though. Due to the pandemic, tickets were limited and social distancing rules were in place.

SPORTS | Phillip Adams, a 32-year-old former NFL player, was once known for his mild-mannered behavior off the field. Then, he shot to death six people — including two young children — before killing himself. His family wants to know if football was the reason. By Josh Peter.

ENTERTAINMENT | Lil Nas X, JoJo Siwa and Zaya Wade are teaching the next generation about diversity and inclusion the only way they know how: by being their out and proud selves. Experts say their example can help children and teenagers embrace who they are, as well as encourage adults to foster an environment that promotes acceptance. By David Oliver.

OPINION | "I'm a retired, Black police sergeant who spent nearly 30 years on the Chicago force. Since my retirement, I'm busier than ever," writes Shawn Kennedy on the struggles that Black cops face. "Officers of color have to honor their sworn oath to serve and protect their community (including from rogue cops), and learn how to navigate the “blue wall” (which frequently goes hand in hand with racial favoritism)."

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What’s coming

USA TODAY visual journalists Jarrad Henderson and Harrison Hill spent eight weeks in Minneapolis during Derek Chauvin's murder trial. For the next two weeks we will share some of their portraits of community members fighting for justice and unity in a city searching for healing and understanding.⁠ View them on our Instagram.

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What it's been like fact-checking Joe Biden through 100 days .
Things have been quieter around here in presidential-fact-check land. © OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at an event marking Amtrack's 50th Anniversary at the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 30, 2021. Not because President Joe Biden is accurate all the time. He certainly isn't. But through his first 100 days in the Oval Office, Biden has given us intermittent false claims rather than the staggering avalanche of daily wrongness we faced from his predecessor.

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