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THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR JOE BIDEN'S FIRST TERM
Public Policy | Open to the public

Description: President-elect Joe Biden will take office next Wednesday, January 20, but many of the challenges he will face are already clear: a country that is grappling with a deadly pandemic, a struggling economy and a deeply divided American public.
Date: Thursday, January 21 at 1:00 pm EST
Speaker: Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA Action, an independent political action committee, and the Founder of Miles Strategies.
HOW TO ENSURE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Public policy | Open to the public


Description: The coronavirus crisis has sharpened already stark economic inequalities in the US. Vulnerable low-income families have been hit disproportionately harder by the crisis, and have benefited less from rebound in activity while higher-income families have benefited from strong employment conditions and ongoing stock market gains, reflective of the so-called K-shaped recovery.  
Date: Wednesday, January 27 at 1:00 pm EST
Speaker: Josh Bivens, Director of research at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
Moderator: Harun Dogo, Executive Director in the Global Sustainable Finance group at Morgan Stanley
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Public policy | Open to the public


Description: Our guest speaker Tom Lee will explore the primary health care landscape and access to health care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Date: Wednesday, February 3 at 1:00 pm EST
Speaker: Tom Lee, Chief Executive Officer and visionary behind One Medical Group and 2008 Young Leader
Moderator: Anne Carpenter, Director of the Imaging Platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and 2012 Young Leader
WEEKLY FOCUS
Joe Biden's Inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated at noon ET on January 20, becoming the 46th president of the United States. It will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President.

What does it mean to inaugurate a president in the United States?

The inauguration is the formal ceremony that initiates a new presidency. It takes place in Washington, DC. The only requirement is that the president-elect recite the presidential oath of office: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Why does Inauguration Day fall on January 20?

In the United States, there are 11 weeks between Election and Inauguration Days in order to give an incoming president time to choose a cabinet and plan for a new administration.

Initially, the Congress of the Confederation set March 4, 1789, as the date “for commencing proceedings” of the new government established by the US Constitution. However, the lengthy period caused many logistical problems. For this reason, the 20th Amendment, which was ratified on January 23, 1933, moved Inauguration Day to January 20.

What will the day look like?

The theme is “America United” — a central message of Biden’s presidential campaign. The ceremony will be different from previous years. In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the security concerns after the violence at the US Capitol building last Wednesday, the Biden team has reduced the festivities. 

President-elect Biden will arrive by train from his home in Wilmington, Delaware to Washington, DC, the same trip he famously took for 36 years while serving in the Senate. Amtrak estimates that he traveled 2.1 million miles on its rails.

He will still take the oath of office at the Capitol, accompanied by socially distanced members of the military. Although more riots may occur in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day, Biden insisted that he will continue his swearing-in ceremony as scheduled.

The prime-time event will air on broadcast channels ABC, CBS and NBC, but not Fox News. Cable news networks CNN and MSNBC will broadcast it live.

A few articles to read:

"The Secret Service and federal law enforcement agencies are spending the final days of the Trump administration bracing for a possible violent assault against the Jan. 20 inauguration, launching a security mobilization that will be unlike any in modern U.S. (...)".

"President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee is producing a television special for the night of his inauguration next week in lieu of the normal in-person festivities, an official familiar with the plans told Politico. (...)".

"President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for the District of Columbia. Facebook says it is banning the phrase ‘Stop the Steal’ from its platforms due to its use by Trump supporters advocating violence. The House transportation chairman wants to fine disruptive passengers on flights. (...)".
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