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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The ten Democratic senators who didn't go to the Environment and Public Works panel today said they were concerned with Scott Pruitt's avoidance of questions about his record as Oklahoma Attorney General. Tom Carper led the effort, following through on the letter he wrote to the Committee Tuesday intending to delay the vote until Pruitt follows up on questions. The committee requires a quorum to vote on nominees to pass along nominations to a full Senate vote.

This comes after along with a slew of resistance to Trump's cabinet picks, like when Dems delayed would-be Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's and would-be Education Secretary DeVos' nominations yesterday in the Finance Committee.

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Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup

Protesting the coup in Khartoum. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration froze a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.