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Joe Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed his plan for education on Tuesday, focusing on increased access to education and boosting teacher salaries.

The big picture: The plan aims to raise the salaries of those who teach at low-income schools by increasing funding for Title I. Biden also emphasizes ensuring every child has equal access to education regardless of their race or socio-economic status. He joins other 2020 candidates who have released sweeping education policies — including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Why it matters: Biden shared his plan from Houston, Texas, while meeting with the American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers' union, in hopes of securing a coveted endorsement, per Politico.

Key Details:
  • Triple funding for Title I to increase the salaries of teachers at low-income schools and close the $23 billion funding gap between white and non-white schools.
  • Compensate teachers for the extra work they do outside of the classroom, such as mentoring or coaching.
  • Revise the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to better help teachers with their own student loans.
  • Double school psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.
  • Pass infrastructure legislation to remodel schools.
  • Combat school shootings by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
  • Improve teacher diversity and increase funding to help schools in low-income communities train students for the future.
  • Reinstate an Obama-era policy that ensures schools are continually working to desegregate.
  • Fully fund extra cost of special education required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Increase vocational and technical training at schools.
  • Offer pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, increase access to early development professionals and expand home visiting from specialists

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Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.