In Today's Issue: At Tokyo Olympics, Acts of Kindness Are Everywhere

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In the ultra-competitive realm of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, extraordinary acts of kindness and warmth among athletes abound. They wiped away each other’s tears, helped each other finish a race after falling, even shared a high-jumping gold medal. 

The two high jumpers, Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar, had been perfect until the bar was raised to 7 feet, 10 inches, an Olympic-record height. They both missed three times. But rather than going to a tiebreaker, the friends decided to share the gold. The jumpers each said the other deserved it. Then they embraced in a touching scene that went viral on social media. “This is beyond sport; this is the message we deliver to the young generation,” Barshim said. 

When runners Isaiah Jewett of the US and Nijel Amos of Botswana got tangled and fell during the 800-meter semifinals, rather than stewing in anger, they picked each other up, hugged, and helped each other to the finish line. 

Then there’s Norwegian Lotte Miller, who placed 24th in the grueling women’s triathlon, then gave a pep talk to Belgium’s Claire Michel, who slumped on the ground, sobbing after placing last. “You’re a fighter,” Miller told Michel. “This is Olympic spirit, and you’ve got it 100%.”

For Games performed in the shadow of coronavirus restrictions, which took a mental toll on some athletes, such displays of camaraderie and sportsmanship are truly Olympian. 

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Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

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