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Can American democracy be saved?

Biden's push to restore public trust only beginning as first 100 days end

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on April 28. From left, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sit behind him.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Toward the end of a landmark speech on Wednesday, on the eve of his 100th day in office, U.S. President Joe Biden said, "We have to prove democracy still works."

These past few months have seen action to "restore the people's faith in democracy to deliver," Biden said in his first speech to a joint session of Congress. More than 80% of the seats in the chamber were empty as a precaution against COVID-19.

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