More Than Half Of Young Americans Are Going Through An Extended Period Of Feeling Down Depressed Or Hopeless In Recent Weeks; 28% Have Had Thoughts That They Would Be Better Off Dead Or Of Hurting Themself In Some Way
Fifty-one percent of young Americans say that at least several days in the last two weeks they have felt down, depressed, or hopeless–19% say they feel this way more than half of the time. In addition, 68% have little energy, 59% say they have trouble with sleep, 52% find little pleasure in doing things. 49% have a poor appetite or are over-eating, 48% cite trouble concentrating, 32% are moving so slowly, or are fidgety to the point that others notice — and 28% have had thoughts of self-harm
Among those most likely to experience bouts of severe depression triggering thoughts that they would be better off dead or hurting themself are young people of color , whites without a college experience , rural Americans , and young Americans not registered to vote .
In the last two weeks, 53% of college students have said that their mental health has been negatively impacted by school or work-related issues; overall 34% have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus, 29% self-image, 29% personal relationships, 28% social isolation, 25% economic concerns, 22% health concerns–and 21% politics .
A Plurality Believe History Will Judge Trump As A The Worst President Ever; Less Than A Quarter Of Young Americans Want Trump To Play A Key Role In The Future Of Republican Politics; Young Republicans Are Divided
Thirty percent of young Americans believe that history will judge Donald Trump as “the worst president ever.” Overall, 26% give the 45th president positive marks , while 54% give Trump negative marks ; 11% believe he will go down as an average president.
Twenty-two percent of young Americans surveyed agree with the statement, “I want Donald Trump to play a key role in the future of Republican politics,” 58% disagreed, and 19% neither agreed nor disagreed. Among young Republicans, 56% agreed while 22% disagreed, and 21% were neutral. Only 61% of those who voted for Trump in the 2020 general indicated their desire for him to remain active in the GOP.
If they “had to choose,” 42% of young Republicans consider themselves supporters of the Republican party, and not Donald Trump. A quarter indicated they are Trump supporters first, 24% said they support both.
Young Americans Are Significantly More Likely To Be Politically Engaged Than They Were A Decade Ago; A Sharp Increase In Progressive Political Values Marked Since 2016
Less than one year after Barack Obama’s election, 24% of young Americans considered themselves to be politically active . Twelve years later, we find the share of politically active Americans increased by half — and now 36% are politically active. The most politically active among this cohort are young Blacks .
Over the last five years, on a host of issues ranging from health care, to climate, immigration, poverty, and affirmative action–young Americans are increasingly more likely to favor government intervention. For example, we found:
- A 19-point increase in agreement with the statement “Qualified minorities should be given special preferences in hiring and education” .
- An 18-point increase in agreement with the statement “Government should do more to curb climate change, even at the expense of economic growth” .
- A 16-point increase since 2016 in agreement with “The government should spend more to reduce poverty” .
- A 16-point increase in “Basic health insurance is a right for all people, and if someone has no means of paying for it, the government should provide it” .
- An 8-point increase in agreement with “Recent immigration into this country has done more good than harm .
Forty Percent Of Young Americans Expect Their Lives To Be Better As A Result Of The Biden Administration; Many More Feel A Part Of Bidens America Than Trumps
- Whites: 30% better, 28% worse
- Blacks: 54% better, 4% worse
- Hispanics: 51% better, 10% worse
Forty-six percent of young Americans agreed that they “feel included in Biden’s America,” 24% disagreed . With the exception of young people living in rural America, at least a plurality indicated they felt included. This stands in contrast to “Trump’s America.” Forty-eight percent reported that they did not feel included in Trump’s America, while 27% indicated that they felt included . The only major subgroup where a plurality or more felt included in Trump’s America were rural Americans.
- 39% of Whites feel included in Biden’s America, 32% do not ; 35% of Whites feel included in Trump’s America, 41% do not .
