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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The editors at conservative magazine National Review on Wednesday urged embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign citing his "bizarre" and "venal" behavior, amid a slew of ethics controversies surrounding his spending and management decisions at the agency.

This is no way for any public official to treat taxpayers. It also makes it practically impossible for Pruitt to make the case for the Trump administration’s environmental policies — a case that we continue to believe deserves to be made.
— National Review editors wrote

The backdrop: The editorial comes just hours after Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in radio interview with conservative pundit Laura Ingraham that the administrator "has really done some things that surprised me." An option for him to fix things, Inhofe added, "would be for him to leave that job."

  • The latest controversy hinges on the administrator reportedly trying to use his position to get his wife a job as a Chick-fil-A franchisee, per the Washington Post.
  • As Axios' Jonathan Swan noted, the latest revelation appears to be a breaking point for a number of conservatives.

Go deeper: Scott Pruitt's growing list of bizarre scandals; Why Pruitt's departure would not change EPA's policies.

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Buffett eyes slow U.S. progress, but says "never bet against America"

Warren Buffett in New York City in 2017. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Warren Buffett called progress in America "slow, uneven and often discouraging," but retained his long-term optimism in the country, in his closely watched annual shareholder letter released Saturday morning.

Why it matters: It breaks months of uncharacteristic silence from the 90-year-old billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO — as the fragile economy coped with the pandemic and the U.S. saw a contentious presidential election.

Restaurant software meets the pandemic moment

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Food delivery companies have predictably done well during the pandemic. But restaurant software providers are also having a moment as eateries race to handle the avalanche of online orders resulting from severe in-person dining restrictions.

Driving the news: Olo filed last week for an IPO and Toast is rumored to be preparing to do the same very soon.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
5 hours ago - Technology

How the automation economy can turn human workers into robots

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More than outright destroying jobs, automation is changing employment in ways that will weigh on workers.

The big picture: Right now, we should be less worried about robots taking human jobs than people in low-skilled positions being forced to work like robots.