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Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the only top-tier 2020 candidate that doesn't provide health care coverage to his campaign staffers, NBC reports.

Details: Buttigieg's campaign gives staffers a $400 monthly stipend instead, which allows employees to buy insurance on their own on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Buttigieg's press secretary told NBC that his campaign is currently negotiating a multi-state group plan as the number of staffers reaches 50 people — the benchmark for employers to offer health care.

The big picture: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke make payments to Blue Cross Blue Shield for staffer coverage, while Sen. Cory Booker gets staff coverage through Aetna. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris told NBC they also provide health coverage to their campaign staffers.

  • Of note: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) is the only 2020 candidate with unionized staffers. Sanders' staffers also have coverage for services related to mental health.

Go deeper: Everything else you need to know about Pete Buttigieg

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National Guard chief says it took 3 hours for Pentagon to grant Jan. 6 request

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William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, will testify Wednesday that it took three hours and 19 minutes for Pentagon leadership to approve a request for National Guard assistance during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, according to his prepared remarks.

Why it matters: The timeline over when National Guard requests were made and granted has been a key point of contention in congressional hearings examining the security failures surrounding the Capitol riots.

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International Criminal Court opens Israel-Palestine war crimes probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu has strongly objected to the investigation. Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday announced her intention to open an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in the Palestinian territories since 2014.

Why it matters: The investigation is expected to consider possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas during the 2014 war in Gaza, as well as the construction of West Bank settlements by Israel. It could sharply increase tensions between Israel, which fiercely opposes the probe, and Palestinian leaders, who requested it.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Exxon says it's well-positioned amid investor pressure

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

ExxonMobil said Wednesday that its oil-and-gas development plans will create good returns even at modest oil prices as the company looks to win back investor confidence after several rocky years.

Driving the news: The company, just ahead of an investor presentation this morning, said its investments are designed to generate returns of over 30% and touted its spending reductions.