Jun 13, 2018

National Review says it's time for Pruitt to step down from EPA

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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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.