Until more Americans are vaccinated, experts say the death toll is expected to climb.
Until more Americans are vaccinated, experts say the death toll is expected to climb.
After Kamala Harris' own historic swearing-in as vice president, she will usher in three other historic firsts as she swears in three new senators. On Wednesday afternoon Harris will swear in her successor, Alex Padilla, to take her old Senate seat. Padilla will become California's first Latino senator.
World leaders are beginning to react to a “new dawn” in U.S. politics ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. Historic allies in the EU and U.K. have struck the most upbeat tone, with Ursurla von der Leyen, the president of the EU Commission, saying they have a “friend in the White House” after four years where transatlantic relations have come under strain. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden ahead of the inauguration ceremony.
Trump boarded Marine One to head to Joint Base Andrews for a farewell speech hours before Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of the United States. Trump, who is not attending Biden's inauguration, was greeted at Joint Base Andrews by cannons firing and the military band playing.
India has begun exporting Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring countries with the first batches being shipped Wednesday to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, the foreign ministry said. “First consignment takes off for Bhutan!” was the first of a flurry of tweets from the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, as he posted pictures of batches leaving and arriving at different destinations, “Indian vaccines reach Maldives, reflects our special friendship.” Indian vaccines reach Maldives, reflects our special friendship.
For the first time in history, kids will have a special way to watch the presidential inauguration. Actress Keke Palmer will host a special live broadcast of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The livestream, made especially for students and families, will feature a special message from incoming first lady Dr. Jill Biden, who invited children in a video message posted on Twitter.
When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, he'll be inheriting more than the Oval Office. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into another year, the United States is leading the world for all the wrong reasons. The U.S. is also in the midst of the biggest surge of the pandemic to date, with 10 states reporting record numbers of new deaths this week, according to an ABC News analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project.
Finally, and more than a bit nervously, Joe Biden's moment arrives on Wednesday. The president-elect's inaugural speech will call for resolve and unity and be forward-looking in tone, Biden aides say. It will not and cannot avoid its placement in this moment, though, and Biden comes to office amid challenges both unique and familiar.
When President-elect Joe Biden takes over as commander-in-chief at noon on Wednesday, he'll immediately assume responsibility for tackling the nation's problems, both small and enormous. "But it's possible ... that Joe Biden is the person to meet this moment, because he radiates a sense of calm, a sense of stability, a sense of reasonableness." In an interview on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast with Political Director Rick Klein, Roberts argued that Biden won't be able to bring President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters over to his side, but he could appeal to Republicans who've become "disillusioned" with Trump and the party's politics he shaped over the last four years.
When Joe Biden is sworn-in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, his inauguration will look strikingly different than any other. Tens of thousands of American flags -- rather than massive crowds of people -- will stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has installed some 191,500 U.S. flags of varying sizes on a swath of the long, grassy park to represent the American people who cannot attend Biden's inauguration.
President-elect Joe Biden will send to Congress an extensive immigration reform bill that includes an eight-year pathway to citizenship on Wednesday, following through on a long-standing campaign pledge to move on immigration on day one of a Biden presidency. The new details of Biden’s legislation were first reported by The Washington Post, and confirmed by Biden transition officials. Biden will send to Congress on Wednesday a policy that will include an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status, and expand admissions for refugees to the country.
President Donald Trump is not a beacon of truth. In the best light, Trump was seen as occasionally struggling with the truth. As someone who espoused "truthful hyperbole," Trump's supporters viewed him as a showman who sometimes exaggerated, but ultimately fulfilled his most important promises, such as filling the Supreme Court with conservative judges.
As Joe Biden pledges to unite a fractured nation, the incoming president faces deep divisions on the national front and widening fissures within the Democratic Party. "His ability to maneuver between a rock and a hard place will be the test of his presidency," Thomas Edsall, a veteran political journalist and professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, told ABC News. In the wake of President Donald Trump's false claims that the election was stolen from him, a recent poll shows that roughly three-quarters (77%) of Trump backers say Biden’s win was due to fraud, despite there being no evidence to back this up.
Kamala Harris, the groundbreaking former senator from California, is set to make history again -- as the first female vice president and woman of color in the White House. Harris, 56, the daughter of immigrants, will take her oath of office at Wednesday's inauguration, marking Day One of the Biden-Harris administration. Leading up to her first day in office during this unprecedented time, Harris said she was "filled with a sense of purpose and hope."
At noon Wednesday, Joe Biden will take his oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States, a culminating moment for his nearly 50-year career in politics and lifetime of tragedy and triumph. Following the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 that saw a deadly clash between white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, Biden said he was compelled to take on the “battle for the soul of the nation” with his third run for president. After running on a platform of bipartisanship and unity, Biden will now launch his presidency once again dealing with division in the fallout of the Trump presidency.
When Joe Biden takes office as the 46th president, it's clear his agenda will focus on the challenges at home. From Latin America to East Africa, nuclear-capable rogue states to revanchist regional powers, the Biden administration is sure to face foreign policy crises as it tries to address those domestic issues.
Amanda Gorman will make history Wednesday as the youngest poet in recent history to read a poem at a presidential inauguration. Gorman, 22, will read her own poem at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, according to The Associated Press. The Los Angeles native told NPR she finished writing the poem, titled "The Hill We Climb," on the night of Jan. 6, hours after rioters took part in a siege on Capitol Hill.
Former California Sen. Kamala Harris is making history Wednesday as the first woman and first woman of color to serve as vice president. A former prosecutor and ground-breaking attorney general in California, Harris broke barriers throughout her career. One of the factors that drew Joe Biden to her as a running mate was her strong friendship with his late son Beau.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make history on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, taking over from Donald Trump after a tumultuous four years. Biden comes into office during an uncertain time for the country on many fronts -- a raging coronavirus pandemic, months of protests over racial injustice and a bitterly fought election that ended in the siege of the U.S. Capitol just days ago. Biden will be the first president in more than a century not to be greeted by the outgoing president -- Donald Trump is set to depart to his residence in Florida earlier in the day.
In the waning hours of his time in office, President Donald Trump late Tuesday issued a final batch of pardons and commutations to a group that included former White House strategist Steve Bannon and two other longtime political allies, Elliott Broidy and Paul Erickson, in a move that will further solidify Trump's legacy of using his sweeping presidential powers to benefit his inner circle. The latest batch of names, released by the White House on Trump's final night as president, granted 73 pardons and commuted all or part of the sentence of 70 additional individuals, after Trump had already issued several dozen such directives in recent months.
To say this is an exponentially tough time for Black people in America would be an understatement -- and that's why protecting the mental health of this community is vital. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality -- in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 -- have left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare. "Another viral video surfaced the internet last night of an unarmed Black man named Jacob Blake being shot multiple times in the back by police officers of Kenosha, Wisconsin," @r29unbothered wrote in a post.