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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images

In a Fox News interview, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he was unaware of a pay raise for two staff members until the day prior.

“I found out this yesterday and I corrected the action and we are in the process of finding out how it took place and correcting it."
— Pruitt

But, but, but: The Atlantic reported on Tuesday that "Pruitt ordered" the raises for the two aides who moved to Washington with him. The raises were $28,130 and $56,765, and were originally dismissed by the Presidential Personnel Office, per the Atlantic, adding that Pruitt worked around a 1996 allowing him to appoint the two aides "under his authority...and grant the raises on his own." The EPA did not respond for comment.

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Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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