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9/11 first responders and victims impacted by the toxins at ground zero lobbied lawmakers on Monday to make the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund permanent before the fund's authorization expires next year, the New York Daily News reports.

Why it matters: The fund is running out of money — so much so that cases emerging after Feb. 1 will only get paid 30% of what earlier claims did. After 2020, no claims will be paid out if Congress doesn’t take action. 93,028 first responders or survivors were still being treated or monitored in the World Trade Center Health Program at the end of 2018, with about 800 new people signing up every month, according to the Daily News.

  • The Daily News also notes that the tally of victims after 9/11 will eventually exceed the 2,977 killed on the day of the attacks.

Support for the bill is bipartisan: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), as well as Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.) introduced legislation Monday to fully fund the VCF.

  • "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart, who has long been an advocate of 9/11 first responders and victims and is on Capitol Hill pushing for the change this week, said he intends to highlight which lawmakers won’t support making this fund permanent.

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DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged that Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Google's chief health officer Karen DeSalvo on vaccinating America

Google on Monday became the latest Big Tech company to get involved with COVID-19 vaccinations. Not just by doing things like incorporating vaccination sites into its maps, but by helping to turn some of its offices and parking lots into vaccination sites.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into what Google is doing, and why now, with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer who previously worked at HHS and as health commissioner for New Orleans.

Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

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President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.