Tag: Joe Biden

Biden administration says it will fall short of its Fourth of July vaccination goal

By Nate Rattner

Read the full article from CNBC, here.

The U.S. won’t hit President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70% of American adults to receive one vaccine shot or more by the Fourth of July, administration officials confirmed Tuesday. Officials said the administration has “succeeded beyond our highest expectations” in its vaccination program. Roughly 65% of American adults have received one shot or more as of Monday, according to the CDC, on pace to land at about 67% on the Fourth.

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On Immigration, Biden’s First 100 Days and Trump’s Last 100 Days Are Hard to Tell Apart

By Branko Marcetic

Read the full article from Jacobin here.

“On immigration and the border, Biden has continued a number of the most shocking Trump-era policies, policies that were widely labeled racist, irrational, and even fascistic when Trump pursued them — right down to continuing to build Trump’s border wall. It’s fitting, given that Trump’s own immigration policies were an escalation relative to the Democratic administration that preceded him, in which Biden served. And it suggests a more long-term bipartisan consensus on the matter that should put anyone appalled by Trump’s policies at unease.”

Empire Politician

By Jeremy Scahill

Access the full project from The Intercept here.

“The Intercept conducted an exhaustive analysis of Biden’s political career, with a focus on his positions on dozens of U.S. wars and military campaigns, CIA covert actions, and abuses of power; his views on whistleblowers and leakers; and his shifting stance on the often contentious relationship between the executive and legislative branches over war powers…The picture that emerges is of a man who is dedicated to the U.S. as an empire, who believes that preserving U.S. national interests and “prestige” on the global stage outweighs considerations of morality or even at times the deaths of innocent people.”

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Biden Looks To Extend Trump’s Bolstered Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing

By Akela Lacy

Read the full article from The Intercept, here.

The Trump Administration started classwide scheduling of fentanyl analogues in 2018. The policy put a wide range of substances with a chemical structure similar to fentanyl on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, expanding the application of mandatory minimum sentencing laws to all fentanyl analogues. “But chemical structure alone cannot predict how a drug will affect the human brain,” the letter claims, citing a neurobiologist’s testimony before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, “and not all fentanyl analogues are harmful.”

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Biden’s Treatment of Asylum-Seekers Looks a Lot Like Trump’s

By Tina Vásquez

Read the full article from In These Times here.

“That the Biden administration has so far chosen to continue Title 42 expulsions may surprise some, but not Solis. The community organizer anticipated Biden taking an ​“Obama-style” approach, a nod to the raids and mass deportations that occurred during President Barack Obama’s years, when Biden was vice president.”

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The States Where Efforts To Restrict Voting Are Escalating

By Alex Samuels, Elena Mejía, and Nathaniel Rakich

Read the full article from FiveThirtyEight, here.

But the push to restrict voting rights expands beyond just a few states. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, a voting rights advocacy group, 253 bills to restrict voting access had been introduced in 43 state legislatures as of Feb. 19. And according to our own tracking, at least 53 additional bills have been introduced since then. 1 Of these 306 bills, 89 percent were sponsored entirely or primarily by Republicans, according to the bill-tracking service LegiScan.

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