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The first White House coronavirus policy response aimed specifically at the reeling U.S. oil sector may not be a sure thing to occur as President Trump envisions.

What's happening: Late Friday afternoon Trump said the U.S. would purchase enough crude oil to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve "right up to the top," which would ultimately be a $2.6 billion purchase if oil remained at Friday's prices.

  • That would involve a plan to purchase 78 million barrels, given that the reserve has a capacity of 713.5 million barrels and currently holds around 635 million.

Where it stands: The Energy Department said Friday it would "immediately initiate an expedited process" to begin purchasing oil.

But, but, but: The research firm ClearView Energy Partners notes that "funding remains unclear" and sees "political headwinds" in Congress to appropriating new money.

  • However, their weekend note added that the administration could gain congressional permission to reallocate existing funds for some of the purchases. S&P Global Platts has more on that here.

What they're saying: Oil analyst Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group, tells the Washington Post that buying oil at low prices for the stockpile is a good idea.

  • McNally, a former energy official in the President George W. Bush era, notes that "our economy remains vulnerable to supply disruptions anywhere in the world."

Go deeper: Trump to buy oil for nation’s strategic reserves

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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 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.