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The Mississippi state flag flies over the state capitol. Photo: Brandon Dill for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signed a bill on Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, after the state's House and Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the measure.

Why it matters: Mississippi was the last state in the U.S. to incorporate the Confederate battle symbol into its flag.

Driving the news: There was largely bipartisan support for the bill, which the House passed 91-23 on Sunday afternoon and the Senate voted 36-14 in favor of later.

  • Reeves (R) said for the first time publicly on Saturday that he would sign the bill. The flag will no longer have official status once he signs the measure.

Of note: Walmart said last week it would no longer display the Mississippi state flag in its stores because of the Confederate symbol.

  • The NCAA announced earlier this month it would no longer hold championship events in Mississippi due to the emblem.
  • On Saturday, the Mississippi House passed a resolution to extend its deadline to consider a bill that would allow them to change the flag. The Senate then quickly adopted the resolution for consideration.

What they're saying: "The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag," Reeves tweeted. "The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it."

  • "Folks it's inevitable, that at some point this flag is going to change," Republican Sen. Briggs Hopson told his colleagues at the Senate vote.
  • "We all want a flag that unites us. But is it possible?" Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel said on Saturday, arguing that removing the Confederate symbol would alienate those who support it.

What's next: Mississippi residents will vote in November on a new flag design by a commission that has to include the words "In God We Trust," per AP.

  • "If they reject it, the commission will set a different design using the same guidelines, and that would be sent to voters later," AP notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Senate passes bill funding government through December

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 84-10.

Where it stands: The legislation will avert a government shutdown before funding expires Wednesday night and before the Nov. 3 election. The House passed the same measure last week by a vote of 359-57 after House Democrats and the Trump administration agreed on the resolution.

  • Both sides agreed early in negotiations that the bill should be a "clean" continuing resolution — meaning each party would only make small changes to existing funding levels so the measure would pass through both chambers quickly, Axios' Alayna Treene reported last week. The bill now goes to President Trump for his signature.

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.