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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Thought the U.S. Capitol attack couldn’t happen? Think again: The insurrection threat isn’t over

U.S. citizens and lawmakers failed to account for the threat to democracy that resulted in the storming of the Capitol. This reflects a denial of the series of events that led to this moment.
Biden’s is entrusting Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to set U.S. foreign policy on a different course. Mark Makela/Getty Images

Biden’s chance to revive US tradition of inserting ethics in foreign policy

Four years of 'America First' has seen the US retreat from the world. But as a scholar of international relations explains, Biden could return Washington to the role of a more moral global leader.
President-elect Joe Biden picked former Secretary of State John Kerry, shown with him in 2015, to be U.S. climate envoy in the next administration. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

How Biden and Kerry could rebuild America’s global climate leadership

Choosing former Secretary of State John Kerry as climate envoy is the first step. To regain trust, the U.S. will also have to take concrete actions to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden and Harris meet with their COVID-19 advisers virtually on Nov. 9. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

President-elect Biden’s new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster

Biden will begin his presidency in the midst of a global public health crisis that's already killed over 240,000 people in the US alone. His team is already planning how to get COVID-19 under control.

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