- 61% of Blacks feel included in Biden’s America, 13% do not ; 16% of Blacks feel included in Trump’s America, 60% do not .
- 51% of Hispanics feel included in Biden’s America, 12% do not ; 17% of Hispanics feel included in Trump’s America, 55% do not .
In Trump’s 2019 Impeachment Trial Romney Was The Only Republican Who Voted To Convict Already Six Times That Many Have Broken With The Ex
A second defendant has stepped into the dock in this first week of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The brilliant work by the House managers contrasted with the inept showing by the former president’s counsel so far leaves no good excuse for anything other than a conviction. That one-sidedness puts the U.S. Senate itself on trial, threatening serious reputational, career and historical consequences for senators who fail do the right thing — vote to convict Trump.
As a trial lawyer who served as co-counsel for the first impeachment of then-President Trump, I had been expecting surprises and there were many. The House managers enlivened what was supposed to be a constitutional debate Tuesday by previewing their main argument: that Trump knowingly incited the insurrectionists. It’s amazing that Trump’s lawyers were caught off guard by this. We did the same thing in the 2019 impeachment trial, using the opening debate over whether to call witnesses to preview the entire case. Nevertheless, Trump’s counsel were thrown into confusion — they both showed it and one admitted that they’ll “have to do better.”
Censures Have Been Meted Out To Several Gop Lawmakers Who Have Broken With Trump In Recent Months But Carry No Formal Consequences
Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican from Pennsylvania.
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“ ‘We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us.’”
That was David Ball, chair of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pa., criticizing Sen. Pat Toomey, a fellow Pennsylvania Republican, over his vote on Saturday to convict former president Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.
Toomey was one of seven Republicans to vote with all Senate Democrats and independents to convict Trump. The vote on Trump’s conviction ran against the former president by a 57-43 margin, which fell short of the two-thirds majority needed.
Toomey has been censured by individual counties in Pennsylvania, but Ball is pushing for Republicans statewide to formally censure him over his impeachment vote. This has happened to fellow Republicans in recent days, with Sen. Bill Cassidy censured by Louisiana Republicans before the day was out on Saturday. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who voted to impeach Trump in the House, was censured not only by a local Republican organization in north-central Illinois but by a group of relatives.
Toomey, explaining his vote on Saturday, said: “It was really the accumulation of the weight of all the evidence , I think, overwhelmingly argued in favor of conviction.”
Nearly A Third Of Young Americans Say That Politics Has Gotten In The Way Of A Friendship; Differences Of Opinion On Race
Thirty-one percent of young Americans, but 37% of young Biden voters and 32% of young Trump voters say that politics has gotten in the way of a friendship before. Gender is not a strong predictor of whether or not politics has invaded personal space, but race and ethnicity are. Young whites are more likely than young Blacks to say that politics has gotten in the way–and nearly half of white Biden voters say politics has negatively impacted a friendship; 30% of white Trump voters say the same.
When young Americans were asked whether a difference of opinion on several political issues might impact a friendship, 44% of all young Americans said that they could not be friends with someone who disagreed with them on race relations. Sixty percent of Biden voters agreed with this sentiment, as did a majority of women and Blacks . Americans between 18 and 24 were more likely than those slightly older to feel that race relations would cause a problem with friendships. Differences of opinion on whether or not to support Trump was an issue for slightly more than a third , followed by immigration , police reform , abortion , climate change , and guns .
Republican Lawmakers Are Accused Of Giving Capitol Tours To Insurrectionists Before The Riot As New Inquiries Are Opened
Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday accused unnamed Republicans of giving tours of the Capitol to insurrectionists ahead of last week’s deadly siege of the Capitol, as federal agencies opened two new investigations into the extent to which Capitol Police and some lawmakers were complicit in the mob attack.
The inspector general of the Capitol Police is opening a potentially wide-ranging investigation into security breaches connected to the siege that could determine the extent to which some Capitol Police officers were involved, according to a senior congressional aide with direct knowledge of the investigation. The inspector general will suspend all other projects until the investigation is complete, the aide said.
