Joe Biden marks 100 days as president
Traditionally used as a benchmark of progress for a new president, Joe Biden will complete his 100th day in office Friday. His administration has had to grapple with a pandemic, mass shootings, tensions between law enforcement and communities of color, and an increase of unaccompanied young migrants and families at the border. Biden has, so far, proved to be bolder in policy, more partisan in politics and more disciplined in pronouncements than the chatty centrist just about every politician in town thought they knew, Susan Page writes.
NFL draft to resume with Day 2 after an action-packed first round
The NFL draft will resume Friday evening (ABC, ESPN and NFL Network, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) with the second and third rounds. There’s still plenty of impressive talent available for teams on Day 2, including Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari, Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore and LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. Thursday night’s first round provided its fair share of excitement as after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall, the San Francisco 49ers sent shockwaves through the event by selecting Trey Lance No. 3 overall. From there, the Chicago Bears selected Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th pick after making a major trade with the New York Giants and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones fell to the New England Patriots at No. 15.
COVID-19 crisis continues to overwhelm India
COVID-19 cases are growing exponentially in India. As this new wave sweeps the nation of more than 1 billion, hospitals are running out of oxygen tanks and room to house patients. And the COVID-19 death count keeps climbing, to the point where authorities are holding mass cremations. India recorded 379,308 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That same day, 3,645 COVID-related deaths were also recorded. India now holds the second-highest COVID-19 case count in the world — more than 18 million — since the pandemic started, with the U.S. in the top spot with more than 32 million confirmed cases since last year.
Oprah sits down with Elliot Page
In his first on-camera interview since coming out as transgender in a social media post last December, Elliot Page got real with Oprah Winfrey on “The Oprah Conversation,” talking about the “crucial” moment when he came out, how he felt “unwell” after the success of “Juno” (a 2007 movie that earned him an Oscar nomination) and how his transition is bringing him “tears of joy.” Winfrey said she first came to know Page when he was promoting “Juno,” which Page described as an “intense time.” The interview premieres Friday on Apple TV+.
Disneyland reopening after more than a year
The “Happiest Place on Earth” — Disneyland — and companion park California Adventure open Friday for the first time in 412 days, the longest closure for Disneyland in its 65 years. Safety measures to fight the coronavirus will be in place of course, including face mask requirements, temperature checks and distancing — and no character hugs. Perhaps the most anticipated attraction for the reopening is the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish in Fantasyland with new scenes throughout the ride.