US History/Biden

Joseph "Joe" Biden taking the oath of office in 2021.

Early PresidencyEdit

On January 20th, 2020 Joseph Biden was sworn in as President of the United States of America.[1] President Biden inherited a nation in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic still raged on, where over 400,000 American lives had already been lost before he took office.[2] President Biden also inherited an economy that had lost over 3 million jobs since President Trump had taken office in 2017.[3]

DomesticEdit

The Biden Administration saw the first African American to serve as Defense Secretary.[4]

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, so did hate speech and attacks on Asian Americans,[5][6][7] and leading the White House to issue a memorandum condemning such acts on January 26th, 2021.[8] The vaccine rollout that began under the Trump administration continued into 2021.[9]

On February 12th, 2021, Biden halted further construction of the southern border wall.[10][11]

Following the second impeachment of President Trump by the House on January 13th, 2021,[12] the Senate continued the trial on February 9th, 2021.[13] Despite a bipartisan 57-43 vote in favor of convicting former President Trump, as a 2/3 majority was not reached Trump was acquitted for a second time by the Senate on February 13th, 2021.[14][15]

A winter storm created an emergency in Texas in February 2021, as infrastructure buckled under the storm.[16]

On June 17th, 2021 legislation was signed which made Juneteenth a federal holiday.[17][18]

Technology and ScienceEdit

2021 saw the first Science advisor to be appointed to the cabinet level, which was in addition to a number of appointments of notable scientists to leadership positions.[19][20][21]

On February 18th, 2021 the Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars.[22][23]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "As Death Rate Accelerates, U.S. Records 400,000 Lives Lost To The Coronavirus" (in en). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/01/19/957488613/as-death-rate-accelerates-u-s-records-400-000-lives-lost-to-the-coronavirus. 
  3. Colarossi, Natalie (19 January 2021). "Trump leaving office with 3M less jobs than when he entered, worst record since Depression" (in en). Newsweek. https://www.newsweek.com/trump-leaving-office-3m-less-jobs-when-he-entered-worst-record-since-depression-1562737. 
  4. "Lloyd Austin Confirmed As Defense Secretary, Becomes 1st Black Pentagon Chief" (in en). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/sections/president-biden-takes-office/2021/01/22/959581977/lloyd-austin-confirmed-as-secretary-of-defense-becomes-first-black-pentagon-chie. 
  5. Cowan, Jill (12 February 2021). "A Tense Lunar New Year for the Bay Area After Attacks on Asian-Americans". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/12/us/asian-american-racism.html. 
  6. Lazo, Alejandro (12 February 2021). "Violence Against Asian-Americans Raises Concern in Bay Area". Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/violence-against-asian-americans-raises-concern-in-bay-area-11613145477. 
  7. "Anger And Fear As Asian American Seniors Targeted In Bay Area Attacks" (in en). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/2021/02/12/966940217/anger-and-fear-as-asian-american-seniors-targeted-in-bay-area-attacks. 
  8. "Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States". 26 January 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/26/memorandum-condemning-and-combating-racism-xenophobia-and-intolerance-against-asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders-in-the-united-states/. 
  9. LaFraniere, Sharon (2021-03-10). "Biden Got the Vaccine Rollout Humming, With Trump’s Help". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/us/politics/biden-coronavirus-vaccine.html. 
  10. "Mexican president hails Biden's border wall freeze" (in en). Reuters. 12 February 2021. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-border-idUSKBN2AC1M2. 
  11. "President Biden cancels funding for Trump border wall". BBC News. 11 February 2021. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56031481. 
  12. "Donald Trump Impeached a Second Time in Historic House Vote". Time. https://time.com/5928988/donald-trump-impeached-second-time/. 
  13. "Stanford’s David Sklansky on the Second Impeachment of Donald J. Trump" (in en). https://law.stanford.edu/2021/02/10/stanfords-david-sklansky-on-the-second-impeachment-of-donald-j-trump/. 
  14. Fandos, Nicholas; Cochrane, Emily (13 February 2021). "7 Senate Republicans vote ‘guilty,’ the most bipartisan margin in favor of conviction in history.". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/02/13/us/impeachment-trial/7-senate-republicans-vote-guilty-the-most-bipartisan-margin-in-favor-of-conviction-in-history. 
  15. Hughes, Siobhan; Ballhaus, Rebecca (13 February 2021). "Senate Votes to Acquit Trump in Impeachment Trial". Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-to-hear-closing-arguments-in-trump-impeachment-11613212204. 
  16. "Texas weather: ‘We’re on day three of no power'". BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-56106967. 
  17. Karni, Annie; Broadwater, Luke (2021-06-17). "Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/us/politics/juneteenth-holiday-biden.html. 
  18. "Juneteenth: What is the newest US holiday and how is it celebrated?". BBC News. 2021-06-17. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57515192. 
  19. "Biden has assembled a stellar science team — now they must pull together" (in en). Nature 590 (7844): 7–8. 3 February 2021. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00184-y. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00184-y. Retrieved 19 February 2021. 
  20. "Biden Names Science Team, Appoints Science Advisor to Cabinet" (in en). www.aip.org. 20 January 2021. https://www.aip.org/fyi/2021/biden-names-science-team-appoints-science-advisor-cabinet. 
  21. Zimmer, Carl (16 January 2021). "Biden to Elevate Science Adviser to His Cabinet". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/science/biden-science-cabinet.html. 
  22. Chang, Kenneth (18 February 2021). "NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars to Renew Search for Extinct Life". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/science/nasa-peseverance-mars-landing.html. 
  23. "Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover" (in en). mars.nasa.gov. https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/.