John Matisonn | Biden faces racism, polarisation and anti-vax ideologues

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President Joe Biden making his way to a White House event where a naturalisation ceremony to celebrate new US citizens, was taking place.
President Joe Biden making his way to a White House event where a naturalisation ceremony to celebrate new US citizens, was taking place.
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Despite concerns that fewer Americans are choosing to vaccinate against Covid-19, the Biden administration had a successful week, writes John Matisonn. 

The Biden presidency notched up two milestone victories this week, even as new data confirmed the ferocious Delta variant of the coronavirus remains a severe threat as long as so many Americans refuse vaccination.

The most dramatic shift in Washington's political mood came with an unexpectedly emotional yet sombre first hearing of the January 6 insurrection inquiry. 

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