Three officers have been suspended, and 17 others are under investigation by the force’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal watchdog agency, has also signaled it will open an investigation that will include the roles that members of Congress may have played in inciting the mob seeking to overturn the results of the election, according to the congressman who requested the inquiry, Representative Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado.
Mr. Crow, a former Army Captain, asked the comptroller general of the United States, who is part of the agency, last week to initiate a broad investigation into many aspects of the security breach, including the roles members of Congress played.
Additional Congressional Seats Give Republican State Leaders The Chance To Do The Right Thing Will They Take It
The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed that Texas gets two and not three additional congressional seats as was widely expected. The failure to get a third seat can be laid directly at the feet of Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans who failed to promote the census and left our state undercounted.
The two-seat gain, though, makes the growth of Texas’ minority population even more important. Trends over the past decade show Hispanic, African American, and other minority populations growing far faster than Anglos. In fact, if Texas overall had grown at only the rate of its Anglo population, we would have lost one or more seats rather than gain any.
We Did Not Send Him There To Do The Right Thing Or Whatever: Amid Backlash Pennsylvania Gop May Censure Toomey
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is facing widespread backlash from fellow Republicans in the state for voting to convict former president Donald Trump during his historic second impeachment trial.
Because of his decision, the Pennsylvania Republican Party is now planning a meeting to potentially censure Toomey, county party officials said Monday.
County party chairs said the state GOP chairman, Lawrence Tabas, e-mailed them shortly after Saturday’s impeachment vote to tell them that a meeting is being planned to discuss the Senate’s action.
That meeting is expected to involve a discussion about censuring Toomey for his vote, which made him one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”
Toomey — along with colleagues including Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Maine Senator Susan Collins — joined with Democrats in moving to hold Trump responsible for his role in the deadly insurrection on Jan. 6 at the US Capitol.
But the vast majority of Republicans coalesced around the party’s former leader, and the tally ultimately fell short of the two-thirds majority required to convict Trump.
The former president was acquitted in a 57-43 vote by the Senate, clearing him of the charge that he incited the violent siege and leaving him free to pursue office again in the future.
A number of local parties in the presidential battleground state have already moved to censure Toomey, even before the vote over the weekend.
Despite The State Of Our Politics Hope For America Is Rising And So Is Youths Faith In Their Fellow Americans
In the fall of 2017, only 31% of young Americans said they were hopeful about the future of America; 67% were fearful. Nearly four years later, we find that 56% have hope. While the hopefulness of young whites has increased 11 points, from 35% to 46% — the changes in attitudes among young people of color are striking. Whereas only 18% of young Blacks had hope in 2017, today 72% are hopeful . In 2017, 29% of Hispanics called themselves hopeful, today that number is 69% .
It Is Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing Read Key Quotes From Democrats And Republicans On Impeachment
Gathered in the Capitol just one week after it came under violent attack by a pro-Trump mob, the House engaged in an emotional debate on Wednesday over whether to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting the violence.
Nearly every Democrat spoke out in support of impeachment and a handful of Republicans pledged to join them.
But in the run-up to the vote, the two parties traded bitter jabs and dueling arguments for and against using the Constitution’s gravest remedy just days before Mr. Trump was to leave office. Democrats uniformly described the president’s conduct in scathing terms, arguing that impeachment was an appropriate remedy. A few Republicans defended him, but most others simply argued that a rush to impeach Mr. Trump without a hearing or an investigation raised constitutional questions.
The Peoples House Looked Like A War Zone During The Impeachment Debate One Week After The Capitol Riot
Throngs of armed, camouflage fatigue-clad members of the National Guard ringed the Capitol and lined its halls on Wednesday as the House met to debate impeaching President Trump for inciting an insurrection, one week to the day after a mob egged on by Mr. Trump stormed the building.
