A “100 Days Masking Challenge” calling on citizens to wear face masks, and requiring them on federal property Halting of the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization, and appointment of Anthony Fauci as head of the U.S. delegation Creation of a new, dedicated COVID-19 Response Coordinator reporting directly to the president Extension of the nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until March 31 Extension of the suspension of federal student loan interest and payments until September 30 Rejoining of the Paris climate accord Canceling of the Keystone XL pipeline Rescinding of the 1776 Commission, which thwarted schools from teaching a more transparent history curriculum on slavery Broadening of rules against workplace discrimination based on orientation or gender identity Mandatory inclusion of undocumented Americans in U.S. Census counting, and subsequent allocation of congressional representatives Strengthening of Deferred Action for Childhood … [Read more...] about Joe Biden is the president. Here are some executive actions he is expected to take
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The atmosphere of the day reflected both what we already knew about him, and what we would soon find out. The many “Pussy Grabs Back” signs represented the president’s infamous Access Hollywood remarks, and dozens of sexual assault allegations, and preceded the rise of the #MeToo movement. The signs depicting Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin marked the extreme fishiness of Team Trump’s many varied meetings with Russian officials throughout the election, and anticipated years of overblown hype for the woefully wishy-washy but still misrepresented Mueller Report. The Black Lives Matter signs alluded to Trump’s inflaming of white grievance, starting with a five-year embrace of the racist Birther conspiracy against President Obama, and they foreshadowed four years of white supremacists having a champion in the White House—and Black voters playing a pivotal role in removing him from office. … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
To understand the most important elements that signal the health of a social media platform, the researchers spoke to a wide array of experts and ran user focus groups in multiple countries. Ultimately they came up with this set of 14 principles, says Civic Signals cofounder Talia Stroud, who is also the director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The exact types of signals the researchers look at may continue to evolve over time with further research, she emphasizes. “We should be very clear that we do not see this is as the final list,” she says. For now, the list includes: … [Read more...] about These 14 principles could help big platforms create healthier social media
Buildings that implemented new system settings based on lower occupancy saw electricity usage drop significantly during their empty period, going down to just 60% of their typical need, according to Hatch Data. Robin says many big building owners and operators were able to make these kinds of adjustments very early on, which helped contribute to the record low electricity use back in May. If other buildings were to follow this model of more precisely tracking when and where electricity is actually needed, he says energy use in office buildings could see long-term reductions, even as they return to pre-pandemic levels of occupancy. … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
In fact, most of the 2016 Republicans waited until at least the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016, before calling it quits. (Seven candidates, including heavy hitters like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, exited the race that month.) Others waited until so-called Super Tuesday in March. It wasn’t until May 2016 that the final holdouts, John Kasich and Ted Cruz, finally bowed out. … [Read more...] about When will 2020 Democrats start dropping out? A depressing reality check