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Biden immediately issues executive orders

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/20/21, 06:08 pm

The new president is planning to spend his first 10 days in office on executive actions, many to overturn earlier ones signed by former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed orders covering climate policy, immigration, the pandemic, and more.

What’s in the orders? Construction will halt on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Biden ended travel restrictions on people coming from some Muslim-majority countries. One order will have the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate accords, which aim at reducing carbon pollution and monitoring fossil fuel emissions. He also put a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ordered a review of vehicle mileage standards, and revoked approval for the Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline. Biden is reinstating U.S. support for the World Health Organization and requiring masks on federal properties. He also extended the freeze on evictions during the pandemic and created a federal office to coordinate the coronavirus response.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s predictions of what else we can expect in Biden’s first 100 days.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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    Posted: Wed, 01/20/2021 06:57 pm

    He "signed orders covering climate policy, immigration, the pandemic, and more." One of the "and more" orders is projected to be rescinding the 1776 Commission, which had issued a report on the "Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding." The report is part of a plethora of The White House (

    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 11:12 am

    I saw Melania Trump did a lot of good work for children all over the world before and after being in the White House. Did the media ever give her credit for anything? anything? No, I didn't think so. And yet she keeps on doing what is right and good. 

    I'm sure we will soon be hearing about the wonderful things that Dr. Biden is doing. She'll write books that CBS will push. 


    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 11:26 am

    Why would Iran want to be in an agreement with the U.S.? Is it so they can convince the rest of the world that they aren't making weapons? They did what they wanted to all along no matter what. That is why Trump pulled out. 

    Israel knows. 

    Will Biden also pull out of support for Israel? Will sanctions be put on Israel because of Ilhan? Her hatred for Jews is no secret.

    Now that we've had a non-U.S. citizen for pres., who will be next? Ilhan? If they control the votes? Why not? 

    I've been watching for the day when Dems control all. They can change the laws and make Pelosi favorite Obama pres. again.


    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 02:28 pm

    "Now that we've had a non-U.S. citizen for pres., who will be next? Ilhan? If they control the votes? Why not?"

    Why? Why do you have to go there, with an obviously debunked lie?

    Iran is dangerous. Anti-semitism is active in some quarters of the Democratic Party. Those are facts. But you weaken your case when you throw a gratuitous, personal, untrue insult in there. It's unbecoming of conservatives, and particularly unbecoming of Christians to repeat spurious allegations as fact.

    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 11:46 am

    As Muslim travel restrictions are lifted, I imagine we will be seeing stabbings at bus stops soon, just like in other foreign countries. 

  • AlanE
    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 01:26 pm

    Hannah., News2Me, and many more,

    This is the need of the hour:

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    I Timothy 2:1-4

    We can argue over policies all day long, breathing so much air into the air, but if we aren't praying, we aren't doing much of anything. Maybe, instead, we should pray so much we don't have time left to foment over policies we have no control over. We should further note that the stated goal of our prayers is "a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 02:29 pm

    Agreed, Alan.

    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 03:18 pm

    AlanE, I agree. After providing the link to the foundation that the Trump administration has laid for the Biden administration, I pray indeed for "a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way" -- and will continue to do so with the breath that Jesus provides.

    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 03:11 pm

    Re: what is "pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

    Based on wise counsel, I have renewed my subscription to WORLD magazine. At the same time, I plan to withdraw from the online component of WORLD News Group.

    As I’ve stated in past comments, my mother introduced me to the printed version years ago and then paid for a gift subscription until she died. I have appreciated (1) full articles “after the dust has settled” on national and world events, and (2) topics not covered in other news publications. Plus, I can take the printed version where digital devices are not recommended. 

    My foray into the digital version of WORLD News Group, especially the “raw” news in the Sift section, has opened my eyes. Also, I’ve absorbed – and contributed to – comments on articles. However, I’ve become glued to my computer, consumed for hours trying to keeping up with minute-by-minute action. 

    In other venues, I’ve been withdrawing from “the grid” and will do the same for WNG. With the goal of "a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way," I will recapture time for service within my retirement community and beyond. Examples include filling the halls with music, volunteering at the pregnancy resource center, facilitating a grief support group, and writing encouraging letters to the editor for the local paper. 

    Though I will miss interactions with fellow members online – your encouragement, humor, and even correction – this is the right path for me now. Christ, through the apostle Paul, speaks of sowing, watering, and harvesting. For many years, I have known that I’m a ground-breaker. When the ground is ready, He removes me so that others can sow, water, and harvest. In the end, we will all rejoice at the great wedding feast of the Lamb.

    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 02:24 pm

    Conservatives have been rightfully concerned about the expansion of executive power for a long time. I remember complaints about Clinton's use of executive orders. George W. Bush continued the practice, and added what I believe to be unconstitutional "signing statements," when he signed bills, noting that he would not enforce certain parts of the bills he was signing (in effect, a temporary line item veto). Obama famously used his "pen and phone" to enact policy by executive order, and Trump went big ... using executive orders to enact mostly conservative policies on a range of issues. Now, Biden is systematically undoing a lot of Trump's doing that we were so excited about.

    The problem is, whatever is done with the pen can be undone with the pen. Legislation is messy and involves compromise, but it can often withstand a subsequent administration that disagrees with it.

    I used to have a lot of disdain for "RINOs" like Bob Dole. In retrospect, from an older and wiser position, I appreciate that he served as a senator in an era when things actually got passed by bipartisan majorities. Tax bills, welfare reform, crime bills, education bills. They often weren't perfect bills, but usually they did improve things ... and most of them continued having an impact long after they were passed.

    I hope one of the effects of conservative disillusionment with the system is a return to the legislative process as the primary means of enacting policy.