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Scott Pruitt attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt took "at least one chartered flight and multiple government flights," costing taxpayers more than $58,000, according to an ABC report.

Why it matters: Pruitt joins Secretaries Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price as cabinet members under scrutiny for chartered and government flights. EPA Public Affairs Officers Liz Bowman said in a statement that in the "very limited circumstances" that Pruitt didn't fly commercial, they "worked closely with EPA's office of general council and ethics officer."

Here are Pruitt's four flights, per ABC:

  • June 7: A $36,068 military flight to Ohio and then New York.
  • July 27: A $14,434 charter flight from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Guymon, Oklahoma.
  • August 4: A $5,719 charter flight Denver, Colorado, to Durango, Colorado.
  • August 9: An in-kind contribution of $2,144 for a flight on the North Dakota governor's plane.

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.