The heavily militarized presence made for a jarring and sobering atmosphere in a building often known as the “People’s House.” It provided a surreal backdrop for a historic debate that unfolded in a House chamber newly outfitted by magnetometers near where the violent rioters tried to force their way in last week as terrified lawmakers, staff members and journalists took shelter on the other side.
There appeared to be troops at every corner: sleeping on the marble floors, curled up at the foot of statues and busts, lining up for coffee and food in the 24-hour snack bar, standing in Statuary Hall, visibly in awe of the marble likenesses of the nation’s founders and leaders. A group of Black troops posed for a photo with the statue of Rosa Parks; dozens more troops were splayed out in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitors Center, in the shadow of a model of the Statue of Freedom, which sits atop the dome.
“The field trip is leaving without us,” one Guardsman could be heard joking as a group of soldiers moved through the building.
Gillibrand: Push Forward On Infrastructure Waiting For Republicans To Do The Right Thing A Misstep
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Democrats Sunday to push forward with President Joe Biden’s partisan infrastructure package without gathering Republican support, calling it a “misstep” to wait on Republicans any longer.
“I think the American people elected us to solve the problem of COVID, to rebuild the economy, rebuilding the infrastructure, and I think it’s the moment to act. I think we need a bold solution that does both the hard infrastructure — of roads, bridges, high-speed rail, rural internet — but also the softer infrastructure, the human infrastructure of paid family leave, affordable day-care, making sure our kids are back to school so that all parents can get back to work,” said the New York junior senator.
Gillibrand, a former Democratic presidential candidate, refused to answer CNN host Jake Tapper’s question Sunday when he asked whether she believed Republicans have been negotiating an infrastructure deal in bad faith. She responded: “To me, it means we are about to miss the moment that we have to answer the need of this country.”
“People need government to work for them, and so we have to answer that moment with bold reforms. And I think waiting any longer for Republicans to do the right thing is a misstep. I would go forward,” she added.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito , a lead negotiator on the Republican side, said Sunday that she believes a deal can be reached.
Trump Posts Video Condemning Capitol Violence But Does Not Mention His Role In Instigating It
Within hours of becoming the first president to be impeached twice, President Trump posted afive-minute video on a White House Twitter account on Wednesday evening condemning the storming of the Capitol complex by his supporters last week and urged his followers to avoid a repeat in “the coming days both here in Washington and across the country.”
Mr. Trump recorded the video under pressure from aides, who have warned him that he faces potential legal exposure for the riot, which occurred immediately after a speech in which he urged them to “fight” the results of the election, which he falsely claimed was stolen.
The president did not mention his own role in instigating the violence last week. On Tuesday, he defended the remarks he made at a rally before his supporters marched to the Capitol as “totally appropriate” and said the effort by Congress to impeach and convict him was “causing tremendous anger.”
He also did not acknowledge the loss of life or his own false claims of the election being stolen in the two months before the rally last week.
In the video, president did not mention the five people who died as a result of the violence at the Capitol. But he did go further in his language than he has at any point, as law enforcement is bracing for new insurgencies in Washington and around the country next week.
During the riot by his supporters, a Capitol Police officer sustained extensive head injuries and later died.
Michael Gold contributed reporting.
Gop County Chair Blasts Pat Toomey Vote: ‘we Did Not Send Him There To Do The Right Thing’
The chair of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pennsylvania has strongly criticized Senator Pat Toomey for voting to convict former President Donald Trump.
“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing,” Ball said. “We sent him there to represent us.”
Toomey was one of just seven Republicans to vote with Democrats to convict Trump last week.
The final vote was 57 in favor of conviction and 43 to acquit, falling short of the two-thirds majority required.
“This is a matter of magnitude beyond a simple up or down vote on some trade policy or something,” said Westmoreland County GOP chair Bill Bretz during Monday’s KDKA segment. He was appearing with Ball to discuss the matter.
