Biden: 'We cannot let people go hungry. That is not who we are'
Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders aimed at assisting families and workers amid the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.
The new US president put into law two orders in line with his vow to make “bold steps to address the inequities in our economy and provide relief” to those struggling. He called the nation’s hunger crisis “unconscionable”.
It comes as the House prepares to deliver an impeachment measure charging former president Donald Trump with inciting insurrection to the Senate on Monday.
The move, announced by Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer on Friday, signals the start of a trial process that could ban him from holding office again.
"The House will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump. It will be a full trial. It will be a fair trial," Mr Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Trump’s impeachment trial date confirmed
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has announced that Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will begin on 8 February.
Mr Schumer agreed with a request from Senator Mitch McConnell to push back the start of the trial and it will give Joe Biden more time to get his cabinet nominees approved.
The former president was impeached in the House by Democrats and 10 Republicans, but it will take a two-third majority in the Senate to convict him.
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert introduces bill to block Biden rejoining Paris Agreement
Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is attempting to block President Biden from rejoining the Paris Agreement.
One of Mr Biden’s first acts in office was signing an executive order to recommit the US to the global climate pact, to cut the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet.
‘I work for the people of Pueblo, not the people of Paris,’ Rep Boebert tweeted. The climate agreement was so named because it was signed in the French capital - and not because it solely benefits the city’s residents
Anniversary of Roe vs Wade: Biden commits to protecting reproductive rights
New administration has plans to expand reproductive rights, but could face fights in Congress and at the conservative Supreme Court, reports Josh Marcus.
New administration has plans to expand reproductive rights, but could face fights in Congress and at the conservative Supreme Court
Nato secretary general top of Lloyd Austin’s call sheet
Joe Biden’s newly confirmed defence secretary Lloyd Austin made his very first call Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. A step change from the Trump administration’s attitude towards the US’ most important alliance.
What happens next with the Trump impeachment?
The Independent’s Justin Vallejo explains what the next steps are in the second impeachment of (now former) President Donald Trump.
The trial will be formally triggered once the House sends its single article of impeachment to the Senate
Fallon on Fauci’s ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’
Joking about the Biden administration’s 198-page pandemic plan, late-night host Jimmy Fallon quipped: “It might look boring to you, but for Dr Fauci, that’s Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon reports.
Late-night hosts riffed on Biden’s first full day as president
US Embassy in London: It’s ‘just a bust’
The American embassy in London tweeted a video saying that the sculpture of Winston Churchill was "just a bust", after it disappeared from the Oval Office as President Biden moved in and the White House went through a makeover.
Gustaf Kilander reports for The Independent.
Video plays down removal of bust by pointing out benefits of ‘Special relationship’ between US and UK
‘We’re a National Guard family’: Jill Biden visits Capitol troops with cookies
First Lady Jill Biden made a surprise trip to visit the National Guard troops stationed at the US Capitol on Friday so she could deliver them cookies made from the White House.
The stop was not on Dr Biden’s official schedule, but it was made in an effort to show her gratitude towards the troops for protecting Washington DC around Inauguration Day, specifically after reports surfaced of some members being forced to sleep in a parking garage.
Danielle Zoellner reports for The Independent.
"The National Guard always holds a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens. So thank you,” Dr Biden says
Happy 16th Wedding Anniversary to the Trumps
Ex-president broke his silence as he lunched at Florida golf course with friends
In case you’re wondering, the appropriate anniversary gift from the modern list is silver holloware for the table, such as sugar bowls, teapots, water jugs etc.
Report: Senior GOP members quietly lobbying for Trump’s conviction
Senior Republicans in Washington have been quietly lobbying GOP lawmakers to impeach and convict Donald Trump, a report says.
The effort against the former president, which includes former top Trump administration officials, started in the wake of the 6 January attack on Congress, according to CNN.
Effort against ex-president reportedly includes former top Trump administration officials