Scott Pruitt. Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images

The Associated Press reports that the Environmental Protection Agency spent around $3 million in taxpayer money on Scott Pruitt's "20-member full-time security detail."

Why it matters: Pruitt has been under fire for several scandals in recent weeks, and this adds fuel to the fire. Per the AP, Pruitt's security detail is "three times the size of his predecessor's," and resulted in some agents being taken "away from field work." Axios' Jonathan Swan and Ben Geman reported on Thursday that President Trump is "uneasy" about the situation Pruitt is in, while others are calling for his removal.

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Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated 30 mins ago - Economy & Business

Trump risk rises for companies

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump fancies himself a businessman — and has given himself a central role in determining the conduct and even the existence of major companies both domestic and foreign.

Why it matters: America has historically been a great place to operate a company under the rule of law, and not be beholden to political whim. Those days seem to be over — at least for companies in the communications industry.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Updated 30 mins ago - Energy & Environment

China's split personality on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new insta-analysis of China's vow to achieve "carbon neutrality" before 2060 helps to underscore why Tuesday's announcement sent shockwaves through the climate and energy world.

Why it matters: Per the Climate Action Tracker, a research group, following through would lower projected global warming 0.2 to 0.3°C. That's a lot!

Kayleigh McEnany: Trump will accept "free and fair" election, no answer on if he loses

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump will "accept the results of a free and fair election," but did not specify whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Trump refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, instead remarking: "we're going to have to see what happens."

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