Toomey, who will retire from the Senate in 2022, explained his decision in a statement. He said he had done what he believed was right. Ball’s comment on “the right thing” seems to suggest he had read Toomey’s statement.
“As a result of President Trump’s actions, for the first time in American history, the transfer of presidential power was not peaceful,” Toomey wrote, referring to the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6 that left five people dead.
The Pentagon Will Arm National Guard Troops Deploying To The Capitol For The Inauguration
National Guard troops who are flooding into Washington to secure the Capitol for Inauguration Day will be armed, the Army secretary, Ryan McCarthy, has decided, Defense Department officials said Tuesday.
The armed troops will be responsible for security around the Capitol building complex, the officials said.
As up to 20,000 troops continued to arrive in Washington from all over the country, Defense Department officials had been weighing whether to deploy them with arms. Mr. McCarthy has decided that at the very least those around the Capitol building will carry weapons, said the officials, who confirmed the decision on the condition of anonymity.
Mr. McCarthy’s decision came after a meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California. Ms. Pelosi, according to congressional staff members, demanded that the Pentagon take a more muscular posture after a mob, egged on by President Trump last week, breached the Capitol.
Pentagon officials say they are deeply worried about protests that are planned for the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. next week. About 16 groups — some of them saying they will be armed and most of them made up of hard-line supporters of Mr. Trump — have registered to stage protests in Washington, officials said.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington sent a letter to Mr. Trump on Sunday asking for an emergency declaration to obtain additional funding for inauguration security.
Republicans ‘will Do The Right Thing’ With Trump Rachel Maddow Tells Stephen Colbert
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has faith that the political system isn’t entirely shattered, and that if the situation arose, Republicans would participate in impeaching President Donald Trump.
The liberal commentator appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night, during which Colbert pressed her on the idea that the GOP might help remove a Republican president. The late night host talked about recent news that the president reportedly pushed for the FBI to end investigations into his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia, the country that intelligence agencies determined interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to get Trump elected instead of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump also fired former FBI Director James Comey and admitted that he was thinking of the Russia probe as he did it.
“He can’t go on trial for obstruction of justice but he could be put on an impeachment trial by the House and the Senate,”Colbert said to Maddow. “But do you think there is any chance that would happen if the Democrats do not get back the House and the Senate?”
Colbert doubted that assertion, saying “that would be nice,” to audience laughter.
“My worry is that Donald Trump will just degrade everyone’s standards and morals as we pick sides,” Cobert said.
Time To Give Up On Marco Rubio Who Will Never Do The Right Thing If Theres Any Risk
So Marco Rubio declared on Twitter he’s a no vote on creating a commission to get to the bottom of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
That’s the least surprising news since Rubio voted against convicting Donald Trump after the former president encouraged the insurrection, the clearest case for impeachment and removal of a president in U.S. history.
We always hold out hope Rubio will do the right thing and he almost always disappoints. Well, he did join 92 other U.S. senators in voting not to throw out the votes of nearly 7 million Pennsylvanians in the 2020 presidential election, which is more than Rick Scott can say.
That’s where we are today: A U.S. senator from Florida gets credit for not tossing out an entire state’s vote for president because Trump and the pillow guy didn’t like the outcome and promoted insane election conspiracy theories.
Earlier this week, the Miami Herald’s editorial board gamely encouraged Rubio to change his mind and support the bipartisan proposal to create a bipartisan panel to dig into the most serious domestic threat to the republic since the Civil War.
Why do we need a commission? Consider these words:
Sorry to say it, but Marco Rubio is beyond hope.
Before the insurrection, we, too, took a few stabs at encouraging Rubio to do the right thing.
We asked him to go ahead and support Trump’s policies if he must but to take a stand in opposition to Trump’s worst, most grotesque impulses.
