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A medical professional from Children's National Hospital works at a coronavirus drive-thru testing site at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While many people stay home under lockdown restrictions in the U.S., millions of essential workers continue to risk their health to serve America.

The big picture: Sen. Elizabeth Warren called essential workers "the backbone of our nation's response to coronavirus," as she and Rep. Ro Khanna proposed a bill protecting them with more health and safety provisions, pay and paid sick, family and medical leave, among other measures. President Trump has said "America is grateful" to those who continue working "every day to care for their fellow citizens!" Here are some of their stories, in photos.

Police in the formerly bustling Times Square in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Paramedics of the LAFD Station help a homeless patient in downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
Burnell Cotlon, owner of Burnell's Lower Ninth Ward Market in New Orleans, is "working nearly 17 hours a day to make sure it's stocked with groceries and much-needed supplies like face masks and cleaning items, NBC News reports. Photo: Claire Bangser/AFP via Getty Images
A funeral worker prepares for retrieving a body for burial at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Nurses clean their hands with disinfectant after a patient was screened for COVID-19 at an appointment-only, drive-up clinic set up by the University of Washington Medical Center Northwest Outpatient Medical Center in Seattle. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images
Cashier Lay Guzman works behind a partial protective plastic screen at the Presidente Supermarket in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
New York firefighters applaud medical workers at NYU Langone hospital center in Manhattan. Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A bus driver in Detroit. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images
Workers in protective gear process a patient in a car at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility outside the University of Utah's Sugar House Health Clinic in Salt Lake City. Photo: George Frey/AFP via Getty Images
A member of the Indiana National Guard supports volunteer workers in distributing food at Pantry 279 to help those experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Doctors and nurses confer in the Emergency Department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
A USPS postal worker making deliveries in Boston. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Paramedic Patricia Rodriguez while filling out reports on a laptop after a 12-hour shift in Yonkers, New York. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Texas State Troopers wait for drivers to arrive at a check point at the Texas Travel Information Center on the border with Louisiana. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images
Workers at White Pony Express, a food rescue group in Pleasant Hill, California. The group told Axios they picked up about 15,000 lb. of surplus food from food distributors and supermarkets every day for two weeks, which would've otherwise gone to waste in order to give it to those in need. Photo: White Pony Express
A medical professional hands over a patient's swab test for coronavirus to another in a tent at Somerville Hospital in Somerville, Massachusetts. Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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Prosecutor: Fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. was "justified"

Khalil Ferebee (C), the son of Andrew Brown Jr., and attorneys Bakari Sellers (L) and Harry Daniel (R) at a May 11 news conference in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

A North Carolina prosecutor said Tuesday that the death of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies last month, was "tragic" but "justified," due to the immediate threat officers believed Brown posed.

Why it matters: The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into Brown's death. Police in Elizabeth City shot him five times, including in the back of his head, according to an independent autopsy report released by family attorneys last month.

McCarthy comes out against bipartisan deal on Jan. 6 commission

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will oppose a bipartisan deal announced last week that would form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, his office announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: McCarthy's opposition to the deal, which was negotiated by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, underscores the internal divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the wake of Jan. 6.

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Beijing's antitrust push poses a problem for Western regulators

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Chinese government's anti-monopoly machinery presents a major challenge to U.S. and European regulators, a new book argues.

Why it matters: China's huge markets are attracting investment from multinational corporations and shaping the behavior of its own globe-trotting companies — giving international heft to the country's idiosyncratic antitrust enforcement and putting it on a collision course with Western-style regulation.