The Morning Dispatch: The Great 2020 People Count

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance for vaccinated people yesterday, saying that those two weeks past their final COVID-19 vaccine dose can “participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues.” A graphic breaks down which activities the CDC deems to be safest, less safe, and least safe.

  • President Biden signed an executive order yesterday that will require federal contractors to pay their employees a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour by early 2022, and indexed to inflation thereafter.

  • The FBI announced yesterday it was opening a civil rights investigation into the fatal police shooting of 42-year-old Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina last week. According to an independent autopsy commissioned by his family, Brown was shot four times in the arm and once in the back of his head as law enforcement officers arrested him on felony drug charges.

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