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Biden takes steps to require federal contractors pay $15 minimum wage

Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy MOLLY NAGLE and BEN GITTLESON, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden plans to sign a pair of executive orders Friday aimed at expanding food assistance for tens of millions of Americans and launching a process that will require federal contractors to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage and…read more »

Biden to seek 5-year extension of last nuclear arms pact with Russia

rusm/iStockBy CONOR FINNEGAN (WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration is working to extend the last nuclear arms control pact between the U.S. and Russia for five years, the White House announced Thursday, seeking to stave off a nuclear arms race with Moscow even as President Joe Biden promises to be tougher than his predecessor Donald Trump.The…read more »

Vaccinating America is easier said than done: 5 things to know about Biden’s plan

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBy ANNE FLAHERTY and CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden is out with a new 200-page COVID-19 national strategy aimed at turning around the pandemic, including an ambitious new effort to boost supply and set up vaccine storefronts across America.But vaccinating America in record time amid a fast-moving pandemic is easier…read more »

Georgia Black women leaders on ‘saving democracy’ by helping flip Senate, fueling Biden-Harris win

The New Georgia ProjectBy MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC News(ATLANTA) — As the Biden-Harris administration officially begins, Georgia organizers reflect on the historic moment after Black voters in the state not only helped solidify their win but also shifted power in Washington.Among the many grassroots organizations that have put in yearslong efforts to turn the state blue…read more »

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to propose delay of Trump impeachment trial

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL and TRISH TURNER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Republican senators said Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to propose a delay of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial into February when he pitches a framework later in the day to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.The delay is designed…read more »

Secret Service protection extended to Trump family members, ex-staffers

ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty ImagesBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former President Trump’s four adult children and their two spouses are receiving Secret Service protection for an additional six months following Trump’s departure from office, former administration officials confirmed to ABC News.Additionally, ABC News has learned that Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former…read more »