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Excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech

BY: - January 20, 2021

Below are excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, following his swearing-in as the nation’s 46th president: We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain. Few […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Joe Biden speaks during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)

President Biden urges a divided nation to ‘end this uncivil war’ in inaugural address

BY: and - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Calling on Americans to bridge the widening divisions in the country, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, completing the peaceful transition of presidential power on the same stage where a violent mob just two weeks ago sought to prevent him from taking office. Standing before an unusually […]

National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a message for the ages

BY: - January 20, 2021

In a country painfully and deeply divided in so many ways, Amanda Gorman stepped up to the podium at Joe Biden’s inauguration and delivered “The Hill We Climb,” a poem that encapsulates all of today’s tragedy and triumph. Gorman, 22, is the youngest inaugural poet in this nation’s history. When day comes we ask ourselves, […]

WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT / WELCOME MADAM VICE PRESIDENT Willco Banners at 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC on 14 January 2021 by by Elvert Barnes Photography CC BY-SA 2.0

“Let’s start afresh” 

BY: - January 20, 2021

President Joe Biden hit just the right notes in his splendid Inaugural Address. You could almost hear the sigh of a relief coming from the vast majority of Americans when he said, “Let’s start afresh.” He acknowledged what needed to be acknowledged, and he affirmed what needed to be affirmed. And in his down-to-earth manner, […]

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

BY: and - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is set to become the 46th president of the United States at noon, when he will take the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s what Biden plans to do on his first day as president

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions and laying out new policies of his own. “These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to […]

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Two Wisconsin Catholic priests, on podcast, say antifa is responsible for Capitol insurrection

BY: - January 20, 2021

Two Catholic priests from Wisconsin appeared in a podcast, one day after the U.S. Capitol was attacked in a violent insurrection, to spread conspiracy theories that the riot was actually a “false flag” incited by members of antifa. The two priests, Richard Heilman of St. Mary of Pine Bluff Catholic Church in Cross Plains, and […]

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Assembly Republicans want wider COVID-19 vaccine distribution — regardless of availability

BY: - January 20, 2021

Ratcheting up attacks on the Evers administration’s handling of the COVID-19 vaccine, Assembly Republicans have proposed two bills that would make an end run around the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Neither bill would address what state officials have said is the fundamental bottleneck that has been slowing down the distribution of vaccine — the limited […]

Jobless workers demonstrate in Miami Springs, Florida, in support of continued federal unemployment benefits in the pandemic economy. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

GOP rejects special session on unemployment

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers cited fixing the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system as a high priority during his State of the State speech on Jan. 12. He called a special session of the Legislature to take place Tuesday to take up bills to fix the problems that have plagued the UI benefits office during the COVID-19 […]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 16: Dr. David Obert receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada on December 16, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. UMCSN received its first allotment of the vaccine on Monday and began vaccinating its front-line workers treating patients with COVID-19, including staff from the hospital’s intensive care units and emergency department. The state has averaged 20 deaths from COVID-19 per day over the past two weeks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Biden pledges massive vaccine uptick as states struggle with confusion over dosage numbers

BY: - January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday sketched out his proposal for overhauling the country’s slow and uneven effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, pledging to open more centers for administering those shots, boost the public health workforce, and improve the information flow to states so they can better plan. Biden has called for administering […]

Karen Timberlake will take over as interim secretary at the state Department of Health Services.

Timberlake takes over leading DHS as Palm departs for the Biden administration

BY: - January 18, 2021

Andrea Palm, the state Department of Health Services secretary-designee, is leaving Wisconsin to join the Biden administration as its number two person in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Stepping into Palm’s role, as interim secretary beginning Jan. 25, will be Karen Timberlake, who was DHS secretary under former Gov. Jim Doyle. Timberlake […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Trump insurrection, through a Black historical lens

BY: - January 18, 2021

Celebrations of one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders may be overshadowed by an aura of dread, as the nation continues to process the violent uprising that occurred in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is accompanied by further calls by pro-Trump groups for mass gatherings at state […]