Gop Official On Toomey: Wasn’t Sent To ‘do The Right Thing Or Whatever He Said’
The chair of the Washington County, Pa., Republican Party blasted Sen. Pat ToomeyDonald TrumpTrump ally Adam Laxalt files to challenge Cortez Masto in NevadaOvernight Defense: Biden defends exit, blames Afghanistan leaders for chaos | US sending 1,000 more troops to Kabul as chaos reigns at airport | Taliban takeover scrambles U.S. evacuation effortsPelosi suggests Jan. 6 panel could investigate Jordan and BanksMORE in his second impeachment trial, saying the outgoing senator was not elected to “do the right thing.”
“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us,” Washington County GOP Chairman Dave Ball told Pittsburgh-area CBS affiliate KDKA-TV.
Washington County, Pennsylvania, GOP Chair: “We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to ‘do the right thing’ or whatever” https://t.co/YQIsMP1xGmpic.twitter.com/FKgN1hJxFl
— J.J. Abbott February 16, 2021
Toomey, who is not seeking reelection in 2020, was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump on a charge of inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The vote marked the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote in U.S. history but fell short of the two-thirds required to convict and prevent Trump from seeking future office.
Other Republican senators who voted in favor of conviction, including Sens. Bill Cassidy
Bidens Inauguration Celebration Will Include Virtual Performances And A Prime
In the latest example of its virtual programming in lieu of mass gatherings and ballroom celebrations, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inaugural committee announced Wednesday that a 90-minute prime-time television special will air on Jan. 20, hosted by Tom Hanks and featuring musical acts and appearances by Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“Celebrating America” will air starting at 8:30 p.m.on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, and it will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch, among other online platforms, according to a statement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
The event’s entertainers will include Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake.
Presidential inaugurations traditionally draw huge crowds to Washington for parades, performances and evening balls and parties. But coronavirus precautions have made that impossible this year, along with heightened security following last week’s riot at the Capitol.
Reminiscent of programming during the summer Democratic National Convention, whose traditional in-person events were also largely moved online, “the program will highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee said, adding that it would celebrate “frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.”
Opinion:on The Debt Ceiling Democrats Must Do The Right Thing If The Gop Wont
In an ideal world, the United States might not have run up a debt of more than $28 trillion; in the real world, it has. Another less-than-ideal reality is the 104-year-old law that periodically bars the Treasury Department from borrowing more funds to cover previously approved outlays without a new act of Congress. The debt ceiling creates periodic political tension on Capitol Hill, because, although senators and representatives find it politically beneficial to vote for tax cuts and spending increases, voting yes or no on passing the bill to future generations creates nothing but political hassles.
Another such moment is in the offing, because there has been massive spending and borrowing — much of it necessary to cope with the unforeseen covid-19 pandemic — but no new debt limit since Aug. 1, 2019, when the limit was suspended for two years. Since the end of July, therefore, Treasury has lacked authority to borrow. It can shift cash among various accounts to meet obligations for a couple of months, avoiding default. With each passing day, however, that potential disaster gets slightly less unthinkable.
The right way to deal with the debt ceiling is to share the responsibility for increasing it on a bipartisan basis. That is, on the same basis that the Senate, in a welcome display of functionality, has just passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure. The 2019 suspension also came about on a bipartisan vote.
With A Week Before His Inauguration Biden Focuses On Filling Out His Staff
With just one week until he is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday continued to fill out his senior staff, naming Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, to lead the United States Agency for International Development.
Mr. Biden also added the position to the National Security Council and elevated two White House posts that all but disappeared in the Trump administration: a homeland security adviser to manage matters as varied as extremism, pandemics and natural disasters, and the first deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology.
During her tenure at the U.N., Ms. Power was involved in the international response to the Ebola outbreak. Before that, she worked on former President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, advising the White House on human rights issues. In her new role, she will oversee the country’s global efforts to help defeat the pandemic.
During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Power warned that other countries would look to the United States for how to respond to the crisis.
Here are other announcements coming from the Biden team with seven days to go until the his administration begins: