Joe Biden Biden’s Unity Agenda for the Nation includes initiatives aimed at ending the opioid epidemic, taking on the nation’s mental health needs, improving services for veterans, and ending cancer. (Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg)

President Joe Biden argued forcefully for the power of democracy while calling out Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a March 1 State of the Union address that soon turned to the domestic concerns of the economy, inflation, and covid-19.

Biden’s one-hour speech was given to a largely unmasked crowd of lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, and Cabinet members in the House chamber, a sign of the diminished threat of the omicron variant.

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