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In storm-struck Texas, Biden’s personal touch is muted by the pandemic

The president sought to show his trademark empathy — at a time when even a hand on a shoulder presents a health risk.
  • Feb 26, 2021

Biden honors covid-19 victims amid staggering toll, signs of hope

As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hits 500,000, some trends hint at a better road ahead. But as the president holds a solemn memorial, the White House is wary of touting good news prematurely.
  • Feb 22, 2021

Biden’s low-key approach to storm wins praise but courts risks

Biden’s quiet approach to the Texas freeze marks a sharp contrast to Trump’s handling of natural disasters. The president’s strategy has won praise, but it risks keeping the government‘s profile low.
  • Feb 20, 2021

Biden team struggles to specify when schools will open, normalcy will return

Almost a year into the pandemic, urgent questions remain unanswered: When can schools open, when can we get vaccinated, and when will things seem normal?
  • Feb 17, 2021

Biden’s vaccine push runs into distrust in the Black community

As Biden pushes his vaccine campaign, he faces a deep-seated distrust of the medical establishment among Black communities that have long faced mistreatment at its hands.
  • Feb 13, 2021

Harris TV interview in West Virginia provokes flare-up with Manchin

The senator’s complaint that he wasn’t notified beforehand reflects the tough road facing Biden and Harris in states like his.
  • Feb 1, 2021

Biden signs orders on racial equity, and civil rights groups press for more

The president took executive actions Tuesday to combat racism and discrimination, an early move to fulfill his pledges on equity. They fall short of the sweeping actions civil rights groups are demanding, but the administration says there is more to come.
  • Jan 26, 2021

Civil rights leaders say they won’t let up on Biden — or Harris

Civil rights activists welcome Harris’s prominent role in the Biden administration. But they say the White House cannot use her presence to justify delaying action on racial justice.
  • Jan 24, 2021

George Floyd languished inside a Texas prison. Communities and companies saw it as ‘economic development.’

Bartlett State Jail contributed to a third of the city's budget. But inside, prisoners like Floyd got little training or education that would help them reintegrate into society.
  • Jan 22, 2021

Kamala Harris sworn into history with vice-presidential oath

Harris becomes the first woman, Black woman and Asian American to serve as vice president.
  • Jan 20, 2021