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Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden sat down with Axios' Mike Allen at an event on the future of cancer research in Philadelphia with the former veep declaring the fight against cancer the "one bipartisan issue out there," promising that "we'll get all that money" via government cooperation. He specifically cited Congress' rejection of President Trump's proposed budget cuts at the National Institutes of Health as an example.

The big thing: The Bidens agreed that information sharing between institutions is what will push cancer research forward the most over the next few years — with Joe declaring it "the single biggest thing" — and marked it as a centerpiece of their Biden Cancer Initiative, which stems from Biden's "moonshot" to end cancer while still in office.

More from the Bidens:

  • Some of the breakthroughs: The Bidens cited the National Cancer Institute Formulary, which pools drugs from different institutions in order to allow doctors and patients to gain easier access to them. Vice President Biden also discussed how the head of IBM offered up Watson, its artificial intelligence arm, to help patients sort through the best therapies available for their specific cancers.
  • To illustrate the universality of the fight against cancer, Vice President Biden told a story from his days in the White House when 50 heads of state showed up for a nuclear proliferation summit, but President Obama kicked things off by acknowledging that they all wanted to speak with Biden about his moonshot initiative.
  • A promise to their son: Beau Biden passed away in 2015 due to advanced brain cancer, and Vice President Biden said the the one thing "[Beau] wanted me to do was not walk away," which helped to jumpstart the Biden Cancer Initiative. He mentioned his forthcoming book "Promise Me, Dad," which he promised was "not about grief — it's about hope."
  • A view of the future: Vice President Biden said he could note "a half dozen significant breakthroughs" since the start of the Biden Cancer Initiative, adding that "there's an urgency now." Biden believes that "we're on the cusp of the day when you men and women take your children for their physical and they're gonna get vaccinated for cancers."

1 small thing, but a big thing: Both Bidens mentioned that simply doing something to help a friend or loved one with cancer can go a long way. Dr. Biden suggested that one should "commit to an act of kindness" as "that's what really matters to someone that's going through cancer.

We had to ask: Vice President Biden also talked about his view of the Trump administration.

Correction: This story has been updated to clarify that Beau Biden died in 2015.

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Former D.C. Guard alleges Army Generals lied about Jan. 6 response

Members of the National Guard and Capitol police keep a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators away from the Capitol following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A former D.C. National Guard official has alleged that top Army generals "lied" to Congress in their testimony on the U.S. Capitol riot, Politico first reported Monday.

The big picture: Col. Earl Matthews, who was serving on Jan. 6, alleges in a memo that the official version on the military response is "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist" and that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on it features "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis."

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

The all-electric Toyota bZ4X, the company's first battery-electric vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 17. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This battery plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.

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Congress hunts for shortcut to pass defense funding, debt limit combo

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer returned to his office Monday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The scramble in Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act is being complicated by an effort to tie it to a needed hike in the federal debt limit.

Why it matters: The House and Senate are rapidly coming up against a series of deadlines they must address before the end of the year — or risk disrupting crucial military funding and upending the economy. Congressional leaders are now hoping they can knock out both "must-pass" priorities in one, complex swoop.