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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Veterans and their families, active members of the military, President-elect Joe Biden and President Trump gathered throughout the day Wednesday to pay tribute to those who served the U.S. in the armed forces.

Details: Set against the backdrop of the raging coronavirus pandemic, Biden and his wife, Jill, visited the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia Wednesday morning around the same time that Trump and his family visited the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

A look at the scene...

People join New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a Veteran's Day ceremony aboard the Intrepid Museum on Nov. 11 in New York City. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images
Veterans of the Vietnam War and others gather at the Vietnam War Memorial in Manhattan on Veterans Day in New York City. The annual parade in New York, which draws thousands of veterans and spectators from around the U.S. and world, was held as a virtual event this year due to COVID-19. Despite the pandemic restrictions, veterans found numerous ways to honor those that served their country in the armed forces. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Flowers and flags are placed on the names of veterans killed in the attacks on Sept. 11 at the memorial at Ground Zero on Veterans Day in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Veterans of the Vietnam War and others gather at the Vietnam War Memorial in Manhattan on Veterans Day on Nov. 11 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Vice President Mike Pence (L), President Trump (C), and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump and President Trump arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump attends a "National Day of Observance" wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump attends a "National Day of Observance" wreath laying ceremony on Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden honor military veterans with a stop at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing on Veterans Day on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden honor military veterans with a stop at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing on Veterans Day on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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President Biden will continue his executive action blitz on Friday, issuing two more orders in an attempt to provide immediate relief to struggling families without waiting for Congress.

Why it matters: In his second full day in office, Biden is again resorting to executive actions as he tries to increase payments for nutritional assistance and protect workers' rights during the pandemic.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.