US History/Biden

President Joseph "Joe" Biden in the White House.

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]

COVID-19 ResponseEdit

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, so did hate speech and attacks on Asian Americans,[4][5][6] and leading the White House to issue a memorandum condemning such acts on January 26th, 2021.[7] The vaccine rollout that began under the Trump administration continued into 2021.[8] The Delta strain created a surge of infections in Summer of 2021.[9][10] By October 1st, 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic had killed over 700,000 Americans, becoming the deadliest pandemic in American history.[11][12] By December 2021 the death toll had reached 800,000.[13]

DomesticEdit

The Biden Administration saw the first African American to serve as Defense Secretary.[14]

On February 12th, 2021, Biden halted further construction of the southern border wall.[15][16]

Following the second impeachment of President Trump by the House on January 13th, 2021,[17] the Senate continued the trial on February 9th, 2021.[18] 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.[19][20]

A winter storm created an emergency in Texas in February 2021, as infrastructure buckled under the storm.[21]

On June 17th, 2021 legislation was signed which made Juneteenth a federal holiday.[22][23]

AfghanistanEdit

Honoring a previous commitment made by the Trump administration to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, America began to withdraw Troops from the country, leading the Taliban to quickly overrun much of Afghanistan outside of Kabul in Summer of 2021.[24] This resulted in an evacuation of Kabul.[25], which ended on August 30th, 2021 with over 122,000 evacuees, many dead, and many Afgan allies left behind.[26]

Technology and ScienceEdit

 
Perseverance rover.

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.[27][28][29]

On February 18th, 2021 the Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars.[30][31]

ReferencesEdit

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  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. 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. 
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  6. "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. 
  7. "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/. 
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  13. Chappell, Bill (14 December 2021). "800,000 Americans have died of COVID. Now the U.S. braces for an omicron-fueled spike" (in en). NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/12/14/1063802370/america-us-covid-death-toll. 
  14. "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. 
  15. "Mexican president hails Biden's border wall freeze" (in en). Reuters. 12 February 2021. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-border-idUSKBN2AC1M2. 
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  19. 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. 
  20. 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. 
  21. "Texas weather: ‘We’re on day three of no power'". BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-56106967. 
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  23. "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. 
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