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President Joe Biden signs executive order safeguarding access to abortion for women restricted by state bans

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on July 8 to protect access to reproductive health care services after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on June 24. For almost 50 years, that decision protected the constitutional right of women to make health care decisions without the interference of the state. Without that protection, the president noted, states across the country have outlawed abortion, threatening the lives and health, as well as the economic security, of women across the country, especially women of color, poor women, and rural women. Both the president and the Department...

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The New Truman Doctrine: How President Biden inspires support for Ukraine without sparking a wider war

By Denise M. Bostdorff, Professor and Chair of Communication Studies, The College of Wooster President Joe Biden faces an aggressive Russia waging war to expand its borders. He has rallied Americans to support Ukraine as it resists a devastating Russian attack. But Biden has also been careful not to intensify enthusiasm for entering that conflict, which could have horrific consequences, including nuclear war. He is not the first U.S. president to face the challenge of mobilizing a nation to support – but not join – a war about democracy that carried the potential for wider conflict. In 1947, President...

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Do our voices matter? Historian Heather Cox Richardson’s interview with President Joe Biden

Every day, people write to me and say they feel helpless to change the direction of our future. I always answer that we change the future by changing the way people think, and that we change the way people think by changing the way we talk about things. To that end, I have encouraged people to speak up about what they think is important, to take up oxygen that otherwise feeds the hatred and division that have had far too much influence in our country of late. Have any of your efforts mattered? Well, apparently some people think they...

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President Joe Biden visits Wisconsin after State of the Union address to promote infrastructure plans

President Joe Biden visited the crucial state of Wisconsin on March 2 to promote one of his top accomplishments, a bipartisan infrastructure measure that will distribute billions of dollars to fix roads, bridges and other public works. Biden’s trip was part of a customary post-State of the Union blitz to showcase the administration’s plans. Along with first lady Jill Biden, the president shook hands with workers in hard hats and neon vests near the base of the John A. Blatnik Memorial Bridge, which connects Superior, Wisconsin and Minnesota by spanning a corner of Lake Superior. “After years of talking...

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President Joe Biden highlights unity and diplomatic triumphs against Putin in State of the Union address

In Ukraine, Russian troops escalated their bombing of cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Mariupol, in what Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky called a campaign of terror to break the will of the Ukrainians. On March 1 (in U.S. time), airborne troops assaulted Kharviv, which is a city of about 1.5 million, and a forty-mile-long convoy of tanks and trucks is within 17 miles of Kyiv, although a shortage of gas means they will move very slowly. About 660,000 refugees have fled the country. But the war is not going well for Putin, either, as international sanctions are devastating the...

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Protecting the rule of law: President Joe Biden may be unable to stop the Republican drive to end democracy

Joe Biden’s presidency is just over a year old. Biden has embraced the old idea, established by the Democrats under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Republicans under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, that in a democracy, the federal government has a responsibility to keep the playing field level for all. It must regulate business to maintain competition and prevent corporations from abusing their employees, protect civil rights, provide a basic social safety net, and promote infrastructure. Our forty-sixth president came into office in the midst of crisis. The coronavirus pandemic had killed more than 407,000 Americans, and the previous...

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