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The United States Embassy in Havana. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Doctors and scientists who have evaluated the U.S. diplomats who suffered strange illnesses and brain trauma after mysterious health attacks in Cuba last year said their symptoms "cannot be faked," but they still don't know what caused them, NBC News reports.

What they're saying: Dr. Michael Hoffer, who was appointed by the State Department to examine the victims and determine what happened, and his colleagues at the University of Miami have released a study revealing that they "have measurable, quantifiable evidence that something really did happen."

  • The doctors said that they still do not definitively know what "weapon" was responsible for the trauma, or if it was a weapon at all. But the study said the patients had inner ear damage and showed "objective signs" that their symptoms were not caused by mass hysteria.

Driving the news: The State Department still does not know who or what is responsible for the attack. Raul Castro, who was president of Cuba at the time of the attack, has denied any involvement.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.